The first story I wrote for the Appalling Stories anthology was titled Bake Me a Cake. A writer friend of mine gave me the idea: what would happen if a mom and pop bakery was asked to make The Aristocrats of cakes? The story was loosely based on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, where a gay couple asked a Christian baker to make them a gay wedding cake. The baker refused to make them a wedding cake, as the tenets of his faith don’t allow for gay marriage, but he did say he’d bake them any other kind of cake. Then the gay customers sued him. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court:
In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled on narrow grounds that the Commission did not employ religious neutrality, violating Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips’ rights to free exercise, and reversed the Commission’s decision. The Court did not rule on the broader intersection of anti-discrimination laws, free exercise of religion, and freedom of speech, due to the complications of the Commission’s lack of religious neutrality.
Now Masterpiece Cakeshop is being sued again:
On the same day the [Supreme Court] agreed to review the Masterpiece case, an attorney named Autumn Scardina called Phillips’ shop and asked him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The caller asked that the cake include a blue exterior and a pink interior, a reflection of Scardina’s transgender identity. Phillips declined to create the cake, given his religious conviction that sex is immutable, while offering to sell the caller other pre-made baked goods.
It gets better, though:
In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests.
This is a clear case of harassment, of religious bigotry, and spiteful, disgusting abuse of the legal system to destroy someone’s business. I talk about the culture war quite a lot in this space, and this new case is just another attack by the social justice left to eliminate all resistance to their bizarre attempts at social engineering. There’s no compromise with them. There’s no working things out. They’ll never stop attacking normal people until every last person on this planet enthusiastically embraces every little thing they do. Live and let live isn’t an option any longer.
Below the fold I’ve included an extended excerpt of my story Bake Me a Cake. Tell me it wasn’t prescient.