It’s just a cake, not a religious sacrament.

February 7, 2015

in Gay & Lesbian, Politics

 

Lesbian-wedding-cake-topperEarlier this week the Oregon couple that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couples wedding was fined a boat load of money for discrimination.

I’m honestly a little torn about that.

You’d think I would be firmly planted in the “MAKE THEM PAY” camp, but there is a part of me that thinks as a business owner they have a right to sell or not sell to whoever they chose. Just as I have a right to not shop somewhere (ahem, Barilla Pasta…) But then I think what if they applied that to African Americans?

I’d be outraged.

Hell, I’d be infuriated if a kid on the playground diminished the rights of another student for any reason. And if you were the parent of that kid, you probably would be too. So this really isn’t any different. We don’t get to pick and choose who and what we want to serve when service is our business. And I can’t really see the stretch of how baking a cake infringes on your religious beliefs. Especially when you are in the cake baking industry.

That’s a huge point in this argument.

You bake cakes for a living and you get offended when someone wants you to make one.

If the same lesbians walked in and wanted a cake for a birthday, would they have still said no? Or is it just the wedding thing they had so much issue with? Because last thing I read, they weren’t invited to the wedding. Or asked to officiate the wedding. Hell, they didn’t even have to be there at all. All they had to do was bake the cake. I think they would be hard pressed to find any quotes from the bible that said they would be bad Christians if they baked it. I guess my point is, why did they even care why they were baking it? It’s not your job to care. It’s your job to bake a cake, not bless their union.

To me, it’s not even a gay/lesbian thing. It’s the self righteous thing. I can’t imagine why another human being thinks it’s okay to feel superior to another human being for any reason. Sure, you can argue that it’s not superiority, that its a religious belief, but really, that’s kind of a false front you use to make it seem like you aren’t just being an asshole.

1 Peter 4:8-9 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

If you choose to judge don’t get all pissy when they judgment comes back at you. This didn’t have to be a civil rights issue, but you chose to make it one. You could have kindly declined, but instead you chose THOSE WORDS and then are upset when your words are used against you in the court of law.

The bottom line is, they should have just made the cake. Not because they should lower their self imposed religious beliefs, but because that is what the sign on your bakery says you do.

It’s just that simple.

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