Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesman for The Satanic Temple, wrote in a Patheos blog last week that Christian business owners are discriminating against gay people when they refuse to serve gay weddings.
In the blog, called “According to Matthew,” Greaves said that sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that Christian business owners may start winning their cases at the U.S. Supreme Court level.
“For this reason, The Satanic Temple has announced a plan for those who feel alienated or oppressed by the privileged status that religion holds over sexual orientation: Request your homophobic baker make a cake for Satan,” Greaves wrote.
Greaves also told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “other people should be allowed to deny” Christians services too.
“I think that’s a legally tenable option. It’s not a very socially tenable option. We’ve already gone over this in the Jim Crow era, I think we came up with a kind of social contract that if you’re going to run a business and provide services to the public that you need to act within the boundaries of what is within accepted social behavior, regardless of your own religion or whatever else,” Greaves said.
In one of the cases headed to the Supreme Court, Colorado baker Jack Philips is asking the court to overturn a 2014 decision that found him guilty of discriminating against same-sex couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig. In 2012, he refused to make a cake for their wedding.
“Tolerance should be a two-way street. Phillips gladly serves anyone who walks into his store, but as is customary practice for many artists, he declines opportunities to design for a variety of events and messages that conflict with his deeply held beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner.