The owner of a Colorado cake shop says he’s willing to go to jail to defend his religious beliefs — which include not baking cakes for same-sex weddings. While the state of Colorado does not allow same-sex couples to legally marry, Masterpiece Cake Shop owner Jack Philips says that “God’s design” is for him to be a baker, and he believes Jesus does not want him to bake cakes for gay couples.
Phillips last week lost his case in front of a judge ruling he had violated Colorado Civil Rights Commission regulations and discriminated by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple.
“If that’s what it takes,” Phillips replied. “I don’t believe I need to drop my religious convictions at any time for any reason,” he told Hasselbeck. The Fox News morning show host didn’t bother to actually include anyone to reasonably explain the issues surrounding the case, or anyone from the opposing side.
“If the government can force you to violate your belief under the threat of a jail sentence, there is really no freedom they can’t take away, Elisabeth,” attorney Nicole Martin said. Of course, the government has been putting people in jail for religious beliefs since the nation was formed — including those who are conscientious objectors to war, a much stronger moral issue than cake baking.
“This could set precedent in terms of private businesses having to completely shed what they believe personally to offer something to a consumer,” Hasselback opined, ignoring the fact that private businesses are not private. Private businesses are licensed by the state in which they operate, and thus are required to abide by that state’s laws, or risk losing their business license.
Would Hasselbeck wish for a cake baker to refuse to bake cakes for weddings of interracial couples if it were on religious grounds? Would she support hotels refusing to rent rooms to unmarried couples? Perhaps she would support restaurants not serving alcohol to unaccompanied women? All those have been legal in our nation’s past.
Hat tip: Mediaite
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