Legal Group: ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling Now Creates ‘Much Greater Threat’ to Religious Liberty

US CrossSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A nationally-recognized legal organization states that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring that those of the same sex have a “fundamental right to marry” has now created a serious threat to religious liberty nationwide.

“Because the court has created a [newly-defined] fundamental right to marry that is on par with the First Amendment, there’s a clash between the exercise of religion and the fundamental right to marry,” Doug Wardlow, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) told Christian News Network. “The court’s opinion doesn’t address the reality of that clash.”

He said that he believes that “[t]here is now a much greater threat” against faith-based businesses and organizations as a result of the ruling.

“What we’re going to see is further attacks on the freedom of Christian businesses: wedding photographers, florists [and] anyone involved in the wedding business,” Wardlow explained, “Also churches and religious schools that want to teach the truth about marriage as being between a man and a woman, and other religious organizations, [such as] adoption agencies—they will come into conflict with this new fundamental right to marry if they continue to profess and act upon their sincerely-held beliefs…”

While the Supreme Court included one paragraph about religious objections in its decision, Wardlow said that it does nothing to protect religious freedom in the public square.

“[I]t must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned,” the paragraph reads in part. “The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

“[That paragraph] doesn’t do anything real to alleviate the threat to religious liberty presented by the court’s fundamental right to marry,” Wardlow stated, stating that the language is merely considered “persuasive guidance” and is not binding. “Individuals attempting to live out their beliefs in the course of their lives, whether it be in their business or speaking out in church or in a religious school, they are not necessarily protected by that language at all.”

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Justice Clarence Thomas, who is among the four justices that issued dissenting opinions in the case, largely focused his remarks on his belief that the majority decision creates “potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

“Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our nation has long sought to protect,” he stated. “It makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our nation’s tradition.”

Wardlow said that despite concerns about the ruling’s ramifications, Christians must not shrink back in this hour, but rather speak out all the more.

“It is all the more important now for Christians … to stand up for the truth about marriage—to not be intimidated and to declare what is true because we need to revitalize the marriage culture in the United States,” he stated. “It’s been damaged by no-fault divorce and the sexual revolution, and now it is under assault by means of the law and the Constitution.”

“[Don’t] be dissuaded from [taking a stand] because in the end, we can and will win,” Wardlow said. “We must be bold in the interim.”


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  • Dave L

    I can see the City’s position for having a licensed approved vehicle. What if there is an e-coli outbreak from someone using an unapproved means. If she parked the “real” truck even a mile away, is that too much to ask for the needy to work a little to get there?

    “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10, NKJV)

    • jaylene miller

      Lame excuses from a cold heart. You sound like the leaders of this country who will come up with some non issue as an excuse to justify a law that is evil as a way to control and prevent any decent thing that the people try to accomplish. Shame on you, and to think that then you will think yourself righteous by quoting Bible scripture, this is not what my God says is righteous, and it certainly is not anything near what he taught.

      • mark

        This happened in Texas lady, they’re all God-fearing Christians… Except in Austin, but this wasn’t Austin. How you gonna say this was a violation of religious freedom? Are you gonna donate to her gofundme account?

        • jaylene miller

          Yes I do say this is a violation of freedom. It is also a violation of a person’s free will to help whom ever they choose and however they choose to do that. Since when should anyone need to check with the government to see if they are breaking the law if they help someone in need? This is not about religious freedom, it is about true freedom, not the false freedom that people always refer to in the Constitution, but the freedom we have in the authority and sovereignty of God. If you like your government, keep it, I don’t, and I will oppose any and every evil thing they do.

          • mark

            i agree with that. i think it’s stupid… i just hate how she’s acting like this was her being persecuted for being a Christian, which is obviously BS.

          • DalCowboys

            Requiring people to use a licensed food truck to serve food is evil?

          • jaylene miller

            Yes, It is evil. It’s more of the evil that pervades everything our government does to control every aspect of our daily lives. Sounds like you like your government to regulate everything, soon you will not need to make any decisions for yourself, they will have your entire life dictated for you.

