Or maybe just the stomach. According to a story in the Associated Press, a bigot in Colorado went to a baker and demanded a cake in the shape of a Bible with a hateful message about gays on it. When the baker refused, the bigot filed a complaint alleging that she was discriminating against his religious beliefs.
The baker, Marjorie Silva, agreed to bake the cake, but declined to write the hateful message. She did offer to give him the icing and tools to write his own message, but of course that wasn’t good enough for the customer, Bill Jack. Apparently, he was angry about the Denver baker who was charged with discrimination for refusing to serve a gay couple, and was attempting to turn the tables by forcing a less-hateful baker to share in his message of intolerance and discrimination towards gays.
The difference, of course, is that Jack’s message of hate is not a person with human rights. In a free and just society, the law must forbid discrimination against people and groups, especially when those groups are an unpopular minority. There is no law, however, that says hateful and oppressive ideas must be given the same rights and protections as a a person. Thus, while Jack (as a person) has a right to free speech, including hateful speech, he does not have the right to demand that anyone else publish and promote his hateful ideas.
The case is still pending, but barring a great miscarriage of justice, Jack will lose his case. The situation is no different than if he had demanded that a Jewish baker make a cake that said “Heil Hitler” and denied the Holocaust, or if he sent a racist article to a science journal and then sued them for refusing to publish it. His constitutional right to free speech entitles him to make his own statements, but it does not entitle him to force others to make the same statements.
Had the baker said, “I will not bake you any cake at all, because you are Christian,” then he might have a case. Refusing to serve Christians would be a genuine case of discrimination, and would also be the exact tit for tat situation that Jack was attempting to manufacture. He could not do that, though, because no matter how “martyred” he might feel after watching Fox News, Christians are not actually discriminated against in America. The only thing they have to complain about is the fact that the law won’t allow them to deprive others of their liberty and constitutional rights.