Should Hotels Be Legally Required to Host ‘Religious’ Hate Groups?


Americans For Truth About Homosexuality is not, in fact, a spin-off of the Upright Citizens Brigade, though you’d be forgiven for thinking as much, because they both tell the jokes. The latest punchline from out and proud bigot Peter LaBarbera’s group? That he was discriminated against by a hotel because of his beliefs!

In a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by AFTAH, the group alleges the Holiday Inn Select outside Chicago canceled an agreement to host a 100-person event there after LaBarbera — “just being honest” — told the hotel it should expect protesters outside the event, because those damn homosexual sympathizers don’t know how to have a good time. There was no written agreement, just a verbal one, but still, LaBarbera claims the Holiday Inn is discriminating against AFTAH because of its religious beliefs against homosexuality. (AFTAH had the event at another hotel, and sure enough, the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network showed up to protest.)

But hey, maybe the Holiday Inn can invent a Christian religious off-shoot — one that holds, as a core belief, that it will not serve pastries and dishwater coffee to hate groups.

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