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Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Bake the damned cake for the NRA, Mister Banker" !!

Don Surber  "So, First National Bank of Omaha thinks it can blacklist the National Rifle Association and refuse to do business with [them].
"Not in 21st century America.
"The courts have ruled that a business has no discretion in whom it will do business with.
"If a Christian baker must bake a wedding cake for gay weddings, then you had better believe a bank must do business with the NRA."

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" 'The New York Times, through a column by John Corvino, a professor of philosophy at Wayne State University on November 27, said businesses cannot act on personal beliefs.

"At first glance, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case — for which the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Dec. 5 — looks easy. In 2012 Charlie Craig and David Mullins attempted to buy a wedding cake at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. The owner, an evangelical Christian named Jack Phillips, refused to sell them one. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission found Phillips liable for sexual-orientation discrimination, which is prohibited by the state’s public accommodations law. State courts have upheld the commission’s decision," the column began.
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"But Corvino reached the conclusion that Christians must break their moral beliefs.
" 'It’s a mistake to treat sexual-orientation discrimination as exactly like racial discrimination — just as it’s a mistake to treat it as entirely dissimilar. But the underlying principle from Piggie Park holds in the case at hand: Freedom of speech and freedom of religion do not exempt business owners from public accommodations laws, which require them to serve customers equally. The Court should uphold the commission’s decision and rule against Phillips," Corvino concluded.
"If a religious belief is not sacrosanct in the eyes of the court, why should a political one be protected?" . . .

Highlights added by TD

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