The Tennes are a normal family! We must blacklist them!
They’re coming for you next: A Michigan farmer was banned from a local farmers market by the city government of East Lansing because the owners, Steve and Bridget Tennes, are Christian and had publicly stated their opposition to homosexual marriage.
The ban against their business, Country Mill Farms, was begun in 2016. Though a court quickly ruled that it was unconstitutional, the city renewed the ban in 2018 and has maintained it since, claiming the court’s ruling only applied to the 2017 season.
The logic of the East Lansing government is actually quite blatent: It believes it has the right to dictate what others can or cannot say in public, the first amendment be damned.
[C]ity officials asserted that the Tennes’ expression conflicted with East Lansing’s marriage views and its new market policy. The policy requires vendors to agree to comply with the city’s “Human Relations Ordinance and its public policy against discrimination while at the market and as a general business practice.”
It’s illegal for anyone to “make a statement which indicates that an individual’s patronage or presence at a place of public accommodation is unwelcome or unacceptable because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression…” among other designated classes. [emphasis mine]
In other words, East Lansing wants to forbid any dissent to the modern and very perverse sexual movement. You will not be allowed to disagree, under any condition. And if you try, you will be blackballed, censored, and squashed, as is the right of our all-knowing government.
Stalin would be proud. So would Hitler, Mussolini, and all past despots who liked killing people who disagreed with them.
The Tennes have of course sued, with their defense being handled by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The trial finally occurred in late July, but as far as my research can find no ruling has yet been issued.
In 2017 it was a no brainer for the court to rule in favor of the Tennes. Then, the madness overwhelming the left because of the victory by Donald Trump had only begun to take them over.
Now, in 2021, with the principles of the Bill of Rights long forgotten by the dominant leftist culture, we must not assume the court will rule in their favor. The pressure ot conform to the intolerant left in all matters, from sex to masks to vaccines to quarantines to lockdowns to speech to protests to riots to even murder, has begun quite strong. Fewer and fewer people, in the general public and in the courts and government, appear to have the courage to withstand it.
Note too that even if the Tennes win, expect further attempts at censorship from the local government, run by the Democratic Party. We have already seen numerous times how the left ignores court rulings to continue its dictatorial attacks on its opponents. I guarantee that as long as these tyrants remain in power in East Lansing they will try again.
We are a democratic republic. It really is the responsibility of the voters to act. As long as they endorse this oppressive behavior by Democrats with electoral victories, it will go on, and with increased enthusiasm.