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Friday, December 13, 2013

3 questions and their answers

How would you answer the following questions, and why?

1. Does an African-American printer have the right to refuse to print brochures for a Ku Klux Klan rally?
2. Does a Christian printer have the right to refuse to print brochures for a Gay Rights rally?
3. Does a Pro-choice printer have the right to refuse to print brochures for a Pro-Life rally?

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Dear Robert,

I could be wrong, because I've not a lawyer, but I think that printing is different from some other commercial activities (such as the recent case of selling flowers). I'd personally argue that each printer has the right to refuse to print the material based on "freedom of the press." And I think that not only is this the right legal call, but the right moral one.

I'm sure there are important nuances, too — these things are usually all yes or all no. For example, the Klan (or the local klavern) might be inciting people to hate crimes, and the right of refusal would be even greater.

R. L. Vaughn said...

I's say each question is answered the same -- yes. Seems some people would answer these differently based on their perceived feelings about each of the groups, both those asking for service and those providing it.