Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ADF wants you to know six irrelevant things about the bigoted baker

One could argue that it is impolite to call Jack Phillips (Masterpiece Cakeshop) a bigot. When he apologizes to the gay couple he denied service to, I might think about that. Not only did Phillips discriminate but he claims that his is an essential service to “promote” the event. On top of that he and his lawyers are essentially blaming the gay couple for not meeting Phillips' standards for service. the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has posted “6 Things You Didn’t Know About Jack Phillips and His Supreme Court Case,” written by Sarah Kramer. Briefly:
1. Jack does not discriminate.
Actually, he does discriminate. If you will not serve a Jewish man marrying a Christian woman, it is safe to say that you are discriminating against Jews. If you will not serve a black man marrying a white woman, it's safe to say that you are discriminating against African-Americans. If you will not serve a same-sex wedding it is safe to say that you are discriminating against gay people. Kramer tries to claim that Phillips serves gay people all the time. What? He did a survey? Even if one could make the claim it is irrelevant. If you serve Jews all the time but won't serve that interfaith wedding you are a bigot and an anti-Semite regardless of prior service.
2. Jack has turned down other cakes in the past.
Irrelevant. He can turn down cakes celebrating a divorce and it means nothing unless divorcees are a protected class. If that's the case then he got away with one.
3. Jack has faced anti-religious bigotry as well as threats and intimidation simply because he declined to promote an event.
Let's all feel sorry for Jack Phillips shall we? How about the gay couple he deemed inferior to his self-righteous sanctimony? Baking a cake does not “promote an event.” Suggesting otherwise is supreme arrogance. Where does that line of reasoning end? The guy who delivers the chairs? Idiotic.
4. Jack owns a private family business, and he doesn’t give up his rights when he sells his art.
The most exquisite cake is not art as that term is understood in commerce. His private family business is a public accommodation. No one contests otherwise. As such he is obligated to obey the laws pertaining to public accommodations. Christians don't get to decide which laws to obey and which not to obey. Even scripture says “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's.”
5. Jack’s shop has been called an “art gallery of cakes.”
Who cares? That reporter could have called it a whore house and Jack Phillips is still a self-absorbed anti-gay bigot.
6. Wedding cakes made up about 40 percent of Jack’s business.
All the more reason that he should comply with the law. Many normal people don't want to patronize a bigot.

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