LET THEM MAKE CAKE
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge of the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but will probably be ignored, and please as always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
So the latest hoo-ha is over the rights or non-rights of business establishments to deny service to certain people or groups. Specifically I have read about a bakery being brought to its knees by law and public pressure for not making a cake for a gay wedding. More recently a pizza parlor is being driven out of business after they told a news reporter they would not cater a gay wedding. Both establishments claimed religious reasons for not providing service.
OK, first let me state that personally I have no issue with gay marriage. If I did feel gay marriage was against the teachings of my religion, I would not consider my providing a service as corrupting my beliefs. I don’t see what someone else believes, in this instance, interferes with my beliefs. Hey, you want a cake? You want pizza? That is what I do, you’ve got it.
However, if someone else feels very strongly about not being any part of gay marriage, do they have to participate?
If I am a baker and someone orders a pornographic cake, or something related to pedophilia, or a cake that supports hunting, or smoking, or snorting cocaine, or anything, do I have to comply? I know, that is in the extreme, how do I relate gay marriage to a subject like snorting cocaine? I don’t, but it is possible that someone might. Doesn’t have to be a popular view, or a correct view, or a rational view, but is a baker not entitled to turn down a request that he finds totally repugnant and against all that he believes?
Well, you say, should a black person not be able to order a cake from an KKK card carrying bigot baker? Can a pizza parlor decide not to serve patrons who have freckles? They should not, but why do we have to make a major issue out of it? Why do we have to get legislation involved.
I believe in both these cases people were just looking for a fight. Both establishments were Christian establishments that made their beliefs very well known. Not all Christians, by the way, are against gay marriage, but these establishments held a religious belief that gay marriage is wrong.
Why does a gay couple want to have a wedding cake made by a baker who is anti-gay marriage? I would not want someone who I felt might hate me to make any food for me against his wishes.
I suppose that If I was told I could not order a cake because of a bakers bias, I would be upset and angry. I believe my reaction would be to tell him to do something unnatural to himself and I would not want him to have anything to do with my wedding. I would probably tell all my likeminded friends to not buy as much as a doughnut from these idiots.
The pizza parlor situation is even more trumped up. In this case a reporter went to the restaurant and specifically asked if they would cater a gay wedding. The reporter clearly knew their beliefs and was looking to stir some shit. Stir they did.
This whole premise is silly. Who orders pizza to cater a wedding? If you do, who tells the restaurant why they want pizza? When I order pizza I just call and request a specific pie for a specific address. No one calls and says,
“I’d like to order some pies, two plain, two pepperoni, and one sausage and mushroom for delivery to 15 Main Street. Oh, and the pies are for my gay wedding.”
And has anyone ever heard of catering a wedding with pizza? A GAY WEDDING?
Should I be allowed to call a florist and order a “NoMoHomo” bouquet? I would expect the florist to tell me where to go for my bouquet.
The difference is obvious. It is wrong to order a NoMoHomo bouquet. It is just not obvious to all people, and legislating “right thinking” gets tricky.
Look I get it. Gay people are often unfairly discriminated against. It is wrong. People should not be able to hide their prejudice behind a veil of “Religious Conviction.” If they can, then we are opening a big can of worms. (Shria Law anyone?)
I just think people should pick their battles carefully. If another baker will make your cake, just go to the other baker and leave the bigot alone. If there is no other baker, then it is appropriate to raze a ruckus and amend behavior through social pressure.
If a bear is in the road blocking your way, blow your horn, or go around him; but if you see a bear asleep in the woods, don’t get out of your car and poke him in the butt!*
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.
*I’m not sure what that means either…sounded good to me when I wrote it.