The LBGT community in North Carolina just got a big show of solidarity from none other than Bruce Springsteen.First off, I have a problem with this being called an "anti-gay" or "anti-LGBT" law, but that's a post for a different time. I'm afraid this is going to lead to every establishment open to the public having to make 16 - 20 different bathrooms, leading to an ever-escalating "bathroom equality war" where we have new and unique special snowflakes that need to be catered to. Honestly, the bathroom is binary: you have an innie or an outie. Period. I don't see why this is an issue at all.
The rock icon announced Friday on his official website that he is canceling Sunday's scheduled show in Greensboro to protest the state's newly passed House Bill 2 — dubbed the "bathroom law" — which dictates which public restrooms may be used by transgender individuals and prevents LGBT individuals to sue over human rights violations in the workplace.
Secondly, to get something else out of the way: Springsteen has every right in the world to cancel his concert. Happens all the time, often over illness or weather-related or any other number of instances. It's his show, his rules. If he honestly feels that strongly, good on him for taking a stance.
What I really want to know, though, is this: What do you suppose the Venn diagram of "people that applaud Springsteen's decision to cancel his show in NC" and "people who think Christian bakers should be forced to make cakes for gay weddings" looks like? I'd wager that's pretty close to a circle. To be intellectually honest and consistent, if you think someone that provides a service (whether that be a baker or a singer) should be forced to provide said service to their public regardless of how they feel about said public, then Springsteen should have been forced to put on that concert.
The whole "Christian bakers need to be forced to make cakes" business is ludicrous to say the least. It's a free-market solution in search of a problem: I'd wager there's plenty of bakers out there perfectly happy to take your money in exchange for a cake. I'd wager there's plenty that would make a cake for the Lord High Chuthulu as long as your money's green. If a baker feels so principled that they would turn away perfectly good cash money, well, power to them. Maybe they'll make their business up making cakes for other small-minded people.
Then again, I have to wonder about the mindset of someone that would want to eat a cake prepared by someone they forced to make it...
That is all.