When I was growing up, there was an expression that all of us used. It’s one with which you are all familiar. Whether you were joking around with friends or even having a discussion with your parents, out would come the response: “Yes, I can… it’s a free country.” Perhaps it was, but now is a completely different story. According to a recent court ruling this country is no longer free, and individuals cannot practice their religious beliefs if it conflicts with the new “god”: government.

As reported by the Associated Press, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled that “a suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination.”

The three-judge panel said in a 66-page ruling that Colorado’s anti-discrimination law does not prevent baker Jack Phillips from believing what he wants but that if he wants his business open to the public, he is prohibited “from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation.”

In comments reported by CBS Denver, Phillips said that “he’s not opposed to making cakes for gay couples such as birthday cakes, holiday cakes and graduation cakes. It’s cakes for gay marriages he says he can’t do based on his religious beliefs.”

Those on the left (Democrats, the media, and other liberals) have continually preached diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, but everyone knows what they really mean when they use those words. You can have diversity of opinion as long as it conforms with what they say is acceptable. You can preach tolerance, but only to those who share left-wing beliefs. You should be inclusive of all, as long as “all” means only those people who support a particular cause or action.

Do you believe a man who dresses like a woman and pretends to be a woman is someone who should be celebrated and given special rights? If yes, then congratulations. Your views have been approved by the government and the media, and you are allowed to hold those views without consequences. Oh, but wait, you actually believe that that person is still just a man pretending to be a woman, and the behavior is not normal? Sorry, those views are not allowed, and you will be branded a bigot and not allowed to express your views.

Do you believe marriage and sexual relations between two men is a normal behavior? You do? Ok, great! You have the blessings of the media and the government. Oh, you don’t? You believe that marriage exists between a man and a woman as per your religious convictions? Sorry. Wrong. You lose! You are not allowed to speak those views on television, at your job, or in speeches, or you risk being fired, threatened, vandalized, or run out of business.

That is the left’s version of tolerance. And they will take away our freedoms one by one if we continue to let them.

Do you think the practice of your religious beliefs ends when you open a bakery? It’s a free country… isn’t it?

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