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blackbootz  ·  2095 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

This is... interesting. On the one hand, the role/religion inversion is useful in freeing up the observer from tribal-line identities (liberals automatically siding with the gay couple, conservatives with the baker).

On the other, a union between two consenting adults is in utterly unlike socially-sanctioned pedophilia.

I'm not sure how I feel. But there is a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion, whether I like it or not.

wasoxygen  ·  2095 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Religion does not confer immunity; human sacrifice is still frowned upon.

In my view, questions of religious expression or freedom of speech are distractions. The only amendment relevant to the discussion is the 13th.

Party A wishes to have Party B perform an act that Party B is not willing to perform. That is the definition of coercion. There are reasons for which coercion is justified; to settle this case we have to decide if to get a wedding cake is one of those reasons. (Or, more grandly: to induce people to perform gestures consistent with mainstream values when they do not hold them, or else fabricate socially acceptable excuses, where concerns of reputation and future profits are not sufficient inducement.)

user-inactivated  ·  2095 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's as appropriate for someone on a civil rights commission to be hostile towards conservative Christianity as it is for an ER doctor to be disgusted with the NRA. The first solves problems the second creates.