In what is becoming an increasing trend around the country, Christian businesses are being sued because of their unwillingness to toss aside their religious beliefs and participate in gay marriages. Some Christian businesses, however, aren’t waiting until they get sued by a gay couple to take a stand for their rights.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski are two artists based in Phoenix, Arizona. According to the Blaze, the two owners of Brush & Nib have taken action against the city’s “non-discrimination” law for discriminating against them and their religious freedoms.
Phoenix’s law currently reads, “No person shall, directly or indirectly, refuse, withhold from, or deny to any person, or aid in or incite such refusal, denial or withholding of, accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability nor shall distinction be made with respect to any person based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability in connection with the price or quality of any item, goods or services offered by or at any place of public accommodation.”
Unfortunately the way the law currently stands, it leaves Christians wide open to be persecuted. While a company cannot refuse services to a member of a certain religion, members of a certain religion and their businesses can be targeted specifically because of their beliefs. It amounts to anti-Christian discrimination.
The lawsuit seeks exempt the artists from having to choose between their beliefs or their livelihood. “The pair willingly serve and will create art for anyone,” The pair’s attorney said, “but they cannot create art promoting certain messages and ideas. For example, Brush & Nib doesn’t create art that demeans others, promotes racism or objectifies the female body. They also do not create art that violates their Christian beliefs about marriage.”