This week, we break down ADF client Blaine Adamson’s case that was heard before the Kentucky Supreme Court last Friday. Blaine, owner of promotional printing business Hands On Originals, serves all customers, but he cannot express all messages. After a seven-year legal battle, what could Blaine’s case mean for all Americans? Plus, the U.S. government moves to make religious freedom a foreign policy priority, a study reveals stunning facts about gender dysphoria, and a Planned Parenthood whistleblower might have charges against him dropped. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.
ADF in the News
Blaine Adamson's faith is instrumental in everything he does, including running his promotional printing business, Hands On Originals. As ADF Deputy Director of Media Communications Jay Hobbs writes, there is no separating Blaine's beliefs from his work. Blaine serves everyone; he just does not print all messages. That's why, in one instance, he declined to create a design that featured Jesus on a bucket of fried chicken. In another instance, he declined to print shirts for a local LGBT “Pride” festival. The latter led to a seven-year legal battle that is still ongoing today, and the Kentucky Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments. Lower courts had affirmed Blaine's right to decline to communicate certain messages, and Hobbs points out that the Kentucky Supreme Court has a chance to affirm that the Constitution protects all Americans to be free to speak according to their conscience.
At Fox News, Tim Head of the Faith & Freedom Coalition tells the story of a young girl named Esther from Nigeria who was brutalized by Boko Haram terrorists—just because of her Christian faith. Esther’s story is one of many, Head says, that demonstrate that there is much work to be done for religious freedom around the world. While the United States leads the charge in protecting the right to live out one's faith free from government hostility, Head writes, it cannot achieve this goal alone. That’s why the current administration has adopted religious freedom as an official part of its foreign policy.
Marriage and the Family
A study that examined responses from tens of thousands of students reveals that people confused about their sex have higher instances of mental health issues than their peers. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly 80 percent of students who present as the opposite sex report at least one mental health issue, compared to 45 percent of among students without gender confusion. Researchers say they are not surprised by the results, but the disparities and the magnitude of the disparities "makes you take a step back and run the numbers over and over." The question that arises, of course, is how much does affirming a person’s confusion over sex actually help solve their many other mental health issues?
Sanctity of Life
Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden is appealing to have California’s politically motivated charges against him dropped. In 2016, then-California attorney general Kamala Harris worked with Planned Parenthood to obtain a search warrant to obtain video footage Daleiden had gathered of Planned Parenthood higher-ups haggling over the sale of body parts from aborted infants—despite a California law that protects citizen journalists from these kinds of attacks. Daleiden is seeking to have the dubiously obtained search warrant thrown out on grounds that it was obtained as a political favor to Planned Parenthood and without any probable cause for a search.
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