A Victory for Religious Liberty

Justice for Jack

That collective “Praise God” you heard on Monday morning came from the body of Christ, His Church, in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Jack Phillips. The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was brought by Jack Phillips, its owner. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sought to force the cake shop to employ its considerable artistic talents to craft a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.

Family Heritage Alliance Action, along with 31 other Family Policy Councils nationwide, signed onto an amicus brief on September 17, 2017 in support of Jack and the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.

The facts in this case are simple and painfully clear. Jack Phillips determined that he must not, consistent with the tenets of his faith, use his artistic talents to design and bake a cake that would celebrate the union of a man and a man. For Jack, his participation in celebrating this union would render him culpable before God.

While the verbiage of the decision will be dissected, parsed and spun I want to share with you, in part, a message I received from a fellow family policy council director, Allen Whitt of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

Allen wrote:

“Jesus and Mohamed was both full of hate against the LGBTQAI community. And all of you following your skydaddy are using that silly myth to damage LGBTQAI citizens.” Robin Gomez , City Manager, Fairmont, West Virginia

I know it’s all our tendency to pick apart rulings and good news because we know the other shoe usually drops. But I share the above heinous quote that was spat into my face during a recent legislative battle for the following reason. 

My fellow warriors, today’s decision sends a clear message to Robin Gomez and all the others in your states. Do that again to a business owner of faith and we, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, will stop it!

The hostility expressed by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the City Manager of Fairmont, West Virginia is becoming more common in the public sphere and is entirely unacceptable. It was a significant issue for the Court in this matter. This should remind us that we are to be salt and light while boldly defending our religious freedoms. This decision rightfully affirms that tolerance is a two-way street.

Praise God indeed. He has once again blessed all Americans of faith!!!

-Ed Randazzo

Click Here to read a further explanation of the victory from Alliance Defending Freedom

SCOTUS Nomination

Judge Neil Gorsuch

As I’m sure you know, President Trump just announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Family Policy Alliance recently wrote: “Gorsuch serves as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He’s made strong rulings in favor of religious freedom. He’s also known for the hard line he took against the abortion-pill mandate in Obamacare. The upcoming hearings and vote for Judge Gorsuch will be some of the most contentious we’ve ever seen. Your lawmakers need to hear from you now.”

President Donald Trump has kept his campaign promise to nominate a strong conservative to fill the Supreme Court position made vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last year. He called Judge Gorsuch “a person who is unbelievably highly respected.”

Gorsuch is a proponent of originalism, the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founding Fathers would have interpreted it.

Gorsuch is a believer in a broad definition of religious freedom and sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Little Sisters of the Poor.

TAKE ACTION

Family Heritage Alliance applauds President Trump’s choosing Judge Gorsuch and urges you to contact Senator John Thune (Click Here) and Senator Mike Rounds (Click Here) and encourage them to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is critical to so many cases involving our rights as Christians. Use these bullet points to help in writing your email messages to our Senators:

  • Judge Neil Gorsuch is eminently qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Gorsuch would not make law from the bench as others have in the past
  • We need someone who understands the Founders’ original intent for the Constitution
  • Please confirm Judge Gorsuch

You and I know that America needs Supreme Court justices who will uphold the Constitution and defend the religious liberty of every American. We are hopeful that Judge Gorsuch will live up to President Trump’s and the American people’s expectations and strongly protect our constitutional freedoms.