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12/10/2013

Discriminatory cake baker posts editorial on bakery's website; goes after 'illegal' weddings that are 'contrary to biblical teachings'

by Jeremy Hooper

Jack Phillips is the latest of the far-right's fake "victims" to lose in his bid to wantonly and willfully discriminate against a same-sex couple seeking his services. But rather than stagy quiet while lawyers sort out his situation, Mr. Phillips is apparently running head-first into his admitted desire to discriminate. Someone posted this unsigned editorial to Masterpiece Cakes' official website, coupled with a call for customers to sign a petition in support of his view that same-sex marriages are against the bible.

Here's the editorial:

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Religious Liberty Petition [Masterpiece Cakes]

I actually love that he's using the word "illegal" to refer to state bans on our marriages. The anti-equality groups hate that language; they never use it. That's because they know that it is a truthful term that speaks to the unfair exclusion that they'd rather pretend is some sort of marital "protection"—and they know that it's an admission that helps our polls, not theirs. Kudos to Mr. Phillips and his allies for helping us cut through the other side's spin and admit the obvious: they want to make our loving, committed relationships completely illegal.

But in this case, legality doesn't even matter so much. The fact is that two individuals requested a kind of cake that this business proudly sales and were told that they could not purchase this particular pastry because of who they are. Period. It is not the bakers' job to adjudicate the morality he sees associated with the way the customers utilize his product. It is his job to serve his customers—equally.

If he wants to deny customers who he sees as anti-biblical, I'm sure Colorado has many megachurch kitchens in need of a good pastry chef.

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