A Christian print shop owner who refused to print pro-LGBT T-shirts in 2012 has the constitutional right not to print messages that conflict with his Christian beliefs, a Kentucky court ruled on Monday.
After Blaine Adamson, the managing owner of a Lexington print shop called Hands on Originals, refused to print T-shirts for Lexington's 2012 gay pride festival, he was found to be guilty of discrimination by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission last year, even though doing so would have violated his religious conviction. Additionally, the print shop was ordered to serve future requests from LGBT activists.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy group that defends the right of Christian expression, came to HOO's aid and filed an appeal of the decision. Fayette Circuit Court Judge James D. Ishmael Jr. reversed the Human Rights Commission's decision on Monday and stated the commission went above its statutory authority in siding with the LGBT legal group, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington. more >>
Amidst the unrelenting bad news regarding freedom of conscience (see, for example, this report of an Oregon hearing officer imposing a ruinous $135,000 judgment on a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding), it's refreshing to read a bit of constitutional sanity. My good friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom (full disclosure: I worked for ADF for a number of years and continue to speak at ADF events) just won a key decision in a Lexington, Kentucky trial court on behalf of "Hands On Originals," a custom printing company. Hands On Originals (HOO) refused to print t-shirts for a 2012 gay pride parade, and the organizers filed a complaint before the local human rights commission. HOO was one of three t-shirt companies the gay pride parade organizers contacted, and when HOO refused the order, the group was easily able to find an alternative vendor. The commission, however, ruled against the company, and the company appealed to the circuit court.
HOO is owned and operated by Christians who attempt to operate "consistently with the teachings of the Bible." In fact, the owners put in place a clear policy against printing messages that conflicted with their beliefs. The policy stated:
Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences, and national origins. However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of Hands On Originals to refuse any order that would endorse positions that would conflict with the convictions of the ownership. more >>
The Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit said Monday that law enforcement have received a "credible threat" that members from the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips gangs are threatening to "take out" police on the same day that Freddie Gray is laid to rest.
The Department issued a press release on Monday announcing the threat.
"The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement officers," the press release read. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the offended Muslim students from the University of Maryland who last week forced the school to cancel a screening of the film "American Sniper" can "leave America and go to a Muslim country."
"Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I'm going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor — fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood," Graham wrote on Facebook Friday.
"Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can't support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country." more >>
A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.
Fargo Public School District No. 1 released a statement earlier this month arguing against a demand from the legal group the Thomas More Society, which demanded Fargo Public Schools recognize two pro-life student groups at Davies High School and North High School.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post, Fargo Public Schools denied any wrongdoing in not allowing the pro-life student groups. more >>
The Florida mailman made famous for flying a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn in an effort to urge Congress to reform the campaign finance system recently admitted that he never feared being shot down by authorities.
"I don't know if that message didn't get through, but I made every effort to give them advance notice because I didn't want to get shot down and, thankfully, I wasn't," Doug Hughes, the pilot who flew the copter, told "Good Morning America" on Monday.
Hughes was arrested and faces four years in prison and fines. His flight was not detected, according to a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman. more >>