Fox News: Are Gay Rights "The Death Of Free Enterprise"?
During a segment in which Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed the Colorado baker who refuses to serve LGBT Americans with his public business, Fox News framed the conversation with a graphic that read, "The Death of Free Enterprise." (Another Chyron graphic read, "So much for freedom.")
As the judge in who issued the decision in Phillip's case made clear, requiring business owners who operate in the public market to abide by non-discrimination laws isn't a violation of the business owner's religious liberty or free speech rights. Business owners like Phillips may have a personal aversion to serving gay customers, but personal animus - even when it is based in sincerely held religious beliefs - isn't a good enough reason to discriminate against an entire group of customers. A racist business owner, for example, would be prohibited under Colorado law from refusing to bake a cake for the wedding ceremony of a non-white couple.
Fox's "death of free enterprise" framing isn't surprising. The network has spent the last several months championing business owners who choose to discriminate against gay customers, falsely pitting basic LGBT equality against an extreme and legally baseless conception of religious liberty.
It only got worse from there.
Jack Phillips, owner of the anti-gay Masterpiece Cake Shop in Denver, said that he'd rather go to jail than accommodate a certain American minority group. Of course his desire to appear like a martyr is all based on a lie: Phillips does not face jail time for discriminating against paying customers; he simply faces a fine.
(h/t, image: Mediate)