At the end of an interview with the owners of a now-defunct Oregon bakery “forced to shut down” after the owners refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, host Martha MacCallum announced her sympathy for what the couple has "gone through."
The entire segment was framed to bolster the conservative meme that religious liberty is under attack. There was almost no thought given to a customer trying to purchase goods and services without being discriminated against because a business disapproves.
“A bakery that was forced to shut down after the owners refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony, before being fined some $135,000,” was how MacCallum made the bakers sympathetic guests right in her introduction.
Yet when reporter Trace Gallagher gave the background of the case, he revealed, “It’s against Oregon law to refuse service because of sexual orientation.”
So the bakers broke the law, pure and simple. But, of course, nobody dwelt on that.
MacCallum said, with supportive disbelief, “You still get threats and angry letters? What is that like?”
But by the end of the interview, MacCallum didn’t even bother to pretend to be the kind of “straight news anchor” that is supposed to be hosting the The Kelly File.
“I’m sorry for what you guys have gone through,” MacCallum said, as she closed the discussion.
Watch it below, from the February 26 The Kelly File.
Of course if there were a problem with a baker, it could easily be resolved by the purchaser simply removing the male/female ornamentation and replacing them with female/female ornamentation or male/male ornamentation.
But that still doesn’t resolve the problem inside the fundie baker’s mind who may have erroneously sold a wedding cake to a less than honest gay customer. Perhaps the fundie baker could bake a hell themed cake with m/m and f/f ornamental figurines burning in the hot place. That should ease the baker’s restless conscience.
Faux will take a baker’s dozen of them.
You’re right. I’m a failed blogger so I should add a pop-up “No queers allowed on my blog.” Then use the outrage to fund a right-wing Kickstarter campaign. If I’m lucky, Steve Doocy will invite me onto the curvy couch for a game of softball and a sympathetic ear. ;^)