There’s no news out there of interest to us. Times like this are when your Curmudgeon is likely to get into trouble by straying off topic. Nevertheless, we’ll take the risk. Consider this to be one of our creative challenges.
The challenge will combine two separate topics. First — creationists are always claiming that evolution is a religion. Okay, we’ll play with that. The second thing is that when creationist business owners are asked to do something that is legal, but which violates their religious beliefs, they’ve been known to refuse — for example: Religious freedom or discrimination? Gay wedding cake at center of Colorado Appeals Court case.
We don’t care about gay marriage, but we can use that Colorado scenario. Suppose you’re a professional cake baker. You make cakes for weddings, graduations, whatever. You’re also convinced that the theory of evolution is good science, and creationism is nonsense. You’re locally known for that because of your writings and your speeches. Fine. Now let’s put you in a situation somewhat like the one that the Colorado baker faced.
A couple comes into your store, holding hands. They tell you they’re getting married and they want you to bake a cake for their wedding reception. In order not to distract you with an irrelevancy, they’re not a same sex couple. However — just to make this fun — each of them weighs about 500 pounds. You can’t imagine what their private moments are like, and you don’t want to think about it. So it’s a more-or-less traditional marriage, although their mutual attraction makes no sense to you. No problem, right? But wait — now we’ll make it interesting.
They tell you that they’re creationists, and they hate the theory of evolution. Further, they know that you’re an “evolutionist.” Additionally, they tell you that they want the icing on their cake to be decorated with an illustration of Adam & Eve, together with a dinosaur, all happily together in the same scene. They know you charge extra for special decorations, and they say that they’re willing to pay your price.
How will you handle this situation, dear reader? They’re a strange couple, and the cake they want would be clearly contrary to the theory of evolution. Creationists imagine that such a cake violates your religion. Well, whatcha gonna do — and why? Will you bake the cake they want? Or will you refuse and face the consequences?
You know the rules: You must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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