This One Take The Cake

Jack Phillips ( Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Jack Phillips ( Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) --  Can a business owner with strongly-held religious objections to homosexuality legally deny service to a gay couple?

This unfortunate question was raised by a baker in Colorado who refused to make a special wedding cake for two men for their wedding reception. And I wonder: what sort of religious belief dictates that you can’t make a cake for someone if you don’t approve of their lifestyle?

The baker in question has told interviewers he doesn’t object to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender staff or customers, but would rather lose his business than make a cake for a couple of them who want to celebrate their commitment to each other.

And apparently he has also refused to make custom cakes for other occasions that offend him, including divorce celebrations, bachelor parties and Halloween.

Bachelor parties?

If this kook is your idea of an icon defending religious liberty, you might want to shop for another icon.

This story also highlights how we’ve lost the thread of how to manage our human relationships and differences without the help of government officials, lawyers and other intermediaries.

That isn’t freedom – it’s voluntary submission to the servitude of needing the police to settle a minor beef.

You could say this silly episode takes the cake.

But something tells me there’s much worse to come.

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