Mississippi Christian cake baker Mitchell Moore blasted lawmakers in his state this week for the ‘stupidity’ of passing a law that ‘decriminalizes discrimination’ against LGBT people.
The Republican owner of Campbell’s Bakery in Jackson told NPR during an interview on Wednesday that Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and GOP lawmakers were actually violating Christian principles with a new law that claims to protect the “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions” of business owners.
“I am here to bake cakes and to sell those cakes,” Moore explained to NPR host Renee Montagne. “I’m not here to decide arbitrarily who deserves my cake and who doesn’t. That’s not what I do. That’s not my job.”
“So leaving aside the stupidity of passing it because it decriminalizes discrimination – which, that really is kind of the biggest issue – but I can actually say I think the law of unintended consequences is going to come back to bite the people who signed this bill,” Moore warned. “If it is my sincerely held religious belief that I shouldn’t serve them, then I can do that. And I can hide behind that language. But that language is so vague it opens a Pandora’s box. And you can’t shut it again.”
According to the bakery owner, there was no such thing as “a deeply held religious belief that you should not serve people.”
“There is no sincerely held religious belief to think that I am better than other people – to think that my sin is different than other people,” he insisted. “And so I am a deeply Christian man, and those go counter to my belief system.”
Moore asserted that lawmakers were wasting time instead of focusing on the real problems facing the people of Mississippi.
“The assumption that they think that they’re looking out for us – that’s not what they are doing,” he declared. “We rank number one – our state government is the most dependent on federal money. We are the third most obese state. We rank at the bottom in unemployment, in education. We’ve got crumbling infrastructure. None of them are being tackled. Instead, we are passing, hey-let’s-discriminate bills.”
“[Y]ou see the state government as taking no action on hundreds of other priorities and taking action instead on trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. It boggles my mind.”
Listen to the audio below from NPR.