Category Archives: Dignitary harm

We’re not asking for much

[Masterpiece Cakeshop] did not decide the question about religious freedom and the rights of sexual minorities. However, one key element of the decision drew my attention. The court recognized how anti-Christian bias on the part of the Colorado Civil Rights … Continue reading

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A masterpiece of prudence

I’m relieved in a way that the Supreme Court decided to punt on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. We could do with a little fudging in the culture wars these days. So instead of tackling the deeper, perhaps irresolvable, conflicts of … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Masterpiece Cakeshop

Some fairly preliminary thoughts on today’s Supreme Court decision. Religious liberty advocates got the opinion they wanted. Unfortunately, it was a concurrence by Justice Thomas with Justice Gorsuch joining. More on that in a moment. Justice Kennedy’s much narrower majority … Continue reading

Posted in Anodynes & Nostrums, Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Marriage (real), Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Bad Analogies

[N]o one, not the most wild-eyed critic of the principles underlying the civil-rights legislation of the 1960s, ever suggested that, if such laws were passed, they would lead to obscure Christian bakers’ being forced at the point of government bayonets … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, History, Legalia

Speech or Religion?

I wrote several times, I’m pretty sure, that I thought the Masterpiece Cakeshop case would be argued by Jack Phillips’ attorney, and would ultimately be won, as a case about compelled artistic expression, a violation of the First Amendment’s speech … Continue reading

Posted in Abortion distortion factor, Dignitary harm, Legalia, Religious freedom, Sexualia, Speech & Press

Warlock Hunts (and lesser voices)

In the space of about 24 hours I encountered three contributions, not necessarily toward a “solution,” but at least toward perspective, on the sexual harassment tsunami. The most prominent and lengthiest was Claire Berlinski’s The Warlock Hunt at The American … Continue reading

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Friday, 12/8/17

Where nothing’s in common Changing the Context Why we’re not solving Weinsteinism “Ladies and Gentlemen …” A masterpiece on Masterpiece Motivated reasoning makes people stupid Unprecedented

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Masterpiece Cakes thoughts

The consensus, with a few dissenters, is that the oral arguments Tuesday portend victory for Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakes. I’m going to assume that for purposes of this blog. What worries me now is how he will win. … Continue reading

Posted in Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Justice, Religious freedom, Speech & Press

Tuesday Supplement, 12/5/17

Metanarratives Sen. Grinch, R, Iowa The right to be wrong Spats and Top Hat Looking for freedom outside the box Moore’s liberal enablers Photios Markopulos, Mayan Orphan

Posted in Calvinism, Consumerism, Dignitary harm, Discrimination, Globalization, Internet, Life political issues, Orthodoxy, Plutocracy, Political Matters, Religious freedom, Rights Talk, Speech & Press

Thursday, 11/30/17

  Tipsy the Niehburian Pretext: Veritas The Last words of Gary, now an unperson A discrimination law hypothetical Why Jack Phillips should win

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