Gays Want Their Cake and Deny Traditional-Marriage Heteros Theirs Too

Gay Marriage Wedding CakeThe LGBT community has clearly spoken: Do as we say, not as we do. As Thoedore Shoebat demonstrates in the videos below, the hypocrisy of gays coercing individuals to make cakes, which violate their religious beliefs, while at the same time refusing to provide the same services to those same types of individuals because it violates their own beliefs, seems to be lost on them. (See Alanis, that is what you call ironic.)

Earlier this year, separate bakeries in Oregon and Colorado were found to have violated the civil rights of gay couples when they refused contracts to bake wedding cakes for them. Sweet Cakes bakery of Gresham, Oregon, was forced to close its doors following harassment from gay rights activists and is facing $150,000 in fines.[1]Inquisitr. Bakery That Refused To Make Gay Marriage Cake Faces $150K Penalty. September 30, 2014. Jake Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, has ceased selling wedding cakes altogether.[2]CBS News. Colorado baker to stop making wedding cakes after losing discrimination case. May 31, 2014.

Of course when I first heard about it, I was dismayed that bakeries would refuse wedding cakes based on religious beliefs. If I ever open a bakery, I offer the guarantee I will make a cake for anyone — even if they want to celebrate the five year engagement with their horse. (Although, I’d probably just send that cake out to the barn in a plain box, no business card.)

To me, the primary argument of discrimination  revolves around whether or not a baker falls under a protected classification: Artist (for example, an actor cannot be forced to accept a gay part), religious institution, etc. And while I do believe some exotic cakes would clearly fall under the protections of First Amendment artistic expression, I think most cakes are simply too generic in design to warrant it. That is conspicuously apparent when a baker would not object to the same design if ordered by a heterosexual couple. Moreover, the production of the cake is independent in location and time from the event. Much different than, say, a photographer or a performance musician, who must attend and participate in order to provide their services.

For those reasons, I tended to believe, legally, it was inappropriate for a bakery to deny a cake contract based on religious convictions, instead of letting the market punish those proprietors (assuming their are suitable alternatives) who chose poorly when exercising their right to refuse service to anyone not included in public accommodation laws. However, listening to bakery after bakery run by gays refuse to make a cake for a traditional marriage event, I can see I was wrong.

No one likes a sore winner. Because it seems they want to have their cake and eat it too. (See what I did there?) To deny exactly the same service to pro-traditional marriage folks as they did to gays based on the individual beliefs of the proprietors is the apogee of hypocrisy. Even more so after the LGBT community has forced two state rulings declaring it a civil rights violation!

Many of the beliefs held by Christian conservatives are quickly becoming marginalized and censured in U.S. popular culture, which opens the door for discrimination against them. But being as these mores are no longer in vogue, increasingly there are fewer options for remedy available to individuals whom run counter to culture, which perversely, results in such groups possibly suffering the same proscription that gays did just twenty years prior. If it was wrong then, it is wrong now.

So that brings me to the question, how as a nation — particularly in one which increasingly promotes (at least rhetorically) cultural diversity — should we handle changing social values? From looking at the case of gay marriage as it intrudes into the economic and civil freedoms of bakery proprietors and their potential customers, maybe we should refrain from running to the government every time someone does something we do not like. In murky legal situations such as these, letting the market punish and persuade people to change their behaviour may not be as quick as a court ruling, but ultimately it is just as effective, while also preserving individual personal freedoms. (The law that protects one group today may very well do harm to another.)

As exhibited by the anti-gay marriage bakery in Oregon, I argue the market was an even more powerful instrument than government. Public opinion literally closed their shop as they lost business due to their business practices. It seems that alone would be a sufficient deterrent to all businesses in the community, not just bakeries; unlike government coercion. Traditionally, more laws inevitably lead to less freedom. Indeed, a wise liberal once said: “A society who puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”

Hot Cookie's penis shaped macaroon.

Hot Cookie’s penis shaped macaroon.

