A question about Chip’s “no solicitude” position to the compelled speech claim for Fred the photographer or DJ: Chip, would you say the same as to a singer? A portrait painter? A calligrapher?
Antidiscrimination laws ban religious discrimination as well as sexual orientation discrimination. Say a motivational speaker who generally speaks to pretty much any group is asked to speak to a Church of Scientology gathering, or a press release writer who is generally open for business is asked to write a press release for the Scientologists. Would he have a legitimate claim not to be compelled to speak to such an audience, or to write such a press release? Such laws in some places also ban discrimination based on political affiliation. (D.C. is one example.) Say someone doesn’t want to write a press release for a candidate who belongs to a party he disapproves of. Would that be enough for a compelled speech claim? Is the line between creators of different kinds of speech (photographs vs. portraits vs. press releases vs. speeches)? Or is it that people who write/speak/etc. for a living, and who take various contracts, can’t raise compelled speech objections in any contexts? Eugene From: religionlaw-boun...@lists.ucla.edu [mailto:religionlaw-boun...@lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of Ira Lupu Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:29 AM To: Mitchell Berman <mitch...@law.upenn.edu> Cc: David Bernstein <dbern...@gmu.edu>; Law & Religion issues for Law Academics <email@example.com>; conlawp...@lists.ucla.edu Subject: Re: Noteworthy, puzzling scholars' brief in Arlene Flowers Mitch Berman's good question asks in general terms about how much "solicitude" Fred's claim deserves. But we cannot answer intelligently unless we know the forum and the grounds advanced for Fred. Is he asking the state legislature to exempt religious objectors from public accommodations law? Is he raising a compelled speech claim? A religious freedom claim under a RFRA, or a state constitution? I would give his claim no solicitude in any of these contexts, for reasons I have spelled out at length on this listserv and in law reviews. But I can imagine that others might well react differently depending on the legal context.
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