Religious Freedom is Becoming Not Free Anymore

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I obviously know that the fight for same-sex marriage and everything that comes with it is still going, but this article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey titled,” Religious Liberty Pitted Against Gay Rights in Discrimination Lawsuits” shocked me. Bailey wrote, “A bakery in Gresham, Ore., owned by a Christian family, under investigation by state officials for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, decided to close its doors. ‘This fight is not over,’ they wrote on a sign in the shop window. ‘We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore.’ 

I could not agree more with the family that closed their shop. If they decide they don’t want to bake a cake for this couple, that’s their decision. Is it the most christian thing to do? I don’t think so, but it’s their decision and I don’t think it should be “under investigation.” I think that’s crazy. 

Bailey then wrote about another bakery in which, “The lawyer who represents the owners of a Colorado bakery say they could face a year in prison for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding.” Might go to prison? Prison? This blows my mind. Sure, it might be a little crazy for them to refuse to bake a cake for this gay couple but to go to prison for it???? I think the gay couple should just go to another bakery and not cause the owners of a bakery to go to prison.

I hope these two bakeries, and every other company that is being hated on for their beliefs stand strong against this. If they are a christian owned bakery, like the first one I wrote about, I hope they go about it in a loving way, and love the gay couples that come in and ask for a cake for their wedding. But, they should have the freedom to say no if they aren’t comfortable with the situation.  

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