Christian Women Face Jail Time for Refusing to Service a Gay Wedding
Several hundred years ago, colonists left Europe and braved the Atlantic ocean to travel to the New World, largely so they could practice their religion without fear of imprisonment.
When the Constitution was written, the concern over the government oppressing religious freedom was still on the forefront of founding fathers’ minds, leading to the First Amendment. Today, though, all of that seems to be in the distant past, as Americans are now facing the full force of religious oppression that the founding fathers fought so hard to prevent.
Two Christian calligraphers in Phoenix, Arizona refused to create artwork for a gay wedding, saying that it went against their religious beliefs. Now, the two women have been found guilty of violating Phoenix City Code 18-4 (B) – a Phoenix anti-discrimination law. For their punishment, they are facing $2,500 in fines, six months in jail, and three years probation for every day they remain in violation of the city code.
The women appealed their case before the Arizona Court of Appeals, but the appellate court upheld the lower court’s decision, saying that the law did not violate the women’s Constitutional rights and that they would indeed be subject to the above-mentioned punishments if they did not agree to create artwork for the gay wedding. Now, the women are petitioning the Arizona Supreme Court to take up their case.
To learn more about this tragic violation of religious freedom, be sure to check out the video below.
~ Liberty Video News