The email from Alliance Defending Freedom is titled “Evidence of Crumbling Freedom in America.” The sub-heading is “Cake artist ordered to ignore his faith and complete re-education supporting same-sex marriage.”

Sweat LodgeJack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, isn’t a cake “artist.” The guy is a fucking baker. There’s nothing wrong with that but he is not Pablo Picasso or even Charles Schulz. He bakes cakes. Nobody is compelling this guy to “ignore his faith” — unless you believe that smearing butter cream over sponge cake is some sort of religious sacrament comparable to whatever those fellows do to purify themselves in sweat lodges. This so-called re-education is merely education (instruction) on what one can and cannot do as a public accommodation. It’s like driving school after you get a couple speeding tickets. Using “re-education,” ADF wants people to think North Korea. This has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. Unless I have been remarkably inattentive, Colorado still does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Ugh! A lengthy paragraph is required to deconstruct one sentence of bullshit.

My patience has it’s limits but ADF continues:

In 2012, he respectfully declined to use his creative talents to promote
and endorse a same-sex ceremony due to his stance on biblical marriage.

One does not “respectfully” discriminate. There is not respectful way to say “we don’t serve your kind here.” Phillips was asked to bake a cake. He wasn’t asked to officiate or enter into a same-sex marriage. Nor was his approval solicited — just a fucking cake. That’s it. If Mr. Phillips chooses (or sees an opportunity) to be a martyr then that’s on him.

Just one more paragraph:

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered that he ignore his beliefs
and create cakes for same-sex celebrations. He must also re-educate his
staff that his religious beliefs about marriage are, according to the
state, “discriminatory” and that he can no longer run his business
according to them. In addition, he must file quarterly “compliance”
reports for two years.

Actually it is the state law, not the Civil Rights Commission, that requires Phillips not to discriminate. He can have whatever beliefs he wants but his place of business is a public accommodation. I would like to remind Mr. Phillips that Jews are routinely discriminated against (less so since the 1964 Civil Rights Law) because of religious beliefs. It is the very reason that we have anti-discrimination laws in the first place. And yeah, he has to educate his employees.

Of course the inevitable money-beg (links removed):

Jack’s case is now in the hands of the Colorado Court of Appeals. As he says in the video, “This is not what they taught us in civics class…they can do this in other countries, but not here.”

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Apparently Jack had faulty primary education. I learned that, as a society, we cannot pick and choose which laws we will comply with. Colorado’s non-discrimination law was passed by the peoples’ elected representatives and signed into law by the duly elected governor of the state. The same is true of Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban which I am reasonably certain has Phillips’ wholehearted support. We are fighting in the courts, and possibly the ballot, to overturn the ban.

Mr. Phillips is probably not going to encounter much difficulty. I suspect that local LGBT citizens, their friends and family are not rushing to fork over money to a bigot. A bigot is precisely what Jack is because he believes that he has the right to discriminate.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.