Unlike Miley Cyrus, Patrick Stewart did break the Internet with his agreement that cake bakers should not have to create or design cakes they don’t believe in. At first, progressive minds were blown because he IS a longtime supporter of GLBT rights so I hope this creates some breathing room for dialogue without vitriol. His clarified statements were this:
After criticism from LGBT supporters, Stewart sought to clarify his earlier remarks by posting an explanation on Facebook.
“In my view, this particular matter was not about discrimination, but rather personal freedoms and what constitutes them, including the freedom to object.
“Both equality and freedom of speech are fundamental rights— and this case underscores how we need to ensure one isn’t compromised in the pursuit of the other,” the former Star Trek actor wrote.
I would go so far as to say that it’s not just freedom of speech, but also a smack against autonomy. Telling someone they must perform ______________ activity for any reason, good or bad, or being punished by the State is condoning slavery.
I fully agree that people who refuse service to gays, blacks, transgenders, Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc. are probably assholes, but I don’t want to live somewhere so authoritarian that being an asshole is suddenly against the law.
There is momentum to laws, and it’s taught every day in law school when they discuss precedence.