The cake that Colorado baker Jack Phillips refused to bake was the kindling that lit a nation-wide discussion in the USA. Can a business deny service to an individual on the basis of their sexual orientation? As the Supreme Court came to a verdict in favour of the baker, the narrowness of the ruling still left the question unanswered. The baker was quickly followed by others who stood up in solidarity of his beliefs such as the Richland florist and the Kentucky county clerk. The resultant discussion has pitted religious freedom against the civil liberties of same-sex couples and LGBT individuals.
Yes: service can be refused on grounds of religion in all cases
Forcing an individual to provide a service against their will and religious beliefs is wrong
Religious freedom is uniquely important
Why would we make somebody provide a service they deem immoral and wrong?
Baking a cake is a form of protected creative expression
The US's first amendment protects individual free speech
Y/N: Service can be refused on religious grounds, but not in all cases
The interests of the different groups involved ought to balanced differently on a case by case basis
Service can only be refused when there is an alternative provider
If an individual feels they cannot render a service, there must be an alternative
Some services are personal enough to warrant refusal on religious grounds
Not all services are as impersonal and transactional as cashing a cheque or paying for groceries, and that's important
No: Service cannot be refused on religious grounds
There is no case in which discrimination based on sexuality is acceptable
Exercise of religious freedom must not hurt others
Respecting the rights of the religious is important, but only insofar as those rights don't involve 3rd party harm.
Would you refuse service to a mixed-race couple?
Why is it that sometimes we are willing to tolerate discrimination but in others find it unpalatable
The law is the highest authority
In a secular society with non-discrimination laws, all citizens must abide by those laws
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