We’ve all heard the story by now.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went to the Red Hen restaurant and was refused service because she works for the Trump administration.
But while many far right and mainstream media outlets are decrying the restaurateur’s decision as discourteous, they seem to have missed the point.
It was exactly the opposite.
There was no greater way to show Sanders respect than to deny her service.
After all, she defended the Supreme Court’s recent ruling for a conservative baker’s right to refuse to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding.
If Sanders thinks it’s a good thing for this baker to be able to deny service to someone because this potential customer’s lifestyle violates his moral convictions, then she should also support the owner of the Red Hen denying her service because her lifestyle violates the owner’s moral convictions.
And make no mistake – this isn’t a rebuke of Sanders. It’s a celebration.
Twice in the New Testament Jesus, himself, is quoted prescribing what has come to be called The Golden Rule.
In Matthew 7:12:
“Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.”
In Luke 6:31:
“Do to others what you would want them to do to you.”
Sanders and other Trump Republicans have done onto others in just this manner. Therefore, that is how they must also want to be treated.
Isn’t that exactly what the owner of the Red Hen did?
She knew Sanders was in favor of business owners refusing service based on their own personal religious convictions.
Sanders life violates the owner’s religious convictions.
Therefore, she should deny Sanders service.
What has Sanders done to violate the owner’s ethical beliefs?
No matter what immoral and repulsive position Donald Trump takes, Sanders defends it.
Separating undocumented children from their parents in detention centers – she defended it.
Using a racial slur to describe Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Defended it.
Spreading lies that diversity immigrants are not vetted – backed it up.
Assuring us that Trump has never encouraged or promoted violence – she said it.
Backing up Trump’s absurd assertion that President Obama wiretapped him – she backed it up.
Heck! Covfefe!!!!! COVFEFE! She actually told a roomful of adults that a typo on her boss’s Twitter was a hidden message to supporters!
Lies, racism, blood libel, and outright fascism!
What Sanders does everyday in the White House violates just about everyone’s moral code.
So how should we treat her?
I say, with the utmost respect and dignity.
And if we truly want to give Sander’s beliefs the reverence they deserve, we should deny her service. Reporters should stop attending her press conferences. Cable news programs should stop inviting her on the air. And, yes, no more food at chicken restaurants!
But we shouldn’t stop with her.
We should do the same for every member of the Trump administration. THEY believe this stuff. We should honor their convictions and treat them how they apparently want to be treated.
And why stop there? Every MAGA hat wearing Trumpster you see in your everyday life should likewise be denied service.
When they come into our places of business, our houses of worship, our homes, we should ask them politely to leave.
This isn’t punishment.
It’s the most deferential treatment imaginable.
We are showing them that we honor their moral code of reciprocity and individual freedom.
Those who are calling for “civility” don’t seem to understand that patronizing Trumpsters would be the true mark of disrespect.
If they think it is right to treat others like this, then we should treat them the same way.
That is how you show respect for someone’s beliefs – not by denying their code and treating them by your own.
Now I know what some of you are thinking – Didn’t Jesus also say, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39)?
Yes, he did. And many of US may believe that sentiment, but Trumpsters obviously don’t or else they wouldn’t support the policies they do. Should we really force our beliefs on them? Would that be fair?
I say no. We should treat them by their own code – and refuse them service.
Ah, but I can hear this objection, too – what if treating Trumpsters like this changes their beliefs?
But don’t we owe it to these far rightsters to give them that choice?
If being ostracized from society makes them recant their views, then at that point we should stop excluding them. However, this may be exactly the test Trump-servatives are hoping for. Perhaps they want to see which they care more about – being part of a civil society or supporting neo-fascist politics.
The best course is to treat their conviction as serious and to give it the seriousness it deserves.
Doing so treats them as ends in themselves and not merely as a means to social lubrication.
No one wants to rock the boat, but we must.
This is the only truly polite course of action.
You’re welcome, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
You’re welcome, Donald Trump.
Now get outta here.
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