As I have reported several times, the judges of our country are presenting Christians with a choice. Conform your thinking and participate or be ruined financially. This is the case with a Washington Florist. As I reported, Barronelle Stutzman of Richland Washington has been charged in a discrimination suit. She respectfully refused to provide flowers for a regular customer’s wedding when she discovered it was a sodomite union.
Stutzman had been approached by one of her faithful customers, Robert Ingersoll, a homosexual, as he wanted her to supply the flowers for his upcoming ceremony with his partner, Curt. She states that she politely explained that she would not be able to help in regard to the event, but referred him to three other florists that may help.
And though Ingersoll did not report her, news spread through Facebook. The Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges once he had caught wind of the situation. Stutzman was represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). They claimed that the charges were inappropriate since he never received a complaint. Now the ACLU and Ingersoll have filed a separate suit. And a judge has ruled.
Christiannews further reports:
Last month, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Eckstrom—while throwing out a charge that accused Stutzman of directing her business to violate the state’s anti-discrimination laws—ruled that the florist may be held personally responsible for the incident.
On Wednesday, Eckstrom granted summary judgment to Stutzman’s opponents, agreeing that she had committed an act of discrimination. The court also ordered Stutzman to provide full service to same-sex ceremonies, which includes not only accepting the order, but also delivering to the homosexual celebration, and assisting with the specific arrangements and decoration on-site.
This means that the state is not only fining Mrs. Stutzman, but they are compelling her to participate in any future ceremonies. This is force compliance to a certain view. Stutzman has to participate in an event that is contrary to her conscience.
Now let’s think through the implications here. Stutzman had not refused to employ Ingersoll or any sodomite. She did not refuse to sell him flowers. In fact, to the contrary, she had given him such good floral service that he was a regular customer. No, Mrs. Stutzman simply said it would be a violation of her conscience to participate in a sodomite union. And what was the punishment for this crime?
Additionally, as Eckstrom ruled last month that the state and the two homosexual men may collect damages and attorneys’ fees from both Arlene’s Flowers and Stutzman herself, her business, home and bank accounts are stated to be in jeopardy of being seized. Attorney’s fees alone normally run hundreds of thousands of dollars.
So, not only must Stutzman provide services against her will, she must also pay back the state and the sodomites for their costs. She will likely have her business, and personal bank accounts seized. We are heading down a dark road.
Christiannews further reported:
“The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, who argued the case before the court. “Laws that are supposed to prohibit discrimination might sound good, but the government has begun to use these laws to hurt people—to force them to conform and to silence and punish them if they don’t violate their religious beliefs on marriage.”
For those of you who think that Christians will not face death for their beliefs in this country, what do you think now? Who would have thought that religious freedoms would be so stifled in this country just ten years ago? The train is leaving the track and quickly.
May God in is wrath remember mercy.