“In a 7-2 decision, the justices set aside a Colorado court ruling against the baker — while stopping short of deciding the broader issue of whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people.”
The issue here has absolutely nothing to do with refusing service to othersexuals. The maker said he’d bake them any other cake, and referred them to other bakers when they insisted on a gay wedding cake.
The issue at stake are the artisan’s First Amendment rights to freely practice their religion without being forced by government to violate their religious convictions: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.” – First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Those who believe it’s OK to force people to violate their religious convictions should also agree it’s OK to force a Muslim to make pork sandwiches. What’s next? Forcing Christian photographers to film gay consummation? Absolutely not. Professionals have always had the right to refuse to take on certain projects.
By the way, “7-2” is NOT a “narrow ruling.”
As a Christian, I have absolutely no problem whatsoever of serving anyone of any faith (or lack thereof), race, creed, gender, or sexual persuasion. As a Christian, however, I absolutely will NEVER make a sandwich, or a cake, that in any way exalts a behavior the Bible deems as sinful.
I’m very glad Jack Phillips got his day in court and his decision to honor God was upheld by the highest court in our land as being the right one.
“Justice Kennedy has held that tolerance is a two-way street, and Jack Phillips was not tolerated by the Civil Rights Commission of Colorado” “
Amen, and I sincerely hope this slap in the face serves as a wake-up call both to Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission as well as our State’s many wayward legislators.
It would behoove both liberal groups to remember “liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined the conservative justices in the outcome.”
In closing, well, Justice Kennedy said it best: “When the justices heard arguments in December, Kennedy was plainly bothered by certain comments by a commission member. The commissioner seemed “neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs,” Kennedy said in December.”
Again, there’s nothing wrong with serving those who believe differently than you. There’s EVERYTHING wrong with allowing one group to dictate what and how an artisan or craftsman creates, particularly if it violates the artisan’s or craftsman’s right to freely practice their religion as protected by our First Amendment.