By: Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty Institute President and CEO.
Although the Supreme Court’s recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision reinforced the principle that government must not be hostile towards religion, it left many American business owners with more questions than answers, especially about cases where art, expression, and speech intersect with daily commerce.
Fortunately, the more recent case of Aaron and Melissa Klein may present the court with an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance to businesses, large and small, on the fundamental question of whether they may operate in accord with their deeply held convictions or be forced to abandon their First Amendment rights when they enter the marketplace.
To frame the question in constitutional terms, can the state force citizens to choose between their most sacred beliefs or their livelihood? Can government compel citizens to express a message with which they strongly disagree?
To The American Legion:
As a grateful citizen, I support your effort to honor those who have fallen in battle and to keep the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial standing as a visible reminder of valor, sacrifice, endurance, and devotion.
Veterans memorials like the one in Bladensburg, MD are symbols reminding us of the sacrifice of our service members and the cost of war. Tearing down the Bladensburg Memorial would erase the memory of the 49 fallen heroes of Prince George’s County—like they never even existed.
We cannot allow the Bladensburg Memorial to be bulldozed.
Please know that you have my support and backing in your petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.✖