Further news updates since the publication of this post have indicated that the story was fabricated. To abuse our sympathy, loyalty and kindness for personal gain is a grave insult to the many people who work hard to protect and stand up for people like myself, who are at risk of targeted persecution, mistreatment and violence.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is impressive legal gymnastics that allow it to avoid answering the question of what wins in a conflict between the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion exercise and the right to equal protection under the law.
I appreciate the argument, but Kenan Malik is presenting a different frame of reality. There cannot be a legal difference between discriminating against a class of people or discriminating against a particular individual, or else we effectively destroy the effectiveness of anti-discrimination legislation.