Quoting Mylittleone's (B.B.M):" I agree that you have to be tactful about it but I still think it is ridicules that a customer can ... [snip!] ... morals, beliefs or religious practices so that he may not possibly insult a customer when a customer can sue them over thiers."No one
is saying the business owner can't flaunt
his religious beliefs. If he wants to hang a huge effigy of Christ in his business, he can flaunt away. He doesn't have to HIDE his beliefs. He has to abide by fair business practices though as a BUSINESS owner & if he doesn't want to follow anti-discrimination laws then perhaps he shouldn't open a business open to the public. There is a huge difference between saying he can't express his religious beliefs & he can't use them as an excuse to discriminate. She can't sue him because he believes gay marriage is wrong, she can sue him for not selling her a cake because he is discriminating against her in his BUSINESS practices. This really is NO different than a racist saying he'll sell cakes to black people out the back door. He's still selling them cakes right? What's the big deal if they can't walk in his front door?
You can't compare the rights of the customer with the rights of the business owner nor the obligations. If a business (assuming the business is Inc) is guilty of water contamination, no one is going to jail. They may be fined, but there is no criminal
prosecution. If YOU do it, you WILL be criminally prosecuted & will more than likely go to jail for the same identical
offense. BUSINESS law operates differently& I am not sure how much more clear I can make it if you have no firsthand knowledge of business law. The rights &obligations of the business are NOT identical, nor can they be, as the rights & obligations of the consumer.