BP This Week: Religious Freedom’s Roe v. Wade?

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the case of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. At stake is the freedom not to participate in events or endorse messages that violate our deeply held beliefs. Many warn a bad ruling here could become the Roe v. Wade of the religious freedom issue, sparking a decades-long chapter in the culture war. Our hosts devote this segment to discussing the details of the case, and offer two different predictions on the outcome.

Resources

The Baker Who Refused to Serve a Gay Couple
  • The New York Times
  • June 27, 2017
Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage
  • Adam Liptak
  • The New York Times
  • June 26, 2017

July 22, 2017

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  • Scott

    Such a great conversation here… All Christians should consider the need to create the same space for others that we so desperately crave. The only way people in a society can truly be free (where all kinds of ideologies/religions/worldviews can exist), is if it is plural in nature… meaning there has to be room for people to disagree peacefully with the right to refuse based on conscience as well.

  • Susan

    Great discussion, and of course no one should be forced to participate in something that violates their conscience. Unfortunately, once you bring in a “protected class”, religious freedom/conscience seems to take a back seat, which is why the argument about the Jewish deli being forced to carry ham or African Americans being forced to print KKK literature is not equivalent. I think we lost this argument a number of years ago when landlords were forced to rent to unmarried couples. If Christians had taken a stronger stand then, perhaps we wouldn’t be where we are today.

    • Scott

      You are probably right. I really like the comparison using Christian book stores. What do you think about that?

  • JohnZyl

    If some nudists were wanting a baker to design a cake for them, with nude figures on the cake, should the baker have the right to refuse? Of course he should. Disagreeing with nudity in public or in pictures, does not make him a nudist hater, but he should have the right to his opinion. If some smokers wanted to have figurines on the cake that promoted smoking, perhaps with cigars in mouth, should the baker have the right to refuse? of course he should… and it doesn’t mean he hates smokers. Bakers have the right to their opinions, their morals, and their public expressions. They are not forcing them on others, but just insisting on their own rights. Those (such as LGB) who try to force their morals and opinions on others are the ones who are oppressive, and ought to be reprimanded by the human rights commissions.