About the author: Matt Barber

Matt Barber served as Policy Director for Cultural Issues with Concerned Women for America before joining Liberty University School of Law in 2008. In addition to his Juris Doctorate degree, Dean Barber holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.

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  • Robert S Moulds

    While your opinion was interesting I disagree I have nothing against religion as long as they aren’t trying to harm me. In fact I’m less patent with TV net works that broadcast Al Qaeda messages that even Al Jazeera has the good taste not to broadcast.

  • bumpysquish

    THIS LADY CAN DO WHAT EVER SHE WANTS WITH HER BUSINESS , CATER TO QUEERS OR STRICTLY BIBLE THUMPIN RED NECKS , ANYBODY THAT SAYS ANY DIFFERENT IS AGAINST FREEDOM AND THE AMERICAN WAY

    • old_salty_dawg99

      Those who are TRUE beleiver are not Rednecks nor BIBLE thumpers.GOD made borth Man(Humans) and Marriage and that gives him the right to say what is right and normal which Gays choice to go against that which is normal is their problem not ours.The reason say choose is because Ivy League Schools teach a class on how to be Gay which means it is not natural.If it were a natural thing they would not need to teach it nor would Gays need help to reproduce.So if you want to say they are ok with anyone or should be ok it will be your soul on the line only but DO NOT force that LIE on the rest of us.

  • retiringfed

    I admire Ms. Stutzman but does she normally refused adulterers, liars, cheats, and other sinners? If so, she mustn’t have too much business. Regardless, it’s difficult to believe she’s the only florist in town. It doesn’t sound as if she was trying to “harm” anyone.

    • old_salty_dawg99

      She has the right to bar anyone she wishes and just because she do not refuse to serve other sinner do not lessen her rights in any way.The other thing is that the other SINNERS do not go around shoving their sin in everyones faces.Why is it the LGBT bunch put out heir se xchoises first and formost in their lives and everyone thinks that is OK and they should get more rights than the rest of Us .Yet if a Hetrosexual person declared their sex choice first and formost they would be slammed for doing it.Those who talk about sex choices first and formost are wrong and should not be given more rights than everyone who do not do such a classless thing.Gays and other sexual perverts are the only ones who’s sexual perversions define then while the rest of the world cannot do the same without being called a monster and worse.Those who say Gays should have rights above everyother person does ar eIDIOTS and WRONG.

    • KayDeeBeau

      Well when the adulters, liars, cheats and other sinners start to lobby for acceptance as normal behavior and start advertising their sin with “pride parades”, demanding special dispensation before the law to accomodate their open practise of those sins and begin to take great pleasure in announcing that they are commiters of those sins, and demand that others openly celebrate those sins with them irrespective of personal religious beliefs and conscience without any moral reservations, then perhaps Mrs. Stutzman might.
      Since there doesn’t seem to be a big push by sinners in those categories to force the rest of us to bend to their sin with open ended acceptance – I think your “argument” falls flat on its face.

    • Gary Mathis

      Adulterers, liars and cheats don’t demand acceptance of their lifestyle.

  • InternetSavage

    What ever happened to the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason?

  • soetoroisarumpranger

    Obama’s America…land of the gay arab sodomites.

  • old_salty_dawg99

    This is not the only place and time a Christian was denied their constitutional rights by the Left.An IDIOT calling himself a judge(so do the left) sdaid a women had to let a Lesbian couple stay even though it was against her religious beleifs.Well the judge was and is WRONG since forcing her to let them stay violates the owners 1st amendment right by abridging her religious beliefs.Obammy and his fellow leftist IDIOT thugs (Democratic Party) are trying to destroy America and by taking away both he First and Second Amendment rights is just the first step Obammy and those thugs are using to destroy America and Americans because they cannot abide the TRUTH or Sucess.Gay’s and other practicers of preversions of a sexual nature will not stop their LIES until they have rights above and beyond what everyone else has.LIBERALS in their INFINITE IGNORANCE care for only two things and those are 1power for them over everyone else and two that everyone is FORCED to live their LIES and STUPIDITY no matter how PREVERSE and STUPID those LIES are.America had better wake up or America will soon cease to exist because of IDIOTS Like Obama,Reid and their WORTHLESS ILK.