      • Dave L

        Can’t you see the city is liable if e. coli breaks out from not enforcing laws on the books to prevent it. Cold hearts would throw away health controls and allow anyone to pass out tainted food.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          I doubt the city would be liable, but they certainly have an interest in keeping people from becoming sick from improperly served food.

  • DalCowboys

    She’ll lose this battle. There’s a reason she was fined. She broke the law, and there are reasons those laws exist, especially when it comes to food trucks. This is not a religious issue by any stretch of the imagination.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I agree with you 100% that she should get the permit for her personal truck or just use the permitted food truck and park it in a general location and send people out to find the homeless if necessary, as Dave L noted above. Or let them find her via word of mouth. This is a part of the requirements for her non-profit ministry, and is different if you or I happen to see a homeless person and want to just buy him or her food. No permit required in the latter case.

      The only place where there was a possible mistaken concept of religious freedom was when the officer allegedly said (IF he did in fact say this): “Then he said, ‘Lady, if you want to pray, go to church.’”

      I don’t know if the officer actually said that, hard to believe he would in God-fearing Texas, but, if he did, he should know that freedom to worship is a very small part of religious freedom. Religious freedom takes place 24 / 7, wherever we are, and is guaranteed in the Constitution. In short, we can pray anytime and anyplace in this country – thus far anyway. We can express our personal religious views 24 / 7 too, wherever we are. Those rights are NOT limited to a church building, like many of the more radical anti-theists would like them to be.

      I LOVE this woman’s heart for the homeless and poor – she is to be commended for that. But, we Christians need to be a little bit smarter in how we satisfy legitimate government interests that do NOT conflict with obedience to God’s Word. No one asked her to cater a gay homeless “wedding,” after all. 🙂

  • Peter Leh

    As
    crazy as it seems, it is time for christians to educate themselves on
    the homeless. There are reasons, albeit not perfect reasons, cities are
    imposing feeding restrictions.

    in general the homeless know where to get food, clothing, and shelter. Get with those groups, donate your time, and stay legal.

    • thechowtrain

      the chow train IS LEGAL

  • FoJC_Forever

    2 Thessalonians 3:10 refers to Christians who refuse to work and only
    want other Christians to give to them. People use this Scripture out of
    context often to be indifferent, arrogant, and high-minded toward the
    less fortunate. They hide behind their intellectual religiosity as though they are superior and deserving over others.

    So many people work hard and are dedicated, only to be cast aside by those who love and worship themselves and money. There is “greater condemnation” for those who put on a pretense of righteousness and knowledge about God, but only served their own interests.

    • DalCowboys

      This entire situation has nothing to do with anyone’s religion.

      • FoJC_Forever

        Your reply has nothing to do at all with my comment.

        • DalCowboys

          Just pointing out that your indignation at the story is unfounded.

          • Peter Leh

            unfounded indeed.

            but even self induced victims need a platform… anything.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Not at all. You’re lack of reading comprehension and ignorance of root human behavior is obvious. Maybe you should reread the report and focus on all the things you brushed over.

          • DalCowboys

            I did read it. She was given a ticket for using an unlicensed vehicle to serve food, nothing more. Nothing about her religion was an issue until she, and people like you, brought it up.

    • Dave L

      “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19, KJV 1900)

      • FoJC_Forever

        Right. That doesn’t change the context of 2 Thess. 3:10. There are many Scriptures about helping and reaching out to those who are unable to help themselves, OT and NT. Using the “don’t work, don’t eat” Scripture is only inferring it’s okay to forsake compassion. You obviously have little, maybe no, understanding of the mindset and condition of those who live on the street. To expect them to behave as others is unjustified and cruel.

        Whatever religion or non-religion people hold, being cruel and negligent to the broken, when it is within a person’s ability to do something for them, is an attribute straight from Satan’s nature.

        • Dave L

          If they cannot walk to the food van, you have a valid point. Otherwise you don’t.

