Real Life Imitates Reel Life

During the closing credits of GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, a long list of court cases are highlighted—each of them a real-life example of religious liberties under assault. While you would think scores of cases would be an eye-opener, The Friendly Atheist blog claims the movie highlights “fake Christian persecution.”

So, if you’re wondering how prevalent the religious liberty issue is, take a look at these cases that our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom shared with us.

And then be sure to Check out the God’s Not Dead Show with Mike Huckabee on PureFlix.com to meet people who are on the forefront of this battle. The show feature cases being handled by First Liberty and Pacific Justice Institute.

State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers: The State of Washington and a same-sex couple sued a florist to force her to create floral arrangements celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Hands On Originals v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission: A human rights commission in Kentucky sued a t-shirt print shop owner to force him to make t-shirts with text promoting a gay pride festival.

Elane Photography v. Willock: A New Mexico Human Rights Commission sued a wedding photographer to force her to use her photographic talents to tell the story of a same-sex commitment ceremony.

Cochran v. City of Atlanta: The Fire Chief of Atlanta sued the city after it fired him for expressing his religious beliefs about marriage in a book he wrote on his own time.

Hobby Lobby & Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell: Two businesses sued the federal government after it attempted to force them to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance plans.

Erwin v. Liberty Ridge Farms: A New York human rights commission sued two owners of a family farm to force them to open it to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

March for Life v. Burwell: A pro-life organization sued the federal government after it attempted to force the organization to provide abortion-inducing drugs through its health insurance plan.

Cervelli v. Aloha Bed & Breakfast: A lesbian couple sued a bed and breakfast owner to force her to allow them to stay in her home in violation of her religious beliefs against sex outside of marriage.

Knapp v. City of Coeur d’Alene: Two ordained ministers sued the city after it informed the ministers that they would be forced to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies at their wedding chapel.

Bernstein v. Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association: A homosexual couple sued a non-profit group associated with a Methodist denomination to force it to open its pavilion for a civil union ceremony.

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Craig: A same-sex couple and the Colorado civil rights commission sued a cake artist to force him to create a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Baker v. Wildflower Inn: A Vermont human rights commission and two women sued a family-owned bed and breakfast to force it to host a reception honoring a same-sex wedding.

Ward v. Polite: A counseling graduate student sued Eastern Michigan University after the University expelled her for referring a client to another counselor when that client asked to receive counseling about a same-sex relationship.

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. v. Burwell: A Christian publisher sued the federal government after it attempted to force it to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in its health insurance plan.

Fellowship of Catholic University Students v. Burwell: A non-profit Catholic organization sued the federal government when it attempted to force it to use its health insurance plan to provide abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

Cryer v. Klein: A same-sex couple sued a cake artist and her business to force them to create a wedding cake promoting and endorsing a same-sex wedding ceremony.

Cenzon-DeCarlo v. The Mount Sinai Hospital: A nurse asked the federal government to investigate a hospital after that hospital forced her to assist in an abortion in violation of her religious beliefs.

Hellwege v. Tampa Family Health Centers: A nurse applicant sued a federally funded health center in Tampa after the center refused to consider her for employment because she was a member of a pro-life medical association and had a faith-based objection to prescribing some abortion-inducing drugs.

Morr-Fitz, Inc. v. Blagojevich: Pharmacy owners sued the Illinois state government when it required all pharmacies to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc. v. American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists: Planned Parenthood of Arizona sued to invalidate some Arizona laws protecting the right of hospitals, pharmacies, and health professionals to decline providing abortions when doing so would violate their religious beliefs.

Doe v. Vanderbilt University: Nursing students filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services because Vanderbilt University’s nurse residency application required applicants to pledge that they would participate in abortion procedures.

Dobson v. Burwell: Dr. James Dobson and his Christian non-profit organization sued the federal government after it attempted to force them to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their health insurance plan.

Gusich v. California Department of Managed Health Care: The California Department of Managed Health Care attempted to force a non-profit religious university to provide elective abortions through the university’s health insurance plan.

Lockyer v. Gonzales: The California Attorney General sued to invalidate a federal law protecting doctors and other medical professionals from being discriminated against by their employers for refusing to provide abortions.

Foothill Church v. California Department of Managed Health Care: Numerous California churches sued the California Department of Managed Health Care to protect their religious beliefs after the Department required all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans.

Danquah v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Twelve nurses sued the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey after the university forced the nurses to assist in providing abortions.

Ghiotto v. City of San Diego: The San Diego Fire Department required some firefighters to take part in a city-sponsored parade celebrating homosexual behavior. The firefighters sued to avoid promoting a message they found religiously objectionable.

Howe v. Burwell: A pro-life Vermont man sued the federal government after he lost his private health plan due to Obamacare, and was then forced to obtain health insurance that required him to pay a fee to cover elective abortions.

Stormans v. Wiesman: The Washington State Pharmacy Board required a family owned pharmacy to stock and dispense abortion-inducing drugs even though doing so would violate the pharmacy owners’ religious beliefs. The pharmacy owners sued to protect their religious beliefs.

Grace Schools v. Burwell: Grace College and Seminary in Indiana and Biola University in California sued the federal government when it attempted to force these institutions to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception..

Connecticut v. United States: Connecticut, Illinois, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Oregon sued to invalidate a federal law protecting doctors and other medical professionals from being discriminated against by their employers for refusing to provide abortions.

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association v. Leavitt: A pro-abortion group sued to invalidate a federal law protecting doctors and other medical professionals from being discriminated against by their employers for refusing to provide abortions.

Healy v. United States Coast Guard: The United States Coast Guard informed an officer that he must be injected with a vaccine derived from an aborted child, even though it conflicts with his Catholic beliefs. The officer then sued.

Ave Maria School of Law v. Burwell: A Catholic law school sued the federal government when it forced the school to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.

Brooker v. Franks: A Missouri State University student sued university officials after they required her to write and sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption as part of a class assignment and then punished the student for declining to write the letter.

Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley: A counseling student sued Augusta State University officials after they told her that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession and that she must change her beliefs in order to graduate.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America v. Leavitt: A pro-abortion group sued to invalidate a federal law protecting doctors and other medical professionals from being discriminated against by their employers for refusing to provide abortions.

Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell: Four Christian universities in Oklahoma sued the federal government when it forced the universities to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.