If you have watched liberals through the years, you have always heard them pull a Juan Williams attitude scoffing at the very idea that they want to do anything to our First Amendment Freedoms. Well, we have have yet another example of this. Here a artist is subject to a human rights tribunal. And – no – this is not Canada.
You know this one. I am sure you have heard over the years about this absurd case out New Mexico. Photographer Elaine Huguenin of Albuquerque, N.M. declined to to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony in New Mexico. That’s that, right? No. The lesbian that contacted Ms. Huguenin decided to file a complaint to the “New Mexico Human Rights Commission.”
What’s the New Mexico Human Rights Commission?
Oddly enough it is a branch of he “New Mexico Department of Labor – Education Bureau.”
NEW MEXICO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
New Mexico Department of Labor – Education Bureau
1596 Pacheco Street, Suite 103
Santa Fe, NM 87505
What’s odd here is that a client of a photographer can file such a claim. Even more odd, this commission was able to order Elaine Huguenin and her husband, Jon, to pay the “victim” $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees. I have reported on the Canadians and their issues with fining comedians that have a little too much give and take with the audience. READ THIS ONE about Guy Earle who was fined $7000 for an stand up comedy act that made someone mad. I find it incredibly hard to believe that it is happening here, too.
I read this on Gateway Pundit that is where I first heard of Elaine and Jon’s case: “New Mexico Courts Stomp Religious Freedom – Order Christian Couple to Pay Gay Fine.”
This is beyond belief. It makes all of us stop to think about our First Amendment freedom. I mean, why can a tribunal order Elaine and Jon Huguenin to work an event that they are religiously opposed to? Why would the “victim” not want to hire a photographer that is in total agreement with their civil union? Why drag innocent people into this fight?
Thankfully the Alliance Defense Fund is on the case, and they seem to be helping the Huguenin’s in this fight for both their religious and free speech rights. As for the rest of us in the blogosphere, we are always waiting for the hammer to drop on the rest of us.
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SEE THE ORDER FROM THE “HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.”