A Colorado baker is facing a discrimination complaint. This sounds like an old story, right? New wrinkle, though: specifically, she is facing a discrimination complaint over her refusal to discriminate. Seriously.
man sentient pile of hippo feces unusually well-dressed chimpanzee man named Bill Jack wanted a cake, but not just any cake: he wanted a cake that would show those dosh-gurned queers how he really felt about them. Specifically, he asked Azucar Bakery in Denver for two cakes in the shape of the Bible, decorated with phrases like "God Hates Gays" and two men holding hands with an overlaid X. When owner Marjorie Silva refused to make those cakes, because that's fucking awful,* Jack filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
This concept a lot of bigoted assholes latch onto — that calling out and/or refusing to cater to their discrimination is itself a type of discrimination — is one of the more ludicrous and circuitous uses of non-logic in existence, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. It was only a matter of time until a homophobe or two, still bitter over rightfully losing the better-known "gay cake" case in Colorado, thought "I'll turn that around on them lib'rul's, hur hur hurrr." I'm sure this dumb motherfucker thinks he's being clever, and the fact he and his ilk can't see the utter absurdity of "my bigotry is just as valid as your opinion that people should be treated equally" just shows how out of touch with reality and common decency homophobes are.
At the same time, it's part of a larger trend of the groups who've held power unconditionally (typically, straight Christian white men) freaking out that their time is waning, raging against the dying of the light. This is doubly laughable since what they're losing in many cases isn't even power (they still have plenty of that), but utter dominance in terms of representation. The War on Christmas is an excellent example of an overreaction by people who can't handle the fact that what matters to them isn't the only game in town any more.
Y'know what, though? Fuck 'em. We may be (hopefully temporarily) losing in the war against classism and abortion rights, but we're damn sure winning when it comes to LGBT issues. I look forward to this complaint being tossed out and Jack having to go back home and dejectedly masturbate to gay porn.
* Multiple commenters have pointed out, however, that Silva offered to bake Jack the cake, give him an icing bag, and let him ice it himself, so the idea that she didn't make every reasonable accommodation possible, as well as the idea that Jack isn't a waste of oxygen, is entirely spurious.
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