Cheap Seats has long suspected that the American Civil Liberties Union’s commitment to civil liberties was about as deep as the icing on a cake.
Sure enough, the wannabe tyrants in the ACLU have shown their commitment to civil liberties by attacking the most basic one – the right to private property.
Most disturbing is that one of Colorado’s black-robed finest (Cheap Seats jests) has taken the side of the ACLU.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer, revealing that he’ll never be confused with Thomas Jefferson, ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver can be fined for refusing to sell a wedding cake for a gay couple’s wedding, concluding that somehow Masterpiece’s refusal amounted to illegal discrimination.
It’s tempting to draw a false equivalence between Spencer and the jokers who run the Arts & Entertainment Network, who this week surrendered their biggest cash cow to someone else for firing Duck Dynasty dude Phil Robertson for making crude anti-gay comments.
But the cases are different. Spencer wants to use the power of the state to hammer Masterpiece Cakes into submission. A&E is simply choosing on its own not to do business with Phil.
Cheap Seats’ guess is that the boys of Duck Dynasty will simply go elsewhere, and take their fans, and money, to another network.
By Spencer’s logic, though, A&E could use the power of the state to force Robertson to stay on and deliver politically correct drivel on “Duck Dynasty.”
To be consistent, the ACLU would have to argue that Robertson would have to stay on because to leave, and deprive A&E of his services, would be illegally discriminatory.
In other words, and pardon the extended French metaphor, the ACLU would become the modern Marie Antoinette of organizations that merely mouth their commitment to liberty when their true commitment is to boosting the power of the state.
Let them, Spencer and the ACLU, eat cake.