Saturday, August 12, 2017 by Ethan Huff
Right now there’s a deafening silence emanating from CNN, The New York Times, and many other mainstream media outlets that, if this particular story of discrimination involved a gay, lesbian, or transgender wedding, you can be sure that they would all be in a resounding chorus of tizzy. But because it was a Trump supporter who was refused goods and services, you can almost hear the crickets chirping.
Let’s cut to the chase: A nine-year-old boy from California who admires President Trump wanted a cake made for his birthday bearing the business mogul’s “Make America Great Again” campaign hat. The boy’s mother tried to find a baker who would make this type of cake for her son, but none would agree to it. The mother ended up having to bake the cake herself, and her son still had a wonderful birthday.
The boy, named Dylan Harbin, later wrote a letter to President Trump explaining that the President is his “favorite president.” Young Dylan told President Trump about the cake his mom made for him, and other such childlike innocence that pulled at the heart strings of millions of Americans. The story quickly spread via the alternative media, and now many are asking the question: Where was the mainstream media’s outrage over this?
Given, no bake shop is required by law to bake a cake for anyone. But why, then, are bakers who refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings allowed to be bullied and forced into “re-education” programs, which is exactly what happened to Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.
As reported by The Washington Times, Phillips refused to bake a cake for a gay couple because his Christian beliefs compelled him not to. Phillips was sued and ordered by the state’s Civil Rights Commission to go to brainwashing sessions, and had to change his store policies to comply with the demands of the LGBT community. Phillips also has to file quarterly “compliance” reports for two years following the incident.
This is quite the litany of punishment for refusing to bow down to the god of LGBT, and one that’s still being battled in court – with its next stop being the Supreme Court. Phillips’ lawyer has already presented a case, and oral arguments are set to be heard this upcoming fall as to the bake shop’s fate (as well as that of other businesses in the U.S. whose owners also wish to follow their consciences on matters such as this).
What’s interesting is that, in Phillips’ case, his right to refuse service is seen as intolerable because it discriminates against a protected group. But in young Dylan’s case, the bakers who refused to make his “Make America Great Again” cake are apparently being regarded as simply exercising their free speech rights. This double standard is quite hypocritical, and raises serious questions about the equality of justice in the U.S. today.
“Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons,” wrote Michael P. Farris, president, CEO, and general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group defending Phillips in his cake case, on a recent blog post comparing the two cases. Pickle, just to be clear, is the nickname that young Dylan explained in his letter to the President that many people call him at school.
“Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops. And neither should anyone on the Right. The fact is that these cake shops have freedom of speech. They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.”
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