Dear Tastries Bakery: I've always thought you were fantastic. The first time I experienced your tasty morsels of goodness was when I won one of your Spider-Man cookies at a business party. I took the cookie home to my 3-year old daughter and she devoured it on sight. She looked like the Kern County Cookie Monster Colored Girl. Cutest thing ever.
Days later, that pleasant experience prompted me to go down to your store and buy more. No, not more delectable superhero cookies; this time I chose from a new stable of cookies. Same ingredients, different configuration. One was shaped like a hot air balloon. I bought that and rushed it home to my baby girl. She loved it.
I started frequenting your establishment for more of those frosting-covered cookies and incomparable macarons. Flawless. Best in Kern County.
As you probably noticed during my visits, I am a 6 foot, 1-inch tall, muscular African-American male. Every time I visited, I was treated with the utmost respect. Yes, I always felt that your prices were a little high, but I have never had an issue with paying a little extra for quality. Your products were amazing and your service was phenomenal. Thank you for the hospitality.
That is why I'm shocked to hear that intolerance made an appearance at Tastries recently.
Word has it that Eileen Del-Rio and Mireya Rodriguez were denied services from Tastries because they are a lesbian couple. Two women who fell in love two years ago and decided to make things official by getting married.
Then you — and by "you" I mean bakery owner Cathy Miller — allegedly informed them that she doesn't "condone same-sex marriage." You then allegedly proceeded to forward their contact information to a bakery competitor as an alternative. Wow.
Look. I personally am under perpetual spiritual construction. I would never question the authenticity of someone adhering to their religious belief system. Kudos to you for trying to practice what you preach. The world needs more of that.
But I'm also here to inform you that you're doing it wrong.
As I have been taught ever since I learned there were 66 books in the Holy Bible, there are no varying degrees of sin as it relates to God. There is no severity of sins. All sins are created equal. That's biblical.
And if that's the case, I want you to also deny services to that customer covered in tattoos.
Leviticus 19:28 states, "You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord."
Tattoo Man won't be enjoying those Spider-Man cookies.
I want you to also deny services to that man who left his wife and is now remarrying.
Malachi 2:16 clearly states, "For I hate divorce!" says the Lord, the God of Israel. "To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty."
That guy's prior marriage dissolution results in meringue disappointment.
And I also want you to deny services to that Buddhist, Scientologist and atheist who doesn't recognize Jesus Christ as being the Son of God.
If Jesus implores you to turn your back on homosexuals who wish to marry, I'm quite sure he demands that you do the same toward people that deny his power or, worse, his very existence.
No macarons for the Muslims.
And how about the guy with the piercings?
Or that scantily clad woman with the partially exposed breasts who's showing too much leg?
Or that cigarette smoker?
You get my point.
You, as a business owner, should already be aware of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. That legislation specifically outlaws discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation.
I would anticipate a phone call from the ACLU. Perhaps the National Center for Lesbian Rights as well. If it hasn't happened already.
That being said, I'm praying that you also, as a Christian business owner, would also be aware of what Jesus said in Luke 6:37:
"Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you."
God bless you in all your future endeavors. I'll be praying for you. Ironically.
Danny Morrison is a radio host at the New 103.9 The Beat, host of the 'Danny Morrison Media Show" video podcast, mentor and motivational speaker. His columns appear here every Tuesday; the views expressed are his own. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.