Colorado baker who won’t make gay wedding cakes ordered by State of Colorado to sensitivity training
A police state is defined as a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population. A Colorado businessman has been ordered by the State to attend sensitivity training for not wanting to bake cakes for gay weddings which is against his religious belief, sounds like a police state to me.
Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips never sought out a gay person to discrminate against, nor to harm in any way. He has no desire to do so.But because he serves Jesus Christ above all else, Phillips was not about to be forced into participation in celebrating the “marriage” of two gay men. So when they entered his store to place an order for a wedding cake, he simply told them they would have to find a different bakery.
We’ve told you this story before, and it’s now reached exactly the point many people feared it would all along. Phillips is being ordered by the State of Colorado not only to undergo sensitivity training, but to enact new policies for him and his staff, and to file quarterly reports with the state that prove he has not turned away any business from homosexuals.
The fascism plays out as follows, with reporting from Todd Starnes writing for Charisma Magazine:
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado was directed to change his store policies immediately and force his staff to attend the training sessions. For the next two years, Phillips will also be required to submit quarterly reports to the commission to confirm that he has not turned away customers based on their sexual orientation.
Think of it as reverse conversion therapy (or straight man’s rehab) so that the state can mandate diversity through conformity. Nicolle Martin, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, called the ruling Orwellian and said they are considering an appeal.
“They are turning people of faith into religious refugees,” Martin told me. “Is this the society that we want to live in–where people of faith are driven out of business?”
A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive. Do you believe that Colorado is turning into a police state when the courts rule against the individual personal beliefs of people like this Colorado baker?
Kevin Drum over at Political Animal posed questions for conservatives and I thought it would be fun to answer them.
The Democratic presidential candidates are really working hard to try to get to way off to each other’s left. In
“People have been calling for national dialogues and conversations for decades. It usually works something like this: Liberals say we