A bakery in Colorado has been ordered to make wedding cakes for inter-racial marriages or face fines in spite of the fact that the owner has strong religious convictions against such unions.
Bigotry Bakery stated that they would be happy to make birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies, or brownies but refused to make a cake for an inter-racial wedding. He’d rather make wedding cakes for dogs.
“Being denied service by <redacted> was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration,” Mullins said in statement. “No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today’s decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado.”
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See what I did there?
Even with my little tweak to the story, I still believe the judge is wrong here. And if his ruling is true to the law, then the law is wrong. You see, I believe the Constitution protects his right to be a dick. I don’t have to like what he has to say and how he chooses to say it just as long as his expression doesn’t infringe on my rights.
Honestly, I wish all the racists, sexists, what-ever-ists would put up signs. ‘Cause you know what? If there is a big ol’ sign on the door stating that you don’t serve *insert derogatory slur* here, I’m going to keep on walking and take my business elsewhere. If I find out that person A is a bona fide asshole, I can use my first amendment rights to tell everyone I know and encourage them not to support the business.
But, I should not have the right to bring the force of the law against them. I should not be able to force them to compromise their convictions at the end of a gun. Your freedom does not trump their freedom. His refusal to make the cake did not mean this couple couldn’t have cake. It meant they had to procure it elsewhere. Which I am fairly certain they did. And then filed a complaint because the baker hurt their feelings.
Boo-freakin’-hoo. Suck it up. Then go tell all your friends and have your friends tell their friends what a big meanie he is. Tell them all to go to the way more fabulous bakery down the street. Or open your own big gay bakery.
Speech and expression that everyone likes has no need of protection. It’s the inflammatory stuff that does. The very right that allows for pride parades protects that “church” that protests funerals. You don’t have to like it.
You can’t eat your cake and have it too.
(H/T to Matt Walsh.)