          • FoJC_Forever

            You are incorrect. It’s not about “having a point”, it’s about getting food to people who need it. She didn’t prepare the food in the pickup truck, she was just delivering it in the pickup truck.

            It’s about cops acting on behalf of a government entity which doesn’t really care about the broken. They just want to harass people, like many local, state, and federal government entities. They just like to exercise their power.

            It’s about a cop telling the woman where she can and cannot pray.

            It’s also about people like you who hide behind a religious veneer, but don’t actually care about the people who need the Gospel the most.

  • Dave L

    In case anyone is not familiar with this passage, I’ll post it. It is the cure for unemployment and many of life’s ills. I always had a job, and never missed a meal or a place to live because of it…

    ““No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:24–34, ESV)

  • Josey

    She has been given the gift of serving others from God. She is to be commended for helping those who for whatever reason can’t help themselves, she is following her heart that God gave her. This is truly sad that she received a ticket for this reason. There seems to be lacking common sense and judgement now a days. Back in the day we delivered meals out of our vehicles all the time to those who couldn’t get out or afford a meal but a lot has changed since then, evil is rampart, sounds like this cop took delight in giving her this ticket from what I read in this article but only God has the right to judge this officers motives for doing this.

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
    Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

    • DalCowboys

      Why do you think there are laws regarding food trucks?

      • Ben

        She already got the permit. Just using a different vehicle but still the same person performing. Stop trying to split hairs as they are just trying to hassle her.

        • DalCowboys

          Do you know why food trucks are licensed while a pickup truck is not? It would appear you do not understand the real issue here and why she was given a ticket.

          • Josey

            The law is ridiculous and should be changed! If God leads me as He has in the past to take meals to some unfortunates in whatever vehicle I have I will obey Him not man’s stupid ridiculous law.

          • DalCowboys

            It’s a ridiculous law to prevent people from getting food poisoning?

          • jennylynn

            I guess you’d rather see people starve. Honestly they are not worried about food poisoning, they are just making their money off issuing tickets.

          • Ben

            I will give ya like a Mae West answer” It appears that you do not appear to know of what ye speak” Do not come up and see me some time. Already know about food trucks as even my brother runs one as a side business. Many people are just going way overboard about licenses these days as even giving the girls selling lemonade tickets for selling the stuff in their own yards. Get a real life. Have lived here in Asia for 15 years now. Yes most every one sells food on the streets in Bangkok Thailand or in Vietnam yet do not see them screaming about licenses. Believe me….you sell bad food …..people will find you.

          • Ben

            I am an ex cop and grandson of a Georgia judge and know how to follow the law and how to overlook certain aspects of the man made laws when I see they are not in compliance with the true spirit of the law. Jesus had it right when he told of those who strained at a gnat and swallowed a camel. The little things that did not amount to more than beans they went after with blood in their eyes whilst not lifting a finger to go after the much more important aspects like getting rapists and murderers off the streets. The did not care much about the more important things of the law….judgement and mercy. I will tell you of a truth…there are many many lazy cops hiding behind badges too lazy or incompetent to go after the real crims.

      • Josey

        Just another stupid law is what I think. As long as the food prepared is done in a sanitary way and packaged so, what difference does it make how it gets delivered.

      • sll1965

        It’s just more chickensh*t conservatism that we have all grown to expect from a big state with many little minds such as yours.

        • DalCowboys

          So you’re a Christian who chooses to insult people who did not insult you. Gotcha.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Go Cowboys!

    • jennylynn

      Yea, that $2000 could be used to feed more poor. I guess the government would rather foot the bill so they be considered god to the people.

  • mark

    She’s seriously using “religious freedom” for this? This had nothing to do with her religion. Again another Christian who gets pouty when they break a law and turn to gofundme accounts hmm

    • DalCowboys

      Don’t be surprised if they pull that GoFundMe page as they have with other people who have broken the law. GoFundMe explicitly states they will not allow their site to be used for attorney’s fees, fines, etc.

