If Only The Wedding Cake Spoke: It May Solve The Issue

I wish the wedding cake would speak. It would have saved us a lot of trouble. I know you think what is he talking about asking  a wedding cake to speak? I’ll explain.

The Supreme Court has told us that corporations are people. If corporations are people can wedding cakes be people? Corporations are assembled by putting papers together and cakes are assembled by putting ingredients together. You don’t eat corporations even though some of the big corporations eat up smaller corporations. You do eat cakes. I suppose if we said wedding cakes were persons then those who ate them would be accused of being cannibals. Perhaps that is the best argument not to have cakes considered persons.

The Supreme Court has also told us that money is speech. If money is speech can frosting be speech? One baker says the frosting on his cake is his speech. Even though money and frosting may be speech none of them speak themselves. You can’t ask them questions and expect an answer. If they give one it is so faint you cannot hear it.

But if things were different and I could ask a wedding cake a question and hear its answer I’d ask it if it was bothered by being present at a same-sex wedding ceremony. Its answer would have saved us a day of argument at the Supreme Court and countless hours of others telling that court in fillings what it would expect the wedding cake to answer

You see the Supreme Court the other day had to decide whether a baker who made wedding cakes could refuse to make one for two men who planned to get married. He said he refused because his religion is against same-sex weddings and also because he speaks through the design in the frosting on the cake. Making him make the cake would be forcing him to speak in a certain way in which he did not want to speak.

That’s the argument used by the people who ran the South Boston St. Patrick’s day parade when they excluded gays from marching in that parade. They said they owned the forum and it was up to them to decide what speech would be presented there. The Supreme Court agreed.

I can see that but a wedding cake? What is the cake at wedding saying about any issue? Does it in any way suggest that the baker by putting it there is in favor of this wedding?

All of us who have been to weddings, same-sex or otherwise, have seen the wedding cakes. Did it ever occur to you to ask the cake any questions? Or did you assume that because a certain baker made the cake he or she was giving approval to the couple being married. You know how in the movies and perhaps in real life the person performing the marriage ceremony asks if any persons object to the couple being joined in marriage and admonishing them to speak up now or forever hold their peace. If someone spoke up could the cake be brought in to show that the person who baked it had no objection?

In truth, unless we want to become silly which we often do, the wedding cake says nothing about the newlyweds other than whether they broke the bank on it. Suggesting it is a form of endorsement of the couple by the baker who made it is really nonsense. If anything it is non speech. It is a wedding cake that says no more than the sidewalk outside the wedding hall. There is really no First Amendment issue here anymore than there is when I put out the trash barrels to be picked up even if I spent time designing the trash barrel in a particularly artistic manner.

As for the religion argument there are some religions that oppose same-sex marriages believing they are sinful and others that won’t perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. There are some religions that consider divorce sinful and won’t perform marriage ceremonies for divorced people. My take on them is they expect their follower hold the same beliefs and conduct themselves in accordance with these beliefs. But as far as I know the religions don’t teach that you shun or otherwise have nothing to do with those who believe differently.

The baker is not being asked to perform the wedding or participate it in any way other than baking a cake for it. As noted earlier no one looks upon a wedding case as an endorsement by the baker of the wedding any more than they look upon the maker of the dress as having endorsed the wedding. But who am I to tell the baker that making the cake does not violate his religion if that’s what he wants to believe his religion teaches. But then again I would never tell one of those Southerners who would not let blacks sit at their lunch counter that they should not do it. Like with them I’ll wait for the government to tell the baker he must treat all customers equally if he wants to have a business open to the public.

7 thoughts on “If Only The Wedding Cake Spoke: It May Solve The Issue

  1. “Decorating a wedding cake is not an essential product to the general public.”

    Says who?

  2. I agree Tadzio, completely
    Any expressive activity,even nude dancing is protected speech, parades are expressive speech . . . In the Parade case Justice Souter nicely encapsulated the issue: protected expression includes Schoenberg’s atonal music, Pollack’s abstract expression and the Jabberwacky verse of Lewis Carroll.
    The Court went beyond speech and said that you cannot compel association. In other words if the Veterans said, “I don’t want to be associated with that group or message” no Judge in American can force them to do it

    Beyond that gay marriage discriminates against two heterosexual sisters who live together: Unless you’re raising children, any two people living together should get no extra benefits from the govenment . . . otherwise you’re discriminating against heterosexual couples;

    Finally, speech, even hate speech, is lawful in America and as much as I despise it pretend-Nazis can march in Skokie, so says the SCOTUS.

    Here’s the catch . . . . it it’s in any way expressive, artistic, government can force it.

    That’s how me and Doctor Quackenbush see it! or should I say Dr. Q. and I?

  3. In South Africa in particular , but throughout the Industry there are what is known as ” blood ” or ” conflict” diamonds. They are gem’s whose entire history is soaked in strife . They are as beautiful and representative as any other similar gems , but their ” provenance ” is a deciding factor in their undesirability on a legal market.

    Think of it as a ” Conflict ” Wedding Cake . If not more artistic , in this case speaking to the dramatic and edgy gay couple who led a media parade up the Supreme Court Steps only days ago , it is at least more true. This couple were provocatively crusading in the White Christian Pastry Shops of The Deplorables when they attempted to place a Liberace candelabrum like Rudolph’s antlers on this poor shop owner , and make him a bigoted Christmas Goat. Their intentions were malignant ones . Their reception , thus , understandably frosty . So to speak !

  4. Decorating a wedding cake is not an essential product to the general public. The case in point was contrived. The bakers were selected for the purpose of being enslaved by a hateful ideology. Other bakers were readily available.

    The law should not be a weapon of political torture. Gay Supremacists, an important part of the Democrat coalition and fundraising system, should not be allowed to run rampant over the rest of the population.

    Does a bar owner have to carry Budweiser just be cause I, as a potential customer, want to demand it? A person should be allowed to offer a limited range of services. Assuming that Matt is still licensed to practice law, should anyone be allowed to force him to handle divorces? My best attorney friend refuses to do so. He is not evil or hateful. He limits his practice. Bakers and cake decorators have no less dignity and are no less worthy of respect than any other who offer goods or services to the public.

    An argument can be made for mandatory providing of a limited number of specialized goods and service. Baking fancy goods is not one of them. There are very few necessary goods or services. Very few. Damned few.

  5. I wondered why the couple didn’t just buy the cake and decorate it themselves.

    And by the way, in Carmina Burana a well cooked swan sitting on a platter at a banquet looks up and sings, “Dentes, frendentes video”, so maybe a wedding cake does have something to say.

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