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I have friends who run an Italian bakery. What do you recommend I tell them if they don’t want to bake gay “wedding” cakes and yet want to avoid being charged with discrimination?

Outline of the Answer
• Signs
• Discrimination
• The Shrewd Solution

 
Iave you ever seen a sign on stores near a beach that says, “Service will be denied to customers not wearing shoes”? The point of such signs is to give clear advance warning that anyone meeting the conditions specified will be refused service. It doesn’t matter if a person is male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, tall or short or anything else; if the person is not wearing shoes, service is denied. Period. And there is no discrimination in the affair.

 
Discrimination

Discrimination occurs when a specific group is singled out for unique treatment. Consequently, discrimination can be avoided if a bakery’s policies apply to all groups across the board.

It’s a sad thing, but Christian bakeries that have gotten themselves into trouble with civil authority for refusing to make wedding cakes for gay “marriages” have only themselves to blame. And the reason is simple. Instead of having a posted policy in place, the bakeries have presumed to tell an individual customer that service will be denied because of the bakery’s objection to gay “marriage”. Because that action singles out a specific group, it’s discriminatory.

 
The Shrewd Solution

Christ told us to be as gentle as doves and as shrewd as serpents. Well, for a bakery to avoid the sin of condoning sin, it needs to have a shrewd policy posted that applies to anyone. Consider, then, the following.

 

NOTICE

We reserve the right to refuse any order that we deem to be obscene.

Obscenity will be considered to be anything that contradicts the will of God,
as defined in the Bible or in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
 

 
Consequently, with this notice in place, an order for a gay “wedding” cake would have to be considered obscene according to the posted definition, and so the order could be declined without discrimination, just as an order for a pornographic cake from any person, heterosexual or homosexual, could be declined without discrimination.

 


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