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Christians Squeezed out of Commerce and Public Office: Persecution in New Mexico and Texas Comments

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, five Justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court told Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin they could no longer be wedding photographers because they are Christians who take their faith as a guide for every area of their life. They do not view homosexual or lesbian partnerships as a marriage and act accordingly.  In San Antonio, Texas, Christians are about to be excluded from holding office ar contracting with ... Continue Reading

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  1. John Trainor
    1 year ago

    This San Antonio regulation amounts to a religious test and the Constitution clearly states, ""no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

  2. Clinton C. Somerton
    1 year ago

    When an immoral premise (in this case, homosexual "marriage") is embraced by the state, those who try to live a moral life will suffer. Perhaps the continuing disintegration of Western Civilization will one day rouse more citizens -- including the judges cited in the article -- to examine their consciences and recognize the spiritual darkness and moral indifference that has overcome them. Let us pray ...

  3. David Hollingsworth
    1 year ago

    First - to comment on Jimmy Chonga's comment about "error has no rights" Spain under Franco operated on this principle. Faiths other than Roman Catholic could publish no literature, have any religious instruction outside their house of worship, nor identify this place of worship with a sign. The law DICTATED that if they married a Roman Catholic THEY MUST MARRY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND RAISE THE CHILDREN CATHOLIC. Our military forces in Spain protested this action and the Spanish government made a compromise. The law applied only if the Catholic partner was a Spanish citizen. Do we want to live in this type of country. One of the simplest things for this couple to do was charge a price so exorbitant that the lesbians would have gone somewhere else. In matters of this nature God will determine what's error and what's not. Thatz in His job description not ours. The Bill of Rights says Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion. If the City of San Antone says ya can't have this office because ur a Christian, then itz time to raise $100 worth of Hell for discrimination. But if this Christian lawmaker says we all have to go to church on sunday or pay a fine( like 17th Century New England ) then he is WAY OUT OF LINE.

  4. Gabriella
    1 year ago

    I do hope that Mr. and Mrs. Huguenin will appeal the court decision and when they do, the Christians from their town/city, will stand behind them, support them. The judges in this case are obviously uneducated, ignorant and arrogant people. What they have deemed an unlawful, was, indeed, lawful and a question of the right to exercise one's conscience.
    Mr. and Mrs. Huguenin have my respect and my support. If only we had more people like this couple! God love them.

  5. Gloria
    1 year ago

    This is so sad for liberty and freedom of religion. The couple were able to find photographers to help them. What was the problem? What happened to the freedom to do business with whomever you chose? This is very sad for our country. And Christians voted for this way of life by voting for these laws.

  6. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    God show us the way. We really have to prepare not only for fighting this spiritual attack but also know that we should be prepared for the worst financially (as best we could). To think the Huguenins has to decide to carry on business or not ... (may the Spirit lead them and give them courage/wisdom).
    May we be like the good Apostles who knew how to live abundantly in times of plenty and in lean times too in Christ.

  7. anne
    1 year ago

    In reply to Mary with relation to the 1 billion "catholic"s in the world, unfortunatedly many of these so called catholics support contraception, abortion, gay marriage and do not attend mass on a regular basis. Even the catholics in the pews do not agree with catholic doctrine, always receive communion but never go to confession.
    There are enough Catholics in the world to make a difference.
    All practising Catholics should be saying a daily Rosary as this defeats hell. Our Lady requests the Rosary to be said in many of her appearances. One of the visionaries of Fatima, Lucia said there was no problem the Rosary cannot overcome. It defeats wars and dispels heresies.
    "The Rosary is no longer an option".
    Please read about "Our Lady of good Success who revealed the state of sin in the 20th century. She also said that when all appeared lost, the faith would be restored.
    Our Lady will save the world through the Rosary and the scapular as prophesized through St. Dominic.
    We have to fight for our faith, Our Lord himself said he would spit out the lukewarm.
    God bless you all,
    Anne.
    (Dear Catholic online - great web-site by the way- can you start a world-wide appeal for Rosaries, maybe all the other web-sites can join in)

  8. Bill Sr.
    1 year ago

    So the law makers in N.M. and their courts can dictate the terms of a business's services to potential customers. What is next?
    Can a business or store keeper set the hours of service? Can he close on Sunday? If someone comes in the middle of the night for service can he be refused?
    Can a food service operation determine its menu? Can a customer request food or drink not on the menu but is offered at similar establishments? A Whopper at Long John Silver or the it's off to the courthouse?
    Where does it end?








  9. jimmychonga
    1 year ago

    ERROR, as in the case of homosexual "marriage", HAS no rights. Therefore, the photographer in this egregious case represents the ONLY sane line of reasoning; our courts no longer possess the authority of law if they impress upon us guidelines meant to compromise our integrity, our souls.

  10. DLL
    1 year ago

    This is a case of reverse discrimination,AGAINST THE PARTY THAT DOES NOT WANT THE JOB! There is no law that can make anyone conduct business in any way that makes them uncomfortable to do so. Christian or not,no one MUST photograph any wedding if they do not want the job. In the future I guess we are all forced to tell someone who wants a service of any kind NO! NO EXCUSES AND NO REASONS BE NEEDED JUST SAY NO!? Of coarse there should be no discrimination against any Christian that chooses to obey God,first and foremost.


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