Americans have lost recognition of the difference between government action and private action. While government should not be allowed to discriminate, the use of government threats to force a private person to violate his deeply-held religious views is the height of intolerance yet that is the position of so many liberals who at all other times pine for “tolerance” and “diversity.” (I do not accept the argument that opening a business suddenly makes someone a “public accommodation” and makes individuals’ beliefs irrelevant.)

In the New Mexico case, Judge Bosson said that the ruling “teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others.” I disagree, particularly when the compromise comes at the point of a government gun.

He added that the photographers “have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different.” In other words, per this judge, they must behave contrary to their beliefs because “it is the price of citizenship.”

No, sir, your view is a reprehensible misunderstanding of what the United States of America is. There need not be — indeed there must not be — any such price, at least not in a country that was founded to be the Home of the Free.