As difficult as this is, we must take the high road and not act hostilely either directly or indirectly, as with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Otherwise, things will go against us for the most ridiculous reasons, like in this case.
The Supreme Court sided with a baker who has religious objections to same-sex couples’ weddings in a narrow decision on Monday morning.
The long-awaited decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, however, mostly avoided the hot-button question of whether civil rights laws could force that baker, Jack Phillips, to make a wedding cake for such couples.
Instead, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision for the court focused on the fact that Phillips was treated with “hostility” by Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission — action that the Supreme Court ruled violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.
Five years ago, now, a gay couple in Colorado approached a bakery to create a wedding cake for their pending nuptials. The owner of the bakery refused on the grounds that it violated his religious rights. I found this article on Buzzfeed laying out the issues really are and quite frankly, it’s no clearer to me than before I read it.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in the polarizing case of a Colorado baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The Trump administration will even be weighing in to support the Christian baker, saying he had a First Amendment right to turn away the couple.
The dispute has generated stacks of debate among the public — including some arguments that stray from the legal underpinnings of the case. One reader of the Denver Post asked if people would feel differently if the baker “refused to make a swastika shaped cake for a pair of neo-Nazis.” People may feel very differently about a swastika cake, but that’s not the case — and it’s not the exact question for the Supreme Court.
He’s so fucking ignorant as is everyone else who thinks like him. Keep brushing these issues under the rug and it will explode in your face and we all know explosions are NEVER pretty.
This week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) suggested that bakeries inclined to refuse service to a same-sex couple should still serve them.
Speaking at the University of Virginia on Monday, Kasich insisted that churches should not have to violate their beliefs, but the same is not true of businesses. “People talk about religious liberty, and I think frankly our churches should not be forced to do anything that’s not consistent with them,” he said, “but if you’re a cupcake maker and someone wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake. Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff. Move on.”
Cupcakes have not really been part of the controversy at bakeries. Indeed, it is wedding cakes that bakers like Jack Phillips in Colorado or Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon have refused to sell to same-sex couples. It’s unclear if Kasich meant to express support for nondiscrimination laws or if he is frustrated by the controversy some business owners are creating. Either way, his position is still to the left of other Republican presidential candidates like Marco Rubio and in particular, Ted Cruz, who has specifically highlighted “protecting” religious business owners as a pillar of his campaign.
I find it extremely offensive to compare one man’s loss of his business simply because he refused to do business with a specific segment of society with a period in history where many lives were lost because the Catholic Church deemed their beliefs were heresy. Religion may be involved in both, but Mr Phillips was in no danger of losing his life. His livelihood, yes, but that’s what happens when you want to deal with only certain members of the general public.
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer is mincing few words in his defense of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who was recently ordered by a judge to provide wedding cakes for same-sex couples or risk facing fines.
Fischer, whose opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights is well-established, said Phillips, who owns Denver’s Masterpiece Cakeshop, was a victim of what he described as “the Secular Inquisition” on an installment of his “Focal Point” Radio Show, Right Wing Watch first reported.