Freedom to discriminate

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“I refuse to serve ______________ (please fill in, examples beyond *) because it’s against my believe and my faith.”

*Suggestions: Jews/Gays/Transgender/Black/Muslims/Latinos/Women etc.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union.

The case will be a major test of a clash between laws that ban businesses open to the public from discriminating based on sexual orientation and claims of religious freedom. Around the nation, businesses like bakeries, florists, and photography studios have said, so far with little success, that forcing them to serve gay couples violates their constitutional rights.

The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, No. 16-111, started in 2012, when the baker, Jack Phillips, an owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., refused to create a cake for the wedding reception of David Mullins and Charlie Craig, who were planning to marry in Massachusetts. The couple filed discrimination charges, and they won before a civil rights commission and in the courts.

Mr. Phillips, who calls himself a cake artist, argued that two parts of the First Amendment — its protections for free expression and religious freedom — overrode a Colorado anti-discrimination law and allowed him to refuse to create a custom wedding cake.    Source: New York Times. Please read the full article here:

Why is this even an option? What part of discrimination is so hard to understand?

Dis·crim·i·na·tion
noun
  1. 1.
    the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
    “victims of racial discrimination”

I believe in intelligence and education, can I refuse to serve and listen to stupid now? (Just expressing myself)

Lord/God/Universe/Mother Earth/Unicorns and Fairies…..help us, please!

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15 thoughts on “Freedom to discriminate

  1. I’m reserving comment until I see the Supreme Court’s decision. I think we’ll learn a lot about the direction this country will go over the next few years when we get a chance to see the opinions and the basis for each justice’s decision.

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  3. Where does discrimination begin and end? Shopkeepers are supposed to smile and nod ALWAYS because the customer is always right – even when he/she is rude, patronising, drunk, abusive, breaks merchandise, lets his/her children run wild… (I worked in a shop for several years.) I may not agree with this baker’s “beliefs” but I do think he has the right to choose whether he does or doesn’t do what his customers ask.

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      • I hear what you’re saying and I do understand the evils of discrimination. But isn’t the baker’s right to live by his beliefs just as valid and morally important as the gay couple’s right to live by theirs? And doesn’t that make the baker’s conviction in the case just as discriminatory as his refusal to make the cake?
        Diversity is what makes human nature interesting, but it’s only viable when it goes hand in hand with tolerance. Could the parties involved not have respected each other’s beliefs, agreed to differ and gone their separate ways? It seems to me that the modern fashion for litigation can only lead to ill will on both sides and a hardening of attitudes that will only make the situation worse.

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  4. This is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I agree that the baker *does* have the right to refuse to bake a cake for a wedding that goes against their religious belief — that is the very essence of freedom of religion. I also believe that we have the right to not shop at that store because we don’t agree with the way they do business. That’s how capitalism works. I also think that the government doesn’t need to get involved. Seriously this whole thing has gotten out of hand.

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  5. And I have my OWN sign: “I refuse to patronize businesses that discriminate based on ” (please fill in, examples beyond *) because it’s against my belief. And it’s NOT what Jesus** would do.”
    *Suggestions: Jews/Gays/Transgender/Black/Muslims/Latinos/Women etc.
    ** Insert deity of choice.

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