A gay couple wants to exercise their right to marry, and contact a local bakery to order a wedding cake. The Bakery is owned by a Christian couple whose beliefs would not allow them to be a part of a gay wedding, so they politely decline to provide the couple with a cake for the wedding.
A gun store owner is doing business according to all federal, state, and local laws and has been doing so for years. The bank he has been using for many years sends him a letter explaining that they have conducted a review of their business customers, and have determined that his type of business no longer aligns with their corporate business objectives and requests that he close all of his accounts, or they will be closed for him.
The similarities between these two scenarios are, or should be, obvious. In both instances someone is taking part in a legal activity and a business owner makes a decision based on their beliefs to not take them on as clients.
The differences between these two scenarios are also obvious. In one case the business owner is in legal jeopardy because the government accuses them of civil rights violations for refusing to provide their services, while in the other case the government actively encourages the business to refuse service to a customer it is already doing business with.
Another difference is in the way people react to each scenario. Liberals would demand boycotts of the bakery, which is a legitimate thing to do, but they are also inclined to threaten violence, and threaten to boycott the bakery’s suppliers in order to put the bakery out of business. The conservative response to the gun shop scenario would be to close their own accounts at that bank; if the bank doesn’t want to do business with someone who makes their money selling guns, it stands to reason they shouldn’t want to do business with people who spend their money buying guns. In addition, conservatives would make their decision public and encourage other like-minded people to do the same. There should be no threats of violence, and no attempts to prevent the bank from conducting their business operations.
Why are the reactions different? Most Conservatives are content with expressing their opinions, trying to convince others they are right, and taking personal actions based on their beliefs. Unfortunately, many Liberals want to not only express their opinions and take personal actions based on their beliefs, they want to force others to take those actions as well. If they believe in something, you are not allowed to disagree. If they oppose something you must oppose it as well. As Red State’s Erick Erickson likes to say, “You will be made to care”.