Let’s be clear, it is wrong to discriminate against other human beings for any reason. It is ugly; it is unfair; it is dishonorable. But it is also wrong, unfair, and dishonorable to force a person to testify against their interests; to force a person to pray to a god they don’t believe in; to force a person to support political or social causes they oppose, or to silence their opposition. Are those evils equal or is one more abhorrent than the other? The Supreme Court is once again asked to decide this question, and this time the Justices are unlikely to punt.
In 2017, the Supreme Court decided in favor of Colorado resident, Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins. Phillips refused to bake the cake in favor of the marital union of the two men because he believed to do so would be to endorse their marriage, which was contrary to his deeply held Christian faith. Phillips disputed…Read More
Lynn Greenky is an Associate Teaching Professor at Syracuse University in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. She teaches a beloved undergraduate course about the First Amendment. She is the author of When Freedom Speaks: The Boundaries and Boundlessness of the First Amendment. You can follow her on Instagram @LynnGreenky.