Free speech has been under attack in America for a number of years.
And one major battlefront is social media. But one of its alternative champions (Gab) is winning ground back.
As the war wages, there’s a new front that’s been opened. One that involves all conservative freelancers.
Across all religions, but especially Christianity.
Come along as we explore why creative writing is facing a new threat in the United States.
What Is Creative Writing?
Yourdictionary.com had a good definition:
Original writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way.
Thus, restricting it would entail censoring ideas and thoughts. Sounds kind of controlling if you ask me.
We are in America after all, right? That whole, “home of the brave and land of the free” place.
Should the government at the state or federal level decide to control creative writing ideas, how many could potentially be affected?
- In the U.S., there were 49,410 writers in 2021
Not all of them are self-employed or following God, but a chunk of them are.
State of the Industry Heading Into 2023
Originally, it looked like freelance writers and other creatives would have great future prospects as 2022 winded down.
A few reasons why:
- Businesses were moving from internal to external marketers for online content
- Popularity of remote work was helping normalize the gig economy
That is until The Supreme Court started hearing arguments yesterday in 303 Creative v. Elenis.
Lorie Smith is a Christian website designer who crafts original wedding sites. Based out of Colorado, she’s pushing back against an unconstitutional state law.
This story jumped out because the media wasn’t covering it, but also for another reason.
Should she lose, it could set a precedent for my state of California to follow Colorado’s infringement upon freedom of speech.
Specifically for faith-based entrepreneurs who offer digital services and products. Like myself.
Using Creative Writing Skills for Good
Before we conclude our warning to creatives, allow me to provide a short civics lesson.
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.
See, I told you it’d be short.
The First Amendment allows citizens in this country to run their businesses, free from government meddling.
And I’d argue faith-based small businesses such as Lori’s are doing more good for this nation than countless larger operations.
She believes in doing her work with excellence, honoring God in how she conducts business, and being a light to her clients.
Principles I follow as well.
May the justices make a proper ruling that ensures freedom of speech and religion for all American creative professionals.
Elijah Wordsmith and Creative Writing
How am I advocating for the First Amendment rights of my clients?
After all, talk is cheap.
My healthcare content writing business is the online “megaphone” for the natural health industry.
Elijah Wordsmith content writing believes medical censorship is wrong, and that patients deserve more options.
Partner with me and let’s grow the overall awareness of U.S. citizens around holistic medicine.