Liberty and the right to discriminate

In a free society do pubs or hotels have the right to turn away gays, or blacks, or Jews? UKIP and James Delingpole oppose prejudice but believe people should have the right to discriminate. We think they are wrong and that you can derive anti-discrimination legislation from impeccably libertarian principles

happens when a free society has to decide whether one person has a right to discriminate against another, particularly where religious and lifestyle sensibilities intervene?

The short answer is this: an almighty row. That was what transpired on Twitter and other social media yesterday when Alexandra Swann published a piece on The Commentator entitled UKIP’s Christian Soldiers.

Swann’s piece was a critique of a recent policy announcement by UKIP which appears to allow for discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere when Christian religious beliefs clash with homosexuality.