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By Gary McCaleb Posted on: | March 21, 2016

I grew up in the ferment of the 60s, when rebellion was the norm; protest was a duty; and conscientious objection was king. And no, I didn't agree with much of that era's culture and values, but I certainly defended the right of the "progressives" to spout their leftist visions.

Today, we're in a very different time—where the progressive values of "tolerance" and "diversity" have spawned a remarkably predictable, homogeneous, and frightfully politically correct culture. It's a culture which lauds radical personal autonomy—while idiosyncratically demanding state support for all these individual choices, and demeaning the rights of conscience.

One specific consequence of the latest leftist nonsense is a remarkable intolerance for Christians who use their artistic talents in the commercial realm—particularly when the issue is same-sex marriage, and the demand is for the Christian business owner to devote their talent to a same-sex wedding event.

This is a bridge too far for most orthodox Christians, who understand marriage to be a unique, sacred, conjugal union of man and woman with deep implications for faith and mankind. Many see this as improperly cooperating with a morally problematic event, and graciously decline to sell their art to that end. And then, of course, those who demanded freedom of conscience in the 60's will sue those who claim the same right today.

So if you're a Christian, using your artistic talents in an expressive business, take a few minutes and see how some of your brothers and sisters are willing to create freely—and fight for your right to do so. Click through, and get the vision for freedom and creativity!

Create Freely

Gary McCaleb

Senior Counsel

Gary McCaleb serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a member of the Center for Cultural Engagement and Scholarship.

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