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Wish for Tolerance Driven by Intolerance (Gay vs. traditional rights in NM)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Sep 17, 2012 | George Will

Posted on 09/17/2012 5:49:30 PM PDT by CedarDave

Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone. But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power.

In 2006, Vanessa Willock, who was in a same-sex relationship, emailed Elane Photography about photographing a “commitment ceremony” she and her partner were planning. Willock said this would be a “same-gender ceremony.”

Elane Photography responded that it photographed “traditional weddings.” The Huguenins are Christians who, for religious reasons, disapprove of same-sex unions.

Willock sent a second email asking whether this meant that the company “does not offer photography services to same-sex couples.” Elane Photography responded “you are correct.”

Willock could then have said regarding Elane Photography what many same-sex couples have long hoped a tolerant society would say regarding them – “live and let live.” Willock could have hired a photographer with no objections to such events.

Instead, Willock and her partner set out to break the Huguenins to the state’s saddle.

Willock, spoiling for a fight, filed a discrimination claim with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, charging that Elane Photography is a “public accommodation,” akin to a hotel or restaurant, that denied her its services because of her sexual orientation. The NMHRC found against Elane and ordered it to pay $6,600 in attorney fees.

The Huguenin case demonstrates how advocates of tolerance become tyrannical.

So, in the name of tolerance, government declares intolerable individuals such as the Huguenins, who disapprove of a certain behavior but ask only to be let alone in their quiet disapproval.

(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: gaymarriage; homosexualagenda
This is one of the most egregious cases of those pushing the homosexual agenda persecuting a business owner who for religious reasons declines to respond to a request for their services. Elane appealed the decision and fine to a New Mexico court which ruled against her. It is now being appealed to the NM Supreme Court (controlled by libs) so she may ultimately lose there too.

Well worth a read and Will's summary of how advocates of tolerance become tyrannical is right on the mark.

1 posted on 09/17/2012 5:49:37 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

My question is: WTF are these “Human Rights Councils” and why do they have power over anyone?


2 posted on 09/17/2012 5:53:10 PM PDT by rbg81
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3 posted on 09/17/2012 5:55:18 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave
Shoulda' had one one of those signs posted about reserving the right to refuse service to anyone for any or no reason.

Yeah, that would have worked.

4 posted on 09/17/2012 6:04:01 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: CedarDave
In a situation like that you send your least experienced,least talented photographer to do a terrible job.For normal weddings you do your best.Soon word will get out within the pervert community that you're no good...and the normal community will see you as good.
5 posted on 09/17/2012 6:05:52 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: rbg81

Exactly!!! This is so unconstitutional-—and there is no right to sodomy or immoral behavior-—which all unnatural sex is——and this person has every right to practice her religion in the public square, especially when her Religion was sanctioned by the Founding Fathers.

The Christian religion which is the foundation of our legal system and all Common Law is compliant in all ways to Natural Law Theory and Just Law. There is no right to sodomize anyone or use them in despicable, dehumanizing ways and a Christian can NEVER in conscience agree to encourage such EVIL dehumanization and misuse of the body. It is evil.


6 posted on 09/17/2012 6:07:33 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: CedarDave

Christians need to get smart about being baited by the grievance mongers. A simple, “sorry, we’re booked for that day” will suffice.


7 posted on 09/17/2012 6:08:46 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: randog

“Christians need to get smart about being baited by the grievance mongers. A simple, “sorry, we’re booked for that day” will suffice.”

I agree. It’s baiting known Christian businesses to bring about test cases and lawsuits. Being a martyr is just stupid in these instances. “Sorry, that day is reserved and no one is available (because we’ll be celebrating not filming your ‘commitment’ ceremony.)”


8 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:54 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: randog
Christians need to get smart about being baited by the grievance mongers. A simple, “sorry, we’re booked for that day” will suffice.

That's the answer many Blacks received when trying to get rooms at large and small hotels back in the days when such discrimination was rampant. It didn't get very far then and won't now either. The difference of course is that racial discrimination is prohibited as it well should be (won't get far claiming a religious reason for such discrimination; even Mormons gave it up) whereas there are well-known biblical prohibitions on homosexual activity.

9 posted on 09/17/2012 6:19:10 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave

I should add that responding to a same-sex ceremony that way (booked for the day) after being told it is a homosexual union is just baiting the gay/lesbian zealots. They easily can call later to book a traditional marriage and get scheduled. Then you are trapped in a lie and their next stop is the lib-created Human Rights Commission.


10 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:48 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave

The whole problem is with the civil rights act of 1964 and the federal courts twisting of the 14th amendment to force both States AND private businesses from discriminating against people for whatever reason. This totally ignores the first amendments freedom of association and so we have what is now a government forced association, no matter what your beliefs.

The problem is that once you give the government the power to force you to do business with one group of people it gives them the power to force you to do business with anyone they think should be “protected” from discrimination. Sucks but people thought it was all great when it was just blacks that were the people being discriminated against but once you let the camels nose into the tent the rest is sure to follow.


