A Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that making wedding cakes does not have religious implications. Although religions throughout all of history and all over the earth believe that marriage is something more than just a civil joining of two individuals. Christianity in particular believes that marriage is a joining of two opposites, man and woman, to come together and bring children into the world. Marriage is a symbol of what the relationship between Christ and the Church. Its practical application allows the building of homes to raise children. Marriage was crafted carefully by God at the beginning and thus Christians believe that to show any recognition of a perversion of marriage would be to sin. Thus Christians want no part in any homosexual wedding ceremony.
Masterpiece cakes offered the homosexual couple to bake any other goods for them, but they refused. Instead they argued that their rights to freedom of access was violated under Colorado's public accommodation law. Jake Phillips, owner of the bakery, point out correctly that his religious rights are being violated. He should not have to use his skills to celebrate something that he believes is a defilement of an institution designed by God. A business owner should have the right to conduct his business in accordance with his beliefs.
American tradition has always held that individuals must have the ability to conduct their lives in accordance with their beliefs as long as it does not violate another individuals inherent rights. Buying a cake from Masterpiece Bakery is not an inherent right, nor is there a right to not be offended. On the other hand running a business in accordance to beliefs is an inherent right. Only until we remember that one of the primary rights of democracy is the right to freedom of conscience and to act accordingly and debate accordingly we will find ourselves facing totalitarianism. Our men will have died in vain. We must remember what our rights are and how to defend them.
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