Monday, February 2, 2015

Breaking: Jews compelled to serve bacon wrapped shrimp

Mike Huckabee

When I wrote about Huckabee on Saturday I failed to state the obvious. Huckabee said that expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is “like asking someone who is Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”

If the deli is kosher (most Jewish delicatessens are not) then shrimp is not on the menu. It would be like walking into a sushi place and demanding veal scallopini.

Perhaps -Huckabee was making a comparison to the bakery that refused a cake for a same-sex wedding. Cake with custom inscriptions is on the menu. The proprietor is refusing service based on disapproval of the customer.
The real comparison would be a Jewish deli refusing to sell a corned beef on rye to a Muslim couple. No kosher deli owner would ever refuse service on the basis of the customer's religion.

Furthermore, to complete Huckabee's misadventure we would need a group led by Hasidim (ultra-orthodox Jews) twisting arms in a state legislature to make the sale and consumption of pork and shrimp illegal. Perhaps they are even organizing protests against pork stores and fish mongers. Of course that would never happen. Most Jews are content with the real meaning of “Free Exercise” clause in the First Amendment. Jews who choose to observe Jewish dietary laws are free to do so. Nobody is requiring them to consume non-kosher food or to mix meat and dairy together. They feel no compulsion to impose those beliefs on Christians or even less observant Jews.

Huckabee should know better. But he is a douchebag.

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