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If You Can’t Convince ‘Em, Confuse ‘Em!

, , , , | Related | October 31, 2022

My mother-in-law and I do not see eye to eye on a lot of things. Normally, I either walk away from the conversation and she claims that my refusal to argue means that I agree, or we get into screaming matches. After talking with a family friend, I have a new tactic for dealing with her poking at me.

Recently, a bakery has been in the news for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex couple.

Mother-In-Law: “Did you hear about the bakery that won’t cater to [gay slur]s?”

Me: *Uninterested tone* “Uh-huh.”

Mother-In-Law: “All these people are crying about how the bakery should make the cake and take their money.”

Me: “I heard.”

Mother-In-Law: “But they’re a private business; they have the right to refuse service! If the [gay slur]s and their hags disagree, they can go somewhere else.”

Me: “That’s how companies work.”

Mother-In-Law: *Aggressively* “They— What?”

Me: “Everyone who agrees with the bakery can continue to buy from them, and everyone who disagrees can take their business elsewhere.”

Mother-In-Law: “Well… yes. That’s what I said.”

Me: *Smiling* “I’m glad we agree.”

She was quiet for a moment, and then she turned and walked away. I wouldn’t say I won that argument, but I do think she is a little confused now.

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