This case highlights an issue that will continue to arise throughout our newfound avenues of social extremism. The problem here is undoubtedly discrimination but, not only against same-sex couples.
I believe that tolerance of other’s beliefs works both ways. Yet, in light of advocating for greater acceptance, it feels as if Jack Phillips’ religious views have been completely relegated. Mr. Phillips should absolutely have the right to refuse service in the name of symbolic speech.
As it relates to Civil Liberties, our protected personal freedoms, we mustn't forget that they extend to every individual and not just those identified groups that have been victim of unjust persecution.
If I were a store owner, I would certainly exercise the right to refuse creative service to those that deeply compromise my beliefs; assuming it would not violate established anti-discrimination laws.
Founded in 1993, Mr. Phillips’ cakeshop has ultimately been operating successfully for 25 years. There’s no way one could sustain a business for so long without measurably good service and products.
Now after yesterday’s judgment in his favor, a quick review of Yelp reveals a comment/rating section flooded with typical social justice warrior negative criticism.
I agree that everyone has the right to voice their displeasure but, should it be at the expense of further damaging the livelihood of a long-standing business owner?
Many also often overlook the underlying contradiction that seemingly plagues cases of this nature. As Justice Alito brilliantly states:
“It’s okay for a baker who supports same-sex marriage to refuse to create a cake with a message that is opposed to same-sex marriage. But when the tables are turned and you have a baker who opposes same-sex marriage, that baker may be compelled to create a cake that expresses approval of same-sex marriage.”
Those pushing for change have often failed to realize, that while fighting, they’re also trampling on the rights of others in the process. Instead of creating a culture of impartiality, we’re often left with unbalanced rules in favor of those who’ve recently suffered.
I don’t believe we can fault Mr. Phillips for sticking to his principals, especially given that same-sex marriage was not yet legal in the state Colorado.
Honestly though, if you were commemorating a life event, would you really want something created by those who profoundly oppose your views? This could have been easily settled by going to another cake maker.