Jack Phillips personifies the American dream. Just about the only people who can’t seem to recognize that are government officials employed by the state of Colorado.
It is not news that the Left wants to shut us up. But now the leading publication of the mainstream Left is openly coming out against the First Amendment.
They underscore the right not to be compelled to worship at the government’s altar, speak the government’s message, or join the government’s associations.
The orthodoxy of the American public square is progressivism. That is our civil religion, our established faith. Not officially or expressly, but in effect.
The Masterpiece Cake ruling made clear that noxious ideas of ‘speech equality’ and the need to police ‘hate speech’ are out of step with the Constitution.
This case was a loss for both sides from the start, because of what it signals about tolerance of opposing views in this country.
Despite years of case law emptying free exercise, the Supreme Court has now confirmed that government cannot apply laws in a discriminatory way against religious believers.
The Supreme Court’s religious freedom ruling is so narrow it allows bureaucrats to violate your conscience as long as they’re more polite when they do it.
Don’t be fooled by the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling. A menacing view of the First Amendment lurks in the details of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
The Christian small business owners involved in these lawsuits have no desire to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor do they ask for the right to do so.
Not only is there no constitutional warrant for securing ‘dignity,’ but the equal protection of such a right is impossible. Relying on government to ensure it results in state-imposed orthodoxy.
Except for justices Kagan and Ginzburg, an uneasiness about the case was evident to a greater and lesser degree among the other 7 Supreme Court justices.
Cake artist Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop delivered the following statement during a news conference Tuesday.
If I encountered an individual morally uncomfortable with participating in an activity with me and my boyfriend, it would be uncomfortable for me to force her.
Most justices first frame the issue by using judicial discretion of one kind or another to remove from consideration the nature of the product requested for a same-sex wedding.
If one’s exposure to the case was limited to the popular media, you might think this case was only about the free-speech rights of wedding-cake makers. It’s much more.
The ACLU characterizes the core issue in Masterpiece as not free speech or the free exercise of religion, but discrimination comparable to racial division in the 1960s.
Since the court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, free exercise of religion no longer gets the protection that free speech does.
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