Because freedom isn’t free. It has to be taken away. And then redistributed to persecuted groups like two bored gay men whose idea of love involves suing people.
Once upon a time there was a country with freedom of religion. A country where you couldn’t just compel someone to violate their religion because some member of a designated victim insisted that it had a compelling need to violate someone else’s religious freedom.
That was America. It was a nice place. Unfortunately we all seem to live in Sweden now with moral panics about guns and shotgun gay weddings.
A Colorado bakery owner illegally discriminated against a gay couple when he refused to bake a wedding cake for the pair last year because of his Christian religious beliefs, a judge ruled on Friday.
Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer ordered Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, to accommodate sex-couples or face fines and other possible penalties.
“The complainants can sue him civilly in the regular courts system or he can potentially be prosecuted by the district attorney for up to twelve months in jail.”
“At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses,” Spencer wrote in his 13-page ruling. “This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”
What exactly is the cost to society of a business informing people who want to engage in something that isn’t a marriage that they can just hit up any of the large number of bakeries who will be happy to make a cake for their marriage to a bridge, another man, a tree or themselves?
(Yes, all of those are actual things.)
And should the “hurt” really outbalance the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights?
But Masterpiece Cakeshop’s horrifying wave of discrimination doesn’t end there.
Martin added that Phillips is a devoted Christian who has an unwavering faith. She said he is a person of such deep faith that he won’t even bake Halloween-themed treats – at all.
Sure, at first blush you might think that a baker should be allowed to refuse to bake Halloween-themed treats. But think of the hurt feelings of the witches and warlocks who come in wanting them… and the cost to society.
If Philips can be forced to bake a gay wedding cake… why not a cake with a pentagram on it? Why not a cake that says Allah Akbar or God is Dead?
If we’ve decided that religious freedom doesn’t exist except to protect mosques from government surveillance, then where is the line drawn?