Last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against a photographer who declined to use her artistic expression to communicate the story of a same-sex ceremony. One of the justices noted, that the photographer and her husband, were “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” adding “it is the price of citizenship.” It is, of course, too high a price to pay. Throughout the nation, the strategy is no longer a secret – use the gay issue to ‘out’ Christians and socially dislodge them. Force their compliance; indeed, their affirmation of the new moral norms. It is tantamount to being forced before the idol.
“The idea that ‘free people’ can be ‘compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives’ as the ‘price of citizenship’ is a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom,” remarked the defense attorney. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom.”
The ruling of the Justice reflects the doctrine of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, whose perspective appears to be that all law is based on social fairness. The ruling noted, “… this case … is all about, its [the nation’s] promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice. At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others.” The ruling goes on to reveal its true bias, namely, that we live in a “multicultural, pluralistic society …” Accommodation to paganism, nihilism, and more is coming – but the group that will pay the greatest price, are Christians. As if offering a consolation prize, the justices wrote that the photographers were “free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments” but only “in their personal lives …” Thus the privatization of faith and faith-actions now has the force of the court, in New Mexico. “But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life,” and the cost is now being heaped on the back of believers.
The saga started in 2006, when Vanessa Willock asked Elane Huguenin—co-owner with her husband, Jonathan, of Elane Photography in Albuquerque—to photograph a “commitment ceremony” that Willock and another woman wanted to hold in the town of Taos. What is interesting is that such ceremonies do not have the force of law, since neither marriage nor civil unions were legal between members of the same sex in New Mexico. Huguenin declined, noting she and her husband were Christians. Willock found another photographer, but that was not enough. She wanted to penalize the reluctant photographer, soe a complaint was filed with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission alleging discrimination based on “sexual orientation.” A one-day trial followed in January 2008 and the photographers were found guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination and ordered to pay $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees to the two women who filed the complaint. The Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys appealed the ruling to the New Mexico Supreme Court.
In a Rasmussen poll, 85% of American adults believe the right to say “no” in such a situation should exists. Justice Richard C. Bosson said this is now “the price of citizenship.”
Pray that we will have the capacity to show love, without compromising truth!