Let Them Eat Cake...but Not Have to Bake It

Arizona is a hotbed of controversy over a bill that would legally protect businesses that choose to deny services to customers based on religious beliefs.  After clearing the Arizona legislature last week, the bill is now before Governor Jan Brewer, who is facing immense pressure, for and against.  She has still not decided whether to sign the bill into law or veto it. Is this bill discriminatory, or does it protect religious freedom? The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law ... prohibiting the free exercise” of religion.  It is this free exercise of religion that has triggered the Arizona legislation.  A small Colorado bakery was ordered by a judge to bake gay wedding cakes, directly against the Christian beliefs of the owner/baker.  It was not an issue of selling a cake to a gay couple, but instead creating a cake to celebrate a gay wedding.  The baker faces fines or jail if he follows his religious beliefs.  A...(Read Full Post)