In a story that now sounds all too familiar, a cake shop owner in Colorado is under legal fire for turning away a gay couple. Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips told Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox & Friends that he'd actually rather go to jail than make a cake for a same-sex wedding, per a judge's order.
Phillips' rationale: "I do what I do because I love doing what I do and I believe it's what God's designed for me to do. I don't plan on giving up my religious beliefs ... I don't feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I'm participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for." Ugh. This is so ridiculously twisted ... and sad ... not to mention, illegal!
Though Phillips may be claiming that he's a victim of religious persecution, arguing that he followed Colorado non-discrimination law to the letter, and he "declined participation in speech and activity that would violate his religious beliefs,” what he is doing is discriminating -- plain and simple -- based on sexual orientation. And neither his freedom of speech nor religion is under attack by being expected to sell wedding cake to anyone and everyone, regardless of whom they love!
If he doesn't agree with Jewish or Muslim or Hindu beliefs, can he also turn those couples away when they walk through his door? Will doing their cake "violate" his religious beliefs? Come on, let's be real: This is about bigotry. Not "the death of free enterprise," as FOX would have viewers believe. So asinine.
Well, discrimination or not, doesn't look like jail is necessarily in the cards for Phillips. He was told in court that his cake shop will incur a fine if it continues to turn away same-sex couples seeking wedding cakes. And to that end, Phillips says he'd rather close down his shop than make a wedding cake for two people who love one another. Maybe that's exactly what should happen!
Here's Phillips speaking in his own self-defense ...
Whose side are you on: Phillips or the judge? Why?