It is certain that any other forced expression by individuals would be immediately thrown out of court, but it seems that Christianity is different. If a neo Nazi group demanded that a Jewish tailor make replica German military uniforms for them, not a court in the nation would take up the cause of the Nazi group. If a Christian group demanded that a Muslim chef cook a special bacon and pork meal, there would be no support for the Christian group whatever, even among Christians. And if a pornographer demanded that a homosexual “adult” photographer shoot a video of a heterosexual couple performing a sex act, no one would flinch if the photographer turned the job down.
But for some reason, the gay community and their government supporters believe that Christians should not have the right to refuse business that is deeply offensive to them.
The Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a Christian baker who refused to make wedding cakes for same-sex marriage ceremonies. The court’s decision Monday means the previous appellate court ruling against the Christian bakers will stand.
Charlie Craig and David Mullins came to Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012 and asked for a cake for their same-sex wedding ceremony. Jack Phillips, who has owned Masterpiece Cakeshop for more than 20 years, refused them service because of his religious beliefs.
Craig and Mullins filed a complaint and teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled in May 2014 that Phillips must make cakes for same-sex ceremonies or face legal consequences. Phillips and his staff were also ordered take re-education classes on discrimination and file quarterly compliance reports for two years. He has since given up making cakes altogether since he isn’t allowed to refuse same-sex weddings.
The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in August that refusing to bake the cake was discrimination not protected by his right to religious freedom. Phillips appealed to the state’s Supreme Court but now those hopes are dashed.
“We asked the Colorado Supreme Court to take this case to ensure that government understands that its duty is to protect the people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally, not force them to violate those beliefs as the price of earning a living,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement. “Jack, who has happily served people of all backgrounds for years, simply exercised the long-cherished American freedom to decline to use his artistic talents to promote a message and event with which he disagrees, and that freedom shouldn’t be placed in jeopardy for anyone. We are evaluating all legal options to preserve this freedom for Jack.”
What the demanding gays and government agencies do not understand is that the decision to not support and endorse gay marriage with their work product and artistry is not simply a capricious decision, but a desire to follow principles and ethics that come from a higher power than society or government. And that is the crux of the entire debacle.
The objective of the gay lobby is to eliminate God from the standards and beliefs that Christians hold, and to demand that their sexual actions and proclivities not only are sanction free, but that society must embrace, approve, and support those actions. It is the ultimate exercise in coerced mind control. And for the government, it is a different objective.
In the Ten Commandments God states “thous shalt have no other Gods before me,” but government keeps insisting that we shall have no other Gods or God before it. The sooner that government can eliminate the worship of God from the lives of all citizens, the sooner that it will have primacy over all of the citizens.
The Civil Rights Commission of Colorado is a group of seven magistrates who are not elected and not answerable to the people. How is it possible for this group to deny anyone their first amendment right to free speech? In a similar case in Oregon, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian levied a $138,000 fine against Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a husband and wife team with several young children, which bankrupted the couple and drove them out of their bakery.
Surely there are other bakeries, florists, and photographers who would not have a problem providing services to these antagonistic and heartless gay and lesbian bullies. But that is not the motive for these unconscionable, forced demands that small business people violate their beliefs and ethics. The day will come, however, when service providers will simply provide poor work product or find covert ways to deny service.
Until now, people of good faith believed that the government would protect their rights equally with the rights of the gay and lesbian couples. That turns out not to be the case, and it is time for everyone to fight fire with fire and to recognize that these angry, litigious gays are not interested in your feelings. Why, then, should we allow ourselves to be abused?