Thursday, December 25, 2014
The "Gay Wedding Cake Wars," Equality v. Freeom and Religious Freedom.
Don't let anyone kid you, no system can maximize both the values of both equality and freedom. Personally, I believe freedom should trump equality. Freedom will disappear under the push for equality. The "Gay Wedding Cake wars" (small bakery owner refuses to make wedding cakes for gay couples, state civil rights commission threatens to punish owner) are an example of both culture wars and legal wars. I am having trouble deciding this one. If the decision is purely a personal one, e.g. who to have a child with, freedom must triumph even if racism is behind the decision. Fortunately, we still believe in this country, that not everything is within the power of the government. However, when one starts a business, new dimensions enter. On the other hand, if one's faith "informs" their business, and it is not a publicly traded business, but a personal or family business, this is both a personal and business decision. This is a close case. I would have to with freedom of the business person here. As stated above an obsession with equality destroys freedom. Without a healthy dose of freedom the idea of a representative democracy/republic becomes meaningless.