The Cake Baker Was Wrong
Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I’ve always believed in my right to worship my religion without any interference from the government. I also strongly believe in a secular government — as opposed to a religious state that translates religious-based beliefs into law — which guarantees that right of religious freedom. We all have the right to practice our religion free from government interference.
That being said, no one has the right to impose their religion on others. If you live in the U.S., governed by our laws, then you need to work without bias and you cannot insert your religious beliefs into your public work. The baker, however, did just that when he clearly stated that it was because of his religious beliefs he would not make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
When the baker bought a license to bake cakes this license was granted to him and it came with the responsibility of health codes and other laws that govern his trade. The baker was selling cakes for public consumption. And his license assures the public that he meets the guidelines established for that business. These are government guidelines and ANY discrimination is unconstitutional.
Under our laws, the very laws that govern our country, the baker cannot impose his religious beliefs when selling to the public.
I strongly believe in freedom of speech. But using art as the basis for suppressing his freedom of speech and expression is baseless. The artist is selling his paintings. No license is needed and no one needs assurances to protect them from his art. You simply do not have to buy the painting. The baker’s argument that they – even the gay couple – can buy anything in his store but not use his artistic talent for a special cake is silly. He opened his store and succeeded because he makes beautiful cakes. Does he mean that his beautiful cakes only apply to people whom he approves of? Of course not.
People’s rights cannot be hampered, even prevented, by laws that have their basis in religion. The Constitution guarantees the right for all people to celebrate the religion of their choice without interference from the government, since our nation is a secular nation. There is no state religion. The laws of the land must be morally wise and for the benefit of the people — but be devoid of religious doctrine. And, conversely, no religion or religious group can interfere in our government and those laws.
This Supreme Court ruling is a setback for our country. And rulings like this should make us all aware that our freedoms can be taken away if we let them.
I will always fight for the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment, which means a secular government with laws free from religious interference.