Unexamined Assumption: Did You Know What They’ll Do With It?

I’m pretty sure the answer is “it depends”. Specifically, it depends on whether the vendor knows the intended use of the item. If you know or have reason to suspect that a person is going to commit a murder, then selling them a gun makes you an accessory before the fact to the murder.

Similarly, if Chester Christen Baker bakes a heterosexual wedding cake, and then somebody switches the bride figurine to a groom figurine, he hasn’t violated his conscience. But if he is asked to decorate a cake and put two groom figurines on it then it is possible that it would violate his conscience.


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