BLOGWould a Truly Free Society Require Barronelle, Blaine, and Jack to Leave Their Faith at Home?

By Sarah Kramer Posted on: | May 17, 2017

In May, a decision in promotional printer Blaine Adamson’s case introduced some sanity into the freedom-of-conscience debate. Praise God, a Kentucky appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that Blaine is free to choose what messages he prints!

This is an important victory for religious freedom.

Blaine has been in this legal battle for over five years now, standing for his right not to print messages or celebrate events that conflict with his faith—and more importantly, standing for God’s truth in everything he does. 




We are thankful that the court recognized and upheld this freedom, and we will continue to defend Blaine when the decision is appealed.

While we celebrate a win in this case, there is still much work to be done. After all, Blaine’s case is not the only one of its kind. We represent many other business owners struggling for their right to live and work consistently with their faith, including:

Jack Phillips, a cake artist in Colorado, was asked to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. He offered to sell the couple anything else from his store, but he couldn’t use his artistic talents to celebrate an event that violates his faith. Still the couple sued him, and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear his case December 5, 2017.

Barronelle Stutzman, a floral artist in Washington, declined to create custom floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding. The Washington Supreme Court ruled that Barronelle must use her artistic talents to celebrate events that violate her faith. Barronelle is waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will review her case.

In a truly free society, creative professionals like Blaine, Jack, and Barronelle must be allowed to use their creative gifts to glorify God. They should not be expected to check their faith at the door of their business. Their religious convictions impact everything they do, and neither those clients nor any other American should be forced to create messages or promote events that violate their faith.


How You Can Help

Christians like Barronelle, Blaine, and Jack are standing for the God-given freedoms of all Americans. And Alliance Defending Freedom is standing with them. With your support, we can continue to provide these clients – and others like them – with a strong legal defense free of charge.

For those willing to stand for their faith, no matter the cost, the least we can do is stand with them. Will you join us? 


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Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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