A Wisconsin Court just declared a Christian photographer could deny the use of her services at homosexual weddings because she doesn’t have a storefront, according to LifeSiteNews.
Amy Lawson, an evangelical Christian, was told she wouldn’t be prosecuted under Dane County’s law against discrimination based on sexual orientation because her business is operated online.
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“The court’s announcement has important implications for everyone in Wisconsin who values artistic freedom. It means that government officials must allow creative professionals without storefronts anywhere in the city and state the freedom to make their own decisions about which ideas they will use their artistic expression to promote,” said ADF senior counsel Jonathan Scruggs.
The court, supported by both the city and state, determined that artists whose businesses are operated online should have the artistic freedom to choose where and how to express the artistic passion of their choice—in this case, Lawson’s photography.
This is a major victory for Christians and religious freedom advocates, nevertheless, considering the ruling was made on the basis of artistic freedom rather than religious freedom, there are still concerns here.
Lawson’s case has been resolved, but the now-infamous baker in Colorado will see the Supreme Court this fall.
As is pointed out in a recent National Review article, Jack Phillips believes that, with every cake he bakes for any given client, he’s glorifying Christ and serving others. So when Phillips was confronted with a request for a gay wedding cake, he made a choice based on his religious beliefs and refused to bake the cake.
Phillips had, prior to this one order, refused service many times. He’d refused to make Halloween cakes, divorce cakes, cakes for bachelor parties—but this refusal, in particular, has him on his way to the Supreme Court.
It’s just another example of the persecution Christians face in the public square.
And by way of the LGBTQ community, this argument has become something other than what it is: rather than the refusal to bake a cake for an event that goes against his religious beliefs, which is the truth of Phillips’ situation, he’s accused of discriminating against a couple because of their sexual orientation. These two are not one and the same—and our right to religious freedom should protect his right to make this choice.
Lawson’s case ended well, but Christians have an unfortunately-long road ahead on this issue. In preparation for Phillips’ case before the Supreme Court this fall, we must pray for clarity for our SCOTUS justices and hope they set a precedence which will preserve religious freedom in this country for the long haul.