Sure, you have freedom to worship. But it’ll cost ya’.
Yes. It’s come to this. We have judges ordering bakers to make cakes for a same-sex couple or else pay heavy fines as a punishment.
Land of the free, folks. If you wish to make a living, check that oogedy-boogedy religious stuff at the door pal.
Administrative law judge Robert N. Spence found Friday that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colo. violated the law when he turned away David Mullins, 29, and Charlie Craig, 33, from his shop last year.
In his written decision, Spence ordered that Phillips “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples, or face financial penalties, and cited Colorado state law that prohibits businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
“At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses,” Spence wrote. “This view, however, 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.”
The baker said that he truly believed creating a cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding would displease God. But the judge said it’s more important that the baker not offend others with his beliefs.
It’ll be interesting to see if the HHS mandate lawsuits will effect these kinds of situations.