A friend posted a meme to Facebook that said:
I made the mistake of wearing red to a Target store this week. Long story short, I’m covering for Debbie on Saturday.
Cracked me up, and so I told Carlos about it and he said:
Okay, Cake Ruling … SCOTUS ruled 7-2 in favor of anti-gay baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Here’s the breakdown:
First, at the end of the day, a gay couple—Charlie Craig and Dave Mullens—were discriminated against simply for being gay.
Second, since the Court sided with the Hate Baker and allowed him to deny service to a gay couple, it may make gay people, gay couples, less likely to press for their rights if they fell discriminated against.
Third, the opinion includes troubling conclusions. The Court found that statements from Commissioners on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission evidenced so much anti-religious bias that they denied the Hate Baker a fair, impartial hearing. But those statements don’t really evidence bias.
But according to Towleroad, this is the most damning result. When the Commissioner in Colorado claimed that:
“Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be—I mean, we—we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to—to use their religion to hurt others.”
And SCOTUS responded:
“To describe a man’s faith as ‘one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use’ is to disparage his religion in at least two distinct ways: by describing it as despicable, and also by characterizing it as merely rhetorical—something insubstantial and even insincere.”
I guess SCOTUS can’t read, because the Commissioner’s comment called out using religion as a pretext for discrimination. And besides, the Commissioner was right: Christianity justified the Holocaust … religion was used to justify slavery … Religion was used to justify Jim Crow, apartheid, and laws against interracial marriage.
Masterpiece Cakeshop is neither a huge triumph for bigotry nor a devastating loss for equality … All nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people are still in effect and the Court did not grant business a broad right to discriminate.
The SCOTUS decision applies only to this case, but we still need to be vigilant and we still need to fight.
Sadly, the march goes on …
Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón is a Spanish politician and the country’s new Prime Minister. First Justin in Canada and now Pedro in Spain.
Is this the coming of hot leaders around the world because I’ll cover that story?