Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ending Business Hate and Discrimination

            I am not heartless. I stand for the rights of all people. Segregation that was supposedly ended in the 1960s has continued through today. There is a greater issue than the civil rights movements of the past can ever claim to have been. The oppressive policy is far wider reaching than any other, discriminating against more people than any other. At least Jim Crow Laws only affected blacks. And surely, the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts are, at minimum, an equal of racial discrimination. Widespread lynchings and mob violence holds no comparison to Christians refusing to participate in same-sex weddings. It is well-known that the federal government and university leftists have acquired all known knowledge and hence know what is best for us.
            Still, there is one policy that reaches higher than Jim Crow Laws. It is more evil than Christians refusing to bake cakes. The maniacal policy that is oppressing millions.
            You can’t find one town in America that does not somewhere have a bigoted business with a sign that reads: “No shoes, no shirt, no service.”
            Folks, it’s time to speak out.
            Silently oppressed for the duration of the so-called “greatest country on Earth” is the group that only wants to live how they feel like living. But instead of having compassion on our fellow humans, we demonize them and refuse to serve them simply because they are different than us. People are born that way. In the same way that people can’t help but be gay, there are people that can’t help but be homophobes. They’re born that way. And in the same way that people can’t help but be homophobes, people can’t help but have the internal desire to be shoeless and shirtless.
            Perhaps Bud Hutchins, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Shirtless People, said it best in his response to a bigoted Republican senator who told him to “put a shirt on”: “I'm hardly surprised [Sen. Craig] ascribes to the repugnant and prejudicial notion that we have 'chosen' to be this way,” Hutchins said. “Well, I've got news for you, senator: This is the way I am. I was born not wearing a shirt.” I encourage the reader to research about the past failed movement of the NAASP and Barefoot America! to gain a better understanding of the personal and hurtful nature of such policies:,262/.
            It is shameful to envision that in a free country there is still so much bigotry towards those of an alternate style of dress. Simply search for the catchphrase of the segregationists and you will find dozens of designs all aimed at oppressing this group. Put it in perspective: only so many people can be black or gay, but anyone can be shoeless. The rights of every American ride on this all-too-common policy.
            Just last spring I had a run-in with the podophobes. I was at a beach in Jacksonville and needed to use the restroom. I took a lengthy walk to a beach-side restaurant to use the restroom there, but was stopped upon entry because I had no footwear. I was humiliated and enraged that anyone could be so intolerant as to degrade me simply for a personal choice. I finally knew what it felt like to be crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the face of people who consider you beneath them simply for being who you are. I had to walk back and get my shoes and wear them in simply to use the restroom.
            It was pointed out to me that there were restrooms on the beach specifically for people without shoes. But that is beside the point. I should have the right to use any restroom I want without fear of being turned away for the way I live my life. I deserve to use their bathrooms. They have no right to turn me away.
            A friend of mine offered this theory, and I believe it has sufficient merit to bear mentioning it in my proposal. Businesses pay taxes to the government. Hence, the government is able to control businesses. This includes ending segregation against people with no shoes and no shirts. And as long as I live I refuse to lay down to the pressures of hard-nosed conservatives that think private businesses should be able to develop their own policies.
            And, naturally, since individuals pay taxes as well, the government has every right to regulate them. I expect that with the success of our modern civil rights campaign, I will be able to use the bathroom of any private residence in America. With no shoes on.
            The only way to bring about true freedom in this country is forcing private businesses to accept me, even if they disagree with me on the need to wear shoes. They have to support me despite their podophobia and bigotry.
            I am declaring a Hate Free bubble around me, and none of your negativity will affect me.
            There are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure that we can free our feet and torsos from the oppression of entrepreneurs.
            First, we need to show the world that we have pride. Emphasize your differences. I propose parades in every major city of people with no shoes and shirts who are willing to own up to who God made them to be. Other activism is in order. Social media hashtags. Equal signs made up of two feet or two shirtless people.
            Second, a catchphrase needs to be adopted. I see no reason why the phrase “You do you” cannot apply to the movement. As I have already established through my good word and have verified by the words of my supporters, one cannot help being barefoot or shirtless. They are born that way.
            Third, we must paint those who require shirts and shoes in a negative light. In the society in which we live, what matters is not the argument or facts but how creatively we structure our ad hominem fallacies. They are not pro-sanitation, they are anti-shoeless and anti-shirtless. They are bigots, afraid of change, stuck in the past. They are segregationists, podophobes and omphalophobes. Those who refuse to uphold our rights to choose a specific business out of a plethora of them deserve this treatment, and we must give it to them.
            Last, and this is the key, we must take legal action against those who refuse to obey our command of removing their intolerant policies of hate against the shoeless and shirtless. Attempt to walk into a segregated establishment and if you are stopped, file a lawsuit. The ACLU will be more than happy to take your case. Eventually, the goal is that other businesses will be afraid of legal action and allow those who were born to bare their torsos and feet to do so. Then we will challenge these policies and attempt to pass laws allowing the shirtless and shoeless to bear what they have in any private business of their choosing.
            It is important for morale to note that a majority is not needed. Take the instance of the lesser movement of gay marriage rights. In California, the citizens voted to disallow the practice, but the Supreme Court confirmed that the will of the people is not important in government decision-making, building off of its ruling on the Affordable Care Act. How many supporters in our movement is not important, but rather how powerful our supporters are.
            Of a surety, those without friends who choose the lifestyles of shoelessness and shirtlessness have no right to speak out on the subject. And it is assumed that those who do have barefoot and baretorso friends will support their right to walk into businesses without footwear and shirts.
            We may be oppressed and discriminated against now, but history will view us as the next great movement for equality. Stand up for your rights. End the freedom of conscience for private businesses. If the gay rights activists can force a business to go against its religious beliefs then it is imperative that, in this farther-reaching movement, we force them to allow our own uniqueness. It is right, it is fair, and if you disagree, well, you’re a mamillaphobe.

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