  • Adrian

    Sounds to me like the police were heavy-handed with her.
    However, she’s also getting Christians a bad name by being so intransigent.
    It’s apparentthat both parties should be talking it out round a table and not in court. What a waste of court time and everyone’s money.

    As a final thought, given how gofundme have treated other Christian restaurant owners I would recommend using another – more Christian friendly – fundraising site.

    • mark

      Or how about owning up to your mistake and taking care of it yourself like a big girl instead of asking for the world’s sympathy for perceived persecution?

      • Adrian

        Or, how about you stop trolling for a reaction?

        • mark

          That’s what this entire website is. A troll to get evangelicals’ reaction

  • Nicole Troyer

    you know… i’m not even christian, but i stand with her. you don’t have to be christian to want to help people in need. i’m a left hand path pagan. as part of my personal beliefs, i give whenever i have extra, if someone is hungry, i buy them food. i do it bc it’s right and there were times with me and my mom that i wished someone would help us bc our fridge was empty and she worked 2 jobs, but everything went to bills. i want to be there for the ones who need it like no one was there for us.

    • DalCowboys

      I think you’re missing what actually happened. She tried using a pick up truck, and not a licensed food truck. There are health reasons why this is an issue, not religious.

      • sll1965

        The fact that the truck was unlicensed is trivial in relation to the cause of helping poor people get a decent meal. Leave it to a conservajerk to find some legal loophole to justify a contemptuous attitude toward the poor.

        • DalCowboys

          This has nothing to do with religion, it has nothing to do with this woman helping the poor. I commend her for doing so. But, regardless of her intentions, she, either willingly or unknowingly, broke the law. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

          Like the rest of us, she can either choose to obey the laws, or break them and face the consequences. All she had to do was use the food truck she was already licensed to use.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      I LOVE your heart – just like the heart of this lady!

  • The Lone Ranger

    I’m not certain that this lady has suffered religious persecution. (God knows) That very well may be the case. However, I always welcome it, and rejoice in the same
    myself. But we must always see what the word of God says about it. If you don’t believe the Bible is Gods inerrant word, I can’t help you and neither can God himself.
    You can resist mans wisdom but, my advice to you would be not to call God a liar.
    Hebrews 4:12
    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
    marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
    Matthew 5:10
    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Matthew 5:11
    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    Matthew 5:12
    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
    The more I’m presecuted, the more I’m blessed, the greater my reward is, the more glad I am, as long as it is for Righteousness sake, It’s a reward for speaking the
    truth.
    However that’s not what drives me! I’m called to do so, Woe to me if I speak not the truth! It is a pure consequence thereof. The truth is not always popular some
    people will often get offended. The word of God is an offense, some people want to kill the messenger
    for the message. Please don’t get mad at me, I didn’t write one word of scripture. Even the apostles had problems.
    John 8:45
    And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
    Galatians 4:16 (Paul)
    Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
    Mark 4:14-17
    14 The sower soweth the word.
    15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their
    hearts.
    16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
    17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
    Matthew 24:9-11…………( Now we are getting to the place where we are at today, just look at Today’s or Tomorrow’s news headlines.
    9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

  • sll1965

    Under the pretense of maintaining the public health, local law enforcement is trying to infringe on her freedom of choosing to be charitable. This is no way to maintain public health or public trust in law enforcement.

    • DalCowboys

      You make it sound like they targeted her for being a Christian. Why do you folks have such a hard time understanding the laws in this country?

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    Her heart was in the right place. But….
    I hope she can find a way to do this legal . Many be others can help her.

    • DalCowboys

      That’s just it, she can and does have a legal way already…the licensed food truck!

      • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

        oops . I am glad then. 🙂 I had to re read it. At least her heart is in the right place to help the hungry. 🙂

  • jennylynn

    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darknrss, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
    Isaiah 5:20

    This seems to be the norm for America. How great is our judgement?

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    I stand 100% corrected – thank you for posting this! I was not aware of this – of course, the catering is not tied to the vehicle. I wish your comment was in the story above. Thank YOU for posting, and please forgive me for my error – God bless!