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Unintended Consequences

March 11, AD2014 33 Comments


Alert the media! I\’ve found another case of an innocent person being cruelly denied a cake by an intolerant, bigoted bakery department. In this case, the zealots targeted an innocent child. The bakers didn\’t like the personal beliefs of the child\’s parents and subsequently refused to make their kid a birthday cake. That\’s right – they refused to make a birthday cake for a child simply because they didn\’t like the parents\’ lifestyle! There must be legal and social consequences for a tribulation of this magnitude.

I expect that the same people who opposed SB 1062, recently vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer due to outright lies perpetrated by a dishonest media, will immediately jump to the defense of the child and parents in question and ask – nay, demand – that these bakers immediately subvert their prejudices and consciences so that other children won\’t be victimized. I also expect the liberal media to encourage a boycott of the store until such time as they agree to make a cake for anyone who asks, no matter what.

This particular case happened in New Jersey. I sincerely hope Governor Christie and the government of New Jersey will hasten to pass a bill stating that all bakers in the state, no matter their feelings regarding a particular person\’s beliefs or lifestyle, will make any cake requested by a customer – or else that baker will be punished to the full extent of the law. After all, we\’re a land of tolerance and freedom. No one should be allowed to refuse goods and services to another person. We live in an enlightened time where no one should be refused anything just because another person night not want to participate in an activity they find immoral. Morals, schmorals. The only moral in our great country should be “I get what I want, when I want it, no matter what, or else I\’ll sue.”

Private business owners have no rights, at least not in this country. They use the public roads, and rely on public utilities in their stores. If they want to use public utilities and services, then they should have to serve the public, right? If we let private business owners refuse service to anyone for any reason, that would usher in another era of Jim Crow laws!

What\’s even worse is when business owners try to use their religion as a reason to refuse service. How ridiculous! After all, separation of church and state is clearly spelled out in the Constitution, and free exercise of religion isn\’t mentioned once.

Catholic bakers, especially, shouldn\’t use their objection to gay marriage to justify their refusal to cooperate with and participate in gay weddings. So what if the Catholic Catechism explicitly says they shouldn\’t participate in someone else\’s sin? People can practice their religion on Sundays all they want, but they shouldn\’t let it affect their weekday activities. This country was founded upon tolerance and acceptance of everyone, not religious freedom. And those who don\’t know history are doomed to repeat it, or something.

\”We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate,\” a store employee said. It should be illegal to hold that view. They have no right to judge other people that way, especially since it forced the poor family to find another store in which to get their cake. Such a travesty! There aren\’t that many places where you can buy a cake in this country, after all. Businesses just can\’t be allowed the right to refuse people service for any reason. It might hurt their feelings, and we all know that people\’s feelings should NEVER be hurt (unless someone is being forced to violate their consciences based on tyranny – in that case, they DESERVE to have hurt feelings).

It\’s absolutely ridiculous that this is even an issue. That child deserves a birthday cake just like everyone else, and that store\’s bakers had no right to refuse to make him one just because they disagree with his parents\’ lifestyle. Bigots! Haters! Call the legions of LGBT minions to fight for this poor boy and his parents! We need Super Bowl executives and Apple bigwigs to call Chris Christie and let him know that New Jersey will NOT get their business as long as they allow these prejudicial practices to happen in their state.

Poor little Adolf Hilter. Given the scores of people who were so eager to spread malicious lies about a bill that would protect the rights of business owners to do exactly what that Shop-Rite bakery did, you\’ll get justice too, I promise. It\’s only a matter of time.

Disclaimer: The above is satire. Any comments taking it seriously will be ridiculed.

 © 2014. JoAnna Wahlund. All rights reserved.

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About the Author:

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has six terrific kids here on earth, four saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband who supports her in all things. She enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund, and her role as Senior Editor of Catholic Stand). She blogs at and more sporadically at

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