11 posted on 09/17/2012 6:33:16 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: CedarDave

I hope they have some high powered attorneys for their appeal, and that they take it all the way to the Supremes. This is extortion, pure and simple!


12 posted on 09/17/2012 6:34:52 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: CedarDave

I would also say that the best way to deal with this is to take the job and use it as an opportunity to “share the gospel” in as many ways as you can think of, like a T-shirt proclaiming homosexuality a sin and urging the attendees to repent or they will go to hell. They can’t fine you for your God given freedom of speech, at least we are not like Canada yet.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 6:37:54 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: CedarDave

Congratulations queers. My indifference to you has now become unabashed hatred, disgust, and open opposition.


14 posted on 09/17/2012 6:39:06 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: CedarDave
if forced to take the job, i'd cut all the tops of their heads off in every picture...
15 posted on 09/17/2012 6:50:46 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: CedarDave
I understand your point about homosexual discrimination being similar to racial discrimination, but they are different. There are protections in our Constitution against government interfering in the free expression of religion. From Wikipedia:

Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion.

Forcing people of faith to betray that faith is government not only redefining that person's religious belief but forcing them to become party to an event that's defined as sinful by that person. In the case of the photographer, the NM Human Rights Committee has essentially told the Christian photogs that they must engage in a pagan festival, a direct violation of their beliefs. In the case of an inn keeper there's less leeway because they're not engaging in a gay couple's sinful actions. This type of discrimination is the same as racial discrimination. Finally, there are provisions for conscientious objectors in time of war, so the concept of not forcing people of faith into sinful action is not without precedent and practice in the US.

16 posted on 09/17/2012 6:52:06 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: randog
I understand your point about homosexual discrimination being similar to racial discrimination, but they are different. There are protections in our Constitution against government interfering in the free expression of religion.

Indeed, they are different. The problem is that homosexual activists will use that "similarity" to hammer Christian beliefs and claim intolerance. The lib-oriented HRC does not see that difference hence the court case. George Will in the article cites another case where the US Supreme Court has affirmed the right not to be compelled to be conduits of others’ expression.

Here is the link to the lengthy unanimous NM Court of Appeals decision ruling against Elane Photography. Do not read if you are watching your blood pressure:

ELANE PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. VANESSA WILLOCK, Defendant-Appellee.

We hold that Elane Photography’s refusal to photograph Willock’s commitment ceremony violated the NMHRA. In enforcing the NMHRA, the NMHRC and the district court did not violate Elane Photography’s constitutional and statutory rights based upon freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the NMRFRA. We affirm the district court’s denial of Elane Photography’s motion for summary judgment and its decision to grant Willock’s motion for summary judgment.

17 posted on 09/17/2012 7:20:29 PM PDT by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave
The lib-oriented HRC does not see that difference hence the court case.

What's ironic is the definition I gave above of 'freedom of religion' came from the UN Declaration of Human Rights, something you'd think the NMHRC would be familiar with.

George Will in the article cites another case where the US Supreme Court has affirmed the right not to be compelled to be conduits of others’ expression.

Christians would do well to pick one of these "discrimination" cases and take it all the way to the Supremes.

18 posted on 09/17/2012 7:27:40 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: randog

I would say better do it quick lest Obama wins and gets to replace Scalia or Kennedy. But even with the current High Supreme Court, who knows what Anthony Kennedy would do? And now, who knows what John Roberts would do? He probably felt really good when all the pending hatred for him was instantly turned to admiration when he saved Obamacare.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 8:27:26 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: CedarDave

Placemark.


20 posted on 09/17/2012 11:14:12 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: rbg81
My question is: WTF are these “Human Rights Councils” and why do they have power over anyone?

Remember that Alberta, Canada, had a similar council, which did a very similar thing: they dragged a minister out of his pulpit to defend "charges" that he had preached "hate speech" by delivering a sermon on Leviticus without any sugar coating or gainsay or the necessary "reconciling" load of waffles.

Libs always do this, and they always give these bullyboy tribunals Orwellian names like "human rights council", and so on.

The Canadian case became a cause notorious (the preacher's freedom was at stake), and eventually the tribunal was abolished and its founding legislation denounced as anticonstitutional and abusive. Which it was.

21 posted on 09/18/2012 12:56:18 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: CedarDave
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22 posted on 09/18/2012 1:39:55 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Gay State Conservative

that’s what I thought too, but this couple wasn’t afraid to voice their beliefs.


23 posted on 09/18/2012 1:40:35 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: randog

that’s what I thought too, but this couple wasn’t afraid to voice their beliefs.


24 posted on 09/18/2012 1:40:46 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Gay State Conservative

No, you don’t evade your convictions. Otherwise, you lose.


25 posted on 09/18/2012 9:58:24 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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