A rabbi has compared gay people to “space aliens” in a speech defending a bakery’s refusal to serve a gay couple.
David Mullins and Charlie Craig were denied a wedding cake from a shop in Colorado five years ago because baker Jack Phillips did not believe in same-sex marriage.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken of the Coalition for Jewish Values recently weighed in on the case with a bizarre analogy, Gay Times has reported.
“If space aliens were to land tomorrow, they would solve the problem. Now some of you probably think I’m nuts, but let me explain,” Rabbi Menken said.
“Let’s imagine ET lands tomorrow and someone falls in love with ET and decides to get married to ET. Trust me—within two years the Supreme Court would decide that under the US Constitution Sally or Bill could get married to ET.
“But because aliens are not human beings, and despite what you’ve seen on Star Trek, it would be impossible for aliens and humans to have children together—that would be the Biblical definition of marriage—and Jack Phillips would not be able to bake them a cake.
“And then it would be obvious that he’s not discriminating against anyone. He’s not singling out same-gender couples for exclusion.
“On the contrary he is saying he can only celebrate a Biblical marriage that involves a human man and human woman. And the ACLU would have to pack up and go home.”
The cake case will go to the Supreme Court next month.
Activists are concerned that a ruling in the baker’s favour will set a precedent for businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people.
In Australia, Liberal senator James Paterson has drafted a conservative marriage bill that would allow identical discrimination against same-sex couples by service providers.
It has been widely criticised, and many Liberal MPs have already expressed opposition to the bill after its release yesterday.