For those who have not read the Constitution of the United States of America, a Supreme Court decision based on that Constitution is, in their minds, an attack on those who want to make all of America prescribe to their own beliefs.
A recent SCOTUS decision is facing such backlash, even though the writing was on the wall for those who were watching the process. In 2018 a similar case came before SCOTUS concerning a baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Axios reports:
The court punted at the time but had signaled that business owners with religious objections to same-sex marriage were like to prevail in the end.
Now, the case of Lorie Smith, a Colorado web designer who creates and sells wedding websites but did not want to create for same-sex couples, has come before the SCOTUS, who last week ruled 6-3 in favor of Smith, saying she has a First Amendment right refuse to design custom wedding websites for same-sex couples.
The backlash from the LGBTQ+ community was fast and furious after the ruling, despite the fact that the ruling is constitutionally based.
Biz Pac Review reports:
Left-wingers got a big reminder that elections have consequences, especially when it comes to the Supreme Court, and some are throwing a temper tantrum by taking out their anger on supporters of former President Donald J. Trump who appointed three of the conservative justices who ruled in favor of Lorie Smith, a Christian graphic designer from Colorado who did not want to create websites for same-sex weddings.
Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett were a part of the 6-3 majority that decided the state of Colorado was violating Smith’s First Amendment rights by trying to force her to create websites for homosexuals under its anti-discrimination law despite her religious beliefs, a ruling that has been falsely portrayed by leftists as an attack on the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
While leftists including openly gay Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg embarked on a smear campaign to insinuate that Smith is a liar, others resorted to banning conservatives from their businesses with an image of one sign going viral on social media where it was the subject of a lively discussion.
The sign posted proclaims not a hatred of the Constitution or the Supreme Court, but of the leading candidate for the Oval Office in 2024:
“SINCE THE SUPREME COURT HAD RULED THAT BUSINESSES CAN DISCRIMINATE…NO SALES TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS,” read the sign at a small business establishment.
Another sign on the same window attempted to bully the Christian religion, reading, “WE ONLY SELL TO CHURCHES THAT FLY A PRIDE FLAG.”
Twitter users reacted quickly to the seemingly self-defeating message of the business owner who would alienate potential customers and lose money in order to make a political statement.
Defending the signs, one user suggested that the reaction was at least partially driven by LGBTQ+ people being denied service, a cooked-up narrative peddled by leftists including President Joe Biden who last month claimed without giving any specific examples that gay people were being tossed out of restaurants, Biz Pac review notes.
“I guess gay people are sick and tired of being refused business for being gay. I personally think it’s stupid for both sides to do this,” wrote the user whose Twitter bio identifies himself as a former Trump supporter.
I guess gay people are sick and tired of being refused business for being gay. I personally think it’s stupid for both sides to do this.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) July 1, 2023
But by far the Twitter response was scoffing at the response of the LGBT+ community, and applauding the SCOTUS decision that protects those who have religious beliefs against those particular lifestyles.
One poster pointed out that in America you are free to go find a web designer or any other service of your choice who you would like to do business with, and who would like to do business with you.
Gay people were never refused business for being gay. People with deeply held religious beliefs opted to not to violate their religion. In every case involed gay people could buy a cakes that had been made or have people design websites for events.
— Ryker (@Ryker228) July 2, 2023
Biz Pac Review noted that the business and its location had not been identified.
I accept these terms. It’s better than unknowingly filling the pockets of business owners who are closeted leftists. The transparency is appreciated.
— James V. Barcia (@jamesbarcia) July 1, 2023
The rationality and reasoning of the left has all the depth of a bumper sticker.
— Lisa (@Rockprincess818) July 1, 2023
This is what people used to call, “Cutting off your nose to spite your face.”
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) July 1, 2023
That’s the most imaginative “going out of business” sign I’ve ever seen.
— Haymoose (@haymoose) July 1, 2023
If someone doesn’t want my business, I’ll just go elsewhere. I don’t want to do business with someone who hates me.
— Sparrow (@jeanpartington3) July 1, 2023
I’m happy about it cause now I know where to not spend my money
— Georgetta Pullen (@georgiegirl1216) July 1, 2023
Ahh, the tolerant left showing their tolerance as always. Get woke go broke
— lost in space (@Yobruthaman) July 2, 2023
In the majority opinion on the recent case, Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote, “The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands. Colorado cannot deny that promise consistent with the First Amendment.”
“The opportunity to think for ourselves and to express those thoughts freely is among our most cherished liberties, and part of what keeps our Republic strong,” Gorsuch stated.
“All of us will encounter ideas we consider “unattractive” Gorsuch wrote, but added that “tolerance, not coercion, is our Nation’s answer.”
And there you have it. Freedoms are not for a few but for all. Including the freedom to run a small business adhering to Christian religious beliefs.
In an interview in December, Smith told Colorado Public Radio, “The artwork I create is speech. Those messages must be consistent with my convictions.”
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