George Orwell’s Animal Farm still has a lot to teach us. In the book after the animals revolt against the farmer they come up with a set of rules. One of those rules is All animals are equal. After the book goes through and the pigs seize control and go about setting themselves into power they alter the rules. The rule ends up being All animals are equal, but some are animals are more equal than others. That is where we have ended up in the United States today. We used to be the land of equality, freedom, dreams, etc. Now we are a land that gives special rights to protected classes and their rights always trump yours in the end.
Take for instance Jack Phillips, a wedding cake baker in Colorado. He is a Christian baker who makes cakes for weddings. Two gay men came to him asking him to bake a cake for their wedding. Now this is despite the fact that Colorado does not recognize same-sex marriage because their constitution defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, so you can’t have a same-sex wedding there. Seeing as how it doesn’t recognize their union, the apparently were married in Massachusetts, it should have been no big deal for him to say can’t do it because of his Christian faith. He should have been able to say nope, sorry, this is my belief, and etc. and that should have been the end of it.
But the gay couple sued. On Dec. 6, 2013, an administrative law judge—Robert Spencer—ruled that Jack Phillips violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. Spencer ordered Phillips to bake cakes celebrating gay marriage for any other parties that ask for such a cake in the future. This despite the fact that same-sex marriage isn’t recognized. I ask you this, if it isn’t recognized as legal, how can he be discriminating against them….their own laws support his position.
The judge understands the argument that Phillips uses his artistic talents to make cakes that convey a message and that messages are protected under the first Amendment. Phillips is engaging in a form of speech when he makes a cake, and making a gay-marriage cake for these two men would therefore compel him to send a message that his religious conscience cannot allow. Nonetheless, the judge held that all this “fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are.”
In other words, Phillips has no right to follow his Christian faith, or any other religion, when it involves refusing to embrace and celebrate gay marriage, even if there is no legal same-sex marriage in the state where all this happened. Because heterosexual marriage good, but homosexual marriage better to paraphrase the Orwellian sheep.
Phillips’ lawyer gave a statement to the press after the judge’s findings. “American citizens should not have to live in fear of a prison sentence merely for disagreeing with the government’s opinion. All Americans should remain free to honor God in our lives and in our work. The government has no business threatening Americans with jail time for simply exercising their constitutionally-protected freedoms of religion and speech. Every American, whatever you think about this issue, should fear a government that ignores the First Amendment in order to exercise this kind of power over its citizens.”
But today, in the twenty-first century in America there are classes of people whose rights are just more equal than yours are. Pray you don’t run up against them because the courts will tell you to obey the commands the government gives you.
- Gay Marriage Trumps 1st Amendment (personalliberty.com)
- Colorado baker would rather go to jail than give in to judge’s order to serve homosexuals (fellowshipoftheminds.com)
- Judge: ‘Gay Rights’ Trump 1st Amendment (givemeliberty01.com)