You’re big, bulkyâ€”and hungry. So you lumber into a restaurant to get a bite. You scan the menu for a tasty meal, but when it comes time to order the waiter refuses to serve you. The reason? You’re too fat. Sound outrageous? You may want to steer clear of Mississippi, where legislation was recently introduced that would ban restaurants from serving proportion-challenged patrons.
Description: Food establishments; prohibit from serving food to any person who is obese.
Title: AN ACT TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FROM SERVING FOOD TO ANY PERSON WHO IS OBESE, BASED ON CRITERIA PRESCRIBED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREPARE WRITTEN MATERIALS THAT DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS OBESE AND TO PROVIDE THOSE MATERIALS TO THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS; TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO MONITOR THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
Once you start using marketing to turn the tide of public opinion toward this type of thing and then start legislating what one perceives to be morality — meaning the war on cigarettes and those who smoke, and alcohol and those who drink, and now fatty foods and overeating and by extension those who are fat/obese, or personal belief systems, or anything else that is not something that should be legislated (control by the government), then you have no free country. Pretty soon you won’t be able to have a cookout in your own back yard if you are obese. Think not? They have already prevented people from drinking or smoking on their own property.
So, my question is, what will be next? eh? Just think about it. There are several logical next moves. I am waiting to see which it will be.
Reminds me of a C.S. Lewis quote,
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baronÂ¹s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.