Federal appeals court rules that Christians can’t be forced to act like atheists

Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign
Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign

The state of Minnesota is one of the most progressive states in the union. A while back, they passed a law making it illegal for Christians to exercise free speech or religious liberty. For example, the atheists who run Minnesota wanted to force a Christian couple to operate their business as atheists. Or go to jail. So the Christian couple took them to court. They lost. Then they appealed.

The Daily Caller reports:

A federal appeals court has revived a legal challenge to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), ruling for the first time that religious business owners can invoke free speech rights when refusing to service a same-sex wedding.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Carl and Angel Larsen, a Christian couple who operate a video production company called Telescope Media Group. The Larsens want to expand their business to include weddings, but state officials say the MHRA requires the Larsens to accommodate both same-sex and opposite sex partners.

“Minnesota’s interpretation of the MHRA interferes with the Larsens’ speech in two overlapping ways,” Judge David Stras wrote for a divided three-judge panel. “First, it compels the Larsens to speak favorably about same-sex marriage if they choose to speak favorably about opposite-sex marriage. Second, it operates as a content-based regulation of their speech.”

[…]Elsewhere in the decision, Stras wrote that the MHRA regulates speech based on content, another violation. The majority said the safer course for the Larsens would be to avoid the wedding business altogether, a type of “compelled self-censorship” that violates free speech rights.

But the appeal decision was not unanimous. A radically-leftist Obama-appointed judge dissented:

“What they cannot do is operate a public accommodation that serves customers of one sexual orientation but not others. And make no mistake, that is what today’s decision affords them license to do.”

So, if you run a business in America, then the atheist judges who rule over you can compel you to run your business like an atheist.

I found a short 6-minute video of the couple on the ADF YouTube account:

I was thinking about this decision overnight, and wondering if atheists also can compel pro-life doctors or nurses to act like atheists against their consciences.

And the answer is yes – at least in states run by the Democrat party.

The Federalist explains:

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has put the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) on notice after employees reported being forced to help with abortions against their moral objections.

A Catholic nurse at UVMMC was allegedly forced to assist with an elective abortion, despite previously telling her employer that she objects to participating in abortions for reasons of conscience. According to HHS’s investigation, the nurse was told she would be treating a patient who had experienced a miscarriage. When she walked into the procedure room, the doctor allegedly said to her, “Don’t hate me.” The nurse asked for a replacement, but was allegedly told no. The abortion was not an emergency procedure, but an elective one. Fearing losing her job, the nurse relented.

“This should never happen in America. There is room for disagreement on these issues without having to coerce people to choose between a career dedicated to supporting life versus instances or circumstances where they are being forced to take a life,” Roger Severino, head of HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, told reporters on Wednesday.

The hospital began performing elective abortions in 2017, but did not inform all employees, “many of which had already informed” the hospital of their objections to assisting in abortions, Severino said.

[…]UVMMC recently created a new policy that allows punishing staffers who refuse to participate in abortions when the hospital is short-staffed.

Vermont is, of course, a state dominated from top to bottom by the Democrat party.

When the state engages in barbarism, they are made uncomfortable by the presence of conscientious objectors. The easiest way to make those dissenters go away is to threaten them with starvation by taking their jobs. And if that doesn’t work, you can always go full fascist and move on to imprisonment, or execution. It would not be the first time these things have happened in regimes run by the secular left. In an accidental universe, where humans evolved by accident, there are no human rights, and no objective standard for how humans ought to act. Secular leftists are very sure of themselves, and they feel warranted in forcing their views on others. This sort of thing has happened many, many times in places where the political leaders had kicked God out of their minds.

5 thoughts on “Federal appeals court rules that Christians can’t be forced to act like atheists”

  1. Minnesota. Progressive MPLS/StPaul pretty much call the shots here. Outstate that have been historically Blue have turned purple or red as people are waking up and telling the leftists in St. Paul to eff off…They love to meddle with things in mining country, blocking jobs for the folks there and with wolves, which are problematic for many in northern Minnesota, especially farmers, ranchers and hunters.
    Will it continue? There are rumors a long time outstate Democrat Colin Peterson who has been traditionally middle of the road to keep his rural farmers and communities on board. Now he has competition from a solid Republican. Elsewhere in Omar’s 5th District some stiff GOP competition has announced their intention to unseat her. As another has also announced in 2nd District which has been GOP for years, until the last election, to run against leftist Angie Craig whom brought outside money and campaigners in to help. We’ll see what happens. I don’t have a lot of hope.

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  2. Freedom of association has been dead letter for more than 60 years and the battle now is just over how much the various governments are trying to hide this fact.

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  3. In his Templeton address (and after writing his massive chronicle of Russian suffering under communism, The Gulag Archipelago) Alexander Solzhenitsyn mused about the origin of the huge catastrophe that visited Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and found nothing more profound to say than quoting the wisdom of old folks (1983)

    More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.
    Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

    Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr (1983) “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”. Templeton Prize Lecture, 10 May 1983 (London)
    http://orthochristian.com/47643.html

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  4. “When a man refuses to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing, he believes in anything.”

    G.K.Chesterton

    (IMHO second only to C.S. Lewis as the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th century)

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  5. I was born in northern “Peoples Republic of Minnesota”, and spent 15 years of my life in “Moscow On The River” (Minneapolis). The past 32 years of my life, I’ve lived in Kansas, and outside of visiting family on the holidays, I have no desire to get near that goofy liberal and elitist state. Except for some small pockets of traditionalist resistance in southern and western Minnesota (oh, and possibly even parts of northern Minnesota now, according to Madd Medic), the liberal “Twinkie Cities” (Twin Cities) rules the roost. None of this surprises me. I remember as a young boy in the mid-60s hearing my late father (a very pious Christian man) expressing concern and dismay over then laws in Minneapolis protecting homosexuals. Omar and Ellison types are nothing new up there. Back in the day it was Malcom Moose, Warren Spanus, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale, just to mention a few.

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