As a staunch and “devout” Latter-day Saint (Mormon), I firmly and completely support the individual right of personal and public association (and the negative right of disassociation) and of contract. Politically, it was the principle of the natural right of association, disassociation, and contract that even made the Declaration of Independence a rational possibility. England didn’t feel the Colonists had the right to disassociate politically, publicly, or individually, but the colonists thought and argued differently — they even went to war over it.

I believe in personal and public discrimination, as discrimination is a part of our humanity — we discriminate every single day and with every choice that we make against one thing or another. I disagree with many things that other people discriminate — i.e., sexuality, race, color, religion, creed, etc., — but that is their right in the free marketplace of ideas (inherently public) and of trade (inherently public) to choose who and what they want to do with themselves and their wares/property for their own self-determination.

Sometimes the marketplace is overwhelmingly unreasonable and the reasonable minority suffers, but government is but one tool — most often a poor tool at that — to offer any consistent or liberty-minded solution to the matter that does not unintentionally leak into other aspects of law and life. If someone were actively harmed, injured, or violated, however, in discriminating against another person violently, then government may rightfully administer what we hope is impartial justice concerning the violence — but not against the discrimination.

I support the woman’s right in the photo above to disassociate from Mormons in her business ventures (and, yes, I know that this is photo-shopped), as I reserve the right of self-determination to shop and to spend my money elsewhere. Let the marketplace of ideas win the day.

While “religious freedom” is all the rage surrounding the discussion of discrimination (such as is present in the photo), discrimination should be allowed for any reason — and religious belief as an exemption should not be given a special license. I would support the woman’s right to post the anti-Mormon sign had it said “because we think Mormons are stupid and jerks” and I would still support her right to disassociate from me and those of my faith (or any faith).

We need more men and women like this in the photo who will stand up in the marketplace of ideas and promote their beliefs in such nonviolent ways — even cases of open discrimination that will arguably affect me in negative ways. I accept that! I promote and defend her right to disassociate from me, as I reserve the right, accountability, and responsibility to spend my money and buy my wares elsewhere as well.

Freedom for all, justice for all, and equality for all under the umbrella of individual liberty and responsibility.