If you think that push for same sex marriage and so-called “non-discrimination” laws are all about love and tolerance, you couldn’t be more wrong. A decision out of the New Mexico Supreme Court this week couldn’t be more intolerant and un-American. According to the court, a Christian photographer violated a New Mexico non-discrimination law by politely declining to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. She now must pay nearly $7,000 in court costs to the Lesbian couple who brought the complaint.
Attorney Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, who argued the case for Elane Photography, will be on our radio program next week to explain why this decision violates First Amendment rights, and what it means for the future of religious freedom in the United States. In the meantime, you can see his interview with Shannon Breem here:
Let me make four quick points here before I discuss it on radio today and next week with Jordan:
1) Refusing to photograph a same sex wedding is not the same as refusing to service on account of race. Race has no bearing on one’s behavior, but homosexuality does have implications on behavior. Race can’t hurt anyone– it has no moral dimension. But sexual behaviors can and do hurt people, and that’s why morality is intrinsic to them.
2) Elane Photography was not refusing service because the clients identified as lesbians. She was not refusing service on account of attractions (sexual orientation). She declined service because she did not want to use her artistic talents to advocate homosexual actions that went against her moral and religious beliefs. Elane Photography was happy to work with lesbian clients on other projects that did not involve advocating homosexual behavior.
3) The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was put in place to prevent exactly what the New Mexico Supreme Court has done: forcing citizens to advocate (not just tolerate) ideas and behaviors that contradict their deepest religious beliefs. If you don’t like Elane Photography’s religious or moral position, be careful: imagine a homosexual photographer being forced to video a speech that a conservative makes against homosexual behavior and same sex marriage. Should that homosexual photographer be forced to do so? Of course not! Then why Elane Photography?
4) This is just another in a long line of examples where people of faith and conscience are being discriminated against in the name of “tolerance” and “non-discrimination.” This is not tolerance or non-discrimination. It is exactly the opposite. It is totalitarianism– see it our way, or else! And unless the church and other people who love freedom begin to speak up and get involved in politics, education, the media, and the law, we will lose the very freedoms that allow us to live our lives as Christians. Soon you will not be able to even preach the Gospel without paying a very heavy price.
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