The incident, sparked by the Christians’ pro-life activism outside the café (they were in the shop only to drink coffee), was caught on a video that went viral and has, predictably, inspired much analysis. Unfortunately, most of it misses an important distinction.
Unsurprisingly, many commentators have equated Borgman’s blow-up with Christian bakers refusing to provide cakes for faux (“gay”) weddings. After all, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this very matter in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on December 5. As Reason’s Scott Shackford put it, “If a coffee shop owner doesn't want to serve a group whose positions he finds disagreeable and offensive, is that subtantially [sic] different from a baker refusing to do work for a same-sex marriage he finds offensive?”
Actually, it is.
Don’t misunderstand me, I fully respect in principle freedom of association, which means that both Borgman and the bakers should be allowed to exclude people from their businesses for any reason whatsoever. Nonetheless, there’s a widely ignored distinction here that’s most significant: Borgman (video below) refused to serve a certain class of people.Read more at TheNewAmerican