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December 09, 2022

303 Creative LLC v. Elenis

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important religious liberty case this week. The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, represents another clash between our First Amendment rights of religious freedom and free speech, and the demands of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Lorie Smith is a Christian artist who runs 303 Creative LLC, a studio specializing in graphic and website design. She uses her small business to specialize in projects consistent with her heartfelt beliefs, including overseas missions, children with disabilities, and veteran causes. Lorie wanted to expand her portfolio to include designing wedding sites for marriages between a man and a woman. That is when she ran into opposition.

Ms. Smith's business is located in Colorado, a state with a "public accommodation" law. Colorado and LGBTQ+ groups are trying to use that law to prevent Lorie from providing design services only for marriages between men and women.

Lorie Smith is not refusing to work with gay customers. For example, she would be willing to do graphics for a gay customer who had an organization serving children with disabilities. What she objects to is using her creative talents to promote or serve same-sex marriage, which violates her conscience.

In 2017, the Supreme Court heard a similar case from Colorado involving a baker who objected to designing a cake for a gay couple's wedding. The Court ruled in favor of the baker, but on narrow grounds that did not address the larger issues of religious liberty and free speech.

The outcome of this case has national implications. Colorado is being supported by the ACLU, the Biden administration, and 20 other states that have filed briefs that essentially restrict religious liberty and rights of conscience. We are standing with the Alliance Defending Freedom and 20 other states that support Lorie Smith and religious liberty.

Increasingly, if the demands of the LGBTQ+ movement prevail, religious liberty and the rights conscience will shrink.

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October 02, 2023

Democracy—We Must Save Our Children

Parents took to the streets of Canada last week in a "1 Million March 4 Children," organized by concerned Muslim and Christian leaders. Their mantra was "Leave the children alone!" Their demand was "the elimination of sexual orientation and gender identity curriculum, pronouns, gender ideology and mixed bathrooms in schools." JDFI stands with these Canadian parents who are fulfilling their God-given role of protecting their children.

September 29, 2023

Erasing Women

The Biden administration continues its move forward with their plan to severely undermine a key federal law that prevents sexual discrimination. The law, referred to as Title IX, was passed in 1972 to protect women's educational opportunities. The federal Department of Education proposed new rules under Title IX that would apply the protection to men claiming they have become women through "transitioning." This has sparked outrage around the country. JDFI has been working tirelessly to pressure the Biden administration to protect women and girls.

September 27, 2023

Communism Winning In America?

Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has delivered a sobering warning about communism in America.