Jennifer Pizer on Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling

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Wedding cake tops (cc photo: Gexydaf)

(cc photo: Gexydaf)

This week on CounterSpin: The Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 that a Denver baker was not legally liable for his refusal—based, he claimed, on his religious beliefs—to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. It wasn’t that Jack Phillips’ free speech would have been violated, the Court’s majority said in their decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and it isn’t that it’s legal for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, but: members of the Commission had exhibited “hostility” toward Phillips’ religion—one supposed smoking gun being a commissioner’s statement that religion had historically been used “an excuse to hurt others”—and thus violated his right to its free exercise. So, a “narrow” ruling that should be read mainly as an affirmation of human rights? Or a foot in the door for a legal perspective that argues that demanding equal rights can be construed as constraining the liberties of those who say equal rights are against their religion? We’ll hear about Masterpiece Cakeshop with Jennifer Pizer, law and policy director for Lambda Legal.

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Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at coverage of antisemitism and the 2018 elections.

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