When you see the ignorance among some of the GOP presidential candidates on some of the most basic issues, it’s easy to understand why the American public continues to remain in the dark. This is such a nice example — here’s Laurie Higgins writing at Illinois Family Action:
John Kasich should drop out of the presidential race for a number of reasons, including his profound ignorance about the homosexual attack on religious liberty. On Monday he made this glib, feckless comment:
I think frankly, our churches should not be forced to do anything that’s not consistent with them. But if you’re a cupcake maker and somebody wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake. Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff—move on. The next thing, you know, they might be saying, if you’re divorced you shouldn’t get a cupcake.
The issue is not now nor ever has been about making or selling cupcakes to homosexuals. If Kasich had bothered to do some research before self-righteously pontificating, he would have learned that the bakers (and florists, and wedding photographers) whose livelihoods have been destroyed by the tyrannical, unholy, and unconstitutional demands of homosexuals had, indeed, made and sold goods to homosexuals. What these Christian business-owners declined to do was make a product that they had never made before: anti-wedding cakes (or anti-wedding floral displays, or anti-wedding photographs).
The issue is now and always has been about being required to make and sell a product that these bakers had never made. Marriage has a nature, central to which is sexual differentiation and without which a union is not in reality marital. The union of two men or two women is not and never can be in reality a wedding. It is in reality the very antithesis of a wedding. It is an anti-wedding. The law determines what is legal. The law cannot change ontological reality. Our laws are often wrong, and when they are egregiously wrong, they may and sometimes must be defied.
For most of American history, no bakers have been asked, let alone forced, to make anti-wedding cakes. Christian (or Muslim, or Jewish) bakers have the constitutional right to refuse to make such cakes. Wedding singers have a First Amendment right to refuse to sing at anti-weddings. Florists, photographers, and videographers have a First Amendment right to refuse to produce products for anti-weddings.
Read more: Illinois Family Action
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