BREAKING: Christian Gay Cake Case Just BLEW WIDE OPEN

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Sassy Liberty AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS – 

As the case of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop makes its way to the Supreme Court, a Washington state florist is petitioning the court for permission to join the case. Florist Barronelle Stutzman, like Phillips of Masterpiece was ordered by the Washington state Supreme Court to promote same-sex “weddings” with her artistry in violation of her faith.

 

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As punishment for refusing the court can order her to forfeit her business, savings, retirement funds and home.

Both Phillips and Stutzman have had their businesses targeted, suffered public humiliation, as well as death threats to themselves and their families. Phillips was publicly berated and punished by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  Diann Rice of the state commission even compared Phillips actions to Nazis when Phillips dared refuse to use his artistry to promote a same-sex “wedding.”

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Rice stated –

“I would also like to reiterate what we said in the hearing or the last meeting,” Rice said during consideration of Phillips’ case. “Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be – I mean, we – we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to – to use their religion to hurt others.”

Phillips’ counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), stated plainly that such “animus” in a state is “alarming” and “has no place in civil society.” Rice’s comment “suggests that other members of the commission may share her view that people who believe marriage is only between a man and a woman are comparable to those who committed the Holocaust. This anti-religious bias undermines the integrity of the commission.”

The Colorado Supreme Court that presided over Phillips’ case boasted on a state website of being a homosexual-rights advocate through the Denver mayor’s GLBT Commission

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In a nation FOUNDED on religious liberty, this is HIGHLY disturbing!

ADF is also counsel for Stutzman and she submitted a petition to the high court asking that they are joined since the issue is identical.

Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman

Washington state’s Supreme Court told Stutzman that there never can be “a free speech exception (be it creative, artistic, or otherwise) to anti-discrimination laws applied to public accommodations.” This ruling directly elevates the rights of homosexuals above that of the  constitutionally protected religious and speech rights of Americans, despite the state affirming that flowers are indeed a “form of expression.”

ADF states that the U.S. Supreme Court needs to intervene to “prevent the state from silencing professional speech creators with dissenting religious views.”

ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner litigated the case before the Washington Supreme Court together with co-counsel George Ahrend last November. She states –

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“If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish anyone else for expressing their beliefs. 

The government shouldn’t have the power to force a 72-year-old grandmother to surrender her freedom in order to run her family business. Anyone who supports the First Amendment rights that the U.S. Constitution guarantees to all of us should stand with Barronelle.

Our nation has a long history of protecting the right to dissent, but simply because Barronelle disagrees with the state about marriage, the government and ACLU have put at risk everything she owns. This includes not only her business, but also her family’s savings, retirement funds, and home. Not only does her case and Jack Phillips’ case involve similar issues, but both Barronelle and Jack face burdensome penalties for simply exercising their right of free expression.”

Stutzman even revealed that the customer that filed the complaint with the courts, Rob Ingersoll, had been a personal friend for years. The issue was not about Ingersoll being gay but rather her being forced to participate in something that violates the tenants of her faith –

“There was never an issue with his being gay, just as there hasn’t been with any of my other customers or employees. He just enjoyed my custom floral designs, and I loved creating them for him but now the state is trying to use this case to force me to create artistic expression that violates my deepest beliefs and take away my life’s work and savings, which will also harm those who I employ. I’m not asking for anything that our Constitution hasn’t promised me and every other American: the right to create freely, and to live out my faith without fear of government punishment or interference.”

The court brief states –

“The First Amendment does not permit [the] oppressive result” imposed by the state court system in Washington, the brief argues, and the state’s demands of her to “violate her right to free speech and her right to the free exercise of religion under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.”

Phillips’s counsel with ADF, Jeremy Tedesco stated –

“Artists speak through their art, and when Jack creates custom wedding cakes, he is promoting and celebrating the couple’s wedding. Jack will gladly allow anyone to purchase any product he sells, but he simply can’t put his artistic talents to use on a custom cake for an event so at odds with his faith convictions.

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“The ACLU, which is opposing Jack and other artists in Washington and Arizona, would rather use the strong-arm of government to eradicate from the public square people whose views differ from the government’s. We hope the Supreme Court will affirm how illegitimate that is.

In contrast to the ruling against Phillips, the commission found in 2015 that three other Denver cake artists were not guilty of creed discrimination when they declined a Christian customer’s request for a cake that reflected his religious opposition to same-sex marriage.”

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