One of the most contentious legal battlefield in recent years has been at the intersection of religious freedom and the First Amendment, and exactly how they relate.
America was founded on a very basic principle of freedom. Our forefathers, even before the time of our founding fathers, had escaped an oppressive religious regime across the Atlantic in order to start a new, liberty-based way of life in the new world. Now, some 400 years later, and with a few enormous conflicts in the 1770’s and 1860’s under our belts, our nation is a beacon of hope to the rest of the world’s people. We exude liberty, and for all of our past misgivings, we are still considered one of the greatest nations to have ever existed.
Now, however, a peculiar fight is occurring in our nation as the political left have begun mistaking exactly what is protected by the First Amendment. Where Free Speech is considered a universally understood concept to most, ardent liberals have added a twist to their definition. They believe that the right of free speech is tempered by their right to not be offended. While their unwarranted belief is easily debunked by the simple language of our own Constitution, the liberal stranglehold on media and academia has allowed them to warp otherwise scholarly opinions.
That’s why today’s historic ruling in Kentucky is of the utmost importance. One Kentucky business’ beliefs about religion offended fringe leftists, who then attempted to force the company to use their own resources to spread a message for which they didn’t agree. Now, those same crybaby liberals have been trounced by the First Amendment that they themselves have so thoroughly attempted to maim.
“In 2012, the Lexington City Human Rights Commission ruled that a local T-shirt printing company, Hands On Originals, violated the city’s fairness ordinance by discriminating against same-sex people when the business refused to print shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival ordered by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“Blaine Adamson, the business owner, told the Human Rights Commission in 2014 that printing the T-shirts and spreading same-sex values would violate his Christian beliefs.
“’Because of my Christian beliefs, I can’t promote that,’ Adamson said at the time. ‘Specifically, it’s the Lexington Pride Festival, the name and that it’s advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can’t promote that message. It’s something that goes against my belief system.’
“In a 2-to-1 ruling, the judges said it’s clear that Hands on Originals didn’t violate Lexington’s fairness ordinance because they didn’t refuse the group service based on the customers’ sexual orientation but because the business owners believed they shouldn’t be compelled to spread a message that violates their deeply held religious beliefs.
“Chief Judge Joy Kramer wrote, ‘The right of free speech does not guarantee to any person the right to use someone else’s property.'”
While it took 4 years’ worth of legal wrangling to achieve victory, it is an ultimately important precedent to have been set. Now, business owners who don’t wish to be beholden to fringe leftist organizations can, without fear of legal reprisal, refuse service to anyone at any time. The only judgement they will face will be in the court of public opinion, as is the right of any business or property owner in this great nation.
Certainly, the left will reach for their torches and pitchforks, and lash out at Kentucky for the decision. Luckily for business owners like Adamson, the thin skin of the American left is not contagious.