Last week, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling that a Christian baker in Colorado was not required by law to provide a cake for a gay wedding, citing the right of business owners to deny specific services rendered based upon religious beliefs.
As you can imagine, the ruling caught the eye of the mainstream media and soon got blasted all over the place, renewing the vigorous “dialogue” in our nation over religious liberty and whether or not the government has the power to force people to provide services that may violate their conscience.
The folks over at Campus Reform wanted to know what students thought of the whole affair, so they trotted off to George Washington University to ask them first hand.
Not surprisingly, the vast majority of young people interviewed did not agree with the decision, nor with the actions of the baker, stating he should have made the cake, even if it violated his religious views.
“If his job is to bake a cake for a wedding, even if he doesn’t agree with it, he should still have to do it,” said one student.
“His ability to exercise his freedom of religion ends when that infringes on another person’s ability to be who they are,” insisted another.
Wanting to explore whether or not these young leftists would consistently apply their principles across the board, Campus Reform flipped the scenarios around a bit and suddenly the answers didn’t come so quickly or easily.
One student who said the Christian baker should provide a cake for a same-sex wedding wasn’t so sure about when it came to the black-baker-cake-for-KKK-rally scenario: “They shouldn’t, but, like, I guess that, like, contradicts what I just said, so yeah.”
The student who said the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Christian baker was “appalling” replied that she was “not sure” about the new scenario.
Another student said the black baker shouldn’t have to bake a cake for the KKK rally since “the KKK is directly hating [the black baker] as a person, meanwhile gay people aren’t hating the baker for being a baker.”
Another student, in favor of the gay wedding cake getting baked, said, “Once again, we are in America, and if you’re gonna open a shop, you have to be willing to accept all customers that are gonna walk into that shop.”
A student was asked whether or not a Jew should provide a cake for a Palestinian, they replied with, “It gets more complicated, I guess. I’m not sure…I don’t know.”
This is proof positive that the vast majority of young people just parrot what they heard in school and from their parents, not bothering to think through the implications of their worldview because they are told that their position is right and that’s all there is to it.
Life is never, ever that simple.
Every policy has lots of nuances that could negatively impact a group of individuals, thus, these issues need rigorous thought applied to them to really see what the best solution is to the problem. The one that preserves the maximum amount of freedom possible it the right direction to take.
In this case, freedom of religious expression and the liberty to run one’s business according to their own personal convictions are of the utmost importance because they could cause issues for numerous groups of people at some point down the line.
Let’s hope being challenged like this in some capacity helps wake young people up to the reality that the leftist worldview is inconsistent and just plain doesn’t work when applied to reality.
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