Say, hypothetically, you go to a bakery to order your wedding cake.
Imagine you are Christian. And the bakery specializes in wedding cakes. Particularly satanic wedding cakes, but they make them for atheist and Buddhist weddings too, on occasion. And you happen to love the way their devil’s food cake tastes, and you’d like them to make one for your Christian wedding. And then the satanic baker says, “I’m sorry, but it’s against my beliefs to make a wedding cake for Christian weddings. Good day! Hail Satan!”
You’d be upset, right? (Along with being confused with the whole “Hail Satan” thing.)
Now imagine you are gay. And a Christian baker says making you a wedding cake is against their beliefs. Well, you don’t have to imagine. Because it really happens. On occasion. And then sometimes the courts have to weigh in and shut that down. But the outcome depends on which state you live in. Each state has its own set of rules.
But what about freedom of speech? Or freedom of religion? Or artistic freedom? What then?
John Corvino’s hilarious new video has answers to all your concerns about the rights of wedding cake bakers.
Along with being chair of the philosophy department at Wayne State University, John has a history of hilariously explaining, for example, why you can’t marry your kitchen appliances. In the below video, he explains why he can’t discriminate against his conservative students, why a Kosher bakery can refuse to make you a bacon cake, and why you can’t own a bakery where all the bakers are nude.
(Make sure to watch the whole video, there’s comedy after the credits.):
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Dwayne Arehart I get all the reasons that go with this argument, but if it was me, I don’t think I would want someone baking my cake who did not want to.
Carlotta Shelton Lopata See I feel the opposite. I don’t want to buy anything from someone who is a satanist cake baker. So if he refuses to bake my cake, I would happily take my business elsewhere. Let people have their beliefs and if you don’t agree with them, don’t give them your money. There are a million bakers, officiants and photographers. If you don’t share the same beliefs and they don’t want to work with you, who cares? It’s not the only business in town. An I’m a wedding photographer and I document people, so if your human and can be nice to me in person, I will work with you. Don’t care less about your personal stuff. But it’s ok that other people do. We aren’t all the same and we should be allowed to hold our convictions.
Kellie Mallette Ugh. Why does this even need to be said. You have to do things a certain way in public. What you do in your home isn’t my business so leave your religions there as I will mine.
Nancy Lafontaine Love the video. It says it all, logically and concisely. But seriously?! Why is that an issue? In 2017?! Pretty sure Jesus would not only have baked the cake. He would have gone to the wedding to serve it!! It’s what “love thy neighbor ” means…
Miranda Bailey-Peetz I stopped reading at the first paragraph. It assumes that as a Christian, I would be upset by not getting my cake at a Satanic bakery. Ummm…no. Don’t think I would do business with Satanic bakeries. Just saying.