“That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world.”

– New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Bosson, writing about the give-and-take between private religious beliefs and public accommodation after the court ruled a Christian photographer was wrong to refuse to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony.

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  1. This is such a beautiful and illuminating quote. It is indeed one of the best aspects of being American, and quite relevant to the issue at hand. Bravo to Judge Bosson for a brilliant and cogent observation about the nature of America.

    • If our government can find a religious exemption for American Indians who wish to smoke peyote, I suppose we can find one for those whose moral convictions for the last 3500 years have lead them to distance themselves from the practice of homosexual intercourse. This is not bigotry nor racial prejudice, it is a principled stand based on deeply held convictions about the nature of man and the meaning of life.

      wsa

      • Bike guy, you should really read all of Justice Bosson’s concurrence in this case ( www.nmcompconn.us/nmcases/slips/SC33,687.pdf , pages 27-30). I read lots of judicial opinions (don’t ask, I’m not a lawyer) and this one is a classic.

      • You summed it up in a nutshell, Bill. This is all about freedom for people to live according to their deeply held religious convictions and principles– a right specifically guaranteed by the first amendment. It is hypocrisy for the government to say that it cannot find a “religious exemption” for people whose view of the nature of man and the meaning of life require them to distance themselves from any participation in events that celebrate homosexual intercourse; after all, the government finds religious exemptions for Native Americans, pacifists, etc. Why not Christians, and those who hold to a Judeo-Christian view of human sexuality as designed by God? The only reason is, they have a social and cultural agenda they want to push by force on our the public, and it requires them to ‘disenfranchise’ people of deeply held religious convictions from being able to run a business, run for office, etc. It is sheer hypocrisy that is being foisted on our nation masked as ‘justice.’ Many of the more leftist justices on our courts are using their position to push their own political agenda on the nation. This is a totally shameful abuse of power. Thomas Jefferson warned us about this very thing when spoke of the possibility of Americans being subjected to the tyranny of what he called a “judicial oligarchy.”

    • Apparently Judge Bosson believes that tolerance and give-and-take only work in one direction. What about the couple showing a little tolerance for the photographer’s beliefs? The photographer’s refusal caused them no harm. They found another photographer and all went well. That should have been the end of it.

      Why was the photographer not justified in her refusal? Suppose a heterosexual couple, or anyone else, approached a photographer who preferred to photograph animals and demanded to be photographed. Would the photographer have the right to refuse? This is just another example of gays tooting their bugles, waving their PFLAGS, and calling attention to themselves. The rest of us are asked to “live and let live.” Does this not apply to them as well?

  2. “Note that the tolerance is one way. In the name of tolerance, the photographer can be compelled by state power on pain of punishment to provide her services to a lesbian couple against her several thousand year old orthodox religious beliefs, but the lesbian couple is under no obligation to simply tolerate those who disagree with them and find someone who is happy to provide the service.

    “The lesbian couple proved themselves vindictive. Imagine other angry gay rights activists willfully and consciously trying to seek out Christian photographers to either make them comply or drive them from business.”

    • Spot on annfan76. Where is the ‘sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do’ in this judge’s attitude to a Christian who wanted only to follow her own conscience and not be compelled to do something she believes to be wrong?

  3. judge Bosson your so called quote of the day is meaningless. your from New Mexico a state that contributes nothing to our economy and our country. You should be more concerned about the well being of the Native American issues that most likely a majority in your state then a couple of lesbian women who found a photographer to take pictures for their wedding. It is because they are Christians you try to take their freedom away. You have lost perspective sir. P,ease don’t try to make a name for yourself in this,as stated before you are from New Mexico and try to do something for your state that has real significance

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    Daniela Todescu

    That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world.”

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    Daniela Todescu

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  6. HERE IS THE ENTIRE QUOTE!!

    Justice Richard C. Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court, specially concurring in ELANE PHOTOGRAPHY LLC v. WILLOCK:

    “[T]his case provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice. At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The [plaintiffs] are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the [plaintiffs] in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.

