By Tony Perkins
If anyone is guilty of “virulent views,” try the Left! It’s a prime example of the pot calling the cake pan black in Colorado, where a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was caught on tape calling Christian baker Jack Phillips a “Nazi” for politely turning down a same-sex “wedding” order.
Diann Rice, part of the board who is deciding Jack’s fate, is the one on the hot seat now that audio of her July comments has leaked to the press, in which she said the “freedom of religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust…(T)o me, it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use…”
Less despicable, most will say, than Rice’s own rhetoric, which wrongly vilifies the majority of Americans who agree with Jack’s view. Fortunately, Jack’s attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) are challenging the Commission’s ruling against Masterpiece Cakes, thanks in part to this recording. ADF is submitting the file to the Colorado Court of Appeals, hoping to use what it sees as “an alarming bias and animus toward Phillips’s religious beliefs” to reverse Jack’s sentence.
It’s bad enough that Jack is being forced by the government “to promote ideas with which he disagrees. But it’s worse,” his lawyer, Nicolle Miller, points out, “when he’s forced to do so by…officials who…justify coercing the speech of a private citizen by citing their own hostility to religion.”
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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