The suppression of free speech is happening all across America as gay rights are trumping the rights of others. These days the First Amendment has become a thing of the past as liberal judges squelch any opposition to the homosexual agenda.
It's not just Christians, who are having their freedom of speech silenced; it's anyone who loves liberty and is in opposition to the politically-correct ideas of those in authority.
The latest example of gay rights taking precedent over all others took place in Colorado. World Net Daily reports, "Another judge has ruled homosexuals have a right not to be offended that supersedes First Amendment religious rights."
The judge ruled in favor of the gay men over a Christian baker in Denver, who refused to make the men a cake citing his religious beliefs. The judge has ordered the baker to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.
The judge shows his blatant disregard for the baker's right to believe the way he does. The baker believes that gay marriage runs contrary to what the Bible says about same-sex relationships.
Attorney Nicolle Martin said, "Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away. Martin is an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The ruling was handed down by an Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer in favor of the gay men against the baker Jack Phillips. Phillips is a Christian who owns Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colo.
Phillips informed the homosexual men he wouldn't make their cake because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. Instead of the men trying to find another baker who would fulfill their wishes, they decided to file a discrimination claim against the baker. They alleged they were being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
The example of the gays against the baker is the most-recent case where a judge sided with homosexuals. In August, Breitbart News reported that a judge ruled against a photographer in New Mexico in favor of gays.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled, "that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” and because they photograph wedding ceremonies they cannot refuse a gay-commitment ceremony (even if it is not a legal wedding)."
The report also says, "The state Supreme Court ruled that the Huguenins did not have any right to refuse to express sentiments contrary to her beliefs, ordering the couple to pay $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees to Willock and her partner."
In March 2012, The Blaze reported that a t-shirt company called Hands on Originals, in Kentucky, was approached by homosexuals to print shirts for the gay pride parade. The company told them their Christian beliefs were the reason they couldn't print the shirts.
As in this case the homosexuals were greatly offended, again, and filed a discrimination complaint with Lexington’s Human Rights Commission. The gays also started a Facebook group called "Boycott Hands on Originals."
The t-shirt company issued a statement saying, “Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences and national origins,” the company’s owner, Blaine Adamson, said.
“However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of the company to refuse any order that would endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership.”
Fox News reported Raymond Sexton of the Humans Right Commission of Lexington said, "We have subpoena power and have the backing of the law, we are a law enforcement agency and people have to comply.”
Christianity Examiner Commentary
The above cited examples are but a few of how intolerant homosexuals can be. They preach tolerance but have no patience for those whose views differ from their own. They bully others in our nation to accept their agenda, that is being forced down our throats.
The Bible clearly states in Romans 1:26-27, "For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. (27) Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."
Christian beliefs are fundamentally protected by the First Amendment, and it gives us the right to express those beliefs. We will not change our message to promote homosexuality.
We will not become politically correct so not to offend those who believe that having sex with the same gender is normal or acceptable. The website CARM explains this by saying, "To say that condemning homosexuality is wrong is a statement dealing with morality, not with legality.
There might be various laws for and/or against homosexuality, but saying that condemning homosexuality is wrong is a moral issue. My question then would be, by whose standard is something right or wrong and what justifies that standard as being valid?"
They continue with, "So, when a person objects on moral grounds to my objections or other Christians condemning homosexuality as a sin, he has no objective moral basis by which he can make such an assertion. At best, all he is doing is giving his opinion and it would be arrogant to think that his opinion is the standard or morality for everyone else.
Condemning homosexual practice as a sin is not discriminatory in a legal sense, but it is one in a spiritual sense, and that is alright."
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