Just read an article about a the fallout from a bakery’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Willamette Week’s Bittersweet Cake
It got me to having a think or two. First; what stupid bakers. You’re running a business. Someone wants to give you money for advertised services. And you say no? To use my brother-in-law’s word: smartstipation. And the way in which they denied services to the couple smells like calculated hate. At least as it was presented in this article.
But I got to wondering, is there going to be some kind of push-back, a rally to make more laws which tell businesspeople how to run their stuff? I hope not.
I’m not a “big market forces rule all” guy. I don’t believe for a moment that the market will police itself. Phah! What a laugh! Human nature is to gobble gobble grab up everything we can and not share, and we don’t see this more strikingly than at the highest echelons of big business. I want a government actively involved in controlling, monitoring, regulating our marketplace, especially at the top. Big business – agribusiness, heavy industry, defense, power, telecom, tech, stuff like that – that’s where the stakes are higher and individual corruption and greed will cause the most damage to human lives. That’s where oversight is needed. At that level, the market will not police itself, for the players own all the cops. And so regulation and control is needed.
But at the level of a bakery discriminating against a couple because of the bakers’ religious background… hoo man, that’s where we can see the free market police itself. We don’t need a government agency butting into this small business. All we need is for the couple to do what they’re doing now. Tell you friends, tell yelp, tell the local newsies, tell them all what a crappy, hateful time you had. Then tell everyone about the next baker who willingly made you an awesome cake. Given a bit of time, we’ll see the free market work, the businesses that follow the shape of our society flourishing, while businesses run by haters fizzle out.
If you read the article, check out the screenshot of all the hate-posts presented against the couple. To people like that I say: I’m pretty sure Jesus’ teachings boil down to love, don’t hate, include, don’t exclude, don’t judge, and overall don’t be a jerk.
I can’t stand when people try to put up a pious font, then spout off as if they actually know god’s will. If god happens to be such a thing that it has a will as we would understand it, I doubt it is concerned about the small stuff in our lives like who we chose to bump uglies with. Maybe it cares if we chose to love or hate. Maybe. But I can’t know and wouldn’t be so bold as to present my theories as fact. It’s beyond my understanding, just as it’s beyond yours. Your beliefs are not facts, and you should not hurl them at people like weapons. Grow some humility.
Hmmm… that mandered a bit off from where it started, didn’t it?