Should bakeries have the right to not bake cakes for homosexual ceremonies?Posted by: NewLifeChristian
Recently, a Texas bakery has received some heavy criticism for not baking a cake for a homosexual couple. Should they have the right to refuse to bake cakes for homosexual ceremonies? Read more: http://www.infowars.com/bakers-harassed-for-refusing-to-bake-gay-wedding-cake/
Yes, bakeries should have the right to refuse to bake cakes for homosexual ceremonies.
No, bakeries should not have the right to refuse to bake cakes for homosexual ceremonies.
Absolutely. Religious liberty is a basic human right, and basic human rights are important and essential to make a society successful.
It is a private business.
If it's a private business, the owner should decide. It's their business, if they choose to act like they are living in the dark ages, let them; it will only hurt their image and sales(discriminating against potential costumers and motivate many others to refuse their service).
I believe a business should be allowed to refuse service to homosexuals when and only when it relates to marriage. For example, I believe a wedding planner or a florist should not have to cater to a gay wedding. But I do not believe that any business can simply refuse service to homosexuals. For example, I don't believe a barber should be allowed to refuse to a cut a gay man's hair, or something of that nature.
Although you could say it is insensitive, the government should not be able to regulate business to this extent.
I personally would be fine with baking a cake for a gay wedding but I can't force my views on other people. Its your business and no one should force you to go against your morals.
For the sake of their personal freedom to hold the beliefs they do, I think it should be allowed. However it would be good if it was easier to differentiate which places do accept gay marriage and which do not, to avoid the conflicts it can cause.
I mean if it is a private business it should be up to the owner. But personally, what's wrong with homosexual couples? They're human beings too.
Should they also be forced to make cakes for satanists, NAMBLA, and terrorist groups too? WTF is wrong with you people...
For property rights. Not so called "religious liberty".
As people who live in America, we all have the right to pick and choose who we offer our services to.
Sadly i have to side with the Homophobes on this one. Private businesses have the right to reject people who are disrespectful or belligerent. so wouldn't they also be allowed to choose to deny any person for any reason they chose? I hate agreeing to this side of the argument, but i feel that this is a synonymous situation.
A privately owned business has the right to make their own decisions on who they serve. If an Atheist baker doesn't want to make a cake for a Christian couple they should not be forced to. Likewise a Christian/Jewish/Muslim bakery should have the right to not participate in things that go against their principles.
We have the freedom to choose mmmkay
They should choose who they want and don't want to serve.
I'm not anti-gay or religious, but I feel that people have the right to run their own business under a capitalist society, they just have to be willing to lose business.
Let the free market handle it! If people want to refuse a group goods/services, let them. They will lose business, but don't make them violate their beliefs!
They have the right to deny them, the constitution protects religion not the lack of. Go find another bakery i see no reason to sue over something so simple. Store owners are supposed to be able to deny service to anyone for any reason, but gays seem to have this magic forcefield that protects them from the rules of everyone else.
First of all, it is a private business and overall government should have nothing to do with it. However, as a Christian, it is not christ-like to deny someone service in a discriminatory or hateful way. Christians should be allowed to exercise their religion but in the way that Christ has intended us to. Also, gay couples shouldn't sue a business just because they don't believe in gay marriage. There are other bakeries out there that will accept.
Technically, it is the right of the store-owner to deny anyone their business.
But only for homosexual weddings. I do not believe in denying homosexuals service just because they are gay. But bakeries should have the right to deny service for making cakes for homosexual weddings as it might violate their beliefs to do so. People on the no side say this is discrimination, but it really isn't. If the baker refused to serve a homosexual simply because they were homosexual, then yes that is discrimination, but if they only refuse them service because the homosexual wants the baker to make the cake that supports something that goes against her beliefs then, no that is not discrimination. It is just refusing to make someone something that supports something they disagree with. Would you say a pro-gay baker should be obligated to make a bake that says, "support gay marriage?" I hardly doubt it. So why should religious people do the same?
They are not refusing to serve a person; they are refusing to participate in a service that celebrates something to which they are morally opposed. Big difference. We need not agree with people's decisions or lifestyles in order to treat them with respect, but we should also respect those who would be violating their conscience to use their business to support something that so seriously violates their faith.
If fags are allowed to get married, then people are allowed to refuse.
The law clearly states that companies cannot discriminate against people based on their religious convictions. If someone wants a bakery to bake a cake for them, and that cake contains nothing illegal or vulgar, the bakery cannot deny them the service they advertise. Religious freedom in a secular state like the US does not mean you can choose who to serve based on whether or not they are gay. It means that you cannot discriminate based on religion. People who refuse to bake cakes for people simply because they don't like their sexuality are bigots. If your religion said that you cannot serve black people cakes, I don't think people would be so quick to rush to the bakery's defense who refused service to black people. This is no different.
Being intolerant of intolerance brings equality.
I actually agree with the ladder, radicals can refuse to bake a cake promoting homosexuality. I'm only voting on this to spite OP's typical biased polls.
No, that is discriminating and that is wrong. How would you like it if a bakery refused to make a cake for your wedding because you were a girl or because you wore glasses. The point I I'm trying to make is discriminating is wrong.
I'm Christian, but I feel like everybody should be accepted for who they are, not if they are homosexual or heterosexual.
Bakeries are not churches.
NewLifeChristian, you are a disgusting person. Refusing to bake cakes for someone of a certain sexual orientation is just plain bigotry no matter how you see it. I thought this was the "land of equality and opportunity"? I believe in following the Constitution, not burning it. Your pictures must be swapped.
I worked for a Chik-fil-a for about two years, and as many people know, it's basically a Christian based company. However, in my two years there, not only did we never turn down a customer for religious reasons, i'm fairly sure one of the shift-leaders was homosexual. To say that a business can refuse people based on religious ideology alone is comparable to a Muslim working for the dmv who refuses to issue driver's licenses to women. Everyone would be horrified if that happened. So why are we people from other religions get away with it?
Separation of church and state--it's as simple as that. Besides, as long as you're making a profit from a sale, what does it matter who you're selling a cake to?
Bakeries shouldn't have the right to not bake cakes for homosexual seramonies based on the fact they are homosexualas. This could be viewd simarlerly to that of racial, religious or disability ceremonies
This is just like those stupid "Religious Liberty" laws that are trying to be passed. People should NOT hide behind religion to discriminate against ANYONE. Last time I checked, Jesus taught us to love others, not hate.
Because it's their fucking job to make cakes.
A business cannot deny service to someone based on their orientation. You can have your religious beliefs, but not if they take away the rights of others. The Civil Rights Act prohibits privately owned places that are accommodating the public from discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin.
Get out of the business world if you want to discriminate or be prepared to be prosecuted.