In the wake of the Supreme Court deciding that Colorado's Masterpiece Cakeshop had the right to discriminate against a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake, right-wingers are rejoicing. Their responses, which highlight how they feel the 7-2 ruling was a "win for religious freedom," also have layers of thinly veiled homophobia.
When you read some of the tweets celebrating the ruling, it's increasingly hard to draw the line between their interest in religious rights and their interest in dehumanizing LGBT people. Apparently, discriminating against antigay Christians is wrong, but denying queer people services is acceptable in their eyes.
Others lacked the basic understanding that "narrow ruling" refers to the logic behind the decision itself, not how many people voted for it.
Today #SCOTUS guaranteed reelection of Pres. @realDonaldTrump by protecting religious right of baker to not participate in a gay wedding. @POTUS promised to protect religious liberty. This is the most consequential ex. of "promise made, promise kept." Thank you, President Trump!
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) June 4, 2018
We thank God for answered prayer! Today the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. This is a huge win for religious freedom!https://t.co/jXX6pd6xaQ
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 4, 2018
The Supreme Court is right: the state should not compel people to use their artistic gifts for speech that goes against their deepest-held convictions.
— Russell Moore (@drmoore) June 4, 2018
Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding a Colorado baker’s constitutional right to live according to his faith is a major victory for religious liberty. The fact that the decision was 7-2 (not a narrow 5-4) underscores that govt should NEVER discriminate against religious faith.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 4, 2018
As a business owner I reserve the right to refuse working for a customer. I decide. Good decision! Now gey a Life, teehee, I meant get a Life...
— Jonathan La Salle (@P8NTRMAN) June 4, 2018
The only thing today’s #SCOTUS decision guarantees is that the government can’t subterfuge the integrity of our witness to our LGBTQ neighbors.
It’s still up to us to be a loving witness to Jesus’ redemptive leadership.#OnlyOffendWithTheCross
— JSBoegl (@BREATH4HISBRIDE) June 4, 2018
Just remember who voted against religious freedom on this one: Democrats pic.twitter.com/XAtnH313fi
— Evan Goodwin (@EvanGN00) June 4, 2018
The decision upholds 1st Amendment that Govt can’t make law that forces ppl to violate their legitimate religious beliefs. That Kennedy wrote opinion is significant. https://t.co/GIOHASv3L0
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 4, 2018
What a huge victory for religious liberty! SCOTUS rules in favor of Jack Phillips after he declined to build a custom wedding cake for a gay wedding, since gay marriage violates his religious beliefs. SCOTUS said: it's Phillip's 1st Amend right. #SCOTUS
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 4, 2018
Today, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Colorado baker who declined making a cake for a gay wedding. Instead of finding another baker, the two men took him to court to force him to bake for them. This ruling is a big victory for freedom of speech. https://t.co/WSoAGVEFUq
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) June 4, 2018
Supreme Court correctly rules in favor of religious freedom
We will never allow America to become a place where people are FORCED to provide a service against their deeply held religious beliefs
Don’t force someone to do something they don’t believe in
That is fascism
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 4, 2018
I’m honestly confused by the amount of LGBT anger in my timeline in regards to the #SCOTUS decision, seeing as how I’ve heard time and again that the state should stay out of the business of their personal decisions.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) June 4, 2018
A GREAT DAY FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT! Congrats to Jack Phillips & the Masterpiece Cakeshop, for whom I had the honor of rallying hundreds of generous Americans to raise almost $30K on his behalf last year. Thank you #SCOTUS for upholding this most vital tenet of freedom.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) June 4, 2018
Democrats using New Math. SCOTUS ruling 7 to 2 is Narrow? Of course this means some liberals on the court agree. We can't have that now can we?
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) June 4, 2018