Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ADF attorney Jordan Lorence thinks that hunters and taxidermists are protected classes

Last night Family Research Council sent out an email about the astounding oppression and persecution faced by white heterosexual male Christians. It is titled “Photography Case another Snapshot of Intolerance.” Sure.

The following paragraphs illustrate just how little regard they have for the intelligence of their constituency:

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jordan Lorence, who represented the husband-wife team, couldn't believe his ears. "Should the government force a videographer who is an animal rights activist to create a video promoting hunting and taxidermy?" Jordan asked. "Of course not, and neither should the government force this photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience."
Obviously, the courts are viewing the case of Elane Photography through the lens of political correctness -- not the Constitution, which protects the expression of personal views, even in the marketplace. (That's why they call it the free market!) Of course, the irony is that the couple at the center of this firestorm, the Willocks, found another photographer to shoot the ceremony -- for less money! Still, they still insisted on making a public example of the Huguenins, including dragging them through an eight-year legal ordeal.
In order of the ineptitude:
  1. When hunters and taxidermists are protected classes under anti-discrimination laws, do let me know. The usual example is a Jew forced to bake a cake for Nazis, who are also not a protected class.
  2. What is actually obvious to the courts (now five counting SCOTUS) is that these people clearly violated the state's anti-discrimination ordinance.
  3. The courts have also ruled that this is conduct in contrast to speech or "expression."
  4. The fact that the couple who were denied service found another provider is entirely irrelevant. They were told “we don't serve your kind here.” Imagine a "restricted" hotel claiming “well we got the Jews another place to stay.”
  5. The eight-year legal ordeal was created by the Huguenins and their Christianist attorneys. They chose to continue to appeal the matter. They could have accepted the decision of the state at the outset and put this behind them. They were free to post a sign stating that they disapprove of same-sex marriage.
I never know whether these people are cynics or imbeciles. Maybe both.
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