I’m not sure if this story is true or apocryphal but I was assured that a Polish shop, in Mansfield, displayed a sign which stated that no English people would be served.
The story continued explaining how a complaint was made to the Police and the sign was taken down as it was promoting blatant discrimination and was therefore totally unacceptable.
As I say, I don’t know if this story is true but the principles and morals are clear in that somebody was offended by the act of discrimination, reported it and hopefully prevented further abuse.
The funny thing about this story is that the same person who was so in favour of the Police being called to the Polish shop went on to tell me how much they support the right of another shop keeper to act in a discriminatory manner towards their customers.
This is the case of the Irish baker who refused to bake a cake celebrating gay marriage as it offended their religious beliefs.
So it’s OK to discriminate against gay people in Ireland but not against the English in Mansfield?
And before I’m accused of attacking religious belief - I’m not. If I saw a shop which displayed a sign refusing service to Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Christians ( I hope you get the idea) I would complain to whoever would listen!
Nobody should ever be discriminated against if they are going about their lawful business: because the truth is, if you are willing to discriminate against someone just because of who they are or what they believe, then that makes it OK for you to be the victim of discrimination just because of who you are and what you believe.
How would that make you feel?
DREW BAXTER, Humanist