In 1950, when Eileen Barton recorded her hit version of “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d’ve Baked A Cake”, I seriously doubt she could have imagined that, 68 years later, a punny version of its title could be used for an internet blog.
But, due to today’s Supreme Court ruling involving a Christian baker and a gay wedding cake, that is exactly what has happened.
From a just-published article at reuters, via cnbc.com:
The Supreme Court on Monday handed a narrow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
The justices, in a 7-2 decision, faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the claims brought against Jack Phillips, saying it had showed a hostility to religion. In doing so, the commission violated his religious rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Interesting, to say the least.
Personally, I have conflicting views on this issue and the Supremes’ decision. I see validity in both sides (I’ll probably write more about it in a subsequent blog). But, for the moment, that’s where things are.
Now: what does this mean for the much more famous case in Portland, Oregon, in which Melissa’s Sweet Cakes was put out of business – and fined $135,000 by Oregon’s spectacularly vindictive Labor Commissioner, brad avakian – for doing exactly the same thing?
Does this mean Melissa and Aaron Klein get a formal apology? Will their fine be rescinded? Does brad avakian now have to explain why he turned what should have been a one-incident local matter into a holy war against devout Christianity?
As a side-note, avakian, apparently thinking this was a proud moment in his career, decided to parley his “victory” over the Kleins into a run for Oregon Secretary of State.
The result? he lost – the first time an Oregon Democrat lost a statewide office to a Republican since 2002.
Evidently, even Blue-state Oregonians had their fill of avakian.
As for the future, It will be more than a little interesting to see where things go from here – both for the Kleins and other devout Christians who think they have religious rights.
Oh, one other thing. Apropos of nothing other than my bad pun at the beginning of this blog, click here for Eileen Barton’s recording of “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d’ve Baked A Cake”. I understand that it is hopelessly dated, but how many songs have a double-apostrophe word in their title? That’s got to be worth something….I think .