A Lesson in Logic, Consistency and True Human Rights...Or...Is It Truly Wise to Remove a Human Being's Right of Refusal?
Questions: Is it o.k. for someone who is homosexual to ask a baker of faith who believes in traditional marriage to bake a cake celebrating a homosexual "marriage?" Answer: It may not be "o.k.," but, the homosexual customer has the right to ask.
Question: Is it o.k. for a KKK customer to ask a black baker to bake a cake proclaiming "White Supremacy?" Answer: It may not be not "o.k.," but the right to ask is a real right.
Question: Is it o.k. for a person of faith, who believes in traditional marriage to ask a homosexual baker to bake a cake celebrating traditional marriage? Answer: It may not be "o.k.," but the right to ask exists.
Question: Is it o.k. for a customer to ask a Jewish baker to baker a cake in the shape of a Swastika? Answer: It may not be “o.k.,” but the right to ask exists.
Question: Is it o.k. for a customer to ask a Muslim baker to bake a cake in the shape of a little, pink pig for a birthday party? Answer: It may not be “o.k.,” but, the right to ask exists.
Now…Aside from the basic question about the right to ask, which relates directly to the part of the First Amendment that covers Freedom of Speech, what about the right to refuse?
If you believe any one of the bakers mentioned above has the right to refuse to bake such cakes as requested of them, then how can you say the baker of faith does NOT have the same "right of refusal?" That is simple logic and consistency. And, if you say the customers have no right to ask, you are not only wrong, you are a very dangerous individual. A non-thinking one, too. For, if you remove the right to ask, you remove a basic human ability to ask for anything. Including, help when it is needed. For the mere act of asking will offend someone, somewhere...depending on the nature of the request. Be careful what you ask for. But, be even more careful of what you demand. And, be most careful of what you demand be taken away from others. That is a sword that truly cuts both ways.
Photo courtesy of The National Constitution Center