Here, in the United States of America, success is not given; it is earned.
And we don’t take that lightly.
The opportunity to succeed is afforded to everyone no matter what your last name is, where you started out, or what you believe.
Every American has an opportunity to achieve success for themselves and their families. This is the American Dream.
But now, some government bureaucrats are choosing who gets that chance and who does not. And their measuring stick for such a choice is quite troubling. They are punishing some hard-working people simply because of their beliefs.
This is exactly what happened to Blaine Adamson, a small business owner in Lexington, Kentucky. Acting on behalf of his company, Hands On Originals, Blaine declined to create shirts because the message on the shirts conflicted with his religious beliefs. Blaine gave the requesting group, the Gays and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO), the name of another local printer who would do the job for the same price he would have charged.
This was nothing out of the ordinary. Blaine has declined to print a number of messages in the past when they conflict with his faith. Even though Blaine serves everyone, he cannot print every message that is asked of him. But that didn’t seem to matter. The GLSO filed an official complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, and this local government commission went after Blaine. In essence, it said Blaine needed to print messages he disagreed with.
Unfortunately, this kind of story is becoming common in our society today. Across the country, some government officials are punishing business owners because they wish to live in accordance with their convictions about marriage.
Look at Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado.
Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in Jack’s favor, the same government officials went after him a second time. The State of Colorado has now issued a formal complaint against Jack for declining to design a custom cake expressing a message with which he disagreed.
Both Jack and Blaine serve everyone, but they cannot in good conscience print or design messages that contradict their religious beliefs.
The message these government bureaucrats are sending is this: Either violate your conscience, or get banished from the marketplace. If they get their way, success will no longer be based on merit but on having the “right” personal beliefs.
That is a scary thought.
America is supposed to be a country where freedom of thought and freedom of speech thrive. That’s why those freedoms were enshrined in the Constitution.
If we lose those rights, some will lose out on their chance to achieve the American Dream.
But today, you can fight back.
You can defend freedom for Blaine, Jack, and many like them. Your year-end contribution today not only helps protect these small business owners but also your religious freedom too.
Thank you for giving generously.