As you know, Jack Phillip’s cake-baking case has been presented to the Supreme Court. The court will decide if its constitutional for Phillips and business owners to refuse to create messages for behaviors and subjects that they disagree with.
The First Amendment protects religion and speech. The case is not only about a person’s religious beliefs. It includes political beliefs. A business owner should not be forced to bake a cake, make a t-shirt, print signs, or promote a position through advertising (religious or otherwise) that they disagree with.
Jewish celebrity baker Duff Goldman, who should know better,1, “owner of the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes shop, which is featured on the Food Network show ‘Ace of Cakes,’ argued in an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun last week that Phillips’ case is about discrimination.” Here’s some of what Goldman wrote:
We decided a long time ago as a society that it’s fundamentally un-American to decline to serve someone because of who they are. That’s what Mr. Phillips and anti-LGBT activists are trying to do. And if they succeed, it could have a devastating impact on the LGBT community and millions of others who unfortunately still find themselves at heightened risk of discrimination.
Phillips has never refused to bake cakes for homosexuals. He has refused to bake cakes that express certain messages he disagrees with.
Here is Phillip’s response:
As a Christian, I have neither the liberty nor the inclination to discriminate. God calls me to love and serve all, and that’s what I seek to do. While I am unable to express all messages or celebrate all events, all people are welcome at my shop, and I am happy and privileged to serve them.
If the sweetest little old lady entered my shop and asked for a cake celebrating divorce, I would politely decline. And if Charlie and David — the men who are suing me — came into my store tomorrow and asked for a custom birthday cake, I would be happy to sit down with them and design a cake to celebrate that occasion.
He went on to explain “that he has declined cakes not only for gay weddings, but also some that celebrate divorce, disparage LGBT individuals, celebrate Halloween, or contain sexual images or messages. In every instance, my choice not to create a cake had nothing to do with the individual and everything to do with the message or event.”