LGBT advocates are obsessed with a bakery in Colorado, and not because the cakes are delicious. Last year the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop after a six-year legal battle following Phillips’s refusal to put a pro-gay message on a cake he’d baked. He never refused, contrary to what many have heard, to sell a cake to anyone. He merely refused to use his craftsmanship to produce a message he did not support on one of his creations. The court also found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated Phillips’s civil rights by displaying anti-religious discrimination.
About this latest legal attack on Phillips, Catholic News Agency reports:
Three months after winning the Supreme Court case, Phillips was sued again by Colorado lawyer Autumn Scardina, who identifies as a transgender woman, for his refusal to make Scardina a gender-transition cake. Phillips then countersued the state of Colorado, claiming that he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs. The case was dropped in March, “after the discovery phase demonstrated that the state was displaying ‘anti-religious hostility’ by continuing to pursue Phillips.’”
Scardina is yet again suing Masterpiece for its refusal to make a cake. This time it was a birthday cake but with pink frosting and a blue center to signify Scardina’s transgender identity.
As these events continue to unfold, don’t be surprised to see increasing and increasingly hostile debates on social media. Having seen many such debates play out, I wanted to correct some errors Catholics commonly make so they can focus instead on the best ways to present the truth about our identity as human beings made in the image of God.
1. Don’t overplay chromosomes.
The sex of a human being is determined biologically. As a general rule, females have two X chromosomes (XX) and develop female sex organs, whereas males have an X and a Y chromosome (XY) and develop male sex organs. But sometimes people’s genetic code and their anatomy don’t match up, so it can be difficult to immediately identify their sex. This is a condition that is called “intersex.” When intersex comes up in discussions about transgenderism, I recommend setting that issue aside, because in almost all cases people who are transgender are not intersex, and their physical anatomy matches their sex chromosomes.
Be careful, however, not to overplay the XY and XX dichotomy by saying things such as, “If you have an XY you’re a man, and if you have XX you’re a woman.”
Read more at Catholic Answers.