Forget boycotting for bigotry — can you boycott a business owner for being dumber than a sack-o-hammers?
Via many, many emailers comes this story in The Oregonian about a new, high-end yuppie grocery store in Portland that will open this week – and then probably close the week after that:
“Recently, neighbors found Facebook postings by [Moreland Farmers Pantry] owner Chauncy Childs that brought them up short. She wrote a long post about her opposition to same-sex marriage, complaining that “a tiny minority is dictating a change of our social structure.” She also posted an article, written by someone else, supporting the right of businesses to refuse to serve gay people.”
The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood, where Childs is opening shop, is both intensely liberal and intensely communal, even for Portland standards. (Prior to living in my current home, I lived there for almost two decades.) So it’s hard to imagine how in God’s name Moreland Farmers Pantry can possibly weather the storm, especially with it occurring before she even opens her door.
Her interview with The Oregonian certainly didn’t help, as she claimed (I swear I am not making this up) she “never thought her Facebook views would become public.” She also claimed the libertarian defense that the “government should not be allowed to dictate whom a business does or doesn’t serve,” which would have sounded a lot better if she hadn’t been telling people on the oh-so private diary that is Facebook that the government should be allowed to dictate who should and shouldn’t be allowed to marry.
And then just to make sure that last nail in the coffin got hammered in real good, she told the paper that gay marriage is “the start of a slippery slope that could eventually lead to pedophilia.” Because, you know, if you’re going to tank your business on Day 1, best to tank it all the way.