I was ponderIng the relationship between a persons beliefs and their ability in mind of the situation of the baker that said she would not bake a cake for a homosexual occasion. Or something like that.
And so he was brought to court and it’s a big case.
Now whenever I hear this story on the radio what comes to my mind is it sounds to me that the Christian Baker is unable to bake a cake for the homosexual couple.
And so I’m wondering what’s the difference?
I think it would put people who are discriminated against in a better position if we just call out those people who claim that their beliefs will not allow them to do things, to do a service for them because of whatever state they might present themselves as. Because then we would hold people responsible for their believes by saying that your belief is reflective of your capacity and ability.
So a baker who is being a bigot or a homophobe because they won’t bake a cake for a homosexual occasion, instead of just saying they’re assholes, we can say that they’re incompetent.
I mean think about it. If there is a computer programmer who said hey I’m an excellent computer programmer and he knows all the commands that there is in every single Computer coding language including machine language, but then you ask him to write a program that sorts out my emails and he won’t do it, we wouldn’t say he’s just an asshole. It wouldn’t matter if he writes a bunch of other programs because obviously, de facto, by the fact that he is not writing this simple email for me means that he is incapable of doing it . Becuase then we’d say Well, prove it. The fact that he could write an email program for someone who is not homosexual would not prove that he was making any sort of value judgments, but de facto show that he is absolutely incapable of making that cake for a homosexual couple. We would then say he’s incompetent and we wouldn’t hire him.
Perhaps we are serve ourselves better if we adopt that kind of attitude instead of the attitude that everyone gets to choose what they believe. Or better yet, judge people according to the actual circumstances that present themselves. If someone can snowboard super well when they’re just up at Snowmass or whatever, and they’re doing flips off of random rocks and embankments, as well as beating everyone down the hill and whatever, if we take them to the Olympics and she totally flounders, we wouldn’t say that that Olympic snowboarder is making a value judgment about where she wants to perform.
So I say it is not that the baker is choosing not to serve certain people Becuase of a belief, but they are unable to serve Becuase of an inherent aspect of what they are, and using ‘belief’ to justify their lack.
And would it matter whether or not they bake this perfect cake for the birth of Christ or something. Because we would see openly and overtly where their ability lay.
What do you guys think?