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Five years after Hands On Originals t-shirt company was sued for declining to print t-shirts for the Lexington homosexual “Pride Festival,” the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that no one should be forced to engage in speech they disagree with – including small business owners. “Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living,” said Concerned Women for America legal counsel.
Initially, the city’s Human Rights Commission found Blaine “guilty” of breaking the town’s “fairness” ordinance and sentenced him to “diversity training.” At the time, the Commission’s Executive Director said it’s time for Christians in the marketplace “to leave their religion at home.” However, Blaine believed, “I don’t leave my faith at the door when I walk into my business.”
“Americans should always have the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom not to express ideas that would violate their conscience,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel. “Protecting Blaine’s freedom affirms everyone’s freedom, no matter the nature of their beliefs or convictions. The government shouldn’t be able to force citizens to create speech that conflicts with their deepest convictions, and the court’s decision rightly affirms that.”
(lifesitenews.com, 5/16/17; frc.org, 5/16/17)
“Christians should not be forced to violate their consciences in order to make a living.” Mario Diaz, legal counsel for Concerned Women for America
Save the Date:
- June 21
Opening of 2017 Fortnight for Freedom.
“Joy of the Gospel” at St. Bernard’s Church, Levittown
Meditating on illuminations of sacred scriptures.
Preview of St. John’s Bible at 6:00pm in Peach Room.
“Visio Divina-Seeing the Word” and Benediction at 7:00pm in the church.
- June 28
Fortnight Religious Freedom Rally
keynote speaker, Bishop John O. Barres
Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
In Service to the Church
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National Religious Freedom Day
Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.