And now, inadvertently, the video-sharing website has provided a glimpse into our national future once critics of laws supporting religious freedom succeed in preventing small business owners from refusing certain work as a matter of conscience.
The issue currently consuming America is whether wedding vendors — and, bizarrely, small-town pizzerias — must be forced to provide goods and services for gay weddings when doing so is a religious burden.
Many outraged supporters of gay marriage, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company does business with Saudi Arabia, have flogged an Indiana law which would protect religious adherents.
These critics may want to limit protection to gay marriage, but legal principles work in strange, creeping ways. Forcing work on small business owners despite their objections is highly unlikely stop at gay weddings. Other groups will want their special, carved-out protections, too.
As George Washington University Law School professor John Banzhaf has insightfully observed, there could come a day when a Muslim wedding caterer will refuse to serve alcohol at the wedding of two hard-drinking atheists. Or perhaps a Jewish wedding planner won’t want to assist a Palestinian couple in preparing for their big day. Or maybe a Jewish baker will decline to bake a red cake with a big black-and-white swastika on top for a German Nazi sympathizer — or even for a Jewish student who apparently likes the symbol.
That day may be very far off. Or perhaps it will come very soon.
In any case, YouTube has foreseen it. The prophetic YouTube clip below comes from “California Reich,” an Academy Award-nominated 1975 documentary about pathetic neo-Nazi groups in three California locales: San Francisco, Los Angeles and the inland town of Tracy.
Here, with step-by-step instructions from a Nazi mom next door, is an example of the cake the Jewish baker might have to make once religious freedom is sufficiently diluted: