Mozilla Godzillas: Why Liberals Need to Call Off the Dinosaurs after Hobby Lobby Ruling

by Carolyn Bolton:

The Supreme Court’s decision last Monday favoring Hobby Lobby owner David Green and his family’s moral prohibition against providing potentially life-ending drugs to their female employees bodes well for those fighting to preserve religious liberty against those intent on crushing abortion and gay-marriage dissenters.

Godzilla Arguably the biggest casualty in the Left’s war on Christians — and others that object on religious grounds to certain types of birth control or defining marriage as anything other than between a man and a woman — is former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who earlier this year was forced to resign from his Mountain View, California-based software company because of a contribution he made in 2008 supporting Prop. 8, a voter-approved ballot initiative that defined marriage in the Golden State as solely between a man and a woman.

Indeed, Eich’s forced resignation is just the tip of the iceberg in the struggle to preserve Americans’ right to conscience, as many others — including New Mexico wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin  and Colorado cake maker Jack Phillips — have also been ordered to violate their conscience or risk losing their livelihoods. Dan Cathy, founder of popular fast-food eatery Chick-fil-A, faced similar scorn in 2012 as his company was attacked for statements he made regarding his personal beliefs on marriage, even causing those on an architectural review board in southern California to hold up construction on a then-new location for the popular chain.

Like Cathy, those opposed to gay marriage are often smeared and caricatured as “haters,” cast by media personalities and headline writers as “anti-gay” rather than — more accurately — “anti-gay-marriage” when, in reality, many who oppose gay marriage are peaceful men and women trying to provide for their families and whose religious convictions compel them to respect marriage as two parts biology and a large dose of grace — an institution ordained by God for mutual help and childrearing.

The narrative drawn by the the gay-marriage lobby, however, perpetuates a David-versus-Goliath archetype that is far more ominous than religious dissenters deserve. A headline last Wednesday on the Huffington Post, for example, reads “Rick Santorum claims anti-gay business owners are being sent to ‘re-education’ camps.” Yet another headline last Thursday from Daily Kos reads “Rick Santorum says anti-gay Christians being sent to ‘re-education camps.'”

The former Pennsylvania senator, however, was referring to those business owners recently strong-armed into complying with laws that encroach on their First-Amendment rights — who will serve men and women regardless of sexual orientation but who object to being coerced into putting their names on ceremonies or procedures they personally do not endorse.

“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers who are being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings or get fined, lose their business,” Santorum said during an appearance June 23 on “Focal Point” radio. “In the case of Colorado, there was a Colorado case recently where someone had to go to a re-education camp, if you will. And the amazing thing is that in Colorado gay marriage isn’t even legal.”

Oregon-based Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein, who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, and their court struggle is another example of liberalism gone too far, as Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, in March told Huffington Post  reporter Lila Shapiro.

“But right now what I see, as I suspect you do, [is] powerful corporations, elite institutions are all lining up to protect and proclaim the dignity of gay people. Small numbers of unusually devoted Christians are just trying to feed their kids. I do not see who is benefited really by putting them out of business. Melissa [of Sweet Cakes] has five kids, her husband (I was told) now hauls garbage. I understand it would be a rude shock to realize the woman happy to bake you cupcakes doesn’t want to bake your happy wedding cake, but I really don’t get deciding to put her out of business. It is abstract justice versus real concrete and unreasonable harm.”

And these same bakers, business executives and garbage men are the very reason Mozilla Godzillas will have little success leveling the constitutional guarantee that is religious liberty.

 

Carolyn Bolton is a writer and editor living in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @carbolton

4 Comments

  1. A sentient Whites Only drinking fountain says:

    “Oregon-based Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein, who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, and their court struggle is another example of liberalism gone too far, as Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, in March told Huffington Post reporter Lila Shapiro.”

    Literally the same argument Jim Crow business owners made. Literally the same.

    • Equating African Americans’ struggle during the civil-rights movement to being refused a cake for a ceremony the baker doesn’t believe in is offensive to the African American community. As I stated in the article, the couple’s objection to baking the cake isn’t based on sexual orientation but in supporting a ceremony they don’t believe in — a completely different argument protected by the First Amendment.

      • A sentient Whites Only drinking fountain says:

        “Equating African Americans’ struggle during the civil-rights movement to being refused a cake for a ceremony the baker doesn’t believe in is offensive to the African American community. As I stated in the article, the couple’s objection to baking the cake isn’t based on sexual orientation but in supporting a ceremony they don’t believe in — a completely different argument protected by the First Amendment.”

        Literally the same argument Jim Crow business owners made. Literally the same. That is a historical fact.

        You can say “It’s not about the homos!!” all you want, but ordinary people see right through it. If you don’t like gays and think their rights as consumers should be curtailed, you’re better off just saying it instead of trying this mealy-mouthed “I think homos should get married… to the opposite sex!!!” insult.

  2. Brendan Eich resigned because Mozilla started having a hard time attracting the types of talent that Mozilla was seeking. Blame free markets, not PC police. It is liberals fault, but only in so far as they didn’t want to work for Eich.

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