“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” – Voltaire
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to live in a society in which there are individuals and organizations dedicating to hating people like you. It’s a little easier when said bigots are thoroughly nonsensical. So for catharsis and entertainment purposes, we here at Queereka are trying out a new feature: Bigot of the Week, where we will snark all over the horrible things people have done and said against the LGBT community.
Our inaugural bigot comes to us from Joe.My.God. Anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat is tired of anti-LGBT bakeries getting sued for denying service to same-sex couples, so he’s attempted to flip the script to show us how hypocritical we are:
Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake. Each one denied us service, and even used deviant insults and obscenities against us. One baker even said that she would make me a cookie with a large phallus on it. We recorded all of this in a video that will stun the American people as to how militant and intolerant the homosexual agenda is. If anyone who objects saying that our request for the cake was hateful, this is exactly the type of thing the homosexual activists do to Christian bakeries when they use the state to coerce them to make a cake with an explicitly anti traditional marriage slogans on it.
When have same-sex couples intentionally sought out anti-gay bakeries for their wedding cakes? And when has a same-sex couple ever commissioned a cake with the writing “opposite-sex marriage is wrong”? This may be hard for some people to understand, but wedding cake for a same-sex couple isn’t actually a statement against opposite-sex marriage. Most times, it’s exactly like a opposite-sex wedding cake, only the plastic topper is a little different. This can be a difficult concept for some people, but someone wanting to do something different than how you would do it is not actually in itself a criticism of how you live your life. Often, people doing things one way has absolutely no effect on the people who do their things differently. To clarify: a wedding cake for a same-sex couple has absolutely no effect on the opposite-sex marriage. There are no gay waves radiating out of the cake, degrading opposite-sex marriages around them. Confectionery covered pastries simply don’t work that way.
The other thing that Shoebat doesn’t seem to understand is that bakeries have the right to refuse to put objectionable slogans on their goods. The parents of Adolf Hitler Campbell helped demonstrate this for us back in 2008. (And
what douchey parents they were we’re all glad the Nazi lost custody! Many TWs on that link.) What businesses don’t have the right to do is to deny service to an entire class of people based on their own internal bias. Bakeries aren’t turning Shoebat away for being a conservative Christian; that would be wrong. Instead, they are refusing him service because he wants them to slander a minority group on their cakes.
Honestly, I hope Shoebat follows through with his lawsuits. I can’t wait to see him saddled with the legal fees from his attorney and for the attorneys of all 13 defendants.
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