I feel compelled to point out in fairness the ignoratio elenchi. Mr. Shoebat is asking for the bakeries to write his belief on the cakes: “Gay marriage is wrong.” In neither the Colorado nor the (I believe) Oregon case did the gay couples ask for any statement to be written that was contrary to the owners’ religious beliefs.

The Civil Rights Commission ruling in Colorado only applied to wedding cakes Mr. Phillips would sell to anyone else, not to anything specifically promoting gay marriage through a suggestive design or textual statement.[3]State of Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece Cakeshop – Commission’s Final Order. Via ACLU, June 2, 2014.

So, what Mr. Shoebat is doing is not exactly the same; as he is taking it a step further. We do not know how many bakeries would have accepted a contract if he had not asked for that statement.

But props to the woman at Hot Cookie in San Francisco, she finally came around in the end. But next time I think she should lead with her closer:

If you want to be ignorant and a bigot, then sure I’ll make it for you. I’ll put a big dick on it too.

She ain’t kiddin’.


(Top image by Stefano Bolognini . Penis macaroon via Yelp’s Ann S.)

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John Dingell is a Poster Child for Term Limits

Longest Serving Congressperson John DingellOn December 12, John Dingell cast the final vote of his 59 consecutive-years congressional career.[1]Washington Post. John Dingell, longest serving congressman, fractures hip in fall. December 13, 2014. Born in 1926, the 88 year old replaced his father as the representative of Michigan’s 15th district in 1955.[2]Detroit Free Press. John Dingell: His life and career. September 7, 2014. His second wife, 61 year old Deborah Dingell, will be replacing him in in January.

Dingell is the longest serving (consecutive and nonconsecutive) member of Congress, beating out both Representative Jamie L. Whitten (D-MS) and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) by more than five years.[3]United States Senate. Longest Serving Senators. July 29, 2014.[4]Washington Post. Dingell Is Longest-Serving House Member. February 9, 2009. By the end of his wife’s first term in the 114th Congress, the Dingell family will have been representing an area around Detroit, Michigan for 86 years. Talk about an oligarchy.

It is disconcerting that so many vote simply by inertia. Left or Right, no politician should make two lifetimes out of one office. (The man was there for Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” Pearl Harbor speech for Christ’s sake.[5]National Journal. Dingell Recounts Up-Close View of ‘Day of Infamy’ Speech. December 6, 2013. At some point, these people become so out of touch with what is going on that most simply become representatives of their party rather than their constituents.

I think a Constitutional amendment mandating Congressional term limits would be one of the greatest things we could do for this country. Two terms for Senate and five for the House, and no lobby work before or after holding office. These people are supposed to be representatives of the people. How can they be a representative if they live their whole life in D.C.?

Longest Serving Members of Congress (as of 2014)

