Symmetry wrote:I've read and argued for and against this. I guess for me the issues divide into-
1) Is this really a religious issue? Plenty of religious folks follow the same faith without it being an issue, after all. It's not a key tenet.
2) Is it a political issue? Are they arguing that it's a political opinion that they oppose, however offensive?
With 1, I'm wary of people who mask bigotry under the cloak of religion. I doubt they'd be happy to bake a gay wedding cake if they had some sort of crisis of faith, and likewise, I doubt that baking a gay wedding cake would be something that broke their faith.
With 2- I have more sympathy. I don't agree with their opinion, but it is a political stance.
Regarding #2...blacks drinking at their own water fountain was a political stance as well...
I don't agree with it, I just have more sympathy with the way the argument is framed. For me, the difference between this and the "water-fountain" would be that there is no definitive segregation. If they're willing to make cakes for gay folk, but not for gay weddings, then that's a political issue.
If they won't make cakes for gay people at all, then I think you've got a fair comparison with water fountains.
the world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it- Albert Einstein