It has become well-known that Christian bakers have been targeted by homosexuals for refusing to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. Some of these Christian bakers have been fined by the State, threatened with death or violence by homosexual protestors, and generally harrassed—some to the point of losing their businesses. But what happens when the glove is on the other hand? Apparently gay bakeries are even more adamant about refusing service for explicitly anti-homosexual cakes:
. . . We at Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are either gay or pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake.
Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it.
So gay bakeries reserve the right to refuse to make something that is offensive to them? Interesting. Some may think that the “Gay Marriage is Wrong” cake is an explicit affront to homosexuals, and homosexuals are merely asking for service for a “normal” wedding cake. Some might say this is not exactly comparing apples to apples. But that isn’t entirely true. Homosexuals actually are targeting obviously Christian bakers, and asking them to make pro-homosexual cakes. This isn’t just an issue of serving people with whom you don’t agree. It is also an issue of making a product you find offensive.
For instance, an Irish bakery is facing charges after its owners refused to make a cake for QueerSpace that had their slogan, “Support Gay Marriage,” on it. This seems like a very similar situation. With quite different outcomes.
At the end of the day, I am not advocating that every baker should have to make any cake for anyone who comes in his bakery seeking service. It’s not that no one should have the right to refuse service. Everyone should. Gay bakeries should have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. And so should Christian bakeries. If communities don’t like a particular bakery, all they really need to do to show their disapproval is stop frequenting that bakery. Easy and effective.