By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com December 11 2013 6:45 PM ET
After a state judge ruled last week that Jack Phillips broke Colorado's antidiscrimination law when he refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop made the conservative media rounds, bemoaning how his religious freedom has been infringed upon.
Fox & Friends interviewed Phillips and his attorney earlier this week, notably excluding any comments from the other side of the argument. The segment, hysterically titled "The Death of Free Enterprise," saw host Elisabeth Hasselbeck ask Phillips if he was willing to go to jail over his religious convictions against serving gay couples.
"If that's what it takes," Phillips said. "I don't believe I need to drop my religious convictions at any time for any reason."
Hasselbeck neglected to mention that Phillips, even upon being found guilty of discrimination, isn't at risk of going to jail. Violations of Colorado's antidiscrimination ordinances allow for fines to be imposed, but offenders don't see jail time. And as the judge declared — despite Hasselbeck and Phillips attorney's arguments to the contrary — if Phillips operates a business that's open to the public (which he does), he's required to serve all members of the public without regard to their race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, if he hopes to keep his business on the right side of long-standing Colorado law.
Watch the Fox & Friends segment below, then click to the next page for some serious absurdity and fatalism, compliments of the notoriously antigay Bryan Fischer.
Notorious homophobe and director of issues analysis at the antigay American Family Association Bryan Fischer turned up the persecution rhetoric to 11 when he touched on the Colorado bakery story. By finding Phillips guilty of discrimination, Fischer claims that Colorado might as well be Communist Cuba or Soviet-era Russia.
"Our secular theocrats have found this man guilty of heresy," Fischer cried. "Guilty of idolatry, guilty of blasphemy because he will not agree to the dogma of the secular theocrats. He is a heretic and he must be punished just like the Spanish Inquisition did for those that went astray from the dogma of the church in their day. … This is something that happens in Cuba. This is something that happens in the Soviet Union."
Watch Fischer cry victim in the clip below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch.