Michelle Malkin passes on the story of a Danish pizzeria owner, Aage Bjerre, who got in trouble with the law. Seems that he refused to serve French or German customers because of their governments’ decision not to stand by President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. Because he refused to pay the fine, Bjerre’s going to spend a few days in jail. Malkin thanks the man for his support and implies that he’s some sort of hero.
I disagree. If Danish law requires that a restaurateur not discriminate against customers based on nationality, then he is obliged to obey that law and not discriminate against people based on nationality.
But legal issues aside, his actions are still reprehensible. Imagine, for example, if Bjerre refused to serve Catholics because he disagreed with the pope’s stand on birth control. Or if he refused to serve senior citizens because he disagrees with government-funded pension programs. What these, too, be right?
Discrimination based on nationality is no less bigoted than discrimination based on age, gender, race, or religion. That Bjerre chooses to dress up his bigotry with American flags and pictures of President Bush and Laura Bush does not change the fundamental nature of his bigotry.