By now, you might have heard of the wedding cake drama across the river from me in the town of Gresham, Oregon. Same-sex couple goes to a bakery there in preparation for their wedding and when the owner finds out the cake is for two brides, he refuses service, citing his religion (Christianity).
A lot of people are outraged and there are high emotions on both sides, those that support the gay couple and those that (inexplicably) support the cake shop owners.
I will come back to this.
Today, I read another story about a man who refuses to file taxes and went so far as to quit his job, when he received his W-2 form with the number “666” on them. He says accepting that number means “selling your soul to the devil.”
I’ve noticed that some Christians have this tendency to take a stand for, frankly, extremely petty things. Situations they blow up in their minds to be of cosmic consequence, that also causes them to make irrational, illogical conclusions.
In the instance of the Gresham bakery, providing wedding cake services for a same-sex couple means you support gay marriage, when it means nothing of the kind. It’s simply a business transaction, that in no way changes your mind about anything. No one is forcing you to agree with anything. Yet, they have convinced themselves they are “taking a stand”.
With the man and his W-2 form, it’s a case of silly superstition that led him to quit his job, jeopardizing his livelihood. Again, he thinks he is taking a stand against…what exactly? Demonic forces that will attack him through paperwork, I guess?
While ridiculous, and probably only causing some minor inefficiency (I hope), the W-2 man is not hurting anyone or denying them rights.
However, the bakery could find themselves in legal trouble for denying service to the same-sex couple: they may have violated Oregon anti-discrimination laws and the state is looking into it.
This is what gets me: supporters say they are simply expressing their religious freedom. But when the act of expressing your religious freedom violates someone else’s civil rights, that is, first, immoral, and second, illegal.
Again, no one is telling the owner of the bakery what to think regarding homosexuality or same-sex marriage. Again, baking them a cake for their wedding does not mean you now agree with their life choices. And there is also the matter of this: no has asked you to have an opinion about a strangers life choices that do not personally impact you.
When you have a public business, you have to follow the laws of the land, provided they do not harm anyone. And it’s also disingenuous to act like a martyr and cover your bigotry with a pseudo-righteous cloak.