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Jack Phillips, the devout Christian baker who was recently vindicated at the Supreme Court for being treated unfairly by the Colorado Human Rights Commission when he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, has now been targeted once again by the Commission.
This time, they’ve issued a preliminary ruling against him penalizing him for not baking a cake to celebrate a transgender “transition” ceremony.
As you may remember, Phillips was awarded his Supreme Court victory on the basis that the Colorado Human Rights Commission had unfairly singled him out because of his faith, choosing to avoid the key issue as to whether or not the government can compel one to violate their First Amendment rights to a religious conscience and bake a cake/contribute floral arrangements/etc for a same-sex wedding (spoiler: they can’t. That’s exactly what the First Amendment is for).
Here’s what Justice Kennedy wrote at the time:
The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion. Phillips was entitled to a neutral decisionmaker who would give full and fair consideration to his religious objection as he sought to assert it in all of the circumstances in which this case was presented, considered, and decided. …The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances must await further elaboration in the courts. …
Well, the Commission, despite the chastisement of the highest court in the land, apparently didn’t get the memo, and is once again attacking him for his beliefs.
The Daily Caller reports:
On the same day the high court agreed to review the Masterpiece case, an attorney named Autumn Scardina called Phillips’ shop and asked him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The caller asked that the cake include a blue exterior and a pink interior, a reflection of Scardina’s transgender identity. Phillips declined to create the cake, given his religious conviction that sex is immutable, while offering to sell the caller other pre-made baked goods. In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests. … Three weeks after Phillips won at the high court, the commission issued a probable cause determination, finding there was sufficient evidence to support Scardina’s claim of discrimination.
Philips is not taking this sitting down, and he is now suing the Commission with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, who saw him through up to the high court previously.
Please pray for this dear brother in Christ as he engages in yet another ridiculous legal battle! No American should ever be forced to violate their religious conscience and this is clearly a targeted attack to punish Phillips for choosing to listen to the Word of God over the will of man.