Jack Phillips (owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood Colorado) is at the center of the nations latest discrimination controversy. In 2012 he refused to bake a cake for the reception of a gay wedding. David Mullins and Charlie Craig (the couple he turned away) then filed a complaint with the state government. After several court rulings the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined Phillips was in the wrong.

Phillips decided that compulsory compliance to the will of the government was not the answer.  He has such strong convictions about gay marriage that he is willing to give up an entire service that his business offers, and will no longer bake any wedding cakes. Phillips is even willing to go as far as closing his business if needed.

The recent death of Westboro Baptist Church founder and leader Fred Phelps begs the question, what if the situation was reversed? As a man grounded in reality I know that Westboro would not patronize a bakery owned by a homosexual. So let’s suspend reality for a moment and say that there is a gay baker in Topeka and the Westboro congregation can’t get enough of their tasty treats. When planning Fred’s funeral they ask that baker to bake a cake for the reception that would follow the service. Would we have selective application of the law? Or would they be required to provide service for the hate group?

Phillips now faces a bureaucratic nightmare of keeping a record of any customer he turns away, and figuring out a program the state approves of to re-train his employees to know they need to serve everybody.

Why do Americans always want laws passed to prevent being offended?

Morality legislation is an odd thing. Laws against causing harm to another make sense, no matter your political outlook. However, both the right and the left want laws passed to control people’s thoughts and actions, often in stark contrast with the opposite political viewpoint, and both leaning towards fascism.

As a libertarian and a thinker, I realize that the First Amendment provides us with freedom of speech. It does not protect us from being offended or force us to associate with those we chose not to.

I reached out to Jack Phillips, David Mullins, and Charlie Craig. Unfortunately none of the parties involved were able to be reached for an interview at this time.

– Brian Abington  06/04/14 08:00 AM CT