Barronelle Stutzman

The floral bigot, Barronelle Stutzman has lost her case before the Supreme Court of Washington. She is not entitled to discriminate against gay people in contravention of state law. The email from Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group, is titled: Justice Denied. According to the text:

Stand with Barronelle as she appeals her case to U.S. Supreme Court once again

According to Google Translate, “Stand with Barronelle” means: Send some money to Alliance Defending Freedom. Okay, it wasn’t from Google. It was from my personal Christianist-to-English dictionary. Within the very lengthy email there are six Gimme Money links.

The email continues (I will quote to the next send-money link):

More than six long years after Barronelle’s case began, the Washington Supreme Court once again held her fate in its hands.

As you’ll recall, in February 2017, Washington’s highest court had previously ruled that the government can force this 74-year-old florist and grandmother to create floral art celebrating events that conflict with her faith.

And then last June, the United States Supreme Court wiped out that ruling against Barronelle in light of its decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

But today, the Washington Supreme Court doubled down on its first decision. It ruled that the government can force Barronelle to create custom art and participate in events that conflict with her faith.

While this is a devastating blow to freedom for Barronelle—and other creative professionals like her—the battle is not over. Barronelle will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court once again to protect her freedom—and yours—to live and work consistently with her faith.

The Supreme Court did not “wipe out” state court’s ruling. It remanded the matter back to the state court to ensure that they were not hostile to religion. I am sure that they were very careful.

Then the inevitable:

It’s time to rally around Barronelle once again! Will you help fight the injustice against Barronelle and support her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court with your gift today?

Those “gifts” are tax-deducted. We are all subsidizing this crap. In theory, the result in Masterpiece Cakeshop and the remand of the Stutzman case served as a set of instructions from the Supreme Court. The theory is burdened by the fact that Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy so anything is possible.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.