Let's see: our deepest values are "property." And having "our property" is "the core of what it means to be an American."
Maybe he is right. Can I buy some conscience at Walmart? Oh, perhaps not...
Well, at least he didn't say having property goes to the core of being a Christian. Jesus wouldn't have recognized that.
Dr. Stevens doesn't seem to be a dentist. They have been notorious for this stuff. As recently as 1999, Dr. Gillian McCarthy reported that 16 percent of dental practices in Ontario, Canada refused to treat persons with HIV. The refusal was not just because of fears of infection but because "Many of the unwilling dentists said they did not feel they had an ethical responsibility to treat HIV patients." In the U.S. this would be treated as a form of discrimination against persons with disabilities -- at least until the likes of Judge Alito get through remaking the law.
The legal effort Dr. Stevens is fronting for is very broad:
Can this happen here? Only if we let it.