Alliance Defending Freedom recently visited the campus of UW-Madison and asked students when it’s OK to refuse to do business with someone. Two hypothetical situations presented to students sounded fine to most but a third caused quite a bit of discomfort.

Should a designer be forced to work with Melania Trump? Of course not, most students respond. Should a Muslim singer be able to refuse a Christian church’s request for service. Most students agree.

Should a Christian photographer be able to turn down a gay wedding? Well…

From the ADF website:

WATCH: University Students Stumble over Who Has Freedom to Live and Work According to Beliefs

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the freedom of creative professionals to live and work according to their beliefs; from fashion designers in New York City to floral designers in small-town Washington State.

But what if Sophie Theallet — a well-known fashion designer — were thrown in jail after she told the world she would not design a gown for First Lady Melania Trump? Can you imagine the media firestorm that would create? Then why is it any different if a pro-life photographer and writer faces fines that would put her out of business for declining to use her talents to promote abortion?

For Amy Lawson, blogger and owner of Amy Lynn Photography in Madison, WI there is no difference. That is why she is challenging a sweeping local ordinance that forces commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs.

For many, the issue is not so clear-cut. For them it seems that the freedom to live and work according to your beliefs really depends on what you believe.

Watch the video:

Ever since the election last fall, the left has rediscovered its respect for freedom of conscience. The same people who spent part of the last eight years demanding Christian bakers and pizza shops support gay marriage have dome a 180 on the issue.

Describing the left’s previous attitude has become an oft repeated joke on Twitter. “Bake me a cake, bigot.”

Now that’s all changed. Liberals cheer when a business refuses Trump in any way. The same liberals who were comfortable forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide birth control less than a year ago.

May this be a teachable moment for all of us.

Featured image via YouTube.


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