Masterpiece Cakeshop Reveals the Left's Stunning Hypocrisy on Free Speech
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard opening arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving whether or not the government can force a baker to bake a same-sex wedding cake against his convictions. Powerful companies like Apple and Amazon joined with the state of Colorado to argue that government should be able to compel this kind of speech, even though they themselves opposed government-enforced speech in other contexts.
"They are proactively trying to take away the rights of a small business owner, while many of them continue to enjoy these rights themselves," Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the firm defending the baker Jack Phillips, told PJ Media.
Two cases suggest hypocrisy on this issue of compelled speech.
Jack Phillips, who runs the Denver bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2012. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that this constituted unlawful discrimination.
In 2015, however, the very same commission declined to take up an appeal after the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that another bakery in Denver, Azucar Bakery, could refuse to bake a cake based on the content of its message.
In March 2014, William Jack requested two Bible-shaped cakes. One would have two groomsmen with a red "X" over them and the messages "God hates sin. Psalm 45:7" and "Homosexuality is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:22." The other cake would have the same image, but with the words "God loves sinners" and "While we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8."
Marjorie Silva, the bakery's owner, said she refused to make the cakes because the writing and imagery were "hateful and offensive." Jack claimed she had discriminated against him on the basis of his creed.
The Civil Rights Division found that Silva did not discriminate against Jack, but said evidence shows she refused to bake the cakes because the requests included "derogatory language and imagery." In this case, ADF also sided with Silva.
Silva said "in the same manner [she] would not accept [an order from] anyone wanting to make a discriminatory cake against Christians, [she] will not make one that discriminates against gays," the decision explained. "The evidence demonstrates that [Silva] would deny such requests to any customer, regardless of creed."
The Civil Rights Commission has argued that Phillips' case is different because he refused to bake a cake for two homosexual men. But Phillips' testified that on the very day he refused to bake their same-sex wedding cake, he offered to bake a cake with any other message for them. Just like Silva, he objected to baking the cake because of the message, not because of the people asking for it.