Friday, August 4, 2017

Hate group leader thinks everyone is as stupid as a ...

Michael P. Farris
Michael P. Farris has another hobby
Michael P. Farris, new leader of Alliance Defending Freedom, . is the former head and founder of Home School Legal Defense Association. He spent most of his career advocating for conservative Christians to have the right to make their kids as ignorant as they are.

Apparently Farris is wed to the belief that everyone is as dim-witted as those misguided parents. Late Thursday he wrote an essay about a child whose nickname is Pickle (the kid is real). The quoted portions are from an article about Pickle in The Washington Post:
“…[W]hen Pickle asked for ‘a Donald Trump suit’ for his birthday, [his mother] bought him one, and when he asked for ‘a Donald Trump cake,’ she made him one herself, because she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”

That’s interesting: “she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”

So, should these bakers be forced to design and create a Trump cake?

As you know, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips in a lawsuit that is reminiscent of this situation. When a same-sex couple walked into Jack’s store and asked him to design a custom cake for their same-sex wedding, he had to politely decline due to his religious beliefs about marriage. So the couple sued him.

Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons. Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops.
Similarly? The obvious problem with that argument is that ADF's client, Jack Phillips, defied Colorado's nondiscrimination law. That is not in dispute. ADF asserts that the law Phillips flouted is unconstitutional because it does not provide for a religious exemption. You know, Christian privilege.

Pickle lives in Stockton, California. According to the state:
California law protects individuals from illegal discrimination by a business establishment based on the following:
  • Race, color
  • Ancestry, national origin
  • Religion
  • Primary language
  • Citizenship, immigration status
  • Disability, mental or physical
  • Sex, gender (including pregnancy)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity, gender expression
  • Medical condition
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
Trump supporters don't seem to be a protected class. Nor is political belief. Presumably Mr. Farris knows perfectly well that the two (Phillips and No-Trump bakers) are not comparable. They are not similarly situated. Why then would Farris offer such a flawed comparison? Does it not say something about his constituency?

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