Jon Stewart Tries and Fails to Harass Rand Paul on Religious Liberty

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rand Paul, fresh from his filibuster of the Patriot Act, went onto “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” where Stewart inevitably wanted to talk about gay marriage and Christian bigotry.

“Don’t they sell cakes to sinners all the time?” Stewart asked, “Adulterers. . .”

Um, talk about missing the point. Maybe it is hard for allegedly brilliant minds like Jon Stewart to notice that nobody is saying they don’t want to sell cakes to gay people.  And if some philanderer wanted to host a solemn satanic ceremony joining his mistress in adultery, I am guessing Melissa of Sweet Cakes would say politely, “No, thank you” to baking that cake, too. Moreover the law would let her.

Why are gay wedding cakes worth crushing poor Melissa’s livelihood over? Why not ask gay couples buy a cake next door instead?  And, O brilliant Jon Stewart, why haul in the “corporations are not people” thing when what we are dealing with is corner bakeries and small business owners, not big corporations?  In Barronelle Stutzmann’s case, the so-called law pierced the veil of the florist business to say all her personal assets could be garnished, including her pension fund, to pay for the terrible, horrific act of declining to arrange flowers for your gay wedding. Here’s a thought for next time this happens—and it will—for Paul and every other GOP candidate.

Rand Paul pioneered this fabulous riposte to the media’s obsession with exploring what it thinks are hard questions on abortion but for Republicans only.   Continue Reading