Disagreement is OK, if done with civility
Florists and bakers who decide their religious beliefs are not compatible with selling their wares to gay couples planning weddings are derided roundly by liberals. That, the liberals insist, is intolerable discrimination.
Refusing to serve a restaurant customer because she happens to work for President Donald Trump is applauded by many of the very same people, however. So is hounding members of the Trump administration out of other restaurants. And so is harassing conservative Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a theater.
Protests on political grounds, even if they threaten to incite violence, are just fine with some liberals. Quietly refusing to sell a product to someone for reasons of faith apparently is not.
Fortunately, the attitude of aggressively harassing people in Trump’s administration is far from universal among the president’s Democrat critics. Some publicly condemned comments last weekend by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
“If you see anybody from (Trump’s) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters suggested. Later, she said she understood protesters are “going to absolutely harass them.”
One thing that separates our nation from many others is that in modern time, we have agreed to settle our differences — no matter how deep — with some measure of civility. Actions such as those advocated by Waters threaten that collective commitment. Let us hope thoughtful Americans reject the congresswoman’s call.