Participate in Gay Wedding… or Go to Jail for a Year

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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?

 

 

  • JIMMYPALMIERI

    Let this baker appeal and sue back!!!!!!! AND HE WILL LOSE AND LOSE AND LOSE BECAUSE HE IS WRONG. DONE . OVER AND OUT. RELIGION DOES NOT TRUMP THE LAW. THE END!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    The failure of understanding is probably on the part of the people who continue to use the word discrimination as if all “discrimination” is illegal.

    Now as to where that line is drawn, that’s precisely what this and many other cases hinge upon. So throwing around statements like “you can’t discriminate” are just stupid attempts to short circuit the discourse probing where that line is drawn and where it should be drawn.

  • Jim Todino

    This is incredibly disturbing. Our cherished American values are being corroded by cultural radicals that hate what our forefathers had created for us.

  • Luke

    While the bakery is not a church, the individuals who run the bakery had
    religious convictions about homosexuality. The bakers were willing to
    offer the homosexual couple other cakes for other special occasions,
    like one for a birthday, except the wedding cake. These bakers were sued
    because they did not want to support an event they were against not
    because the couple were gay. Tough luck if the couple’s feelings were
    hurt, the singe on their fragile ego is temporary and they could easily
    find another service with out a fuss. If I am able to ignore slights
    made against me through out my life, why can’t this couple?