A Washington state judge has ruled that Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman could not legally refuse service to a gay wedding service. This marks yet another case where a business has been successfully sued for refusing to cater to homosexual views on marriage.
One might wonder, “How is this Christian florist not protected by the First Amendment or at least by freedom in the market? Isn’t it legal to refuse service to anyone for any reason?” Apparently not. And the reason for it, in the opinion of at least this judge, is quite troubling:
“Confirming the enactment of same-sex marriage, there would eventually be a direct and insoluble conflict between Stutzman’s religiously motivated conduct and the laws of the state of Washington,” Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom said in his 60-page opinion.
“For over 135 years, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that laws may prohibit religiously motivated action, as opposed to belief,” Ekstrom added, according to a copy of the document published online by the Los Angeles Times.
Let me put this in simple terms. According to the current judiciary’s view of religious freedom, you are free to believe anything you want, as long as you don’t actually act like you believe it. So your beliefs are protected, as long as they stay inert in the recesses of your mind and heart. Let’s go back to the First Amendment for a little enlightenment on this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [Emphasis mine.]
Did you see that? Religion in the Constitution is not just about the beliefs you hold to be true in your mind. The First Amendment also protects the exercise of your beliefs. So Ekstrom, and all of his tyrannical cronies, are dead wrong. If the Supreme Court has been infringing on the free exercise of religion for 135 years, they’ve been wrong too. Plain and simple. I’m sure that won’t stop the current regime from continuing to legislate their immorality.