June 05, 2012

Something you're not likely to hear in the MSM

A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gitmo has sued a landlady for refusing to rent to him ... because his service is at odds with her peace activism.

A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay has sued a woman he tried to rent from, after she told him his war service and her peace activism presented a “conflict of interests” and suggested he seek housing elsewhere — though the Dorchester landlady insists his veteran status “would not impede his chances to rent from us.”

Sgt. Joel Morgan, 29, said the two-bedroom $1,220-a-month Savin Hill apartment that property owner Janice Roberts, 63, showed him in April was perfect. But he claims Roberts told him in an April 9 voicemail that renting to him would be a conflict, saying, “We are very adamant about our beliefs."

“It just is not going to be comfortable for us without a doubt. It probably would be better for you to look for a place that is a little bit less politically active and controversial,” Roberts told Morgan, according to his complaint. The voicemail was played for the Herald during an interview with Morgan last week at the Boston office of his lawyer, Joseph L. Sulman.

Roberts counters that Morgan took a rental application but never returned it, and that she had around 30 people also interested in the apartment. Morgan says he didn't return the app after receiving Roberts' voicemail.

On matters such as this, I'm quite the libertarian -- I believe a property owner should be able to rent to whomever he/she pleases. So, ultimately, I side with Roberts on this one. It's her property, after all. However, as noted in this post's title, what if Roberts had refused to rent to ... a minority? Anyone else think this would be plastered over the front pages and heard endlessly on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, etc.? But ... in this case, she's a peace activist! Her motives are pure!

Posted by Hube at June 5, 2012 03:49 PM | TrackBack

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