Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Takes The Cake

A baker in Colorado gets fined for anti-gay discrimination.

A Colorado baker on Tuesday told Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck that he would be willing to go to jail after a judge ordered him to serve gay couples, saying that opposing same sex marriage is “who I am.”

Last week, administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips must “cease and desist from discriminating” against LGBT couples because he refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple last year.

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Attorney Nicolle Martin, who is representing Phillips, added that “if the government can force you to violate your beliefs under the threat of a jail sentence, there’s really no freedom they can’t take away, Elisabeth.”

In the first place, it’s a civil charge, not a criminal charge, so no one is going to go to jail.  Second, as the administrative law judge pointed out in the ruling, baking a cake is not protected speech under the First Amendment.  Third, refusing to serve a gay couple based solely on their sexual orientation is a violation of the public accommodation laws even if same-sex marriage is not legal in Colorado.  It’s no different than refusing to bake a cake for an interracial couple.  Finally, if Jesus Christ is telling Mr. Phillips to do this, than he must have mumbled the thing about “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

HT to NTodd.

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  1. It suddenly hit me that all of this Xtian fauxtrage over their loss of “religious liberty” is self-inflicted pseudo-marketing. “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason” would be enough to protect them if they just kept their mouths shut about why they were doing it. They’re not upset about being forced to provide their services to the LGBT community – they’re upset that they can’t withhold those services while lecturing LGBT folks on the sinfulness of their ways. All they had to do was say “no,” point to the sign and tell folks to get out of their shop, and they’d have been safe and legal and following their principles; instead they invited this whole thing by waving their morals and their crosses in front of everyone. It’s not the refusal to cater to the LGBT that’s getting them in trouble – it’s the explanation of why. They’re pissed they can’t keep mouthing off and getting away with it.

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