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David Brooks is an asshole (but you knew that)

I believe I have paid tribute to driftglass before, but I must do so again. He reads and deconstructs David Brooks so that I don’t have to.

I normally don’t even glance at Brooks’ column, but this morning some evil spirit possessed me and I perused the first few paragraph, in which I read this:

Five years ago, Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into a bakery in a strip mall in Lakewood, Colo., to ask about a cake for their wedding. The baker, Jack Phillips, replied: “I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies, brownies. I just can’t make a cake for a same-sex wedding.”

As Adam Liptak of The Times reported, Phillips is a Christian and believes that the Bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. Phillips is not trying to restrict gay marriage or gay rights; he’s simply asking not to be forced to take part.

Craig and Mullins were understandably upset. As Mullins told Liptak, “We were mortified and just felt degraded.” Nobody likes to be refused service just because of who they essentially are. In a just society people are not discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

At this point, Craig and Mullins had two possible courses of action, the neighborly and the legal.

At that point I did two things. I calmly and without raising my voice one tiny bit (do not try to confirm this characterization of my actions with my wife) pointed out to my wife that David Brooks is a fucking asshole. I then thought to myself: “I need not trouble to go further, as I can wait until later today and let driftglass do my spewing for me”.

He has come through admirably.

By the way, did I mention that David Brooks is a fucking asshole?

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