I’ve baked and decorated cakes most of my life, but my meager talents are nothing compared to the masterpieces created by Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. His skills with cakes and decorations are among the best there is and I humbly bow to the master cake artist.
I also admire Phillips for taking a firm stand for his Christian faith and not allowing Christ-haters to bully him into defiling his faith or closing up shop.
You all know the history of how Colorado’s Human Rights Commission charged Phillips with discrimination because he refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The two customers have bought from Phillips in the past and he never denied selling to them, but when asked to make a cake that would be used in a same-sex wedding, Phillips politely explained his Christian faith and suggested a couple of other cakeshops in the Denver area. The customers ran whining to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission who went after Phillips as if he were Jack the Ripper instead of Jack the cake artist or Jack the Christian.
When the state of Colorado came after Phillips for exercising his First Amendment right of freedom of religion, he stood and fought, taking his case all the way to the US Supreme Court, where he eventually won, at least he won a partial victory.
One would think that it was clear baking and cake artistry from here, but the perverted left was not going down for the count either.
On the same day the Supreme Court announced that they would hear the case of Jack Phillips, he was intentionally targeted for a second time by another leftist activist, a transgender attorney who goes by the name of Autumn Scardina. According to reports, Scardina, a biological male who is listed as a female by the Denver law firm HE works for, called Masterpiece Cakeshop to order a gender transition cake having a pink interior and blue exterior.
Alliance Defending Freedom explains:
“After an attorney who targeted Phillips complained to the state about Phillips’ decision not to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside to celebrate and reflect a gender transition, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission—the same state agency that lost its case against Phillips at the Supreme Court in June—filed a formal complaint against him. The attorney who requested the gender-transition cake later asked Phillips to design a cake with satanic themes and images—a request that Phillips also declined because of what the cake would communicate.”
Jim Campbell, Phillips attorney from ADF, commented:
“The same agency that the Supreme Court rebuked as hostile to Jack Phillips has remained committed to treating him unequally and forcing him to express messages that violate his religious beliefs. Colorado is acting in bad faith and with bias toward Jack. We look forward to moving forward with this lawsuit to ensure that Jack isn’t forced to create custom cakes that express messages in conflict with his faith.” “Jack serves all customers, and he is even happy to serve the attorney who lodged the complaint against him. But Jack doesn’t create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in conflict with his deeply held beliefs. He can’t get a fair shake before the state commission. A commissioner set to decide the state’s new case against Jack has publicly referred to him as a ‘hater’ on Twitter, one of several indications of the commission’s ongoing bad faith toward him and his beliefs.”
Consequently, Phillips, with the help of ADF, has filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado and their Civil Rights Commission, claiming that that have intentionally acted hostile to Phillips because of his Christian faith. State attorneys argued in court that the lawsuit against them should be dismissed.
A federal district judge disagrees and just ruled that Phillips lawsuit against the state has merit and that it can proceed.
Therefore, just as many of you prayed for Phillips in his first legal battle, continue to pray for him and his legal team in this second and hopefully last legal battle.
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