When I was hosting a radio program several years ago, I invited gay activist attorney Andrea Ritchie on the air to discuss whether or not she believed the homosexual lobby could peacefully coexist with traditional Christian morality. After a very pregnant pause, she responded pointedly: “Sure, if Christians will give up their resistance to our cause.”
It was a hauntingly revealing line that pops into my head every time stories like Blaine Adamson’s surface. Adamson is a Christian T-shirt maker. He employs gay people. He makes t-shirts for gay people. But he refused to print a t-shirt for a specific gay pride event in his city, and has been sued by the LGBT activists who made the request.
This is not so different than photographers like Elaine Huguenin, florists like Barronelle Stutzman, or bakers like Aaron and Melissa Klein who lost their businesses for refusing to participate in a so-called “gay wedding.” Each of them had gay people as their clientele and served them faithfully and without prejudice for years. They merely could not offend their conscience before God to participate in a voluntary event that they believed dishonored Him. And for that, the fascist LGBT lobby demanded their heads.
Adamson’s story is somewhat unique and more alarming however because it doesn’t even involve a wedding. Rather than using the power of the state to compel participation in an event, in the case of Adamson’s “Hands On Originals” T-shirt shop, the LGBT political lobby is seeking to use the gun of government to force Christians to engage in specific speech that violates their conscience. As Adamson explains:
As is the custom for T-shirt makers of all kinds, I’ve declined plenty of orders in the past. For example, I was once asked to make a shirt with Jesus on a bucket of chicken, with chicken coming out of the bucket. I didn’t feel right making that one. I’ve been asked to make a shirt promoting an adult film, one that promoted a strip club, and one or two that promoted violence. I couldn’t in good conscience print any of those shirts.
Another shirt we declined was a simple black shirt with white text that read, “Homosexuality is a sin.” I didn’t feel right making that one either. I don’t think that’s how Jesus would have handled the issue; Jesus would have balanced grace and truth. I have gay customers and employ gay people. For example, we have printed materials for a local band called Mother Jane whose lead singer is a lesbian. That was never a problem for us because, as I said, we’ll work with everyone, but we can’t print all messages.
Of course not. Lesbian t-shirt makers should not be forced by the government to print “God hates f**s” shirts for the Westboro cult. Jewish t-shirt makers should not be forced to print “Death to Jews” t-shirts for neo-Nazis. Black t-shirt makers should not be forced to print white supremacist shirts for the local Klan.
That this is even controversial is a sign of the damage the LGBT movement has already done to our culture’s understanding and appreciation for the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
It was Jefferson who declared, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”
The LGBT political movement continues its assault on those rights. At what point do we have the courage to stop them?