Open thread: free speech v private companies

Why Evolution Is True

by Grania Spingies

This is an issue that I go back and forth on. I don’t think I really know what the right answer is. Pretty much everybody here supports the idea of free expression, some of us quite vehemently. On the other hand, many of us are not disquieted by anti-discrimination laws that insist that business-owners can be penalised to refusing service on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

I know that I don’t want to live in a society that looks like this:

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But anti-discrimination laws are at odds with free speech, and therein lies the problem.

LGBT and liberal activist Peter Tatchell recently wrote that he had changed his mind about the Belfast bakery that refused to supply a cake to a same-sex couple because it espoused views they disagreed with. He argues:

This finding of political discrimination against Lee sets a worrying precedent. Northern…

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