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Under threat of fine a Colorado judge ordered a Christian baker to make a wedding cake, against his religious beliefs, for a gay couple.

The ACLU called the ruling a victory for gay rights.

But it isn't. Violating some people's "rights" for other people's "rights" has nothing to do with rights. It's coercion, it dehumanizes both parties and it's a victory only for coercive government.

The idea that private businesses, simply because they deal with the "public," are somehow transformed into "public accommodation" subject to government coercion is a grotesquely irrational contrivance of "law," no less idiotic than laws that magically transform "corporations" into "persons."

Forcing a person to perform a personal service for another, such as baking a cake under threat of government-enforced punishment, is just another form of slavery.

Yes, some people go idiotically ballistic when the word "slavery" is applied to any situation other than the familiar Old South plantation cotton-picking race-based chattel slavery but in reality slavery comes in many different forms and degrees, including self-imposed intellectual slavery.

People who don't think legally forcing one person to serve another isn't a form of slavery have already enslaved their own minds inside the tiny box of government coercion.

In a libertarian society no one has the right to impose and enforce "thought crimes" on anyone else. Racism, sexism, ethno-bias and all the other hateful groupthink bigotries are just as disgusting to libertarians as to any other political, social or cultural demographic but that doesn't justify coercion, intimidation or fraud.

Libertarians live by the Zero Aggression Principle, which by its very definition cannot be "imposed" on others.

Every person of every type and persuasion has a right and expectation to be treated in a voluntary manner by every other type and persuasion of person, but that is all.

A libertarian society is a voluntary society based on mutual consent. The baker has no right to force the gay couple to deal with him and the gay couple has no right to force the baker to deal with them.

Nor does any coercive third party such as "government" have any right to intrude into that peaceful outcome, no matter how deeply some may disagree with that outcome.

There is no "right" to coerce a right; coercion can only kill rights.

This is another case where it's appropriate to quote Mr. Bumble from Oliver Twist:

"The law is a ass."

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