November 1, 2017

It’s not just bakers and florists who are having their First Amendment right of religious freedom crushed by same-sex marriage activists. A court in Arizona has ruled that two Evangelical Christian wedding invitation designers must comply with a Phoenix ordinance that forces them to create artwork for gay and lesbian weddings in violation of their religious beliefs. They haven’t even been asked to do that, and there’s no complaint against them, but the city wants to make sure that nobody dares assert their constitutional right against the government interfering with their religious principles. The two women plan to appeal.

You can find the full details at the link, but here’s the most important point: while religious bakers and florists have already been threatened with bankruptcy and prosecution for simply rejecting jobs that violate their sacred beliefs, the argument is that they are simply service people (they beg to differ.) But this court has pushed the envelope even further, ordering artists to accept commissions to create art that violates their religious consciences. So liberal authorities have moved on from trashing the religious freedom part of the First Amendment, and now, they’ve expanded into violating freedom of speech and expression.

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All the more reason why the country will be closely watching the Supreme Court on December 6th, when oral arguments are made in the first case challenging the persecution of religious business owners in the name of same-sex marriage rights. The SCOTUS created this mess, which the dissenting Justices warned them about. Now, they need to clean it up, and reassert the supremacy of the First Amendment in no uncertain terms.


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  • Jack Tomey

    11/05/2017 05:56 AM

    Most people don't have a great artistic ability, so they use the talents of others to create art for them. The value of what an artist produces is highly subjective. In the case of the "wedding" invitations, if the artist has a potential customer - - a homosexual "couple" who are under the illusion that they will be "married" - - the artist could tell them he won't accept their money until he delivers his product (and he could make it clear he doesn't want to do the work but the government is forcing him to) which could be so poorly made that it would be declined. The artist would lose some money but keep his business. If someone knew the artist didn't have his heart in the project, wouldn't you think they would leave him alone?

  • Amelia Little

    11/04/2017 03:15 PM

    I wonder how many Muslims in Arizona are bakers, photographers, artists of wedding invitations? If so, are they being held to the same "standard" (cough cough) as their Christian counterparts? Or, if they have requests from same-sex couples will they get away with refusing service?

  • Melissa schere

    11/03/2017 11:40 AM

    Maybe it's time to review the standards and legislation regarding Judges and their law violations.

  • Peggy K.

    11/02/2017 10:38 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    As Christians we know that God made one man and only one woman for marriage and to procreate.
    He commands us to love and if necessary to care for the sinner and yet hate the sin. It is God's place to judge what is in each man's heart.
    We as Christians have the accountability not to participate in opposition of His word/His will. What is going on today is a spiritual battle. This is not a democrat vs republican battle but a good vs evil battle.
    You are a blessing, your daughter is a blessing and both of you daily show your strength in our God for America. God's continued blessings upon you, your daughter, your family and The United States! We are blessed!

  • Marc Tesio

    11/02/2017 08:02 PM

    Congress shall make no law with respect establishing a religion. And neither shall this State, City or County. They are legislating from their court a homosexual worshiping religion on these citizens.

  • Jim Spaulding

    11/02/2017 01:16 PM

    Governor, I don't have to you, but Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are being played out here everyday and in every place. Even so Jesus come quickly!

  • Pat Craig

    11/02/2017 11:46 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, I thank God for your sound mind, the courage and dedication to speak for the millions whose voices are never heard. Our prayers are with you. Stay the course! Hope to see you on Fox again.

  • Silent Hammer

    11/02/2017 09:37 AM

    "Persecution Grows The Church"! The Blood of martyrs is the life of the Church. This will not stand. That court, those judges WILL suffer for their bigotry. And they KNOW that what they are doing is a violation not only of NATURAL LAW, but God's Law.

  • Linda Grenier

    11/02/2017 08:20 AM

    This is clearly persecution of Christians. Much of this started in the Clinton era.
    Mike, if you haven’t read The Paradigm by Jonathan Cahn, you should! Very interesting analogy of biblical figures with current politicians... parallels are quite amazing.

  • Karen Bozeman

    11/01/2017 11:17 PM

    I’m confused. How is all this Hollywood “he touched me” business not okay but if a person who owns a business and doesn’t choose to serve an individual who is of the LBGTQ community they are haters and guilty of a hate crime? I’m sure these folks can’t see the double standard through their rose colored glasses.

  • Carol Head

    11/01/2017 10:18 PM

    I believe President Trump will be favored to add four or more Godly people to the SCOTUS! Now on to a totally different subject because I have no other way to email you. What about the nation wide simulated EMP coming up Nov. 4-6? Also the nation wide planned riots by ANTIFA to try to cause civil war thus Marshall law thus a reason to eliminate President Trump) scheduled for the same weekend?

  • David Pedersen

    11/01/2017 09:56 PM

    If a restaurant that displays a sign stating, "No shirt, No Shoes, No Service", will they be forced to allow and serve a smelly, shirtless, shoeless, individual next to me while I am trying to enjoy a nice peaceful enjoyable meal? Moreover, will I be forced to move to another location mid-meal so some low life can have my seat? The principals on which this country was founded have definitely been abridged and not for the better!

