By Tom Quiner
You are in love with your faith and strive mightily to live your faith, not just in your private life, but your public life.
One day, two men walk in your door and ask you to bake them a “wedding cake.”
You tell them that because of your religious convictions, you cannot honor their request, that your faith defines a marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The men sue, citing discrimination.
Welcome to the flashpoint of modern culture, where tolerance meets intolerance.
The ACLU filed such lawsuit against a Colorado bakery for just that reason. The legal director for Colorado’s ACLU branch, Mark Silverstein, explains:
“Religious freedom is a fundamental right in America and it’s something that we champion at the ACLU. We are all entitled to our religious beliefs and we fight for that. But someone’s personal religious beliefs don’t justify breaking the law by discriminating against others in the public sphere.”
The couple in question got married in Massachusetts, since so-called gay marriage is not legal in Colorado. So the question is, is the bakery guilty of discrimination?
The attorney for the bakery, Nicolle Martin, says no:
“We don’t believe that this is a case about commerce. At its heart, this is a case about conscience. It brings it to the forefront. I just don’t think that we should heighten one person’s beliefs over and above another person’s beliefs.”
The clash of ideologies over what is “intolerant” is illuminated in a case like this.
To the liberal, the owners of the bakery are being intolerant. They view their actions as discriminatory and, even more, bigoted.
In other words, they are intolerant of religious convictions when it comes to the issue of sexual attractions.
To the conservative, the gay couple are intolerant. Recognizing their union as a marriage is a serious contradiction of their Christian faith. The couple is forcing them to make a choice: violate your faith, or face the possibility of being fined or going to jail.
Vice President Joe Biden expressed the liberal view on this type of issue in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan in the last election cycle. He explained that he accepts his Church’s position that life begins at conception, but that he can’t impose his view on someone else. However, he is fine with the other side imposing their view on all Christians.
This case is certainly not about discrimination.
Would the bakery have baked the wedding cake for a man and woman with same-gender attractions who were getting married?
Would the bakery have baked the wedding cake for two men with opposite-gender attractions who were getting married?
The issue here is all about religious liberty and living our faith publicly. Vice President Biden is an embarrassment to Catholics everywhere in his tolerance for intolerance against Christians. He represents the intolerant view that your faith must be kept behind closed doors if it clashes with liberal ideology.
The First Amendment which protects our religious conscience is under unrelenting attack from the intolerant Left. If they win and snuff out our religious liberty in the public square, we have no America.
Religious freedom is the foundation of the American Dream. It’s why this country was formed.