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June 30, 2023

In another landmark religious freedom ruling, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Colorado graphic designer Lori Smith, who sued the state for violating her First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

Smith sued over Colorado’s anti-discrimination law that prohibits businesses providing sales or other accommodations to the public from denying service based on a customer's sexual orientation, which had the effect of forcing her to create websites for same-sex weddings in violation of her deeply-held religious beliefs.

Smith says that through this ordeal, her business has been harmed, she’s lost clients, been doxed, received death threats and threats of physical violence, her clients have been threatened, hackers are constantly attacking her website, and her child’s school has been put on alert (there’s nothing like a tolerant, peaceful leftist, is there? Seriously, I mean there’s nothing like that.) She says she’s never had any problems working with LGBTQ people, she just doesn’t want to be forced to support same-sex marriage.

Smith said, "The right to speak freely is guaranteed to all of us, and that’s been hard at times. While it has come at a cost, it’s a right worth protecting."

Colorado is notorious for using its laws as a weapon on behalf of LGBTQ activists against business owners of faith, with their endless harassment of cake artist Jack Phillips being exhibit A. Here’s my interview with him from 2020:

Unfortunately, this sort of thing was inevitable from the moment the SCOTUS somehow “found” a right to same sex marriage that had eluded Constitutional scholars for over 200 years, but failed to delineate that this newly-created right did not trump the clearly-enumerated First Amendment rights of people of faith. The original decision had some vague weasel words about expecting people to be reasonable, which obviously wasn’t going to happen.

I hope this ruling finally ends the harassment of religious business owners. But then, I hoped that the last ruling in favor of Jack Phillips would do that, and it didn’t even stop the harassment of Jack Phillips.

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