News of Note: “What Are the Possible Repercussions in the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Ruling Against Christian Wedding Photographers?”

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New Mexico’s Highest Court Rules Against Christian Photographers

“Christians: You Must Deny the Lordship of Christ. It is the Price of Citizenship in this Secular Nation.” – James White’s commentary on the ruling. (Alpha and Omega Minsitries)

“In other words, the cost of citizenship in post-revolutionary, post-Christian, post-constitutional America? Bow to Caesar. Say Caesar is Lord rather than Jesus is Lord. Celebrate evil with us, or pay the price. We’ve been here before. But only Christians who know their past even realize it. Wake up, believers. These words are were written long, long ago: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. (John 15:18–21)” – James White

“The Hamfisted Jackboot” – Douglas Wilson on the possible consequences of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling against Christian wedding photographers (Blog and Mablog)

“But doing business is not the issue here. Christian photographers, florists, caterers, etc. are absolutely right to refuse to do such events. And the reason for this is the reason these professions are being singled out in these court cases in the first place. This is not about economic exchange, but is rather about mandated social approval. The demand is we must all applaud. And is the reason why photographers and florists are going to be at the center of this next round of fights. The homosexual agenda is not to make us do business with them. The point is to make us approve of them.” – Doug Wilson

“It is the Price of Citizenship”?—An Elegy for Religious Liberty in America – Al Mohler’s commentary on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling. (AlbertMohler.com)

“So the price of citizenship is the denial of religious liberty when the Christian convictions of this couple run into a head-on collision with the “contrasting values” of others. This is a “compromise” that requires the Huguenins to give up their convictions or go out of business. What does the “compromise” require of those who push for the normalization of same-sex relationships and the legalization of same-sex marriage? Nothing. Some compromise. The same-sex couple in this case did not contest the fact that there were many other professional photographers available to them. Indeed, they hired another photographer after Elane Photography declined. But they still pressed for the force of law to require all commercial photographers to provide services for same-sex ceremonies. And they got what they demanded.” – Al Mohler

“Court Says Christian Couple’s Refusal to Photograph Same-Sex Ceremony Was Illegal — Why ‘You Will Be Made to Care’” – The Blaze’s report on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling. (The Blaze)

“NM Supreme Court: Christian Photographers Must ‘Compromise’ Faith, Shoot Homosexual ‘Weddings’” – New Mexico Supreme Court rules against Christian photographers that they must compromise their faith to shoot homosexual weddings. (Christian News)

“The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that Christian photographers may not refuse to shoot homosexual ‘weddings’ in the state, as all citizens must ‘compromise … to accommodate the contrasting views of others.’” – Heather Clark

“Clashing Claims” – Ryan T. Anderson’s article on the New Mexico photographers’ case. (National Review)

Citizens must insist that government respect those who continue to stand for marriage as the union of a man and a woman. When he “evolved” on the issue last year, President Obama insisted that the debate about marriage was a legitimate one, that there were reasonable people of good will on both sides. Obama explained that supporters of marriage as we’ve always understood it (a male-female union) “are not coming at it from a mean-spirited perspective. They’re coming at it because they care about families.” He added that “a bunch of ’em are friends of mine . . . you know, people who I deeply respect.” But in a growing number of incidents, government hasn’t respected the beliefs of Americans. Citizens must insist that government not discriminate against those who hold to the historic definition of marriage. Policy should prohibit the government — or anyone who receives taxpayers’ dollars — from discriminating in employment, licensing, accreditation, or contracting against those who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman. We also must work to see marriage law reflect the truth about marriage. If marriage is redefined, then believing what virtually every human society once believed about marriage — that it is the union of a man and a woman ordered to procreation and family life — would be seen increasingly as an irrational prejudice that ought to be driven to the margins of culture. The consequences for religious believers are becoming apparent.” – Ryan T. Anderson

“NM Court Says Christian Photographers Must Compromise Beliefs” – Todd Starnes’ report on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling. (Fox News)

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