  • Grayzel

    Gen 2:7 And יהוה Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of life. And the man became a living being.
    Gen 2:8 And יהוה Elohim planted a garden in Ěḏen, to the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

    Gen 2:21 So יהוה Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
    Gen 2:22 And the rib which יהוה Elohim had taken from the man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
    Gen 2:23 And the man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.”
    Gen 2:24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

    He did not make Steve out of man’s rib!

  • texas57

    this is still america, right? if she owns the business she can serve whomever she pleases….

  • Susan

    Yes—homosexual zero wants the boys—it is this ex-muslim stated on Michael Savage show. IT is why the evil Jerry Brown is conditioning very young children to “think” anal sex is “good” which ejects Christian Ethics—and he is forcing children to take “Pride” in boy-rapers like Harvey Milk. Sick evil Communists (Bolsheviks/Brownshirts/Samurai/Aghanis) all were homosexuals and loved the boys. Read about the Leftist’s idol—the one who collapsed England—John Maynard Keynes.

    Ugly, mentally ill, warped, evil people are these sodomites. http://www.keynesatharvard.org/book/Sugar_Keynes.html

    BTW, the Catholic Church is being destroyed from within by the homosexual Marxists which Bella Dodd wrote about in the 50′s who infiltrated in the 30′s and 40′s. Fr. Oko’s report describes how brutal homosexuals are—they intimidate and rape and chase out the “good” (who won’t submit to their orgies). They are immature and want boys–it is learned behavior, so they train the next generation like Jerry Brown is doing. They are Jackboots as the “Pink Swastika” describes.

  • Don

    If you would like to donate to Arlene’s Flowers Legal Defense Fund, you may go to:

    http://www.arlenesflowers.com/donate.html

    They have a nice shop. I was there last Saturday.

  • Mario

    Three cheers for Barronelle Stutzman!

  • 1_Eddie_1

    Marriage is a rite, and not a right. Get the government out of the marriage business and give it back to the churches where it belongs.

    Then maybe, just maybe people will be able to serve and do business with whomever they wish without governmental force.

  • Guest

    What a load of rubbish in some of the ! If you felt the love that I feel in my same sex relationship you would think twice. I am completely for all opinions but you have NO RIGHT to impose your views on others, especially on others who aren’t necessarily Christian! I am from New Zealand and we just passed same sex marriage – two thirds in favour in parliament. I could not be more proud to be a New Zealander today standing against bigotry in a world which often seeks to condemn minorities Try to live as a minority – I think your views would be very different. Love, equality, opportunity, freedom! My sexuality does not define me… it is merely a part of who I am.

    • Dianna Zerbe

      America is a Christian nation. Built on Christian morals. And the Bible says the homosexual lifestyle is a SIN! So that does it for me! I don’t dislike homosexuals. I dislike their lifestyle! God bless this strong woman! Give her strength to get through this ordeal! Lord help her JESUS!

  • blackhawk132

    What doesn’t Congress understand that marriage is a sacrament in the Churches ? If the fools want a joining ; Give them civil unions only but not forced on all NORMAL people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.f.skaggs Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

    The attorney general of Washington just wants to punish this elderly lady because she has different beliefs than he does. That is exactly what this is punishment. How dare she think differently than all the other liberals. I will pray for this lady and hope that the courts upholds her 1st amendment rights. This is ultimately what the gays want. To force people to accept their lifestyle reguardless of theri own personal beliefs. Just because you feel the gay lifestyle is wrong as is gay marriage doesn’t mean you hate gays. The liberal know this but it suits their agenda to say otherwise.

