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Why Did This Attention-Seeking Christian Anti-Gay Group Sue a City for Photographer Who Won’t Work With Same-Sex Couples?



Wrongly Claimed ‘A Sweeping Local Ordinance and a State Law’ Forced ‘Commissioned Creative Professionals to Promote Messages That Violate Their Beliefs.’ Nope.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is back in the headlines again, and it’s just what they wanted. The Christian law firm that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s page of anti-gay hate groups is representing a Christian photographer, and sued the city of Madison, Wisconsin because she didn’t want to work with same-sex couples. 

On Tuesday, the ADF said they won their case, but legal experts will have to weigh in to decide if the Christian law firm should have brought the case at all.

“Amy Lawson is a 25 year-old evangelical Christian who seeks to honor God in everything she does, creates, and says,” the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents many clients who refuse to work with same-sex couples who are marrying, writes in a press release on its website.

“A commissioned photographer and blogger, Amy is the sole owner of Amy Lynn Photography Studio, which offers visual storytelling services to clients on a commission basis. In addition to taking and editing photographs for individuals, events, and organizations, Amy posts those photographs on her studio’s blog and social media sites. She also writes comments on those posts praising and celebrating each client’s activity or event. Amy’s posts can be seen on the studio’s blog, Facebook page, and Instagram account.”

In short, the ADF sued Madison and Wisconsin over “a sweeping local ordinance and a state law that force commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs.”

Except it doesn’t.

In its press release announcing its win, the ADF admits that the law did not apply to Lawson, because she does not have a storefront business. Lawson operates her photography business from her home, and the law specifically is applicable to places of public accommodation.

Kind of a no-brainer.

And in fact, Lawson wasn’t being sued for refusing to follow the law, which, again, did not apply to her.

But ADF has made a business out of pushing the cases of supposedly victimized Christians whose deeply held religious beliefs they believe force them to not perform the functions of their chosen careers for same-sex couples. Florists like Barronelle Stutzman, bakers like Jack Phillips, and farmer Steve Tennes. In fact, here’s a photo from ADF’s Facebook page, of some of their clients:

Posted by Alliance Defending Freedom on Monday, July 25, 2016

So, back to Amy Lawson.

The ADF in a press release states the Dane County, Wisconsin Circuit Court announced “that it will issue an order declaring that Amy Lawson and her business are not subject to city and state laws that would otherwise control her artistic freedom because she does not have a physical storefront.”

Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Maybe ADF should have advised its client, rather than sued?

But then, how would they have stayed in the headlines?

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Supreme Court Responds Trump’s Request to Block Access to White House Records: ‘Denied’



The U.S. Supreme Court has ended Donald Trump’s multiple attempts to block access to documents from his years in the White House, telling the former president, request “denied.”

Trump had tried to block the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack from gaining access to those records. The Supreme Court, three of its six conservatives appointed by Trump himself, rejected his demand.

“Trump had lost efforts in two lower federal courts to block the panel from getting more than 700 pages of records,” CNBC reports. “He had argued that he had the authority as a former president to invoke executive privilege to prevent disclosure of the records.”

The vote reportedly was 8-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas the only one to side with Trump.

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‘You Always Ask Me the Nicest Questions’: Biden Takes Down Doocy as Press Conference Nears End



About 90 minutes into President Joe Biden’s press conference, just as it was about to end, Fox News’ Peter Doocy called out a question and the President was only too happy to indulge him.

“You always ask me the nicest questions,” President Biden jovially responded to Doocy’s yelling, adding: “None of them make a lot of sense to me.”

Apparently desperate to prove him wrong, the Fox News correspondent declared, “Why are you trying in your first year so hard to pull the country so far to the left?”

President Biden didn’t get angry. He merely replied, “Well, I’m not.”

“I don’t know what you consider to be ‘too far to the left,'” President Biden continued, proceeding to rattle off a list of accomplishments that are pretty well-received and supported.

“In fact, we’re talking about making sure that we had the money for COVID making sure we had the money to put together the bipartisan infrastructure and making sure we’re able to provide for those things that in fact, we significantly reduced the burden on working class people but make them have to continue to work hard. I don’t know how that is pointed to the left. If you may recall. I, you guys have been trying to convince me that I am Bernie Sanders. I’m not, I like him but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I’m not a socialist. I’m a mainstream Democrat and I have been.”

“48 of the 50 Democrats supported me in the Senate on virtually every thing I’ve asked.”

President Biden then continued to take questions for a total of nearly two hours. The press conference is ongoing as of this publishing.


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‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything



During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.

“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”

“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.

Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.

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