June 4, Special and Indeed Controversial
Two days ago, news coverages in the Greater China region all focused on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, in a cohesive and almost obnoxiously repetitive manner. Yet, all the way across the pacific ocean, major news like the WP, WSJ, and NYT, all covered a shocking Supreme Court decision, of which ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for a gay couple based on his Christian belief.
“Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s 7-to-2 decision focused on what he described as religious bias on the part of Colorado Civil Rights Commission members who ruled against baker Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop.”
The Supreme Court made a landmark decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which requires all 50 states of the U.S to perform and recognize same-sex marriages. However, with the Colorado baker’s case, it is interesting to see that religion beliefs, as protected by the First Amendment, trumps the recognition of same-sex marriage. The importance of this decision and the foreseeable waves of protests or disputes following this decision shall not taken lightly. Yet, not much was mentioned in the Chinese news, which we find very troublesome.