An attorney whose firm is representing a graphic designer before the U.S. Supreme Court labeled calls for one of the justices to recuse herself from the case “despicable.”
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Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, dismissed calls for Justice Amy Coney Barrett to remove herself from the 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis legal battle over her faith allegiances.
The case, which was argued Monday before the high court, centers on Lorie Smith, a graphic designer based in Colorado who is fighting to prevent the government from “forcing Americans to promote views they disagree with.”
Smith, a Christian, wishes to make wedding websites but does not want to be compelled to provide services for same-sex nuptials.
As previously reported, some former members of People of Praise, a Christian group with which Barrett is reportedly affiliated, have said they believe the justice shouldn’t take part in the case due to the organization’s views on homosexuality.
But Fiedorek flatly rejected arguments Barrett should recuse herself.
“It’s despicable, and it’s unfortunate that we’re at a time in our society where we’re doing this to justices,” Fiedorek recently told CBN’s Faithwire. “Each of the justices have their own personal faith. And to do that is religious discrimination.”
Watch Fiedorek explain her views on the issue and see Smith break down her case:
Fiedorek argued such a call imposes a “religious test” on justices and suggests that they cannot serve on the Supreme Court due to faith perspectives.
“It’s imposing a religious test on our justices,” she said. “The justices, they take an oath to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution is very clear.”
Barrett seemingly has no plans to recuse herself, despite calls for her to do so.
For her part, Smith said she believes her battle is for everyone’s rights, not just Christians, and she is hoping to see the court defend liberty for all.
“The right to create and speak consistently protects not only me but the LGBT web designer who shouldn’t be forced to create custom artwork celebrating messages that oppose same-sex marriage,” she said.
Here’s more on the case.
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