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Friday, February 21, 2014

Gay Agenda Trumps First Amendment

Last year, two gay men, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, asked a Denver cakeshop to bake a cake for their wedding. Owner Jack Phillips said he couldn’t provide a cake for a gay wedding because of his religious beliefs, but he would be glad to bake any other kind of cake for any other celebration. One of the gay men said this was “offensive and dehumanizing” and said that “no one should be turned away from a public business because of who they are.” He and his gay friend sued, and the judge told the baker he must bake a gay wedding cake or pay a fine. The ACLU said this ruling should serve as a warning to other businesses that they can’t discriminate against gays “because of who they are.” This ruling serves as a warning that our government no longer respects the First Amendment rights of business owners when they conflict with the gay agenda.

Calling this discrimination based on “who gays are” really misses the point of the dispute. The baker did not discriminate against Mullins and Craig because they are gay—he was happy to do business with them and sell them anything except a wedding cake. He discriminated against an event, not against people. He wasn’t unwilling to make them a cake; he was unwilling to make a certain kind of cake.

Incidentally, Jack Phillips the baker does not make Halloween treats, either, because of his religious beliefs. If a person asks him to make a cake for a Halloween party and he refuses, will they sue for discrimination too? Of course not. That would be ridiculous.

The baker says he will pay the fine and will even shut down his shop if he has to. I applaud him for standing up for his religious principles, but I think it’s sad that he has to risk his livelihood to stand up for his religious beliefs. This is another example of the government demanding that people in business violate their religious principles in order to continue doing business.

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