One of the first cases Judge Gorsuch will hear will involve religious freedom…including the case of a Christian florist
A judicial activist just declared a Christian florist guilty…because she holds to Biblical values.
Barronelle Stutzman was found guilty unanimously by the Washington State Supreme Court…a ruling that said a 79-year-old Christian florist could lose her home and life savings.
Because the grandmother stood firm in her beliefs that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects business owners – and everyone else – of living out their faith at work and never violating the conscience.
Barronelle loved and gladly sold flowers to everyone, including homosexuals. It was her ministry and passion.
But she could not do a homosexual wedding she opposed on Biblical grounds. She told her long live customer to use a different service.
She was sued. And the Washington State Court said she is guilty.
The court believes Stutzman should be forced to celebrate their values, even if it offends her religious beliefs.
“Since I never hid my faith, I always figured Rob understood that my beliefs shape not only how I look at the world, but how I envision and create my art – the art he appreciated for so long. So it wasn’t that I couldn’t create something to celebrate his same-sex wedding – I couldn’t.
“This wasn’t about selling him flowers or celebrating a birthday. This involved what, to me, is an event of unique spiritual significance – a sacred covenant.
“Art, like faith, comes from the heart, from who I am. I couldn’t deny my faith – even for so dear a friend – without damaging the very creativity he was asking for.”
Here is what she bravely said after the verdict: “I’m not asking for anything that our Constitution hasn’t promised me and every other American: the right to create freely, and to live out my faith without fear of government punishment or interference.”
This case which impacts Christian business owners nationwide will be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Pray for Barronelle to continue to stand strong…and for the judicial activism that found her guilty be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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