Religious Freedom Wins Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Religious Freedom Wins Before the U.S. Supreme Court

In an historic 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court said the government cannot discriminate against Christian organizations by excluding them from government programs merely because of the organization’s religious beliefs.

Or in other words, religious bigotry is unconstitutional.

The case involved a Missouri preschool that was denied a state grant for rubberized playground surface material solely because a church ran the preschool.

“The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution,” said the High Court in its opinion. “It cannot stand.”

Citizens for Community Values praised the decision, as a great victory for all people of faith.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling makes is clear that religious bigotry from our government will not be tolerated. Christian organizations throughout Ohio provide amazing services to the poor, addicted, and underserved – and the Court says they should not be treated differently simply because their service is inspired by a love for Christ,” said Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values.

The Supreme Court also announced they will take up the Masterpiece Cakes case out of Colorado. This case is about whether the government can punish people of faith for not participating in religious ceremonies with which they disagree.

Jack Phillips, who owns the bakeshop Masterpiece Cakes, had a complaint filed against him for not baking a cake for a gay wedding. Phillips had provided countless services to other LGBT customers, but simply did not want to participate in a religious ceremony – a wedding – that violated his religious conscious.

This is the first time the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that will decide the conflict between protected class status for sexual orientation & religious freedom.

“The market is big enough for diverse views and lifestyles,” said Aaron Baer. “The government should not be fining Christians for not wanting to celebrate unions that go against their beliefs.”