‘The same agency that the Supreme Court rebuked as hostile to Jack Phillips has remained committed to treating him unequally…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A federal district court ruled that Jack Phillips, the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery, can continue his lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which continues to harass him.
Phillips won the historic Supreme Court case last year, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, but LGBTQ activists kept trying to ruin his career and reputation.
The same day he won the case, an attorney requested that he bake a cake pink on the inside and blue on the outside to celebrate a gender transition, Alliance Defending Freedom reported. The attorney also asked him to decorate Satanic symbols.
Phillips refused to decorate the cakes, citing his religious opposition to messages that “express racist views, celebrate Halloween, promote marijuana and alcohol, support Satan or satanic themes or beliefs, and … celebrate same-sex marriage.”
So, the CCRC filed a formal complaint against him again, ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“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,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell. “Colorado is acting in bad faith and with bias toward Jack.”
Like before, Phillips did not refuse to bake cakes for the attorney who requested them.
“Jack serves all customers, and he is even happy to serve the attorney who lodged the complaint against him,” Campbell explained. “But Jack doesn’t create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in conflict with his deeply held beliefs.”
Phillips simply said he will not decorate cakes with themes that deny the Christian view of gender and marriage or promote Satan.
ADF argues that the CCRC has not taken a fair, unbiased approach to Phillips’ case.
“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,” Campbell said.