The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Colorado baker has the legal right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, because of his own religious objections to same-sex marriage and I understand the ruling -what might come as a surprise to many of you.
I just recently started to understand my freedom to deny business to anybody, when I asked a potential new customer to leave my workroom. I told him plain and frankly that I would not work for him -or with him- and showed him the way to the door.
- You come into my workroom armed with a weapon -I will have you removed.
- You come into my workroom dressed inappropriately -I will ask you to leave.
- You come into my workroom and use a language that I don’t approve off -I will politely show you the door.
- You come into my workroom selling bibles, vacuum cleaner or other go(o)ds -I will point to the NO SOLICITATION sign and will close the door quickly.
- You come into my workroom with a dripping ice cream cone or food items other than chocolate -I will ask you to eat outside.
- You come into my workroom drunk or high as a kite – I will help you find the exit.
- You come into my workroom asking for donations – I will point to the exit.
- If you openly show racism or a neo-nazi belief -I will ask you to never come back.
I don’t do stupid -that’s my religious belief.
I don’t like to offend people, not even the ones who are ignorant and arrogant. If I don’t want to work for you, I will find a way to deny my service without offending the ones that like to offend others. I will find a way to sadly decline, without giving out too much information about my priorities or beliefs.
“Goodness, I am booked to the end of the year already, I wish I could make room, but there is just no way,” works like a charm and is not really a lie. If you will still insist, I quote the project so high, that it will make up for the brain cells I might lose while working for you.
My business my rules. Some customers might be offended by the small safety-pin-sticker above my desk, many more might be insulted by the fact that I don’t believe in religion and I don’t listen to country music -if they would only know. Besides the safety pin, I keep my beliefs to myself and expect others to do the same. I will never abuse my right to refuse business but appreciate that I have it.
The ruling of the Supreme court was correct, I read the full decision and agree with it. Denying to bake a wedding cake cannot be seen as an act of discrimination. The decision of the Supreme Court was not anti-gay. There are other rulings to come in favor of the gay couple, I am certain.
As for the baker, refusing business because of religion is rated highly stupid in my books. The baker should from now have a questionnaire ready for all his customers. He should ask them about divorce, abortion, and of course adultery. There won’t be many customers left to serve, I am afraid.