NM court rules against Christians’ religious faith
Posted by Lech Dharma on June 5, 2012
Court: Christians can be ordered to violate beliefs
Refuse to photograph lesbians, get fined $7,000
by Bob Unruh
“Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “Should the government force a videographer who is an animal rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy? Of course not, and neither should the government force this photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience. Because the Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to promote a message they disagree with, we will certainly appeal this decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court…”
Unless this Christian couple were the ONLY wedding photographers in town, why did this lesbian couple bother to file a legal complaint? If someone doesn’t want to do business with me—for whatever reason—I’ll simply go someplace else for the product or service: it’s called taking advantage of a competitive marketplace. Surely another local wedding photographer would take the assignment.
Even crazier than filing a trivial complaint—that was obviously politically-motivated—-was the written opinion of the court:
The judges wrote that the photography company’s claim of protection under the state constitution’s requirement that “no person shall ever be molested or denied any civil or political right or privilege on account of his religious opinion” was not applicable.
The judges suggested the interesting scenario of the photographer accepting the job, and vocally condemning the women while taking pictures.
“The owners are free to express their religious beliefs and tell Willock or anyone else what they think about same-sex relationships and same-sex ceremonies,” they said.
It would seem that the NM Court of Appeals is suggesting the use of “hate speech” in those business situations where the law compels you to act against your religion.
Personally, I’d love to be present at a “wedding” where the photographer is being paid handsomely by the happy couple to constantly insult and condemn them—and their guests—as he or she snaps away: “Don Rickles – Wedding Photography”
- NM Supreme Court Sets Precedent With Same-Sex Parental Rights Ruling (lezgetreal.com)
- Elane Photography, Elaine and Jon Hugeunin, nailed again… (onemorecup.wordpress.com)
- NM Lesbian Mother Victory: Women Can Hold Out, Too (julieshapiro.wordpress.com)
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