Right of Conscience? Depends on the Cake

Consider the following proof — as if it was needed — that “tolerance” and religious “freedom” are a one-way street.

Everyone remembers back in 2012, when Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to bake a “wedding” cake for a homosexual couple. The ACLU got involved, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that Phillips had violated anti-discrimination laws. Phillips is currently appealing.

Fast forward to March 2014. A guy named Bill Jack from Castle Rock, Colorado, walks into Azucar Bakery and asks for a Bible-shaped cake with the phrase “Homosexuality is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:2,” and a picture of two men holding hands and a big red X over it. Owner Marjorie Silva refused to add the anti-homosexual messages, though she offered to bake the book-shaped cake itself.

Jack filed a discrimination complaint, and now the Colorado civil rights division has ruled that Silva did not violate the law by following her own conscience.

The first point to be made is that Silva was 100 percent within her right to do as she did and refuse to bake a cake that she found morally offensive, even though I disagree with her and the “LGBTQ” (BLT W/MSTRD) crowd that the Bible quote or even the picture with the X through it are hateful.

The second point is that Jack Phillips was also 100 percent within his rights to refuse to bake a cake that he found morally offensive.

Silva, who is neither Christian nor homosexual, says she just doesn’t tolerate “hatred.” Yet, despite coming from some sort of fuzzy secular, go-with-the-crowd philosophy, she still speaks, correctly, about her decision as being a moral issue. “I’m happy that we were not just morally right but legally right,” Silva told Yahoo News. “Hopefully this will lead to a better world where we are friendly to each other.”

So if popular opinion rooted in vague, feel-good materialism is a legitimate basis for refusing to bake a cake, how much more so Phillips’ decision? If anything, Phillips was MORE right to act as he did, because the homosexual “wedding” the cake was intended for would have required him to actively participate (albeit peripherally) in supporting a ceremony that is an open mockery of a holy Christian sacrament. In other words, Phillips was being asked to act in a way that he knew was an affront to God.

Yet the state of Colorado has clearly demonstrated its hypocrisy by giving Silva a pass while trying to bring ruin down on Phillips. So far, that hypocrisy has been distinctly anti-Christian in flavor, which makes it even more detestable. Either the state’s bakeries are all public accommodations and must fulfill all orders equally, or all bakery owners have the right to act on their own conscience. One or the other. To do otherwise is a violation of the 14th Amendment, just for starters.

Another thing that must be said is that Bill Jack is a bit of a jerk. While he was making a political point, he wasn’t behaving in the most Christian of ways by deliberately stirring up trouble, and although I don’t think his cake sounds hateful, it doesn’t exactly sound friendly either.

However, and this is a big however, he made a valid point. He walked into that bakery anticipating that he would be told no to his cake request and that subsequent legal actions would result in the state of Colorado proving its anti-Christian hypocrisy. He was correct, and now he probably has legal grounds to go to a higher court and challenge Colorado’s one-sided morality, which really amounts to establishment of a state religion.

It’s not only a valid point, it’s a necessary point.

For too many decades, we have witnessed the weakening of America from within as secular social philosophy has driven traditional morality further and further into the background.

The recent manufactured outrage over religious freedom laws is just the latest step in dismantling America’s Christian moral heritage. The final step will be when government declares traditional, Bible-based Christianity to be outlawed and the banner of official state atheism is lifted high.

It has happened elsewhere. It can happen here.