BLOGThe Freedom of Conscience Versus the Injustices of the Civil Rights Era

By Sarah Kramer Posted on: | January 11, 2017

Isn’t declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony just like the injustices of the Civil Rights era?

It’s a common question we hear regarding our cases defending creative professionals who have declined – or would like to preserve their freedom to decline – certain projects that would require them to promote a message or event that violates their faith.

The short answer is, absolutely not. ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco explains this further:



The racist laws of the Civil Rights era were aimed at the wholescale exclusion of a certain group of people from the economic, social, and political life of the country simply because of a personal characteristic, the color of their skin­.

But when our clients decline to use their artistic talents to promote a certain message or event, they are solely motivated by the message, not the person. If you want to make an honest comparison to the civil rights era, it is our clients who are facing similar threats to their freedom.  The government is saying there is no place for them at the free speech counter.

The truth is, the government should not force anyone to convey messages that they consider objectionable. That’s the freedom our clients are seeking to preserve.

To learn more about our clients and their cases, visit CreateFreely.org.

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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