It seems wingnuts cannot grasp why a business owner may not refuse to make a standard wedding cake for a gay wedding but may refuse to make a cake with a homophobic message. Â The Colorado Civil Rights Division says so, anyway.
In his complaint, Jack claimed Silva discriminated against him “based on my creed.”
Colorado Civil Rights Division argued in its Friday ruling that Silva did not discriminate against Jack because she offered to bake the cake, and only refused to write the messages by which she was offended.
Jack is the founder of the Worldview Academy, a camp that teaches “Christians to think and live in accord with a biblical worldview.”
Of course he is.
Elsewhere, religionistaÂ Rick Santorum recently said:
If youâ€™re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print â€˜God Hates Fagsâ€™ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up? Should the governmentâ€”and this is really the case here â€” should the government force you to do that? This is about the government coming in and saying, â€œNo, weâ€™re going to make you do this.â€ And this is where I think we just need some space to say letâ€™s have some tolerance, be a two-way street.
Sally Kohn responds,
There are two problems with Santorumâ€™s reasoning. The first is that a printer doesnâ€™t have to make such signs, under any law, because refusing to do so is not discrimination in any legally prohibited sense. A print shop can also refuse to print a poster that says, for instance, â€œF*ck Rick Santorum,â€ either because it disagrees with the language or the sentiment. Both are entirely legally permissible decisions any business can rightfully make.
But letâ€™s say the printer is asked to make a communion sign or a gay wedding sign. In this caseâ€”especially in states that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as religionâ€”refusing to print such a sign would indeed be illegal. The government isnâ€™t forcing that business to do anything other than follow the law. Which is what we expect of all businesses, equally.
If you ask a baker to bake a cake that says “God hates gays” and they refuse, that’s not an imposition on your religion — unless you’re a complete moron.
Yes, that’s the catch, isn’t it?
If you won’t send the same floral arrangement to a gay wedding as a straight wedding, that’s a problem. On the other hand, if just hypothetically, a lesbian couple wanted an elaborate floral arrangement symbolizing a graphic sex act, yeah, I think the florist can turn you down, just as I imagine it’s obvious the florist could turn down a hetero couple in a comparable situation.
Of course, grasping this requires some skill at critical thinking. So righties will continue to not get it.