HALF-BAKED EXCUSES

Posted: September 29, 2014 in Politics

Since the SCOTUS majority laying open the minefield of “corporate personhood”, we have seen corporations go from silent entities on paper, largely used to shield the owners/investors from personal liability and responsibility for their personal actions, to a virtual human being… except with more rights than the average human being, because the corporation cannot be incarcerated, executed, or made to serve jury duty, or compelled to serve in the armed forces.

They can now, however, have free speech, donate untold sums to political campaigns and to fund hate projects with corporate funding specifically designed to promote the denial of liberty and equal rights to certain people, deny employees the liberty to exercise their equal rights under the guise of corporate religious identity, force the owner’s religious beliefs on its employees (and in doing so violate their employees own actual religious rights).

We have the current news story about one of the bakers facing fines for violation of state and federal laws, and violating the legal, moral, and ethical obligations they have to serve the public at large.

There is no such thing as a “Christian Baker”… unless they’ve named a pastry “Christian” a’la Bismarcks and Napoleons? I mean does she bake Christian pastries or pastries called Christians? No.

She is of a particular religious belief… fine. No one takes issue with her on that. She is welcome to it… no one is impeding that whatsoever.

She has also chosen freely to take her source of pay from the secular public wallet, by virtue of her secular public business license. She has signed and agreed too of her own free will and accord, what amounts to a legal document to “Render unto Caesar”.  Caesar being me, you, or any other public person who steps in off the sidewalk and offers her legal tender for her advertised goods and/or services.

She has a legal. moral and ethical obligation to service each and every customer who walks in during her normal business hours equally and without prejudice..  That in and of its essence is her very business’ raison d’etre.

Her willingness to open a publicly licensed business and sign on the line for that government license to dip into the wallets of the general public at-large walking in off the sidewalk, is a legal, moral, and ethical covenant between her, the government of we the people, and we the general public at-large.

As long as I enter during her normal business hours and request an item listed in her ads and on her menus, she has zero grounds to serve the 10 people in front of me, the 10 people behind me and then force her religion on me within the public sphere, when I walk up to the counter and present legal tender for an advertised product or service by denying me her advertised product. That is a clear breach of her business license and the implied contract she has with me under the terms of that license to provide me with an equal product.

No one, neither I, nor the government are “forcing” her to do a damn thing. We are not banging on her house door at 3:00 AM demanding she open her business outside of her posted normal hours. Nor are we demanding a product or a service which she does not advertise as being readily available during her normal business day. The only force involved is her forcing her religion into the public sphere and using her force to other me and disrupt my life and deny me my legal due.

She had a clear choice… she could easily have sought a license as a private, paid members only club and limited her paid memberships to those who believe as she does. That would easily have solved any of her issues with selling her wares to the general public at large. I suspect that she chose otherwise because the limitations of only serving people who are cookie-cutters of yourself day-in-day-out would likely not prove as lucrative a venture as sucking the bucks out of the public wallet at will.

Alternately, if she doesn’t wish to sell wedding cakes to certain people, she could have simply declared that she only bakes doughnuts, crullers, non-descript cupcakes and cakes, birthday cakes, bismarcks, napoleons, cannoli, fruit pies, etc. But NO wedding cakes… no way, no how… for ANYONE. Again, problem of having a public license and yet not wanting to serve the public she is licensed to serve… solved.

Her website says: “We design your cake the way you want it, colors, theme, and different types of decorations. The cake is always moist and the filling is always awesome.”

Stop playing the “victim” and either scratch ALL wedding cakes from your menus or start baking them for ALL customers.

-Lilith

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