Masterpiece Cakeshop

How do we weigh a floral designer’s dignity and freedom against state coercion?

By Kristen Waggoner — March 18, 2020

(RNS) — A compassionate response to differences in our beliefs is what our society needs, not government officials more interested in shaming those with whom they disagree.

Faith-based bills advance in Texas in defiance of ‘almighty dollar’

By Max B. Baker — April 10, 2019

(RNS) — Some faith and business leaders oppose a proposal that they say would let Texans use their faith as a shield to deny services as mundane as plumbing or towing a car.

The end of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case comes with a whimper

By Mark Silk — March 13, 2019

(RNS) — The door is still open to a decision that would force bakers to provide cakes for same-sex nuptials if they want to stay in business.

Colorado, baker end legal spat over transgender woman’s cake

By Kathleen Foody — March 7, 2019

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.

Absent an imam, Domineque Ray’s execution by Alabama disenfranchises Muslims

By Megan Goodwin — February 13, 2019

(RNS) — The American legal system’s anti-Islam problem might be more accurately seen as a pro-Christianity problem.

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

By Yonat Shimron — August 15, 2018

DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips allege in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday (Aug. 14) that Colorado is on a “crusade to crush” Phillips because of his religious beliefs.

Labor Department bolsters religious exemptions from nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — August 14, 2018

(RNS) — The directive is yet another sign of the Trump administration’s determination to accommodate people of faith, even if it means letting them refuse to hire LGBT people.

Poll suggests religious freedom push is having an effect

By Yonat Shimron — August 6, 2018

(RNS) — Businesses owned by religious families are refusing to provide services to LGBT couples. Nearly a majority of Americans say that’s OK.

Seeing threat to religious freedom, Jeff Sessions announces special task force

By Yonat Shimron — July 30, 2018

(RNS) — Sessions said the task force was needed because a dangerous movement was ‘eroding our great tradition of religious freedom.’

The lessons of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case

By Mark Silk — June 6, 2018

(RNS) — For culture warriors on both ends of the spectrum.

Justices hand down narrow ruling for Christian baker in wedding cake case

By Jack Jenkins — June 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to design a cake for a couple’s same-sex wedding, a controversial case that was widely seen as a standoff between claims of religious liberty and LGBTQ rights.

On the cake case, David Brooks gets it wrong

By Gene Robinson — December 7, 2017

(RNS) The most egregious assertion Brooks made is that ‘it’s just a cake. It’s not like they were being denied a home or a job, or a wedding.’

Saving the First Amendment from extinction

By Joyce S. Dubensky — December 6, 2017

(RNS) — A win by baker Jack Phillips would begin the unraveling of our anti-discrimination laws, leaving people of all faiths — including Christians — at risk.

A Muslim perspective on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case

By Ilhan Cagri — December 6, 2017

(RNS) — Islam does not permit one to discriminate in providing services to individuals because they believe or behave in a way counter to one’s understanding of Islamic teachings.

Christian bakers? Atheist bakers? Cake meets faith at the Supreme Court

By Lauren Markoe — December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON (RNS) — As usual, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to be the up-for-grabs justice, offering each side reason for hope.

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