In Colorado a battle has been brewing between a gay couple and a small bakery.
Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburbs. He also happens to be a devout Christian who has certain religious beliefs about homosexuality and gay marriage in particular. The gay couple, Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, are seeking to force Phillips to violate his religious beliefs and his conscience because they believe their desire is more important than his freedom.
Well, Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission agrees with them.
Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state’s anti-discrimination statutes.
The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge’s finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued.
Phillips, a devout Christian who owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, said the decision violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of his religion. “I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down,” he told reporters after the ruling.
These continued assaults on those who hold Christian beliefs on sexuality and marriage are growing tiresome. There is no good argument for forcing a businessperson to serve a customer when the event violates their conscience.
Consider what the “free” market is supposed to look like. The voluntary exchange of goods and/or services for payment. Colorado, and any other liberal state where some people are being FORCED into commerce, is acting immorally for what they believe to be a “moral” reason. By forcing Christian businesspeople into commerce for occasions they find morally questionable, these states are spitting on the very freedoms they pretend to hold dear.
(It should be noted that none of these “discrimination” cases that have thus far popped up has been about anything other than gay marriage ceremonies. Most of these gay couples were already customers of these Christian businesspeople, who had already diligently served them, some on numerous occasions. The decision not to serve them has always come when the business is asked to serve at a gay wedding ceremony. This should speak volumes about these business people who are not turning gay customers away – but simply saying they cannot in good conscience perform for gay wedding ceremonies.)
The Civil Rights Commission says that Christians can believe what they want but cannot discriminate against others. What the commission does not realize is that this very statement means that the state IS allowed to discriminate, but the citizens who live there are not! The state can force Christians to act in a manner that is contrary to their beliefs, thereby discriminating against Christians… meanwhile a citizen of Colorado (or Washington, or Oregon, or New Mexico where other such cases have happened) cannot abstain from doing something when it violates their conscience because the government calls that discrimination.
This is very anti-American.
We have always valued the voices of our minorities and offered accommodation for the diversity of beliefs in our nation. We allow certain Native-American groups to use peyote in their religious services. We allow certain religious dissenters and philosophical dissenters to avoid combat in mandated military service. We make accommodations for the deeply held beliefs of many groups, and Christians should not be treated differently.
And if the hypocrisy of Colorado’s discrimination against Christians while mandating Christians not discriminate is not outrageous enough… there is more hypocrisy to be had.
Gay Marriage is ILLEGAL in Colorado.
So the state does not have to recognize same-sex marriage, but Christians MUST perform for them? Ridiculous. Illogical. Disgusting.
If you’d like to offer your support to Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado – you can find them online, here.
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