    In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the [plaintiffs] have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of the rest of the world. In short, I would say to the [plaintiffs], with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

  7. You do not compromise fundamental, God-given unalienable rights guaranteed by the Constitution, however, whether those rights are enumerated or not enumerated in our Constitution (Article IX). Freedom of religion in the public square is an enumerated right. The photographer was willing to serve a lesbian, but not willing to photograph a lesbian religious wedding ceremony, which violated his religious convictions and conscience. it would be like a neo-Nazi organization asking a Jewish photographer to photograph an event honoring Adolph Hitler. No one should be compelled in our country to lend their talents in support of an event that violate their most deeply held religious and moral convictions. That is the type of ‘tolerance’ and ‘compromise’ we need to be showing in America, by accommodating the most deeply held religious and moral convictions of each individual. Free expression of religion is mandated in our Constitution– something that cannot be said of the alleged right for homosexual couples to obtain a legally recognized ‘marriage’– and Richard Bosson’s ruling tramples on that God-given, unalienable right, which our founding documents secure, and which no government official cannot violate, to the hurt of peaceful, law-abiding U. S. citizens, without betraying his oath of office and the trust of the American people.

  8. Always comparing a wedding of same sex couple, or anything gay, to a Nazi murderer of 6 million Jews…You are really frightened aren’t you?….
    .The Constitution is very clear, your interpretation if based on flawed “Christian Taliban” beliefs. What do you do with 2 Christians side by side who believe differently? I know!!! it is called Civil WAR!

    Why not mind your business and let God do his job, He doesn’t need your help!

  9. The Constitution is not an atheistic document. It does not prohibit basing our laws on the concept of moral absolutes, natural law, design in nature, or God-given unalienable rights. On the contrary, any law which would try to compel citizens to recognize or treat the sexual relationship of two men or two women as a marriage would in fact be unconstitutional, precisely because such a law would seek to abolish the concept of moral absolutes, natural law, self-evident design in nature, and God-given unalienable rights. You cannot say the founders were opposed to laws which enshrined absolute moral standards. Their actions show that they had, along with a deep respect for freedom of religion– evidenced by their unwillingness to adopt a ‘national creed’ or to establish a ‘national church’ which would give legal ascendancy to one sect over another– a similarly strong respect for the need to base civil laws on absolute moral standards that could be established by rational reflection on design in nature– what they called “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” The Continental Congress, for example, passed an edict that officers in the military had to show themselves “a good example of honor and virtue to their officers and men and to be very vigilant in inspecting the behavior of all such as are under them, and to discountenance and suppress all dissolute, immoral, and disorderly practices, and also such as are contrary to the rules of discipline and obedience, and to correct those who are guilty of the same.” Washington signed an order approving the dismissal of an officer from the military for “attempting to commit sodomy,” and the edict stated that this dismissal was singed with “abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes.” Likewise, Thomas Jefferson signed a bill penalizing acts of sodomy in the state of Virginia with castration! So it is really ludicrous to say that there is a ‘right to homosexual marriage’ in the Constitution. There is no such thing! Thankfully, we don’t castrate homosexuals anymore, but no law can possibly mandate approval of their conduct, or societal recognition of a homosexual relationship as entitled to the name, dignity, legal status, or benefits of statutory marriage. That is an absurd position to take, in light of our nation’s history, Judeo-Christian cultural foundations, and the actual language of the Constitution, which says nothing about the morality or immorality of homosexuality– but certainly provides no grounds whatsoever for saying that there is a Constitutional right for men to “marry” other men! All right minded people will surely refuse to acknowledge that egregious lie. They will also refuse to comply with any tyrannical, unconstitutional law that would overthrow all morality, abolish natural law and the recognition of design in nature as the foundation of civil law, or violate the God-given unalienable right of American citizens to treat things according to their true nature and value.

  10. Quite right, Therefore, the right of citizens to recognize and treat things according to their true nature– to treat moral things as moral, immoral things as immoral, equal things as equal, unequal things as unequal, must not be “denied or disparaged” to the people of the United States. Even though such a right is not enumerated in the Constitution, it is a self-evident truth, as obvious as the fact that all men are created equal and must be treated as equal under the law. All men are equal– but not all sexual behaviors are equal. Therefore, they do not all equally constitute a legitimate ground for ‘sexual union’ or ‘marital union.

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