Supreme Court Caves: Fails to Protect Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience – 5 Things You Should Know

Craig HueyFirst Amendment, Religious Liberty, Supreme Court6 Comments

#1. In America, no one should be forced to violate their conscience by requiring them to express a message, embrace an idea or celebrate an event they disagree with.

The state court had branded florist Barronelle Stutzman a “discriminator” and ordered her to attend, facilitate and create custom floral art celebrating all marriages or none.

Stutzman had argued that her floral arrangements were effectively speech that is protected under the First Amendment.

Like all artists, Barronelle speaks through her custom creations.

#2. The U.S. Supreme Court avoids the issue.

Without comment, the court refused to hear the case.

The high court’s decision not to take the case leaves in place a Washington State Supreme Court ruling against the florist.

The majority left unresolved the central dispute: Whether anti-discrimination laws can require creative artists to serve same-sex weddings against their beliefs.

#3. By refusing to take the case, the U.S. Supreme Court is requiring the florist to live a contradiction.

The state court ruled that floral arrangements do not constitute expressive conduct or speech.

Thus, Christian businesspeople in Washington who want to use their creative talents to express their faith cannot so. They can only express their deeply held beliefs in their minds. Their actions must contradict their beliefs/

#4. The Supreme Court keeps avoiding a decision.

Stutzman, like Phillips, claimed protection as an artist under the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech, religion and association. But the U.S. Supreme Court did nothing to protect the florist’s rights.

#5. The Supreme Court is divided on the issue of deciding which cases to take.

Three conservative associate justices – Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – said they would have taken the case.

Click HERE to watch a video about the case.

What do you think? Let me know. Email me at craig@electionforum.org.

6 Comments on “Supreme Court Caves: Fails to Protect Religious Liberty and Freedom of Conscience – 5 Things You Should Know”

  1. This shows once more how pathetic Republican leadership has been. Six of the current Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican presidents. Yet only three of them wanted this case to be heard. The other three are MIA.

  2. Deep State is threatening the families who have adopted children. Our DOJ is corrupt and won’t protect the families of the Justices.

  3. Can’t wait until Trump is back in office. This country is going to the road with forks, either We continue on the road selected by the leftists which leads to destruction, Or we take the road on the right and fight an uphill battle to restore common sense to government,religion, courts, rights and freedom.

  4. Can’t wait until Trump is back in office. This country is going to the road with forks, either We continue on the road selected by the leftists which leads to destruction, Or we take the road on the right and fight an uphill battle to restore common sense to government,religion, courts, rights and freedom. Does this mean a thought can’t be repeated?

  5. I wish this surprised me. But this sort of thing became inevitable as soon as legislators and the courts decided it was okay to abridge private individuals’ God-given right to freedom of association.

    Laws against discrimination should never have been applied to private individuals and privately owned and funded businesses. They should only have been applied to the government and to individuals and organizations receiving government funds. Once you decide coerced association is okay in some cases, such as when a private business owner has an irrational and immoral desire to avoid doing business with someone of a certain race, there is no (lasting) way to prevent whatever group happens to be in power from forcing its concept of proper tolerance and nondiscrimination on everyone.

    My advice to Christian business onwers would be to just have all customers sign a waiver acknowledging that provision of goods and services does not constitute moral approval and listing things of which the business owner definitely does not approve and why (with Scripture verses quoted in full, of course, and the Gospel fully presented). If I were a baker or flower arranger, this is what I would do. I’d then bake cakes or arrange flowers for any legal event.

    Appeals to freedom of religion will at best only receive the courts’ support once in a while, and only so long as the religious beliefs involved are respected by enough people. Just imagine what would happen if someone embracing a perversely racist theology tried to deny service to someone of a certain race based on freedom of religion.

    Thank you for your time.

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