Episode 248

Supreme Court Jestering: Forced Design Ain't Fine!

Chelsea and I look at the recent Supreme Court ruling on a case weighing the First Amendment's "free speech" clause against state "anti-discrimination" laws.

In 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, Christian web designer Lorie Smith wanted to expand her skills into the wedding business. Because she believes the Bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman, she sought a preemptive injunction in her state of Colorado to protect her freedom of speech. She did not want to be forced to design websites celebrating other proposed types of "weddings."

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 (as expected) that the First Amendment protects Ms. Smith from having to express her design skills and create messages that violate her beliefs.

Chelsea and I examine the arguments from the dissenting opinion and from a CNN anchor who interviewed Smith and her attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom that freedom of speech can continue to be sacrificed at the altar of progressive politics.

Sources Consulted:

Official Opinion in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis.

"The 303 Creative v. Elenis Decision is Free Speech Victory for ALL!" [YouTube video], Alliance Defending Freedom.

Greg Scott, "Responding to a Media Smear in 303 Creative," Revised July 14, 2023.

Scriptures Referenced:

Zechariah 8:16

Romans 1:18

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Daniel Mynyk

Daniel Mynyk is a software developer with experience in the education, real estate, and manufacturing industries. He is a devout Christian and an affluent lay apologist, having taught adult Sunday School classes in theology and church history. Daniel has authored the book "Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing." He has also been a guest on the syndicated radio show Bob Enyart Live and popular podcasts such as Apologetics Live, Theology Throw Down, and The Rap Report with Andrew Rappaport. He runs the apologetic website TruthHub.org and hosts the weekly podcast Truthspresso. Daniel lives with his wife Chelsea their four kids.