You Have the Right to Choose Who You Live With in a Free Society


We’re not allowed to discuss it in polite company, but the dirty secret of anti-discrimination law is that it violates free choice, as well as the very civil rights it is ostensibly designed to protect. Take the case of a Michigan woman who advertised for a roommate with whom she would be compatible.:  Specifically, she wanted a Christian roommate. Now, she’s facing a “civil rights” violation.

A civil rights complaint has been filed against a Grand Rapids woman who posted an advertisement at her church last July seeking a Christian roommate.

“The statement “expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths,” according to the complaint filed by the Fair Housing:  Center of West Michigan.

“It’s a violation to make, print or publish a discriminatory statement,” Executive Director Nancy Haynes told Fox News. “There are no exemptions to that.”

Thus exposes the flaw in broad anti-discrimination law: it prohibits legitimate acts of “discrimination” that are a necessary part of every day life. There’s no real reason a person in a free society can’t decide who they do and do not want to live with. In fact, everyone picking a roommate “discriminates” in some fashion.:  They pass over a person that is too messy, too loud, too bad with money, or just otherwise rubs them the wrong way.

It’s not like the law actually prevents this woman from choosing a Christian roommate. Rather, it merely prevents her from honest advertising.:  She can still say no to anyone for any reason once she meets them, and there’s no way the thought police can really know why.:  The intent of the law, then, is completely unenforceable, on top of being incompatible with the idea of a free society.:  So why not let her save everyone’s time and let them know from the beginning what her major qualifications are?

The PC crowd behind this kind of runaway “anti-discrimination” law don’t have a good answer. Instead, they rely on ostracizing anyone who questions the legitimacy of prohibiting private “discrimination” in a free society, despite the fact that doing so is a violation of basic freedoms.

Brian Garst blog at Conservative-Compendium.

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Brian Garst

Brian Garst

Brian Garst is the Director of Government Affairs for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a non-profit think tank dedicated to preserving tax competition and free markets. He also blogs at BrianGarst.com.


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