Artists intend to appeal Arizona Court ruling rejecting artistic freedom


Thursday, June 07, 2018

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs, director of the ADF Center for Conscience Initiatives, regarding Thursday’s ruling against artistic freedom and religious freedom by the Arizona Court of Appeals in Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix:

“Artists shouldn’t be forced under threat of fines and jail time to create artwork contrary to their core convictions. The court’s decision allows the government to compel two artists who happily serve everyone to convey a message about marriage they disagree with. This contradicts basic freedoms our nation has always cherished. In Monday’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ‘religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression.’ Phoenix’s position contradicts this principle and violates our clients’ artistic and religious freedom. We intend to appeal the court’s decision.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
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