(( Updated 10/26 with my response to a comment i got from the other persons blog, pasted in the comments section of this post ))
Are we really going to do this again?
I’d like to tell a story this morning of unintentional bigotry and pretended ‘political’ indignation. Its not the story in the article linked from the BBC, but it is very similar. I’d like to tell it because it’s my story from just a few years ago.
In April of 2013, my mom had passed, my sister was here from Washington for the purpose and in the middle of the evening, very Christian me had a conversation with not so Christian said sister about another Christian Bakery in Washington state who also refused service to a gay couple because of the ‘message’ that their participation in their wedding by the request to bake a cake for it as a business.
I, being not only a strong christian at the time, but also very much libertarian and a strict constitutionalist, argued till 6am with my sister that it violates the Baker’s 1st amendment freedom of religious expression and their freedoms of association (or non association) and that according to the 10th and 11th amendment, not withstanding the equal protection under the 14th, the federal government had no rights to tell the Washington couple what to do that Constitution didn’t give it the power to, ot prohibit the states the jurisdiction over.
It was a brilliant political argument and called bs on the 14th amendment’s unconstitutional power grab for the federal government over states rights guaranteed by the original founders’ writing of the Constitution as well as the bill of rights. But…
I was wrong.
The Constitution cannot be used to allow religious liberty to be screwed into constitutional bigotry. If you are business, providing services to the public, you serve ALL the public. No one is asking you to change your beliefs ot practices in private. It’s just a cake. But if your conscience won’t allow you to serve ALL the public… Get out of business to the public.
Bigotry and discrimination I’d wrong. Don’t try to use the political excuse to cover your very obvious religious reasons for refusing to serve the public. We had enough of that in the 50s and 60s here in the us. Remember the refusal to serve blacks and the separate but equal arguments? They too were religious and ‘tradition’ oriented. But bigotry and discrimination was wrong then and it’s wrong now.
If tradition and religion keep you from serving the public in ‘good conscience’… Get out of business. Nuff said.
AND of course, the wee flea ia blocking my further responses… very fair and honest of him.