posted on Jun, 7 2013 @ 09:51 AM
After reading the article the following can be stated:
Everyone is entitled to their own belief and opinion, there is no doubt on that. The freedom of expression is one that has been held at the highest
value of all in the USA. At the same time, the freedom of Religion is another long standing tradition in the USA. The ultimate problem is that now
both rights and values under the law is coming into conflict, and this is where one will loose due to a case like this.
The real pain of it all, both sides are correct in their assessment, the couple who is wanting to celebrate their marriage is seeking equality under
the law, and with all of the bells and whistles that go along with it. At the same time on the other side is the bakery owner and his right to not
only run a business as he so chooses but also to the clientel that he has, and there is nothing that states he can not include his personal religious
belief in his business or how he runs his business.
And after giving a bit of thought to this, and many will or will not like this reasoning to this argument, it is valid, the courts should find in
favor of the business owner. There is nothing in this country, save very few positions,that would deny a person their right to expression or
religion. The only ones who usually have to be guarded in what they say or accept are those at the highest levels of power, and based on what is
going on in DC, one could wonder if they actually follow what they sit in a place of worship and ask for forgiveness for.
The business owner has the right to refuse to do business with anyone at any time and should never, ever be forced to give a reason why. Nor should
we question such, though many times a business would give a reason why. In this case, the business owner feels that it would violate his belief. The
owner could have simply stated he can not do business with the couple and sent them on their way, then it would have not been an issue. But here is
where it gets sticky and into the gray area of the law, someone the couple found out the owners belief and believe it to be a hate crime, that they
are being discriminated against. Are they being persecuted, no, as there is no evidence to the contrary. Is this the only baker in the city of
Denver, probably not, there are other bakers and some who would be more than willing to provide them with services.
This law suit, is wrong, and should never have been brought to court, as it only will serve to fuel the flames of intollerance on the part of both
sides. Acceptance has to be a 2 way street, and ultimately, with any business the way you get them to change is through the bottom line. All this is
going to do is cause more problems in a state that not too long ago, tried to ban gay people in the first place, and give those on the religious
right, ammunition to try again, if anything making any other laws harder to get passed.
A final thought: It is better to do business with a business owner like this baker, or Chik-felia or any other business that is very clear cut on
their beliefs, cause then you know where you stand with them, than one that folds to public pressure, as then they are definately hiding something.