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.
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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