posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 10:17 AM
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious
beliefs. Friday's order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer says Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver will face fines if it continues
to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes for their wedding celebrations. An attorney for Masterpiece Cakeshop did not immediately return a call
seeking comment. Shop owner Jack Phillips had argued that making cakes for gay wedding ceremonies violates his Christian beliefs. The American Civil
Liberties Union filed a complaint against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission last year on behalf of Charlie Craig and David Mullins.
The couple was married in Massachusetts and wanted a wedding cake to celebrate in Colorado.
Is this a good idea? is this a good decision?
I believe in equal rights but also what about the right of the religious believer who is averse to transgender rights through their perceived
In this case the simple act of creating a wedding cake with figures of two men rather than a man and a woman on the cake prevents a bakery owner from
making the cake due to his perceived religious duties.
Would forcing the baker to go against his perceived religious obligation be the government intervening in private citizens religious rights?
Or should the government, in the case a judge, exercise its judicial power and legally force this man to oblige the gay couple?
Obviously the judge has the right to do this but the question is should that power be curtailed by legislation?
Allowing religious beliefs to discriminate
What if a black Muslim doesn’t want to hire or do something for white people?
Or a Klansmen or Christian Identity (who are racist Christians) doesn’t want to serve minorities should their religious beliefs be tolerated?
The point is where do we draw the line in respecting religious beliefs versus the rights of individuals
It may be a question for Solomonic wisdom that I am sure is prevalent here at ATS
edit on 7-12-2013 by Willtell because: added content