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    • Tom McMasters-Stone

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    • July 20, 2015 in Columnists

    It’s Armagayddon!

    The world as we know it ended last month. Thank God.

    Gay marriage has arrived throughout the country, from sea to shining sea. Manifest Destiny, but it manifested itself much quicker than we thought it would.

    Whom do we have to thank? Me thinks Joe Biden.

    Remember? Plain Talk Joe jolted the POTUS from his tight-walking reverie, and dragged him to the left where he should have been all along.

    The cross-country landside ensued, and court after court has followed suit.

    However, not everyone agrees.

    One pastor immolated himself in protest. County clerks have resigned in protest.

    Some of the Repugnicans are talking impeachment of Kagan and Sotomayor, “outraged” at them.

    Where was the “outrage” when those, uh, gentlemen awarded personhood to corporations? I have said it before — if corporations were persons, Paul Revere would have had two votes — one as a citizen, one as a silversmith.

    Or when they handed the presidency to George Bush on a platter? In a non-precedent decision, they screwed the country for the next eight years.

    The one thing that repeatedly does not come up is the 14th Amendment, and I don’t get it. “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

    Now, I am no lawyer, but as soon as one state granted same sex marriages, the rest have to honor that. N’est pas?

    Anyway, end of story, right? People will settle down, and realize that the world is not ending, that life will go on. People who don’t want to be gay married won’t, and those who do will.

    I hope so — but we ain’t there yet.

    Oregon is fining a bakery $135k for refusing to make a cake for the wedding of a lesbian couple.

    Over a stinking CAKE? AYFKM?!?!?!

    NO! NO! NO! This is not right…

    Oh, I get it. I know the routine. You know I do.

    Since the bakery is not refusing service to adulterers, to people who do not keep the Sabbath holy, to divorced people, or to even those horrid Papists or Mormons, they can’t refuse service to gay people, right?

    I agree.

    It is not right on two bases.

    First, $135K? It is outrageous. What kind of damage was done by a couple having to get a cake at another bakery? Put your big girl panties on, and go a mile down the road. Why do you want to give your business to that bakery anyway? And how many times do we still see signs that state that businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone?

    Maybe a day’s income, or even a week’s, but not an amount that threatens the very existence of the bakery.

    Secondly, it is not good for the “cause.” This gets plastered all over the news, and all gays and lesbians are labeled “militants,” and the cause is not well-served. We need to keep our eye on the prize, and focus on our civil rights.

    Those throwing the Bible at us don’t know the Bible. It is very clear that the parts of the Bible they throw at us (Leviticus, et al) are specifically instructions for the Jews, until the Messiah arrives. Not Gentiles.

    Oops! Hold the presses! I am wrong. It turns out differently… More info.

    I almost made a mistake that I absolutely abhor in others — not enough research. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

    The bakery folks are the ones who publicized this issue, over and over. Press conferences.

    The complainant did not.

    Additionally, the woman who filed the complaint did so from her smartphone. She did not see the disclaimer that said that her personal info would be given to the bakery owners.

    The bakery folks posted the complainant’s name and address to their own Facebook page. AYFKM? They publicized her home address? Really? So the homophobes could gather?

    I would have been so bereft if I had gotten this wrong. My integrity is important to me. Close, but no cigar.

    It is not the lesbians’ fault at all — the press has been skewed in the reporting.

    Let them eat cake. If this bakery can’t survive this, too bad. It is their own fault. People will have to eat their cake elsewhere.

    Life has consequences for stupidity. It should have been $200k!

     



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