It’s Just a Cookie!


If you buy groceries, after you’ve paid for them, is it the store’s business how you use those groceries? If you buy a painting, would you allow the artist to dictate in which room you could or couldn’t hang it, or to whom you could give it as a gift?

Unless your point of view is different from mine, you’ve said no to both cases.

An Indiana baker, apparently, wouldn’t agree with us.

He seems to feel that he has the obligation to not only bake his goodies, but to dictate who should eat them or where they should be made available, and he’s facing legal hot water for taking the stand.

It started when a group ordered a batch of cookies decorated with rainbows to serve at a National Coming Out Day event at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis. The cookie store’s owner “cited moral objections to homosexuality as his reason for declining a customer’s request,” reports Louisville’s Courier-Journal.

In doing so, he may face eviction, since his store is housed in a city-owned market, and the city wouldn’t tolerate any kind of discrimination.

All this over a batch of cookies.

The bakery owner says he didn’t feel comfortable completing the order for a group that endorses homosexuality because he wants to set “the right example for his two daughters.”

How would his two daughters even know he provided cookies for the event? Why would they care? And unless they are the greatest cookies in the world, literally, why would anyone at the event care where they came from?

I’d have a hard time believing that someone hasn’t requested something with a rainbow on it for a child’s birthday party, for example. If they didn’t come right out (pardon the expression) and tell him it was for an event associated with homosexuality, then how would he ever know where his cookies were going?

And how could he possibly know that other items he’s baked over the years hasn’t been consumed by — GASP! — gay people? I’m going to assume that he doesn’t individually package each cookie with a label that reads, “Heterosexual Use Only.”

And there’s just one more question worth asking: if this guy’s going to play the moral card on homosexuality and claim he’s trying to set a good example for his kids, then what’s he doing baking cookies? Has he heard of the obesity problem in this country? Why isn’t he “setting the right example” by serving up fresh chopped veggies instead? He seems to have a moral objection to homosexuality, but he doesn’t seem to have a moral problem with providing a product that people can use in an unhealthy manner to hasten their own death from heart disease or diabetes?

Unless he has a dietician on staff who counsels every customer on eating right with every purchase, his “moral stand” is nothing more than a pure old double standard.

His refusal to serve cookies because of his comfort level with the group trying to buy them doesn’t set a good example for anyone: it doesn’t change anyone’s views on homosexuality, it doesn’t discourage anyone from being homosexual, and it doesn’t preclude homosexuals from eating cookies.

There are other cookie shops in the world, you know.

HT: Thanks to Ted for alerting me to this one!

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  • Using this logic, this baker needs to question all of his customers regarding their intended use of his cookies. Perhaps a multipage questionaire could be employed here with a quick background check. 😉 And if he is opposed to homosexuality, wouldn’t his cookies provide an interesting method of engaging those particular customers in a dialogue instead of furthering the divide?

  • Thank you for speaking up.

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