Snagged by way of Reddit, I give you a link to a World Net Daily article. I almost feel dirty posting it here but you can feel the collective dash to fainting couches all over the conservative nation as Christians realize yet again exactly how pervasive and incessant the persecution against people of their faith has become.
O, the lions. When will they come for us?
Actually, they’re ordering Christians who own public businesses that they can’t discriminate based on race, sex, gender, religion, age, etc. But I’m willing to give ol’ Bob a break here … he does work for WND after all. That has to take a mental toll after a while.
Anyway, back in 2006 a lesbian couple asked Elaine Huguenin to photograph their commitment ceremony … which is basically the only thing available to them in New Mexico … and were turned down on the basis that doing so would violate her Christian faith. The case was taken to court and Elaine Photography was found to be in violation of anti-discrimination laws.
It was later taken to the State Supreme Court, which just recently affirmed the decision:
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment does not protect the owners of a photography studio who refused, because of their Christians beliefs, to serve a lesbian couple.
Jon and Elaine Hugunin of Albuquerque, the court said, “can no more turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation – photographing a same-sex marriage ceremony – than they could refuse to photograph African-Americans or Muslims.”
As I said before, her company is a “public accommodation”, so they are required to follow anti-discrimination laws and not refuse service to anyone based on their particular demographic. It would be exactly the same if an atheist photographer refused service for a Christian couple because Christianity violated his or her principles of free thought. No matter how “strongly held” these beliefs are – or what they are – they can’t extend past the individual into someone else’s civil rights.
Of course, this interpretation of the law carried no weight to its opponents, who see this as a gross violation of their right to wrap up their bigotry with some convenient bible verses and call it “morality”:
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence, whose organization worked on the case, said government-coerced expression “is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country.”
“This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free,” he said.
Lorence said decisions “like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted.”
Lorence might want to keep in mind that the very law and subsequent legal precedent he’s complaining about protects him just as much as it protects the LGBT community from people like him. Christianity has been given such a pass on its bad behavior over the last several centuries that he believes “constitutionally protected freedom of expression” means that he can treat people who don’t meet his particular interpretation of biblical morality and virtue as second class citizens … while people of any other religion cannot do the same in similar circumstances.
Boy, talk about taking things for granted.
If you want a good chuckle (or alternatively some heartburn, depending on your mood) read the rest of the article along with the comments. It’s
WingNutDaily WorldNetDaily, so it doesn’t disappoint. Did you know that according to a survey conducted by a completely unbiased organization discovered that about half of those polled think that the current events taking place against Christian freedom of expression is tantamount to persecution? By the way I did a little research on the folks conducting the survey …
The polling firm gave Todd Akin the lead in his Senate race (he lost by 16%), claimed Mitt Romney and Republican Senate candidates would win in Ohio and Virginia (they lost) and promoted birther conspiracies. The firm even alleged that polls showing President Obama ahead were skewed to favor Obama (they weren’t) because they employ biased college students and intentionally ignore Tea Partiers. After the election, the firm’s head said Obama only won because his supporters are dumb.
So I feel compelled to take these people about as seriously as I take the remarks in the comments section. Oh, please give them a read. And keep in mind, they all vote. Is your blood pressure up yet?