Somewhere In Colorado, USA, in July of 2012, a gay couple asked a cake making outfit, Masterpiece cakeshop to create a wedding cake for a celebration of their marriage. the Creative artist, Mr. Jack Phillips told them that he could not design and bake a wedding cake for them because it would violate his Christian convictions, although he would be happy to sell them other baked goods.
The couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, filed a complaint under Colorado law, which bars discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation. An administrative law judge and then the Colorado Civil Rights Commission both ruled that the cake shop had engaged in illegal discrimination.
The decision was one in a series of similar rulings across the country that have been cheered by civil rights groups but attacked by conservative Christians as assaults on religious liberty.
Whether photographers, florists, bakers and other vendors who are Christians should have a right to refuse services for same-sex marriages has emerged as a major cultural and legal battle, one that has intensified since the US Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.
According to the defense counsel to the cake shop, He argued that an objection to same-sex marriage was not the same as discriminating against a gay person and noted that the baker, Jack Phillips, of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., also refused to make cakes celebrating Halloween because he associates the holiday with Satan.
“Cake decorating is his medium for creating art and they are compelling him to engage in artistic expression that violates his beliefs,”
Jack Philips of Masterpiece Cakeshop
Back to our contemporary Nigerian society, we have not experienced such though but it could have cropped up in different corners of the Naija cake industry. Some people have rejected creative jobs that portray nudity and some other perceived moral decadence. While this will be supported by many, there also will be other bakers with different views and opinion.
Africa is a land of rich cultural heritage and we are ardent followers of our beliefs. How the Nigerian and in fact the African baker should handle this issue will always have divergent opinions. Questions crossing the mind of the writer that demands highlight…
Should I engage my art in the concepts against my principles?
How would other clients see my decisions?
What’s my own personal conviction?
All these and many more questions will always remain a puzzle to solve in the Naija cake Industry. We are all encouraged to give a deep thought to the issue and give reviews that can be useful to the Naija baker.