Total tenureUninterruptedNameParty affiliationTotal tenure timeUninterrupted timeReason for leaving
11John Dingell (H)Democratic Party59 years, 0 days59 years, 0 daysRetired
22Robert Byrd (H,S)Democratic Party57 years, 176 days57 years, 176 daysDied
33Carl Hayden (H,S)Democratic Party56 years, 319 days56 years, 319 daysRetired
44Daniel Inouye (H,S)Democratic Party53 years, 118 days53 years, 118 daysDied
55Jamie L. Whitten (H)Democratic Party53 years, 60 days53 years, 60 daysRetired
66Carl Vinson (H)Democratic Party50 years, 61 days50 years, 61 daysRetired
77John Conyers (H)Democratic Party49 years, 344 days49 years, 344 days
88Emanuel Celler (H)Democratic Party49 years, 305 days49 years, 305 daysLost renomination
99Sam Rayburn (H)Democratic Party48 years, 257 days48 years, 257 daysDied
10-Sidney R. Yates (H,I)Democratic Party48 years, 0 daysn/aRetired
1112Strom Thurmond (S,I)Republican Party47 years, 159 days46 years, 57 daysRetired
1210Wright Patman (H)Democratic Party47 years, 3 days47 years, 3 daysDied
1311Ted Kennedy (S)Democratic Party46 years, 292 days46 years, 292 daysDied
14-Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I)Republican Party46 years, 0 daysn/aRetired
1513Adolph J. Sabath (H)Democratic Party45 years, 247 days45 years, 247 daysDied
1614J. Lister Hill (H,S)Democratic Party45 years, 142 days45 years, 142 daysRetired
1715George H. Mahon (H)Democratic Party44 years, 0 days44 years, 0 daysRetired
1816Warren Magnuson (H,S)Democratic Party44 years, 0 days44 years, 0 daysDefeated
1917Charles Edward Bennett (H)Democratic Party44 years, 0 days44 years, 0 daysRetired
2018Charles B. Rangel (H)Democratic Party43 years, 344 days43 years, 344 days
2119Justin Smith Morrill (H,S)Republican Party43 years, 299 days43 years, 299 daysDied
22-William B. Allison (H,S,I)Republican Party43 years, 152 daysn/aDied
2320Charles Melvin Price (H)Democratic Party43 years, 110 days43 years, 110 daysDied
2421Bill Young (H)Republican Party42 years, 288 days42 years, 288 daysDied
2522Henry M. Jackson (H,S)Democratic Party42 years, 241 days42 years, 241 daysDied
26-Carter Glass (H,S,I)Democratic Party42 years, 157 daysn/aDied
2723John William McCormack (H)Democratic Party42 years, 58 days42 years, 58 daysRetired
2824John Sparkman (H,S)Democratic Party42 years, 0 days42 years, 0 daysRetired
2925William R. Poage (H)Democratic Party42 years, 0 days42 years, 0 daysRetired
3026Jack Brooks (H)Democratic Party42 years, 0 days42 years, 0 daysDefeated
3127Thad Cochran (H,S)Republican Party41 years, 344 days41 years, 344 days
3228Robert L. Doughton (H)Democratic Party41 years, 305 days41 years, 305 daysRetired
3329Joseph William Martin, Jr. (H)Republican Party41 years, 305 days41 years, 305 daysLost renomination
3430Don Young (H)Republican Party41 years, 282 days41 years, 282 days
3531Dave Obey (H)Democratic Party41 years, 276 days41 years, 276 daysRetired
3632Clarence Cannon (H)Democratic Party41 years, 69 days41 years, 69 daysRetired
3733John C. Stennis (S)Democratic Party41 years, 59 days41 years, 59 daysRetired
3834Kenneth McKellar (H,S)Democratic Party41 years, 30 days41 years, 30 daysLost renomination
3935William Huston Natcher (H)Democratic Party40 years, 240 days40 years, 240 daysDied
40-Claude Pepper (H,S,I)Democratic Party40 years, 207 daysn/aDied
4136William P. Frye (H,S)Republican Party40 years, 157 days40 years, 157 daysDied
4237Ted Stevens (S)Republican Party40 years, 10 days40 years, 10 daysDefeated
4338Carl Curtis (H,S)Republican Party40 years, 0 days40 years, 0 daysRetired
4439Peter W. Rodino (H)Democratic Party40 years, 0 days40 years, 0 daysRetired
4540Pete Stark (H)Democratic Party40 years, 0 days40 years, 0 daysDefeated
46-Jennings Randolph (H,S,I)Democratic Party39 years, 364 daysn/aRetired
47-Eugene Hale (H,S,I)Republican Party39 years, 363 daysn/aRetired
4841Leslie C. Arends (H)Republican Party39 years, 362 days39 years, 362 daysRetired
4942Daniel A. Reed (H)Republican Party39 years, 352 days39 years, 352 daysDied
5043Patrick Leahy (S)Democratic Party39 years, 344 days39 years, 344 days
5144Chuck Grassley (H,S)Republican Party39 years, 344 days39 years, 344 days
5245Tom Harkin (H,S)Democratic Party39 years, 344 days39 years, 344 days
