JOURNALISTS: 'Drop the F Word' when referring to religious exemptions as a means to discriminate.

JOURNALISTS: 'Drop the F Word' when referring to religious exemptions as a means to discriminate.

On December 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up oral arguments for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This case centers around a bakery asking for exemption from Colorado state nondiscrimination law based on the owner’s objection to serving gay people.

When covering this case or other recent federal guidance and legislation, the media continues to inaccurately use terminology such as “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” to refer to what are actually “religious exemptions” as a means to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans.

This is not about freedom. It’s also not about wedding cakes. Religious exemptions laws would allow doctors, landlords, adoption agencies, funeral homes, and more to legally deny service to LGBTQ families and other marginalized communities simply by citing religious beliefs.

It’s time journalists report fairly and accurately on religious exemptions.

Add your name below to help GLAAD hold the media accountable and insist journalists use the term “religious exemptions” in their ongoing reporting and news coverage.