The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendments does not apply to people who work for a living.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Given that a person exercises his religion by living his life in harmony with his beliefs, any attempt by government to force people to commit sins is a clear and direct repudiation of the targeted individual’s First Amendment rights.
Nonetheless, the New Mexico Supreme Court has found that a photographer who declined to photograph a gay “wedding” was at fault. One judge said:
[Some people] now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives. Though the rule of law requires it, the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.
… [I]t is the price of citizenship.
The flaws in this reasoning are so great that one cannot help but wonder if this is an explicit attempt to overthrow the Constitution.
The first glaring error is the Court’s assumption that the New Mexico state legislature can make laws unconstrained by the constitutional rights of the citizens of New Mexico.