The Supreme Court ruling of 7-2 in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop has sparked a lively debate regarding the limits of rights and protections, and the implications of the court’s decision. The ordeal began when Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Colorado bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. When it was announced the Supreme Court would hear the case in December 2017, the debate centered around freedom of speech and the free exercise clause of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”
Some deemed the cake a form of artistic expression, and others, including Phillips himself, pointed out the religious nature of a wedding: “This cake is a specific cake, a wedding cake is an inherently religious event and the cake is definitely a specific message,” (NBC News).
The February 4th edition was written completely by Sarah. Be sure not to miss the "Hero for Liberty" section to read the final product of her interview with YAL member and Brazilian activist Rafael Ribeiro.
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday concerning immigration and the refugee crisis. Titled, “PROTECTING the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the order will implement a tightening on the issuing of visas, similar to what Trump referred to as “extreme vetting” during his campaign. Trump asserts that the U.S. should not admit immigrants who do not support the Constitution, or those who would follow “violent ideologies” over American law.
Universal Basic Income (UBI) has been all the talk recently with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama voicing their gleaming support. At first glance, this proposal seems like a refreshingly simple alternative to the United States’ current welfare program. In reality, the “U” in UBI turns out to be the most damning aspect of this proposal. Here are 4 reasons why UBI is a terrible idea.
In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the protagonist of the novel, Rodion Raskolnikov, represents the typical, young 19th century Russian intellectual. Through Raskolnikov, Dostoevsky investigates the popular ideologies of his time, namely the contemporary trends of utilitarianism and determinism, and illustrates their effects on the human psyche. Utilitarianism is the philosophy of “the ends justifying the means.” It disregards human dignity and the inherent value of the individual in that it often justifies sacrificing a human being in the name of something “greater,” such as the good of society. Raskolnikov’s embrace of this purely rational mode of thought allows him to justify murdering the pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna. In contrast to utilitarian ethics, Christianity imposes a strict moral code. Raskolnikov questions whether this code can be adjusted to suit social progress, or furthermore, whether some individuals have the right to disregard moral precepts altogether for the sake of the “greater good” of society.