The store’s policy was to deny service to couples who were planning to celebrate same sex marriages. The Colorado Courts have decided it was an act of unlawful discrimination for Jack Phillips the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop to not bake the cake.
When we look at the definition of discrimination; it is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. In Colorado the law is clear and long-standing that prohibits denying anyone housing accommodations, access to services based on race, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Based on the document posted by the ACLU, David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division after being denied service by Phillips.
Mr. Phillips obviously took a stand for what he believed. The point is Mullins and Craig had every right to do the same. When we deny access to anyone who has not come to hurt or harm us, we are denying them their right to be treated fairly and equably.
As a Born-Again Believer, I hear many Christians advocating hate toward same sex couples, while at the same time sitting in churches with Pastors who are living a double life, or supporting ministries who live high on the hog while taking the widows’ mite.
This may be a bit strong, but the fact that we say God is Love, and then show hate and prejudice through discrimination is anti-God. Who were Mullins and Craig hurting? Were they attempting to rob the store? No, they simply wanted a cake.
Phillips no doubt, is entitled to his opinion. However, the mistreatment of anyone because their beliefs are different is prejudice. The CCRD sited in their statement that Phillips was willing to accept an offer to make a cake for the marriage of two dogs but not for Mullins and Craig.
And, prejudice dressed up like Jesus does not justify it.