Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?
– Matthew 20:15
According to this article from the Aquila Report, Colorado baker Jack Phillips has been ordered by the state civil rights commission to, ” ‘stop discriminating against gay people,’ document any customers he refuses to serve, provide ‘anti-discrimination training’ for his staff, and report quarterly for two years.” What was it Phillips did to merit such a rebuke? As the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Although homosexual rights advocates constantly harangue the nation about the need for tolerance and diversity, the true colors of this unbiblical, satanic movement at clearly seen in this and other cases. And those colors are brown. As in brown shirt. As in fascist.
In a capitalist society, ownership and use go hand in hand. A capitalist would answer the above question in Jesus parable with a resounding “yes.” But the essence of fascism is the separation of ownership and use. In a fascist system, the means of production remain in private hands, so you can own your own bakery, but the use of it is dictated by Der Führer, Il Duce or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, all of whom would answer the question at the top of this post in the negative.
As one may suspect, the case in Colorado is not isolated. Elaine Huguenin, a Christian photographer from New Mexico, has run afoul of that state’s anti-discrimination laws as a result of her refusal to photograph a same-sex marriage.
Another troubling aspect of both cases is that the defense offered up by these Christian business owners appears to be weak an ineffective. In both cases, the Christians are relying on free speech arguments when what they should be doing is challenging the whole notion that government, be it local, state, or federal, has any authority to dictate the terms under which a business owner deals with the public. To do so would be to lay the axe to the root of one of the greatest threats to freedom in this country.