|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (NRB) – Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters, issued the following statement in response to the State of Washington's Supreme Court ruling today that the state can coerce floral artist Barronelle Stutzman to violate her deeply-held religious beliefs:
“It is shocking that Washington State’s Supreme Court would sanction discrimination against people of faith and conscience. In the Land of the Free, government agents should not be given judicial cover to so coerce speech or compel citizens to participate in events contrary to the principles of their faith. I pray the U.S. Supreme Court will take up this case and right this wrong. I also urge President Trump and Congress to take definitive action by executive order and legislation to prevent such encroachments against First Amendment liberties at the federal level.”
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