A torrent of ethical and legal questions are being bantered around over a birthday cake for a 9-year-old boy from Stockton, California.
For his 9th birthday, Dylan Harbin, who goes by the nickname Pickles, asked his mom for a suit just like the ones President Donald Trump wears. He also asked for a birthday cake that resembled Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. It seems that Dylan is a huge fan of Trump.
Dylan’s mom, SueAnn, tried to fulfill her son’s wishes and started visiting bakeries in town. Every bakery she visited, refused to make the Trump birthday cake for her son.
This really shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Stockton is located in San Joaquin County. Like the state of California, San Joaquin County voted for Hillary Clinton 53.9% to only 41.0% for Trump. Libertarian Gary Johnson garnered 3.5% of the votes and Green Party Jill Stein won an impressive 1.3% of the votes.
SueAnn Harbin ended up making her own cake for Dylan’s birthday. Dylan made the news when he wrote a letter to President Trump, telling him he was his favorite president and asked him why people don’t like him. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the letter out loud during a press briefing. The White House called the Harbin family about 20 minutes prior to reading the letter at the press briefing, to inform them they were doing so. SueAnn says that she is hoping to raise enough money to take her family to Washington DC and tour the White House.
Many conservatives are saying that the Harbin family should not only publicly name all of the bakeries that refused to make the Trump cake, but file a civil rights lawsuit against each one.
They argue that many liberals, especially LGBT activists have sued Christian business owners for refusing to make cakes, flower arrangements, take photos, open up their venue or allow them to sleep under their roof, due to the religious beliefs of the owners. In most cases, the courts have sided with the LGBT crybabies and the Christian business owners have forced to pay heavy fines, or violate their faith and in some cases, close their business.
So why shouldn’t the Harbin family turn the table on liberals and sue them for refusing to make a Trump cake due to their personal political convictions?
Yet, to file such a lawsuit could be the worst thing for Christian and conservative business owners. How?
Are you familiar with Michael Farris? He is a constitutional lawyer who founded the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College. He currently serves as the CEO and General Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that frequently comes to the legal aid of Christians and conservatives.
Farris posted the following on the issue of Dylan Harbin’s Trump cake:
“So, should these bakers be forced to design and create a Trump cake?”
“As you know, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips in a lawsuit that is reminiscent of this situation. When a same-sex couple walked into Jack’s store and asked him to design a custom cake for their same-sex wedding, he had to politely decline due to his religious beliefs about marriage. So, the couple sued him.”
“Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons. Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops.”
“And neither should anyone on the Right.”
“The fact is that these cake shops have freedom of speech. They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.”
“That’s the principle we are advocating for in Jack’s case, and the principle we will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold later this year.”
“But, of course, the Left vilifies Jack Phillips who refused to design a same-sex wedding cake.”
“So, the question is: Do all cake designers have freedom of conscience, or only those who dislike Trump?”
“If we don’t have the freedom to differ and follow our own convictions, then this isn’t America anymore. That’s why we ask that you stand with ADF as we defend Jack before the Supreme Court. Everyone’s freedom is at stake.”
“The right to differ is as essential as it gets.”
So, what happens if the Supreme Court rules against Jack Phillips and all Christian business owners?
Then is it okay for SueAnn Harbin to file lawsuits against all of the liberal bakeries that refused to take her order?