Another baker has come a cropper over a refusal to bake a happy wedding cake. First there was Masterpiece Bakery in Colorado. Then Sweetcakes by Melissa in Oregon. Both, it was determined by courts, discriminated against potential clients in violation of public accommodation laws. As an ACLU attorney commented after the Colorado ruling, “While we all agree that religious freedom is important, no one’s religious beliefs make it acceptable to break the law by discriminating against prospective customers.” . . .
So it’s the position of the ACLU — an organization which has never really recognized the number ‘2’ — that no reason, including freedom of religion, is good enough to discriminate against a protected class. In this post-Obergefell world, gay marriage is a reality. Just as in this post-Heller and –McDonald world, the right to keep and bear arms is a thing. And may it ever be thus.
Still, while the RKBA is an enumerated right, in the eyes of the .gov, packing heat doesn’t make you a member of a protected class. But if a business can be compelled (or fined for refusing) to sell a product to anyone who walks through the door, why can’t they be compelled to accommodate those who carry a firearm for their own protection, as the Bill of Rights guarantees?
Isn’t the right to armed self defense – the exercise of which can and does save lives – at least as important as due process and equal protection? Given the SCOTUS’s latest muddled jurisprudence, can private property rights be used to justify barring guns, but ignored in order to require the preparation of a buttercream frosted delight? Don’t gun owners deserve the same protections as any other customer?