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News You Should Know: Christian Business Owners Need to Know the First Amendment Works for Them

By Michael Farris, Jr. posted on:
November 22, 2019

This week, ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell explains the Hands On Originals case, in which a Kentucky printer was sued for declining to print shirts with a message inconsistent with his Christian beliefs. Campbell says this case and others like it demonstrate why the Supreme Court needs to give clarity on this issue. Plus, an atheist group attacks prayer at high school football games, a pastor discusses how to talk to children about gender ideology, and a federal jury finds investigative journalist David Daleiden guilty in the Planned Parenthood whistleblower case. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.

ADF in the News

The Daily Caller: Kentucky Decision On Christian Print Shop Shows Why Supreme Court Should Rule On Religious Business Owners

The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify the speech rights of everyone, including Christian business owners, writes ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell at The Daily Signal. Campbell discusses the details of the Hands On Originals case out of Kentucky, which he argued at the Kentucky Supreme Court. While Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson serves everyone, he doesn’t print messages that conflict with his Christian faith. That was never a problem until he declined to print shirts with a message promoting a local LGBT pride festival. Blaine was sued by the group who requested the shirts, and while one Kentucky Supreme Court justice affirmed Blaine's freedom to create according to his conscience, the court ultimately ruled in his favor on procedural grounds. Campbell says this sidesteps important First Amendment questions, which the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to take up in an appeal from Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers.

Religious Freedom

Fox News: Missouri high school football coach, team under fire for ‘illegal’ prayer after complaint from atheist group

Missouri high school football coaches Jeff Wallace and David Stucky regularly lead a post-game prayer at the 50-yard line, where they’re often joined by people from both sidelines. Enter the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group demanding an end to post-game prayers in the school district. While the district says it is investigating, it also says it hasn’t received any formal complaints from anyone within the community itself. Jeremy Dys of First Liberty Institute tells Fox News that there is no legal basis for the complaint, which is just the latest in a series of attempts to "harass and embarrass Americans just trying to live their lives."

Marriage and the Family

The Gospel Coalition: Talking to Kids About Gender in a Gender-Confused Age

In a world where children are pressured into accepting gender ideology, how do Christian parents respond? Pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church encourages parents to do just what their name suggests: parent your children. Writing for The Gospel Coalition, Wagner remarks that children aren't at a mature decision-making stage and need their parents to guide them to the truth. He also says parents can make a difference by refusing to be silenced about the truth and by speaking boldly in the face of our "cancel-culture." He urges parents to take these actions now before we find ourselves in a situation where courts deem it illegal to call your son a "son."

Sanctity of Life

The Federalist: Jury Rules Against David Daleiden, Undercover Journalists In Federal Planned Parenthood Case

The trial meant to convict David Daleiden uncovered more evidence that Planned Parenthood participated in the sale of aborted baby parts, but in the end, the jury—under orders of Judge William Orrick—found Daleiden guilty of trespassing and liable for over $1 million in damages. Daleiden says Judge Orrick—who has well-known ties to Planned Parenthood—had not only pre-determined the verdict, but also mishandled the case by improperly influencing the jury and suppressing evidence that painted the abortion giant in a negative light. Attorneys for Daleiden say they plan to appeal the ruling.

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Michael Farris, Jr.

Michael Farris, Jr.

Legal Content Manager

Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Idaho convert.

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