Monday, April 14, 2008
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN THE CROSSHAIRS
In a World Net Daily story linked at NOR the very religious freedom that was the impetus for the colonization of America has been shot down in a New Mexico court:
The state of New Mexico has ordered a family owned photography company to pay more than $6,600 for declining a demand to take pictures at a same-sex ceremony, and a lawyer who is working on an appeal says it is an example of how "non-discrimination" or "hate" laws can be weapons in the hands of homosexual activists.
"The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling people to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate there conscience," said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is working on an appeal.
"The commission's decision shows stunning disregard for our client's First Amendment rights, and we will appeal…," he said.
The case before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission was brought by Vanessa Willock against Elane Photography LLC, which is run by owners Jon and Elaine Huguenin.
The couple that included Willock approached Elaine Huguenin and wanted the Huguenins to photograph a "commitment ceremony" the women wanted to hold.
"Huguenin declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony," according to the law firm.
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