Minensota court has ruled that a Christian filmmaking couple must
document gay weddings despite their religious beliefs that marriage is
only between a man and a woman.
is a two-way street. Creative professionals who engage in the
expression of ideas shouldn't be threatened with fines and jail simply
for having a particular point of view about marriage that the government
may not favor," Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Senior Counsel Jeremy
Tedesco said following the decision. "Public officials can't censor
filmmakers or demand that they tell stories in film that violate their
insisted that people should have the freedom to disagree on critical
matters of conscience> "The same government that can force them to
violate their faith and conscience can force any one of us to do the
same," he added.
Larsens, who have been married for 15 years, say that thay use their
talents to "magnify Christ like a telescope." Their Telescope Media
company documents marriages and provides other services to Christian
organisations, but Minnesota law requires them to also work gay
weddings, if requested.
explained that the case, Telescope Media Group v. Lindsay challenges
portions of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 363, which states that
professionals must promote objectionable messages, even if they disagree
language on a website telling potential customers that a business will
discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual
orientation discrimination itself," Judge Tunheim wrote in his ruling.
"As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by
the First amendment."
us as storytellers, we want to tell the truth as we see it through the
Bible. From the beginning to the very end," Carl Larson noted during a
panel discussion on TV.
Facing possible fines and even jail time, the Larsens have for now suspended their wedding industry.
on the panel, such as Blaine Adamson, owner of t-shirt company Hands On
Originals in Lexington, Ky., exolained why these cases are so important
for religious freedom rights in America. "We all at some point in our
lives will find ourselves at crossroads, where we have an issue of
conscience, where we know there's something that we need to do. But
whether it's out of fear or because it's the easy road, we decide to go
against our conscience," Adamson said. "When we make that choice, we
lose something - in my case, what would have been freedom. We can't just
kick the can for the next generation."
order to abridge freedom of religion worship, precedence must be set in
other areas first. That is going on full steam ahead, until eventually,
"our country shall reoudiate every principle of it's Constitution as a
Protestant and republican government . . . "Testemonies for the Church,
Vol. 5, page 451.
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