  • Disgusted

    I can not believe the hideous and hate filled rhetoric being spewed here. While the Attorney General is clearly in the wrong, so are the people who “preach” this kind of hate. What happened to “love thy enemy as thy neighbor.” and while we are at it, isn’t the christian way one of tolerance? Don’t christian people feel the need to teach love anymore? People like to quote the bible to condemn “sinners.”

    What about Mat. 5:38-42 ” You have heard that it was said, ‘eye for an eye, and tooth for a tooth’ But I tell you: Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

    Or Mat. 6:1 “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from you Father in heaven.”

    These are the words of your professed savior. The namesake of your entire religion.

    Hate is wrong.

    How about “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.f.skaggs Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

      This is not hate just because you disagree with someone or because you follow your faith does not mean you hate them. Liberals use this lie to try to shut up the ones who disagree. Whe are not to just approve of sin God states that in the Bible. God says to hate the sin but love the sinner. Pointing out that something is a sin or refusing to participate in someone elses sin isn’t hate. But I figured you know that you just want to shut anyone up that disagrees with you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.f.skaggs Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

      This is not hate just because you disagree with someone or because you follow your faith does not mean you hate them. Liberals use this lie to try to shut up the ones who disagree. Whe are not to just approve of sin God states that in the Bible. God says to hate the sin but love the sinner. Pointing out that something is a sin or refusing to participate in someone elses sin isn’t hate. But I figured you know that you just want to shut anyone up that disagrees with you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.f.skaggs Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

      This is not hate just because you disagree with someone or because you follow your faith does not mean you hate them. Liberals use this lie to try to shut up the ones who disagree. Whe are not to just approve of sin God states that in the Bible. God says to hate the sin but love the sinner. Pointing out that something is a sin or refusing to participate in someone elses sin isn’t hate. But I figured you know that you just want to shut anyone up that disagrees with you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.f.skaggs Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

      This is not hate just because you disagree with someone or because you follow your faith does not mean you hate them. Liberals use this lie to try to shut up the ones who disagree. Whe are not to just approve of sin God states that in the Bible. God says to hate the sin but love the sinner. Pointing out that something is a sin or refusing to participate in someone elses sin isn’t hate. But I figured you know that you just want to shut anyone up that disagrees with you.

  • William Lopez

    We are to put on the whole armor of God! Friends we are not of this world, if we were then the world would love us, but what fellowship dose light have with darkness?
    None

  • William Lopez

    We are to put on the whole armor of God! Friends we are not of this world, if we were then the world would love us, but what fellowship dose light have with darkness?
    None

  • William Lopez

    We are to put on the whole armor of God! Friends we are not of this world, if we were then the world would love us, but what fellowship dose light have with darkness?
    None

  • InternetSavage

    Thanks to control freaks like you who gladly trample the rights of business owners you have brought the former Soviet Union to the USA.

  • InternetSavage

    Oh stop with the FoxNews crap, not everyone gets their news from television like yourself. Discrimination? Nice way to frame your fascist tendencies to force your beliefs onto everyone else. Don’t like their policies then go to another PRIVATE business! It’s called freedom!

  • InternetSavage

    This is not a left-right paradigm thing, it’s a freedom thing. The total freedom line kinda goes without saying but we now have much less of it thanks the mentality of the commie control freaks. Of course we need restraints for the greater good and they should apply to the government as well! Bottom line in a country that is supposedly free no one has the right to force any private business to serve anybody they don’t want and most of all they don’t have the right to use the oppressive government to enforce it. Not to mention what does that say about the people pushing this why would they want to do business with someone who doesn’t approve of their lifestyle? Oh that’s right they are control freaks as well.

  • InternetSavage

    Couldn’t care less if a commie like ewerself takes me seriously, put the communist manifesto down and I’ll stop calling ewe that. Oh but you favor soviet enforced discrimination by the government over a private businesses right to pick and choose who they do business with. I would do the same thing just to make a point by standing up to this oppressive government and control freaks like ewerself. I’d also like to see the law in my state that requires me to render service to anyone who wants it, I’m not buying it.

  • InternetSavage

    I already do thanks to morons like ewe!

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