  • Bruce Deming

    11/01/2017 09:00 PM

    That's like going to an Italian restaurant, and demanding a taco, that the city backed up with an ordinance, forcing them to provide it. Well if that's the way it's gonna be, then I want a hetero section in all gay bars, clearly marked, with separate rest rooms, and a city ordinance to back it up.

  • Bruce Deming

    11/01/2017 07:57 PM

    That's like going to an Italian restaurant, and demanding a taco, that the city backed up with an ordinance, forcing them to provide it. Well if that's the way it's gonna be, then I want a hetero section in all gay bars, clearly marked, with separate rest rooms, and a city ordinance to back it up.

  • Kelly Siebecke Smithhart

    11/01/2017 07:40 PM

    Anti-discrimination law is still the law, like it or not, and that particular ordinance has been in place in Phoenix since the mid-1990s. Following the laws of the land is imperative for Christians. Certainly Governor, you are familiar with Romans 13, are you not?

  • john joseph jusko

    11/01/2017 07:36 PM

    This is insanity and why should any/all of the Christian bakers have to be under pressure of this kind of thing that god hates period and to further this the holy bible says that all gays,lesbians will never inherit the kingdom of god.
    No one has any power to change anything that god put forth in his holy word and this is one of many things since all mankind has chosen to throw out god and his son in our own USA and the world too for that matter.
    1CORINTHIANS6:9 points out this fact that is against gays and lesbians and others etc etc.

  • Kara Broome

    11/01/2017 07:32 PM

    We are supposed to live in a free country which gives us the right to serve or refuse service to anyone without explanation. I do not believe in being mean to anyone. There is no reason to be disrespectful. But a simple I can't help you or I do not want to take on this job or please find someone else I am not suited for this job should be acceptable. It is not right to force someone to serve another under any circumstances

  • Joanne Hardy

    11/01/2017 07:25 PM

    I do not know why the Liberals have to see that their point of view is the only one that matters. Where is the free speech? Everyone is so down on religion now a days. It seems like a crime to be a Christian. We need to stand up for our rights and to have our voices heard. We are not second class citizens that have to bow down to every whim people want. It is also our right, because of our religious beliefs to do or not do something - like a cake or flowers or a video for a gay wedding. Hopefully the Supreme Court will uphold that everyone’s opinion matters, not just one over another.

  • Phyllis W Jost

    11/01/2017 07:25 PM

    Question:Has 'the law' been tested in reverse? Has a religious person gone to a bakery known to be run by homosexuals and ordered a wedding cake or something similar that clearly speaks to the Biblical beliefs? If not, I think it should be tested. Gay bakers should be listed in gay directories
    Thanks for your efforts to keep Christians and others who honor the constitution informed. I wish more of my Christian friends would get their heads out of the sand and read/listen to people like you and at least care about being informed.

  • Joe Lyddon

    11/01/2017 05:15 PM

    Why don't the Bakeries merely post a sign in their shops:

    "We reserve the Right to refuse Service to Anyone, for any reason.
    If you do not like that, find another Bakery."

    That should do it... As a business owner, they have every Right to do that!

    End of story and problem! :)

  • Theresa Carver

    11/01/2017 03:12 PM

    One way to get around this controversy is when they are signing the contract for the work is to reserve the right NOT to produce material (cakes, cookies, invites) that is obscene or offensive. BAM! If they don't sign, no agreement, no worries.

  • Leigh Whalen

    11/01/2017 03:12 PM

    This reminds me of the Book of Daniel, Chapter 3. Three Hebrew men were thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, when they refuse to bow down to the king's image. Liberals are acting like Nebuchadnezzar. They are going to be sorely disappointed when we continue to choose our faith over their insanity.

  • Patti Greene

    11/01/2017 02:36 PM

    Can the President somehow fire or otherwise remove these liberal/progressive judges fro violating they Constitution? Including they ones who keep interfering with his travel bans? Seems to me there needs to be a way to do that. We need protection from these clearly insane judges.

  • Anna Angeline Angel Bakos

    11/01/2017 02:36 PM

    The only time I believe they must do as the court demands, is if they are receiving Federal funds. Otherwise, if we are trying to be a democracy & not just a Republic, they must be allowed the right of refusal!

  • Gretchen Grant

    11/01/2017 02:21 PM

    Just when one might think liberals can't get any crazier they come up with another insane reason to stomp on religious freedom etc. Kind of makes one wonder what they are smoking, ingesting, inhaling or popping. They really do deserve their own planet.

  • Cheryl Goforth

    11/01/2017 02:08 PM

    Daniel honored God and ended up in a lions den. But God honored Daniel and the very lions who were meant to destroy him became the same lions who devoured those who opposed him. Judges who use the law to devour their enemies will at some point be looking down the throat of a law that will remove their authority.

  • Bob Peters

    11/01/2017 01:03 PM

    I am so tired of these judges that use their judicial seat impose their own ideals on everyone else. Why can't they be removed. Does anyone believe that Obama would have put up with this if it were contrary to what he thought was correct. I'm sure that anyone that did this to a Hillary issue would be gone, one way or the other. Drain the swamp, but don't forget all the others that need to be gone also.