U.S. Civil Rights Commission: Civil rights trump “religious exemption”

big-cake2619-677x900The U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a report last week that examined so-called “religious exemptions” (where if I think gays are going to hell, I’m not going to bake them a cake) too often stampede across civil rights.

And — this being a rational, secular country that respects civil rights — guess what was found wanting? From the Washington Post coverage of the report:

Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights.

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  1. It should be noted that the findings was not exactly unanimous. Two of eight Commissioners included opposing statements in the report: Gail Heriot and Peter N. Kirsanow.

    Kirsanow was particularly peeved, calling the report “hostile to religion.”

    Heriot claims the Commission’s findings were too simplistic. (Only a lawyer would call three years of work and a 300+ page report simplistic.)

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