The traditional family unit is the backbone of society, so naturally, when it’s attacked, everything crumbles and breaks apart, a phenomenon we’ve been witnessing for many years here in America.
It started with the boom in divorces and the “sexual revolution” and has slipped deeper into the abyss with the celebration of the homosexual lifestyle and the acceptance of same-sex marriage by both our culture and the government.
This is why the Supreme Court fight over whether or not a Christian baker should be forced to make a gay wedding cake is such a huge deal. Not only does this further push the destruction of the traditional family, but it also destroys religious liberty and the economic freedom inherent in capitalism.
In other words, it threatens the very core of our liberty and way of life. That seems pretty important, right?
The Supreme Court heard almost 90 minutes of oral arguments concerning the application of Colorado’s public accommodations law to Christian baker Jack Phillips after he refused to make a cake for same-sex marriage ceremony.
Fox News is reporting:
Charlie Craig and David Mullins of Denver visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012 to buy a custom-made wedding cake. Owner Jack Phillips abruptly refused his services when told it was for a same-sex couple. A state civil rights commission sanctioned Phillips after a formal complaint from the gay couple.
Legal questions over compelled speech, expressive content, and societal tolerance placed the nine-member bench squarely in the middle of a culture war debate– competing claims involving religion and gay rights.
“If you want to be a part of our community, of our civic community, there’s certain behavior, conduct you can’t engage in,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “And that includes not selling products that you sell to everyone else to people simply because of either their race, religion, national origin, gender, and in this case sexual orientation. So we can’t legislate civility and rudeness, but we can and have permitted it as a compelling state interest legislating behavior.”
The one justice everyone has their eye on in this case is Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote, who has been sympathetic in his support for the LGBTQ community in past decisions.
However, this time around, he is asking some very tough questions of both sides.
“If you prevail, could the baker put a sign in his window, we do not bake cakes for gay weddings?” he asked the lawyer for Phillips. “And you would not think that an affront to the gay community?”
But later in the argument, he said: “Tolerance is essential in a free society. And tolerance is most meaningful when it’s mutual. It seems to me that the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’ religious beliefs.”
Seems like a very middle-of-the-road kind of approach, which is well balanced, no doubt about that, but God’s Word is pretty clear about homosexuality, and for the Christian there’s absolutely no compromise. God views it as sin and it would be sin for His people to participate or approve of the practice in any way, hence why this is such an important topic of discussion.
The right to deny service based on one’s religious beliefs and worldview is incredibly important, not just for Christians and conservatives, but for all people.
Imagine if a white supremacist walked into a cake shop and asked for a cake with a racial slur on it. That’s super offensive, ugly, awful, and plain out right disgusting, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s say the baker says no way. Are leftists really okay with the law forcing said baker to make such a cake?
Hopefully not. It’s likely a good majority of folks would side with the baker and his or her convictions that racism is evil and agree the cake should not be made. How or why is that okay, but it’s not okay for a person to stick to their faith and refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding which also violates what the baker believes?
At this point, the biggest concern at the moment is whether or not Justice Kennedy will end up following his pervious pattern and side with the LGBT community or if he’ll uphold the Constitution and the religious liberty of Christian business owners across the country.
Glenn Beck did a great breakdown of what went down yesterday on the second hour of his radio show that you can listen to here. It starts at around the 19 minute mark.
SCOTUS is expected to reach a decision in the case sometime next June.