That is the word we hear all the time. TOLERANCE on race issues. TOLERANCE on gay issues. Isn’t it time for TOLERANCE to be a 2-way street.
In Colorado, a baker did not want to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. He has been found guilty of discrimination. Now he has received his sentence:
An Administrative Law judge in Colorado named Robert Spencer has issued an extraordinary rule in the case of Masterpiece Cake Shop which refused to help two homosexuals make a mockery of marriage.
A Colorado baker found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple must go through sensitivity training as part of his penance and rehabilitation. In December of last year, Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer found Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, guilty of discriminating against same-sex couple Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig when he told them in July 2012 that he couldn’t bake them a wedding cake because homosexual behavior conflicted with his Christian beliefs.
Phillips appealed the verdict to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which stood by Spencer’s decision and ordered May 30 that Phillips be required to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples in conflict with his moral Christian convictions. Additionally, Phillips and his staff will have to submit to a regimen of state-sanctioned sensitivity training to make sure they are in line with Colorado’s non-discrimination statute.
Over the next two years Phillips will also be required to submit quarterly reports to Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission concerning his business practices, informing the commission whether he has turned any business away, most importantly homosexual customers. “So if his shop is closed or he’s out of flour, he needs to report to the commission,” explained Nicolle Martin of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the conservative Christian legal advocacy group that represented Phillips in the case, to Fox News on June 5.
So, would it be discrimination if the same baker refused to bake a cake with a Swastika on it, as the RedState article infers?
And let me pose the question this way. IF you sat down with a baker, and you could tel that the baker was uncomfortable with the situation as the cake specifics were discussed, do you REALLY want that baker to be baking your cake? When we have chosen a cake decorator, for birthdays, engagements, weddings, baptisms, etc., we have wanted the baker’s very best. This baker would not have intentionally caused a problem with the cake, but would his “heart” have been in the project?
TOLERANCE…. it does go both ways!!