Kentucky Christian Business Owner Scores a Big Win for Religious Liberty
The tide is turning in America – the Trump era is starting to make difference and restore religious liberties lost under the fool Obama.
People of faith not only have a right to freely express their beliefs, but the government can’t force them to express ideas that are contrary to their deeply held beliefs.
That’s what the Kentucky Court of Appeals decided Friday in the case of a Lexington printer who declined an order that would have forced him to promote a message in conflict with his Christian beliefs. This is the second time Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, has successfully defended his rights against the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.
In 2012, Adamson declined to print shirts with a message promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, an event that the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization hosted. Although he declined to print the shirts because of the message that would have been on them, he nevertheless offered to refer the GLSO to another printer who would have made the shirts. Unsatisfied, the GLSO filed a complaint with the commission—despite eventually receiving the shirts for free from another printer.
In 2014, the commission determined that Adamson must print messages that conflict with his faith when customers ask him to do so. Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom appealed the commission’s order to the Fayette Circuit Court, which reversed the ruling and affirmed Adamson’s religious freedom—but that wasn’t the end of the fight.
The commission appealed the lower court decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. It, too, found no reason to support the commission’s decision. The opinion written by Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer found that Adamson did not engage in unlawful discrimination because there was no evidence to demonstrate that he “refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question had a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.” It’s a stupid law and it must not be allowed to trample over all morality and common sense.
In a concurring opinion, Judge Debra Hembree Lambert wrote that Hands On Originals is protected by Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Restoration Statute, and that Adamson has the right under that law to operate his business consistently with his “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
YGB says: Now we want all states to ratify this and courts to order big compensation payouts to anyone who has been the victim of LGBT bullying, from Sweet Cakes to Brendan Eich.
End all gay bullying now!
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