mercredi, décembre 20, 2017

Masterpiece Cakeshop: Are we free to disagree? Paul Coleman (Spiked)

Masterpiece Cakeshop: 
Are we free to disagree? 
US Supreme Court case a fork in the road for freedom.
by Paul Coleman,
 Spiked (15 Dec 2017)

[...] The facts of the case are straightforward. In 2012, two men asked Jack to design a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage. Jack believes marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman, and for reasons of conscience, he could not design a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Jack told the couple he would happily sell them anything in his shop, or create a custom cake for them for another occasion. This nuance is important and often misreported in the media. Jack serves all customers; he does not want to be forced to create all messages

[...] The freedom to disagree is now well and truly on life support in the West. It has all but vanished as a concept, and an elitist, coercive conformity has taken its place. A slew of hate-speech laws and non-discrimination laws has given the legal firepower to those seeking total uniformity. And even if such laws are not engaged, political correctness and the baying Twitter mob is often enough to eradicate dissent.