By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
Everybody, it seems, has an opinion about Jack Phillips.
But not everybody — trust me on this — has taken the time to review the facts of Phillips’ case.
Does the Colorado baker — in whose favor the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this week — really “refuse service” to gays and lesbians as a matter of general business practice?
Not according to him.
His position — one that resonated with the court’s majority — is more complicated than that.
Yet headlines such as this one in USA Today serve only to fuel the misperception:
Poll: 51% of white evangelicals support business’ refusal of service to LGBT customers
Here is the question that the survey covered by the national newspaper asked:
Do you support or oppose allowing a small business owner in your state to refuse to provide products or services to LGBT individuals if doing so violates their religious beliefs?
I have the same concern with that question that I did one asked in a previous survey that I highlighted last year: I’m just not sure it’s the right one. There are better questions to get closer to the real issue.
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All of my GetReligion columns (June 2018):