It was never about the cake
“Indiana has passed a law which balances religious freedom for citizens, groups and businesses, with the state’s “compelling interests” in requiring everybody to obey this or that particular law which might burden religion. It is not a remarkable law. The same language was passed federally by a bipartisan Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton. About 31 states have such a law either by statute or state constitutional interpretation.” – Helen Alvare, from an email to her WSFT supporters.
Probably you’ve heard once or fifteen times in the past 48 hours how the state of Indiana is trying to time travel back into the Middle Ages and start hunting down practicing homosexuals and publicly flogging them in the town square for their sins of the flesh.At least that’s the narrative our progressive mainstream media is broadcasting via every available channel, be they legitimate news sources or floundering, illogical op-eds by the very openly homosexual CEO’s of very wealthy corporations who are therefore allowed to have bigger and more important opinions than the average citizen.
And this, y’all? This is crazy.This is the best example of how public opinion – cultivated public opinion carefully crafted and executed by liberal think tanks, billion dollar corporations, and academicians, is becoming the highest power in the land.
In short: laws need not be based in reason or reality, but must instead conform to popular public displays of outrage and emotion.
But there’s a catch.
Some people – let’s call them Christians to simplify the discussion, believe that sex is sacred and, as God revealed in Scripture, is reserved for the exclusive marital relationship between one man and one woman.
Now, Christians believe this to be true because it is true, speaking from a natural law perspective.
God doesn’t make arbitrary thou shalt nots: if He says not to do it, it’s because it’s objectively wrong. So murder. Lying. Stealing. Adultery (translation: sexual involvement with someone other than your spouse).
Do some Christians (and lots of other people) do these things anyway? Of course. Because human nature and original sin and lots and lots of falling down and repenting and getting back up.
But now we have this prevailing cultural trend of not only tolerating a formerly forbidden and immoral behavior – homosexuality – but of openly embracing and celebrating it.
And I’m not speaking here of the person struggling with (or openly celebrating, as is more and more often the case) the disordered behavior and deviant attractions, but the very act of engaging in homosexual behavior. That’s what we’re being compelled to clap and cheer for.
And this bill in Indiana? All it is is the reiteration of an existing 20 year old federal law that 31 other states have some identical version of on the books that pledges protection for those individuals and businesses who don’t choose to jump up and down and cheer.
Does it say that you can discriminate against someone because you disagree with their lifestyle? No. Foolishness.
All it offers is the chance for businesses and individuals who are being compelled by prevailing public opinion and an increasingly invasive federal government to protect themselves from directly violating their own consciences by participating in immoral acts.
Because unless the gay couple coming to ask for a wedding cake is planning on entering into some kind of lifelong platonic union of mutual celibacy, that’s exactly what forcing someone to cater a gay “wedding” is doing: coercing their participation in the public celebration of immoral behavior: homosexuality.
That’s all this law is: an explicit protection for religious citizens who fear (and rightly so) the creeping encroachment of coercive government policies that directly contradict both reality and their deeply held moral beliefs.
But you won’t hear that in the media. Because the gay agenda is powerful, purposeful, and intent upon winning hearts and minds, by force if necessary.
It was never about the wedding cake in the first place. It was always about – and will continue to be about – the systematic redefinition of our collective moral code.
Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen
Laura Catherine Hudgens
I get that the law is not about the cake. And I get that the media, fueled by the gay lobby, has spun this in to an outcry against those “bigoted Christians!” And maybe it’s a good law for a number of reasons. But what I don’t get, is why not bake the cake? Offering someone a service that you are in the business of offering does not necessarily imply consent. How can we witness to people if we refuse to serve them? Should we also refuse to bake wedding cakes for divorced people who are remarrying? People who are marrying in churches that are notoriously anti-Catholic? Do we refuse to sell these people building materials for their homes? Do we not mow their lawns or fix their plumbing? Should Catholic schools and Catholic hospitals refuse to educate and treat the children of gay couples? Does doing any of those things draw the gay couple any nearer to Jesus? And what about the hotel in our town that might want to refuse to host the reception of the couple recently married in the Catholic church because the hotel owners are gay, Muslim, or they believe the Catholic Church in the Whore of Babylon. I don’t meant to be difficult? These are legitimate questions. I haven’t gotten my mind around the whole debate yet, but I’m struggling to see how refusing to offer someone a service is going to show them the love of God.
Laura Catherine Hudgens
To be clear, I get that the law does not allow you to refuse service to people just because you disagree with their lifestyle, but I guess I’m asking where the line is. Does selling a gay couple a home imply consent to their union? Does educating their kids? And I worry about how the law will be used to discriminate against Christians. Thanks for opening up this discussion. You make some great points.
I wonder about the potential for discrimination against Christians, too, and as a gay Christian, it makes me very unhappy. Because if a Christian-owned bakery can refuse service to gay couples, what’s to keep a gay-owned bakery from refusing service to Christians?