The decision by a Fayette Circuit Court judge earlier this year was a stunning upset in many ways. Over the past few years, the LGBT army has won ridiculous court case after ridiculous court case, affirming that they can make Christian business owners do just about anything they want them to do because, otherwise, it’s “discrimination.”
But when it came to their lawsuit against Blaine Adamson, a T-shirt printer who refused to promote a gay pride parade with his services, they were finally given the legal smackdown they so richly deserve.
Now, normally when you’re talking about gay activists, a “smackdown” would be right up their alley, but they didn’t appreciate this one. After a Kentucky appeals court upheld the original ruling in May, they promised to take the case all the way to the state supreme court. And if they lose there, they will no doubt try to put this one under the national spotlight. Because, after all, this is their whole fight now. They won the gay marriage thing, but that wasn’t good enough. The new fight is to make sure that every man, woman, and child recognizes their fabulous gayness and capitulates to their every whim. Because if they don’t, it’s “hate” or something.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, the lawyers handling Adamson’s defense, advised the Kentucky Supreme Court to leave the ruling as it stands.
In a statement on their website, Senior Counsel Jim Campbell said, “Americans should always have the freedom to say no when asked to express ideas that violate their conscience. Blaine is willing to serve all people, but he cannot print all messages. The two lower courts properly affirmed that Blaine can’t be forced to print words and logos that express ideas in conflict with his faith. The Kentucky Supreme Court should leave those decisions in place.”
If we had more confidence in the nation’s Supreme Court, we would almost hope that the Kentucky Human Rights Commission would take this case all the way there. Because the simple logic behind this decision, if upheld, would have a dramatic legal impact on these idiotic lawsuits that keep popping up. It is not “discrimination” for a baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay wedding, just as it is not discrimination for a T-shirt maker to refuse to print pro-gay messages. T-shirts and cakes do not belong to a protected class. The customers themselves, if they are gay, do. But customers are not being turned away by these businesses. In each and every one of these cases, it is only the request itself that is being denied.
That’s not discrimination, it’s freedom of speech.