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As The Supreme Court Considers Major Free Speech Case, Liberals Can’t Have Their Cake And Eat It Too

17/05/2018

JONATHAN TURLEY

Freedom_of_SpeechBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on how liberals in New York are supplying the Supreme Court ample reason to rule for a Colorado cake shop owner in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.  As the Court decides whether a baker can refuse to bake a cake deemed offensive, many liberals are asserting the right to refuse to serve conservatives based on their political views or associations.

Here is the column:

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  1. 17/05/2018 10:45

    This is another bit Turley gets wrong.

    That decision would also apply to a Jewish bakery asked to make a “Mein Kampf” cake or an African American bakery asked to celebrate a skinhead wedding.

    Nazis and skinheads are not a protected class under the various anti-discrimination laws so there is nothing to see here. This is Turley trying to have his cake and eat it too.

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  2. 17/05/2018 09:55

    For a Professor of Law Turley seems to have a poor understanding of the concept of free speech.

    The US Constitution’s protection of free speech is a brake on what the government may do, it does not apply to corporations, privately owned businesses, or individual citizens.

    If I ran a bar with a mostly liberal customer base, I too, would ask the wearer of a MAGA hat to remove hat or leave. It is not being worn as an issue of free speech, but as a provocation.

    The old baking a cake chestnut is just that, the case law is quite concrete on that. Businesses that provide a public accommodation may not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality, age, although the US being the US the law can vary by state. But what is clear, is that there is no religious exemption from the law for private businesses.

    Baking a cake is not a religious observance. These people are simply trying to use religion to cover up what horrid people they truly are.

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