Legal Scholars, Economists Defends Christian Baker’s First Amendment Rights

The case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding gets its big day in court today. While Jack Phillips’s legal team has emphasized his right to artistic expression as a cake decorator, many following his US Supreme Court case focus on another legal matter at stake: religious freedom.

Should he, as a Christian, be forced to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding in violation of his deeply held religious beliefs?

Monica Burke, research assistant at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation explains:

A group of leading legal scholars and economists says “no.” Not only would this violate Phillips’ individual conscience, it would also violate the Constitution and have negative ripple effects on both society and markets.

The distinguished group, which includes 34 legal scholars, philosopher Sherif Girgis, and 14 law and economics scholars, filed amicus



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