Colorado's anti-Christian hostility showing itself once again
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
Christian baker Jack Phillips is in court again, this time for not making a "gender transition" cake.
The day the U.S. Supreme Court decided in their favor, the Colorado artist (pictured) and his wife, Debi, celebrated the end of a six-year legal battle. It ended with the high court making it clear that a state agency had been hostile to Phillips' freedom of religion. That must now seem ages ago to Jack and his family after that agency, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, announced its intention to once again drag Masterpiece Cakeshop into court.
Taking into account the timing, it easy to imagine it was a setup.
"The day that the United States Supreme Court granted our petition – [when they] decided to take our case, back in June 2017 – a local attorney here in Colorado called me up and asked for a cake that was pink on the inside, blue on the outside to announce a gender transition," Phillips now describes. "And that's a message that I can't create for anybody."
The attorney who wanted the cake claims he was stunned when Phillips refused to create a cake to celebrate that attorney's transition from male to female.
"I offered him anything else that we make in the shop – birthday cake, cookies, that kind of thing – but he didn't say that was enough, [so he] went on to the [Colorado] Civil Rights Commission and filed a complaint," the baker recalls. "Colorado just seems to be looking for opportunities to punish me for my faith," he adds in a prepared statement.
Alliance Defending Freedom defended Phillips all the way to the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The legal group explains that the Commission, which received this latest complaint more than a year ago, chose not to take a position while the Masterpiece case was pending in the Supreme Court – but waited for less than a month after the high court's ruling to issue its first finding in this new case.
It is "obvious," says ADF, the state agency didn't get the Supreme Court's message the first time and has decided to target Phillips again. ADF now is suing the state of Colorado on Phillip's behalf.
The baker tells OneNewsNow: "We can't live the next six years of our life like we did the last six years, waiting for somebody to walk in and hit us with a frivolous lawsuit. Hopefully this lawsuit against them will straighten that out."
ADF argues that state agencies should be fair and impartial to those who come before them – but that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is anything but that. "It's almost as if you can decline to create any expressive cake you want – so long as your name isn't Jack Phillips," says ADF senior counsel Jim Campbell.
Photo credit: Alliance Defending Freedom
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