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  • Walter Weber

Why Every Progressive Should Root for Jack Phillips


Why should progressives hope that Jack Phillips wins the cakeshop case in the U.S. Supreme Court? Because if he loses, the government will have the power to force people to serve causes against their will.


It's not about same-sex marriage. Sure, the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission arose out of a request for a custom wedding cake for a same-sex marriage celebration. But as any lawyer will tell you, a legal decision sets a precedent for a rule of law that applies in all comparable cases, regardless of differences in the background facts. For example, if a public school teacher wins the right not to be fired for her political views, that same right applies to others, regardless of whether their political views shade left or right.