Colorado's misnamed Civil Rights Commission recently ruled against Masterpiece Cakeshop of Lakewood for not taking the money of a homosexual couple for a wedding cake. According to the Denver Post, the commission reiterated the ruling from an administrative judge, asserting that the act of refusing service was discriminatory against the life-style choice of a homosexual couple.
Accordingly, the cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips, must atone for this sin with required quarterly reports demonstrating the change of the culture of his workplace via policy changes and training courses. And to further bend Phillips to the heavy-hand of government-enforced morality, he must purge his past by handing over the names of any clients he turned away because he obviously keeps a list of such things in a trophy in his backroom, next to his KKK hoods.
The vice-chairman of the seven-member panel expressed the new question-begging morality of the once-great state of Colorado:
"Any person doing business in Colorado has to recognize that they have to do business in an ethical and law abiding way and the law says you cannot discriminate."
Binding the consciences of religious businesses is something to rejoice in according to the Denver Post editorial article:
"We were glad to see the state's Civil Rights Commission last week uphold a prior ruling that the baker was wrong in turning away Charlie Craig and David Mullins."
Why? Because "religious freedom is of course a fundamental constitutional right."
"But you cannot use your religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate at a non-religious enterprise you happen to own."
In short, Christian businesses, according to this new morality, must achieve the impossible goal of religious neutrality. Or rather, they must tow the line of the new morality. The new lifestyle choices of homosexuals trump millennia-long held religious beliefs.
This second ruling against the bakery is only one ruling in an ever-expanding morality that no longer wishes to privately suppress the truth but rather reinforce their morality with public approval:
"Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them." Romans 1:32
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