In 2012, a Christian baker in Denver refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. He saw it as an exercise of his religious freedom. They saw it as a violation of their civil rights.
The couple filed a complaint under Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws. Now the case is before the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments on December 5, 2017.
ARI’s Onkar Ghate, Steve Simpson, and Elan Journo unpack the crucial legal and philosophical issues of this fascinating case. Among other questions they cover:
- Is this a free speech case, a religious liberties case, or something else?
- Should businesses have the right to refuse service to those with whom they disagree?
- What does intellectual freedom require and why is it important?
- What’s the worst violation of intellectual freedom in America today?
- Why are conflicts like this one inevitable today?
The case will be decided by the end of June. Watch this video today to find out what’s really at stake in this important case. (This discussion is also available on SoundCloud.)
“Racism” by Ayn Rand
“Thought Control” by Onkar Ghate
“Free Speech on Campus” by Onkar Ghate