Mitchell Moore lives in Mississippi; he’s straight; he’s a Republican; he’s a Christian; and he owns a bakery. And he has a lot to say about the passage of that Hate Bill in his state that allows discrimination against the LGBT community because … Jesus.
He believes the state’s lawmakers are violating Christian principles with their new Hate Bill:
“I am here to bake cakes and to sell those cakes. I’m not here to decide arbitrarily who deserves my cake and who doesn’t. That’s not what I do. That’s not my job. So leaving aside the stupidity of passing it because it decriminalizes discrimination – which, that really is kind of the biggest issue – but I can actually say I think the law of unintended consequences is going to come back to bite the people who signed this bill. If it is my sincerely held religious belief that I shouldn’t serve them, then I can do that. And I can hide behind that language. But that language is so vague it opens a Pandora’s Box. And you can’t shut it again [because] there is no sincerely held religious belief to think that I am better than other people – to think that my sin is different than other people. And so I am a deeply Christian man, and those go counter to my belief system.
“The assumption that [state legislators] think that they’re looking out for us – that’s not what they are doing. We rank number one – our state government is the most dependent on federal money. We are the third most obese state. We rank at the bottom in unemployment, in education. We’ve got crumbling infrastructure. None of them are being tackled. Instead, we are passing, hey-let’s-discriminate bills. You see the state government as taking no action on hundreds of other priorities and taking action instead on trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. It boggles my mind.”
It boggles most minds, except the mall ones.
Would that I lived in Mississippi and could frequent Mitchell Moore’s Campbell’s Bakery in Jackson every single day. Cakes baked without hate or judgment are dee-lish, y’all.
Thanks to Mitchell Moore for telling us the other side of faith; the side that doesn’t hate.