By now you’ve certainly seen the stories of Christian business owners who are under attack for sticking up for their religious beliefs. Whether it’s a caterer, baker, or other business owner, Christians are being told that they must violate their religious values in order to do business. Now, the tables have been turned.
As reported by the Associated Press, a customer went into a Denver bakery and requested a cake shaped like a Bible with anti-homosexual wording on it. The Christian customer said that he wanted a cake that supported his religious views. The baker owner refused.
Marjorie Silva, owner of Denver’s Azucar Bakery, is facing a complaint from a customer alleging she discriminated against his religious beliefs.
According to Silva, the man who visited last year wanted a Bible-shaped cake, which she agreed to make. Just as they were getting ready to complete the order, Silva said the man showed her a piece of paper with hateful words about gays that he wanted written on the cake. He also wanted the cake to have two men holding hands and an X on top of them, Silva said.
She said she would make the cake, but declined to write his suggested messages on the cake, telling him she would give him icing and a pastry bag so he could write the words himself. Silva said the customer didn’t want that.
In an interesting twist, the conservative Christian organization, Focus on the Family, has come out in support of the baker. As reported by The Christian Post, Jeff Johnston, issues analyst for Focus on the Family, said this is a matter of First Amendment rights.
“This is a free speech issue, and we support freedom of speech. It’s also a religious or conscience issue — the government should not force people to violate their core beliefs,” said Johnston.
“Just as a Christian baker should not be required to create a cake for a same-sex ceremony, this baker should not be required to create a cake with a message that goes against her conscience.”
The man who filed the complaint is Bill Jack who is co-founder of Worldview Academy which is a “a nondenominational organization dedicated to helping Christians to think and to live in accord with a biblical worldview.” So, should the baker have been forced to make Jack’s cake according to his wishes?
What’s almost comical about this issue is how the liberals split hairs in trying to justify their position. Near the end of the Associated Press story, “gay rights advocates” try to say that there is a difference with this case and those of Christian bakers who do not want to bake cakes for homosexual weddings.
But gay rights advocates say there is a significant difference in the cases. Silva refused to put specific words on a cake while Jack Phillips, the baker who turned away the gay couple, refused to make any wedding cake for them in principle.
“There’s no law that says that a cake-maker has to write obscenities in the cake just because the customer wants it,” said Mark Silverstein, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Colorado.
So… there is now a difference between cake and icing? Refusing to bake a cake is bad, but refusing to put iced words on it is ok? Silva offered to give Bill Jack the icing so he could do it himself. Do you think the homosexual couple who sued the Christian baker would have been satisfied if the baker gave them the ingredients to bake their own cake?
Silva should be allowed to bake and sell whatever she wants. The same is true for the Christian bakers. If a business does something that offends the public, it probably won’t be in business very long. There… problem solved, and the “government” didn’t have to say or do a thing about it.