This is something that has been in the news a lot in the past few years, whether it was this case directly or some others that are similar, and I am so very disappointed that the US Justice Department is now siding with the people discriminating.
Five years ago a cake shop in Colorado refused to make a cake for a gay couple who were getting married. The shop owner claimed it was a violation of his religious beliefs, so he wouldn’t do it. The couple complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, who found that the cake shop was in violation of the law, with several judges agreeing since. Now, according to the LA Times article, the cake shop owner has filed another appeal, and this time the Justice Department filed a brief in the case stating that they agree with the cake shop owner, that he should not have to violate his religious beliefs to run his business, and that he should be allowed to refuse service to gay people.
Anybody else feel like screaming right now?
This is wrong. This is very wrong. This is so wrong that the Universal Master of Interstellar Wrongness is going to bow his head in awe at how wrong this is.
I’ve talked about this here before, but never before has the federal government given such a statement like this. In their brief they actually are now asking the judges to carve out an exception to the anti-discrimination laws for people’s religious beliefs, but only for sexual orientation.
This is insane.
They are literally claiming that equal treatment is so important for race or sex that it overrides your religious freedom, but that sexual orientation is not. They are saying the religious beliefs of a store owner is so important that this public business, receiving all the benefits and protections of being a public business, that they can discriminate against one of the very people whose taxes pay for the roads that their customers use.
So my tax money is good enough for you to gain from, as long as I don’t ask you to spread some frosting on a cake for me?
When you file all the required paperwork, and go through all the processes involved to become a registered public business, and you buy commercially zoned property, you are using government services that we all pay for. Your sidewalks outside of your store may be paid for by my tax dollars, your police protection when you are robbed or have a shoplifter are paid for by me (among every other tax payer). You have to serve me. Period! If you want to pick and choose who you associate with, do it at home. In fact, don’t even open the business at all, you ignorant jerk!
Do these people really think it’s okay to pick and choose your customer? Their religious views are so important, right? So how many birthday cakes have they sold to unwed mothers? Most religions I know of don’t take too kindly to sex outside of marriage, so by providing a cake for that person aren’t you taking part in their celebration of a sin? Have they at least turned away pregnant women seeking a wedding cake? They obviously didn’t wait until marriage.
No? So you’re saying they only want to worry about that one little thing that they think is sinful, and for all the other sins they are willing to take the customer’s money?
For the Justice Department to specifically ask for this exception to be spelled out is so insulting. I am so ashamed that these people represent my country. This is disgusting. Every person in this administration should resign in shame.