Christian Printer Vindicated in Free-Speech Lawsuit

Liberals have spent the last 8 years attacking Christian business owners with the intention of driving them out of business as part of their effort to further their perverse cause.

In 2011, Victoria Childress, owner of Victoria’s Cake Cottage in Des Moines, Iowa had a lesbian couple come into her shop to order a wedding cake.  (I’m sad to say that Iowa passed a same sex marriage law in April of 2009.) In an interview recounting the event, Childress said, “But at that point I just said, I have to tell you that I’m a Christian, and because of my Christian convictions I cannot do your cake.” Childress said she was polite and courteous to the couple and even recommended several other bakeries that would be willing to do their cake. Afterwards, the lesbian couple said that they felt the incident was degrading. Not long after Childress turned away the business because of her Christian beliefs, she started receiving hateful messages from homosexuals and their supporters. Homosexual activist groups threatened to file a lawsuit against her.

In 2012, the New Mexico Court of Appeals made a landmark decision that could affect every Christian business person in America. Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin of Albuquerque, New Mexico are the owners of Elane Photography. They also happen to be Christians who do their best to live and run their business by their Christian values. In 2006, Vanessa Willock contacted Elane Photography and asked they would photograph her ‘commitment ceremony’ with her lesbian partner. Elaine Huguenin refused to accept the request based upon her Christian belief. Both Elaine and Jon felt strongly that the message being presented by the lesbian ceremony was against their Christian faith and therefore it would be wrong of them to participate in any fashion. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that the Huguenins engaged in sexual orientation discrimination and ordered them to pay Willock $6,639.94 in legal fees. The case then went before a trial judge who upheld the commission’s decision. In 2009, the Alliance Defense Fund appealed the court’s decision which moved the case before the New Mexico Court of Appeals who just rendered their decision to also uphold the commission’s ruling. Contained in the 45-page ruling, the court said that the photography business is a public accommodation and as such cannot use their faith to discriminate against others based upon sexual orientation. Part of the ruling read,

“The owners of Elane Photography must accept the reasonable regulations and restrictions imposed upon the conduct of their commercial enterprise despite their personal religious beliefs that may conflict with these governmental interests.”

In 2013, a liberal judge ruled that Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed and Breakfast in Hawaii to her Christian beliefs. She explained to the lesbian couple that she was a Christian and that her religious beliefs said that homosexuality was wrong and that she would feel uncomfortable with them sleeping together in a room in her home.

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A judge finally ruled in the case and said that Young did violate the public accommodations law of the state of Hawaii. The law states that anyone or any business renting lodging to the public cannot discriminate against the lodgers on the grounds of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or gender identification. Basically, the law states that if you deal with the public in any way, you are not allowed to operate your business according to your own personally religious beliefs. You are required to chuck your personal religious beliefs right out the door and into the trash if you deal with the public. The public has their rights to their beliefs but you as the business owner do not.

In 2015, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon were ordered by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to pay a lesbian couple up to $150,000 in restitution because Melissa refused to make the cake for their lesbian wedding. Melissa explained to them that she was a Christian and taking part in their wedding in any way would be a violation of her Christian faith. The lesbian couple cried foul and filed a discriminatory lawsuit against the Kleins. In 2014, the Kleins decided to close the bakery to avoid being placed in danger of any further attacks by LGBT activists. Sadly, the bakery was their primary source of income until it was intentionally targeted and destroyed by intolerant lesbians.

Finally, a Christian business owner has had his Christian faith upheld in court after being sued by gay activists for refusing to print t-shirts that he found to be offensive to his faith. According to a recent report:

“A divided Kentucky appeals court panel has ruled that a Lexington business did not discriminate against an organization by refusing to print T-shirts for a gay rights festival.”

“Chief Judge Joy Kramer wrote in her opinion that the city’s ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation does not prohibit the owners of Hands On Originals from ‘engaging in viewpoint or message censorship.’ Kramer said the business objected to the message of gay pride, not anyone’s sexual orientation.’

“Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization tried to order the T-shirts for the city’s 2012 Gay Pride Festival. An owner of Hands On Originals, Blaine Adamson, refused the order citing his Christian beliefs, but referred the GLSO to another printer that would produce the shirts at the same price. The Kentucky Human Rights Commission ruled against Adamson and a lawsuit was filed.”

“Judge Jeff Taylor dissented, saying he thought the business did discriminate against the organization.”

Since the business advertises itself as high quality, customized Christian apparel, why did the gay activists choose the store to begin with if not to intentionally target them in hopes of a lawsuit. There are other shirt printers in Louisville, so what was the motive behind the selection of this store? That alone should have been grounds to dismiss the lawsit.

Yes, it was a victory for the Christian owners, but note that it may have been a hollow victory for other Christian business owners. The only reason that the Christian business owners successfully defended against the lawsuit then is that a few judges ruled that their objection was against the message, not their sexual orientation. In other words, Christian business owners are still not allowed to practice their faith in operating their business and won’t be until we get rid of every liberal judge in the land.

 

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