Being, as we are around here, liberal we’re of course just fine with gay marriage and whatever else it is that consenting adults wish to do. Being liberal, as we are around here, we’re not OK with what consenting adults don’t consent to. Thus which side of the gay marriage cake case to take is pretty simple. The bloke asking for the cake to be made has the absolute right to so ask. The people asked have the absolute right to refuse.
The implications of not running things this way are significant:
The lawyers contend that no reasonable person would equate producing the cake for an individual private customer with the bakery supporting the pro-gay marriage message on it. Phoenix Law will argue in Europe that the cake, which was made by another baker subsequently, “was not displayed in the shop window. It was for personal use by Lee and became his private property upon payment and collection.” The firm will also argue that “there is no such a thing as a ‘Christian business’” and therefore should not be given legal recognition by a court. On the latest twist in the saga, Lee said: “I’d fight for the rights of business owners to be able to hold their own religious beliefs. I have my own beliefs. But that’s not what my case has ever been about. “This is about limited companies being somehow able to pick and choose which customers they will serve. It’s such a dangerous precedent.”
Well, yes, it is a dangerous precedent. Freedom and liberty always are dangerous.
Now, to give us the same situation but a slightly different tinge to it. Take Facebook. Or if you prefer, Twitter. Someone says something that it is entirely legal to say. It appears on that platform. Then some say that it’s hurtful, or hateful, or not up with the latest thinking on trans, or LGBT, or some other such issue. The account of the person who said it is closed and thus that WrongThink is deleted.
We do support the freedom of the platform to do this, do we? Actually, the very same people who argue the baker must make the gay cake are those who argue that Twitter must not carry WrongThink, aren’t they?
So, to ask the correct question. If we are to force a Christian baker to make the political statement “Support gay marriage” then why aren’t we forcing someone to host 8chan? Hmm, what was that? Your answer is that yes, you are indeed a hypocrite? Excellent, having established that then what do we do about this?
Obviously, be liberals, consenting adults have to consent.