US: Supreme Court’s Wedding Cake Case Isn’t About Faith, Religious Leaders Warn

The Supreme Court wrestled with a clash between religious freedom and LGBTQ rightslast week when justices heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Ultimately, the court will decide whether Colorado baker Jack Phillips was illegally discriminating against a same-sex couple or just exercising his right to religious freedom when he refused to create a cake for a wedding ceremony he viewed as sacrilegious. 

In a new video, three religious leaders from different backgrounds share their thoughts on the potential long-lasting impact of the case, noting that a victory for Phillips could harm many people of faith. 

“Using religious freedom as a partisan talking point really constricts the actual practice of religion and the actual faith lives of people,” the Rev. John Flack of New York’s Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church says in the clip, which was produced by GLAAD and can be viewed above. 

Hadi Khatib of the Muslim Public Affairs Council expressed a similar view. “If the Supreme Court enshrines into law the proactive right for people to use religious exemption to deny services to somebody based on their sexual orientation, then people will feel emboldened, I think, to start denying services to other people based on a variety of other currently protected classes,” Khatib said. Read more via HuffPost

Voices of faith send a clear message that the SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop case is not about freedom. It's about religious exemptions used to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The narrative around the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case has been shaped by anti-LGBTQ advocates and certain media outlets pushing the idea that religion and the LGBTQ community are at odds -- but this is not the case.