Of all the myriad ways that the social and political battle over gay marriage could have evolved, I don’t think anyone could have seen coming the gay war on bakeries; cake on cake, icing against icing. But that’s the current battlefield; make of that what you will.
As to the latest battle in the ongoing cake war:
Marjorie Silva, owner of Denver’s Azucar Bakery, is facing a complaint from a customer alleging she discriminated against his religious beliefs.
According to Silva, the man who visited last year wanted a Bible-shaped cake, which she agreed to make. Just as they were getting ready to complete the order, Silva said the man showed her a piece of paper with hateful words about gays that he wanted written on the cake. He also wanted the cake to have two men holding hands and an X on top of them, Silva said.
She said she would make the cake, but declined to write his suggested messages on the cake, telling him she would give him icing and a pastry bag so he could write the words himself. Silva said the customer didn’t want that.
Clearly the guy ordering the cake was a troll trying to make a point, and no doubt the point will soon be made since the case was referred to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, but if you are anxiously wondering what, oh what they will decide, if their response is anything other than the allowing the baker to decline anti-Gay bigotry on her cakes, I’ll have a double helping of gay wedding cake with rainbow icing. In fact, I’ll have a slice regardless of what the Colorado Civil Rights Division decides, because that sounds delicious.
However it will have to be on a “cheat day.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time this sort of trolling has occurred. A Christian website called bakeries to see if they would make a cake with “Gay Marriage is wrong” written on it. You can guess the results, but hey, there are some opinions a business owner can apply to his customers and others that he can’t.
Of course the original troll (of which there have been many copies) was the legal action taken against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The shop was run out of business and started a veritable war on bakeries by gays that quickly expanded into other wedding services.
In New Mexico, a photographer who declined a job offer of photographing a same sex commitment ceremony was sued by New Mexico’s Human Rights Commission even though New Mexico didn’t even have gay marriage or civil unions at the time. The photographer’s defense was on First Amendment grounds, but the First is gradually joining the Second in Amendments the left no longer recognizes. So a totally made up thing; like a “commitment ceremony” becomes not just a civil right, but a demand on everyone else to support it. Now on the list of services that this photographer provides, I rather much doubt “commitment ceremonies” were listed on the price sheet. But someone decided to troll and harass this businessperson anyway. There is also the more famous Washington State florist case.
These aren’t religious institutions, these are individuals, and it looks like individuals are having their rights peeled away. I can’t be indifferent to gay marriage, or even merely tolerant of it, the law is gradually going to force me to love, love, love gay marriage.
Religious institutions will eventually get theirs. The people on the left who say they support religious freedom sure were supportive of the Obama administration’s initiative to force Catholic institutions to provide contraception. If they can do that, they will eventually force churches to perform gay marriages. That already happens in Europe and will happen in the US eventually, First Amendment or no First Amendment.
The US has become a strange and confusing place, where “rights” have become a zero sum game. For someone to get “rights” someone else must surrender theirs.
When “rights” start to conflict, then you are no longer talking about rights, you are talking about groups that have political power dumping on groups that don’t; even at the cost of real, constitutional rights. It’s pretty clear in this example whose constitutional rights are being violated.
The battle against gay marriage has long been lost, and it’s inevitable that in time, it will spread out to all 50 states. If West Point is hosting gay marriages, then the Vatican will eventually. Marriage went from being a social institution to civil right with benefits and prizes. But during that battle, I’ve been told over and over that it doesn’t affect me and it doesn’t affect my marriage.
Yet no sooner did the Court ruling tide turned, the story changed, and I was told gay marriage meant there is a new (gay) sheriff in town, and his name is Intolerance.
I knew the promise that someone else’s gay marriage wouldn’t bother anyone would turn out to be a lie, but I admit I’m surprised with how rapidly we’ve gone to, “I just want my partner and I to have what you have,” to “You’re not allowed to ignore me, you must provide services for my over the top marriage extravaganza! And if you don’t, I’ll see you in court!”
For the record, if I were a baker I would have no problem with taking money to make gay wedding cakes. In fact, that’s probably true for 99.9 percent of bakeries across the US, but then, there would be no reason to troll me or the vast majority of bakeries happy to make fabulous gay wedding cakes would there? Instead, the hunt would be on to track down and run out of business the few who did have a problem with it.
To me, the common sense solution is that no baker should have to provide services he fundamentally opposes, but that’s too simple an answer now. One view has to dominate and drive out everyone else who opposes it.