Supreme Court abandons Christian Florist
Editor’s Note: The Daily Signal audience seems flabbergasted that the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Washington state florist who refused to make flower arrangements for a same-sex marriage. Here is a sample of the mailbag at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre
Dear daily signal: In his article “Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal from Christian Florist in Same-Sex Marriage Case,” Fred Lucas reports that an ACLU lawyer said of florist Barronelle Stutzman’s case: “No one should walk into a store and wonder if they are being turned away because of who they are.
This makes about as much sense as expecting a store to sell aspirin just because you have a headache. Are you going to sue the store for not having aspirin? If the store doesn’t offer what you want, take your business elsewhere – let the open market decide.
As for the comment of Emilie Kao, academic of the Heritage Foundation, concerning the Supreme Court? The yard deflated, as is so often the case!Charles Kunz, North Carolina
If the Supremes refuse to hear the case of businesswoman Barronelle Stutzman, who was created to be forced to produce a product heinous to her sincere religious belief, what does that mean for their collective credibility?
This is a fundamental constitutional question. The government is clearly interfering with the religion of the businesswoman.Jerry defoor
Barronelle Stutzman has the right to do business with whomever she wants and to have a set of rules by which she wants her business to operate. This is his business. The court does not have to intervene. Religious freedom is under attack.Rich Wilson, Indianapolis
Dear daily signal: Regarding Terence Jeffrey’s comment, Barronelle Stutzman’s mistake was to explain in a kind and loving manner why she couldn’t provide flowers for a client’s same-sex marriage (“The Supreme Court denies the free exercise of Christianity by a woman ”).
In the future, religious people will not be honest with their new or long-term clients. They’ll just say they can’t do it, are full that day, recommend another florist or business, or make any other excuse.
There’s nothing after the Supreme Court but your faith, if you have it. It was a long-term business and personal relationship between the florist and the customer, but events proved the friendship to be very thin.Bette schaffel
I am so angry and sad. This should not be happening in our country. This shouldn’t happen in any country.
Barronelle Stutzman is a Christian and chooses not to arrange flowers for a gay marriage. It is his moral responsibility and it goes through the teaching of our Lord Jesus that in the eyes of God, marriage is a man and a woman. Even though many choose not to accept or want to hear it.
The homosexual felt discriminated against for not having had flowers made for his marriage; what does he think to do with this woman, who has the same right to exercise her faith and to trust her conscience? Has this man ever thought of that?
Barronelle Stutzman, and every Christian, has the right to exercise their faith freely, whether the Supreme Court intervenes or not. They are not the ultimate judge.
I am very disappointed with Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. I thought they would be judges who stood up for the truth, but lately I am questioning that based on their decisions.
Stutzman has every right to defend what she knows to be true. She is handling the situation with dignity and humble grace. I pray that those on the opposite side will understand and do what is right, despite the differences of opinion. –Melissa Pettignano, Secaucus, New Jersey
Too bad. This matter is such an obvious question of the free exercise of religion. The only explanation for the Supreme Court’s failure to address this most fundamental issue is the pressure from our current culture.
People, even Supreme Court justices, are afraid to challenge the current orthodoxy of “tolerance” even if it means denying the fair and reasonable application of the Bill of Rights to every citizen. Once again, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito got it right. As for the others, you never know.
God bless Mrs. Stutzman and the courage she has shown through this terrible ordeal. Because of his faith, the ultimate victory will be his, as our nation continues to trudge – no, do this sprint – on the road to Gomorrah. God save our land! Only you can fix this mess.Randy Malcom
Dear daily signal: It is clearly the duty of the Supreme Court to overturn Washington State’s anti-discrimination law and all other such laws.
The late Walter Williams wrote: “The forcible use of one person to serve another person’s purposes, for any reason, is immoral because it violates self-ownership. “
When you don’t own yourself, you are a slave. No one who understands obvious truths and natural human rights can disagree with this.
Whoever sacrifices freedom for pragmatism will create a country of shit. We are on track for this.Jerome Waldemar
I don’t believe that a state should have the right to force a business owner to go against their religious beliefs. The law of God is above all and always the guideline that we must follow.JC Selph, Fayetteville, Arche.
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Dear daily signal: Rachel del Guidice’s article on public schools in Loudoun County, Virginia is very frightening (“Why Parents Are In Court For An Online ‘Portal’ Where Students Blame Each Other Anonymously”). The “portal” system raises the specter of a government suppression of the free exchange of ideas, which characterizes tyranny.
Examples in the 20th century include Romanoff Russia, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and more recently Communist China and North Korea. This type of program dates back centuries. It was a fundamental technique of the Spanish Inquisition.
George Orwell’s novel “1984” describes the natural result of this type of program: total subjugation. We can only pray that the court recognizes the threat of the Loudoun County program for constitutionally guaranteed basic rights.Stephen Metz, Longmeadow, Mass.
On “The Daily Signal Podcast,” Douglas Blair interviews a parent, Ian Prior, who opposes critical race theory and other policies in a Virginia school district (“How Parents Fight Critical Theory of the breed in Loudoun County “).
School boards in many places in the United States have heard from disgruntled parents. As a former teacher who has written about public schools, I am delighted parents are speaking out. I hope parents realize that school boards have been largely overtaken by “teacher” unions.
I put “teachers” in quotes because more often than not unions lobby and promote policies and ideologies that great teachers reject. Parents and teachers must understand that the main actor in education is the “teachers” union.
For parents to change their neighborhoods, they will have to know and put pressure against this very powerful, very rich entity. Teachers need to be saved from union lies and parents need to know that the union is the real problem.Kate Bowers, Oregon
Editor’s Note: Bowers is the author of the recent book “Public education: the disturbing findings of a teacher»And blogs on www.publiclyschooled.com.
I just read the transcript of Rob Bluey’s podcast interview on the Navy with Jason Beardsley (“Why this veteran worries about waking up is poisoning our military”). Awakening, as you know, permeates all branches of the military. It is even turning brother against brother.
Chaplains are also in great demand. Many are attacked for their deeply held beliefs. The military foundation of religious freedom is at the origin of many of them. Soldiers are in fact allowed to come to them, not the chain of command, to attack chaplains (or any other conservative military). Morale is definitely low.Lisa boyd
Thank you for Rob Bluey’s interview with Pastor and Author James Ward Jr. (“Prescribing a Pastor to Overcome the Victim Mentality”). I agree that we need a new perspective on the breed.
The Bible and our Lord and Savior have given us the best guide to living together as one. I ordered Pastor Ward’s book “Zero Victim: Overcoming Injustice With a New Attitude” and look forward to reading and sharing it with my family and friends.Brenda Lee Allor
Dear daily signal: This is Dennis Prager’s comment, “Our new religion remains safe.” Over the past year and a half, whenever I was greeted with the words “Stay safe” or “Be safe,” that person has received this response from me: “Be happy and be happy.” “
Often their response was a small laugh or an expression of surprise.
Being afraid is a lousy way to live life. Being happy and being joyful is a thoughtful decision that translates into a fulfilling life experience.—David Pitman, Arvada, Colorado.
America woke up in 1776 to threats to our freedoms. As a long-time supporter of the Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America, I hope we have a revival in 2022 and boycott companies supporting the Chinese Communist Olympics.Clyde L. Hunt Jr., Greensboro, North Carolina
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