5346George Miller (H)Democratic Party39 years, 344 days39 years, 344 days
5447Henry Waxman (H)Democratic Party39 years, 344 days39 years, 344 days
5548George William Norris (H,S)Republican Party39 years, 305 days39 years, 305 daysDefeated
5649John Taber (H)Republican Party39 years, 305 days39 years, 305 daysRetired
5750William M. Colmer (H)Democratic Party39 years, 305 days39 years, 305 daysRetired
5851Max Baucus (H,S)Democratic Party39 years, 34 days39 years, 34 daysAppointed Ambassador to China
59-Samuel Smith (H,S,I)Democratic Party39 years, 9 daysn/aRetired
60-John Little McClellan (H,S,I)Democratic Party38 years, 329 daysn/aDied
6152Morris Sheppard (H,S)Democratic Party38 years, 145 days38 years, 145 daysDied
6253Ernest Hollings (S)Democratic Party38 years, 55 days38 years, 55 daysRetired
6354Ed Markey (H,S)Democratic Party38 years, 41 days38 years, 41 days
6455Richard Russell, Jr. (S)Democratic Party38 years, 9 days38 years, 9 daysDied
65-John Sherman (H,S,I)Republican Party38 years, 4 daysn/aAppointed Secretary of the Treasury &
-Appointed Secretary of State
6656Russell B. Long (S)Democratic Party38 years, 3 days38 years, 3 daysRetired
6757Frederick H. Gillett (H,S)Republican Party38 years, 0 days38 years, 0 daysRetired
6858Wilbur Mills (H)Democratic Party38 years, 0 days38 years, 0 daysRetired
6959Dante Fascell (H)Democratic Party38 years, 0 days38 years, 0 daysRetired
7060Robert H. Michel (H)Republican Party38 years, 0 days38 years, 0 daysRetired
7161Orrin Hatch (S)Republican Party37 years, 344 days37 years, 344 days
7262Barbara Mikulski (H,S)Democratic Party37 years, 344 days37 years, 344 days
7363Nick Rahall (H)Democratic Party37 years, 344 days37 years, 344 daysDefeated
74-Robert Crosser (H,I)Democratic Party37 years, 305 daysn/aLost renomination
75-Robert L. F. Sikes (H,I)Democratic Party37 years, 290 daysn/aRetired
7664Nathaniel Macon (H,S)Democratic-Republican Party37 years, 255 days37 years, 255 daysResigned
7765Henry Cabot Lodge (H,S)Republican Party37 years, 250 days37 years, 250 daysDied
78-Alben W. Barkley (H,S,I)Democratic Party37 years, 74 daysn/aElected Vice President
7966Henry B. Gonzalez (H)Democratic Party37 years, 60 days37 years, 60 daysRetired
80-Francis E. Warren (S,I)Republican Party37 years, 6 daysn/aDied
81-James Eastland (S,I)Democratic Party36 years, 83 daysn/aResigned
8267Joe Biden (S)Democratic Party36 years, 12 days36 years, 12 daysElected Vice President
8368John Murtha (H)Democratic Party36 years, 3 days36 years, 3 daysDied
8469Henry L. Dawes (H,S)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
8570Felix Edward Hébert (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
8671Edward Boland (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
8772William Broomfield (H)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
8873Dan Rostenkowski (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysDefeated
8974Neal Edward Smith (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysDefeated
9075Claiborne Pell (S)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9176Joseph M. McDade (H)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9277Paul Sarbanes (H,S)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9378Pete Domenici (S)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9479Ralph Regula (H)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9580Christopher Dodd (H,S)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9681Jim Oberstar (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysDefeated
9782Richard Lugar (S)Republican Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysLost renomination
9883Daniel Akaka (H,S)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
9984Norm Dicks (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
10085Dale Kildee (H)Democratic Party36 years, 0 days36 years, 0 daysRetired
101-Shelby Moore Cullom (H,S,I)Republican Party36 years, 0 daysn/aRetired
102-Henry Allen Cooper (H,I)Republican Party36 years, 0 daysn/aDefeated & Died

(Table via Wikipedia)

(Featured image by Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy )

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