KFUO program to examine religious-liberty case of Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman, a floral designer in Richland, Wash., was sued for declining to use her talent to beautify a gay marriage ceremony. In February, the Washington Supreme Court ruled against her in the case. (Alliance Defending Freedom)

Can the state force artists to create things that violate their consciences? State regulatory agencies and courts have ruled “yes.”

Christian bakers, photographers and florists have been punished with fines and the loss of their businesses for refusing to make creations celebrating gay marriage.

On this month’s “Free to be Faithful” program, moderator Kip Allen will speak with a lawyer from Alliance Defending Freedom about the case of Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers of Richland, Wash. Stutzman was sued after declining to beautify a gay marriage ceremony.

In February, Washington’s supreme court ruled against Stutzman and ordered her to pay penalties and attorney fees for refusing to use her God-given talent to celebrate something she believes is immoral.

(Read an article from last October about the LCMS joining an amicus brief supporting Stutzman in the case before the Washington Supreme Court.)

Stutzman’s attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, saying the state rulings violate First Amendment protections.

The program will air at 2:30 p.m. (Central time) March 15 on Worldwide KFUO, and will stream online at kfuo.org.

Allen moderates such “Free to be Faithful” discussions on Worldwide KFUO the third Wednesday of each month.

Listen on KFUO.org

Posted March 13, 2017

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4 Responses to KFUO program to examine religious-liberty case of Barronelle Stutzman

  1. Denise Ahl March 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    Does she refuse to sell flowers to people who are having a second marriage following a divorce? Does she refuse to sell flowers to people who were living together before the wedding? Does she refuse to sell flowers to people who have committed crimes? Why is this issue the one she chooses to take a stand against? Isn’t all sin the same?

    • N Harris March 16, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      All sins are the same in God’s eyes, including hers, including mine, and all others that live or have lived on this earth since the fall of His perfect, beautiful creation. Are we not called to be obedient to the government God has placed to rule us? Yes we are. Are we to submit to it when it also contrasts with God’s word? We are not. The only differences between any sin and another are whether or not there is a struggle to fight against it whilst in it, or if sin has been committed but repentance has already been so graciously and undeservingly given as God has promised to those who repent in a true spirit of contrition, or if sin is willfully committed and live in with no desire for repentance. But I know not the condition of the heart of all men. I cannot speak for any sinner other than myself and I sin greatly. I do not know the answer to this problem when dealing with the world, but only with my brothers and sisters in Christ. My mercy for my brother because of Gods mercy for me. May He teach us through His word, enable us to hold fast to our faith and may His spirit guide us as we venture into unknown territory.

  2. Jason Traxler March 14, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    It seems that a faction of today’s society, including some religious organizations are intolerant of the individual Constitutional rights of others and federally appointed judges, judges who have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution, are acting way above the limits of their authority.

  3. Bradfor Taylor March 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    The analogy between this case and not selling flowers to those who have been divorced or living together before marriage is a deeply flawed one. All people are sinners and should be serviced by Christians if the ceremony is not in and of itself an affront to the Bible. Barronelle Stutzman served the plantiffs for years before this lawsuit was brought, which disproves one of the biggest arguments that many people bring up in this case. The problem is not with the class of people; it is that the nature of the very ceremony itself is an affront to the principles of the Bible.

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