A young boy loved his President and wanted to celebrate Donald Trump on his birthday. What’s wrong with that? After all, this is America; the land of the free with the right to express one’s opinions. Well, if you’re a fan of Donald Trump and live in California – like nine-year-old Dylan Harbin – you’re plum out of luck. Dylan, a.k.a. “Pickle,” made headlines in July when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read his letter to President Donald saying that he was the boy’s favorite president. He wrote, “I like you so much I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shape of your hat.” However, Pickle’s mother had to make the pastry herself; all the bakeries she visited refused because it would be pro-Trump.
Where is the outcry from the left on behalf of this young boy? Remember Jack Phillips – owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado – who was sued because he refused to make a same-sex wedding product for a gay couple? Phillips declined on the basis of his religious beliefs but was denied his freedom to do so by the courts. Michael P. Farris of the Christian legal group that is defending Phillips said that shop owners should have the right to refuse to make products that offend them and their beliefs.
“Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons,” Farris wrote in a blog post. “Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops. And neither should anyone on the Right. The fact is that these cake shops have freedom of speech,” he continued. “They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.”
Phillips, who also refuses to produce for bachelor parties and Halloween, was ordered by the state’s Civil Rights Commission to change his store’s policies, undergo re-education training, and file compliance reports. He is reportedly fighting the ruling and will be in court later in the year.
Entrepreneurs and business owners should have the right to choose what kinds of products and services they wish to provide. Should Christian bookstores be forced to sell books on becoming a satanic cult member? Then, perhaps, Jewish restaurants should have to serve pork, or LGBT groups might have to dedicate some of their funds to heterosexual organizations. Where does it end?
Why should the government have any say in what any company sells? The couple that sued Phillips could have gone to another shop – one that doesn’t take issue with same-sex marriage – but they chose to force their beliefs on others instead. The collective left was in full support of “forcing” an American business owner to go against his contitutionally protected religious beliefs – to change his business all in the name of the oppressive progressive agenda. Young Harbin’s mother has not yet revealed the names of the bakeries or pressed charges for refusing to make a pro-Trump dessert for her son’s birthday.
If only the left would take a page out of her book and let people live their lives as they wish – it is, after all, what they claim to demand for everyone else.
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