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"Make Them a Cupcake": Kasich and Religious Liberty
By Matthew Archbold
Governor John Kasich is no friend of religious liberty. In fact, he recently mocked Christian business owners who refused to take part in same sex weddings.
Kasich, who once boasted that he attended a same-sex ceremony, flippantly said, "if you’re a cupcake maker and someone wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake. Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff. Move on.”
Kasich's dismissive view of religious liberty fails to take into account that it's not the Christian business owners who are initiating legal proceedings. And also, using the glib phrase "make them a cupcake" is an attempt to belittle the very real religious objections some business owners have. Kasich's quote in full, provided by American Thinker, is also indicative of not seeing this crucial issue correctly.
I think, frankly, our churches should not be forced to do anything that’s not consistent with them. But if you’re a cupcake maker and somebody wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake. Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff — move on. The next thing, you know, they might be saying, if you’re divorced you shouldn’t get a cupcake.
But the argument we're having right now as a country is not that businesses should be able to discriminate against a class of people such as divorcees or homosexuals. There is a difference in saying that I'm not going to serve a certain type of person and saying that you as a business owner are not going to take part in a specific event which you believe runs counter to your faith.
Now, if Kasich doesn't believe that's a winning political issue that's another point. But rights don't come from polls. Our rights are derived from our Creator and they are unalienable which means no matter how much John Kasich doesn't like it, people have rights.
It's not that we're in danger of a Kasich presidency. We're not. Yet. But as the governor of Ohio, Kasich has been talked about as a vice presidential candidate. Kasich has also been touted as one of the "establishment" Republicans. And I fear it's true that the establishment doesn't want anything to do with religious liberty.
That's why getting the right nominees on the Supreme Court is perhaps even more crucial than who wins the presidency. We need a president who will nominate a judge who will stand up for religious liberty, not dismissive it cavalierly with adismissive wave and a glib quote. On this issue, Kasich has proven to be something of a...well...cupcake.
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