Prayer warriors, your efforts are needed! Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a landmark case that may very well determine the future of religious liberty in the United States.
If you are a person of faith and would like your First Amendment right to worship freely, this will affect you.
Across the country, florists, bakers, photographers, and bed and breakfasts have been caught up in lengthy legal battles over their stance on gay marriage for declining to provide their services for gay weddings.
It doesn’t matter that in most of these cases, the Christian small business owners were happy to provide their services to homosexuals in general but simply upheld their personal convictions when it came to serving a gay wedding.
This was the case with Jack Phillips, the cake shop owner from Colorado whose case will be heard today by the Supreme Court.
Phillips is a devout Christian who opened his cake shop 24 years ago, with his faith in mind. As an artist, he wanted to translate his skills to cake decorating and do it all for the glory of God. For this reason, in 2012, he politely declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding, just as he would not bake cakes that contained profanity, inappropriate messages, or even for Halloween.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, who will be representing Phillips in the Supreme Court today, explains what happened when this Christian baker made a simple stand for his faith:
Jack’s troubles began in July 2012, when two men came into his bakery requesting a wedding cake for their same-sex wedding. In a brief exchange, Jack declined the request, saying he could not design cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies.
Jack offered to make the couple any other type of baked good, but, because of his faith, he could not design a cake promoting a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The men swore at Jack and stormed out. After enduring weeks of obscene phone calls and emails, and even threats of violence, Jack received notice from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. He was being sued, accused of violating the state’s non-discrimination laws.
[Jack] was ordered by the state to use his talents to celebrate same-sex weddings. That’s right, he was ordered … in direct violation of his conscience and sincerely held religious beliefs.
He was told to reeducate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports with the state for two years. Now that the Colorado Supreme Court has declined to review the lower court decision, ADF is appealing Jack’s case to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the outcome is far from certain.
ADF senior council Kristen Waggoner will be arguing on Phillips’ behalf on Tuesday, December 5th at 10 am when the oral arguments begin.
Tomorrow, the ADF will be hosting a Town Hall event with Waggoner, other ADF clients, and the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro.
If you would like to help the ADF support people like Phillips’ and Oregon backer Baronelle Stuzman, please visit their website to donate.
But most of all, keep this incredibly important case in prayer! Pray for our Justices and for the council representing Mr. Phillips, that the Constitution will be upheld and our religious liberty will be preserved.