BREAKING NEWS Out Of Department Of Justice

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In what is being viewed as a victory for Christians and for religious liberty, the Department of Justice has officially sided with Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop out of Colorado.

Phillips was found to be in violation of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple in celebration of a same sex marriage.  Phillips does not create wedding cakes for same sex couples among a handful of other things such as sexually explicit images and occult imagery as a result of his Christian beliefs and the teachings of the Bible on these topics. The state of Colorado sought to force him to serve same sex couples in what many view as a violation of his religious liberties.  This landmark religious liberty case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court in October.

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Now the DOJ is speaking up on Phillips behalf, filing a brief in the Supreme Court case.  The DOJ has now publicly come out in support of Phillips’ position that his cakes are a form of expression, and as a result he cannot be compelled to use his talents against his religious beliefs in a country whose very foundation is based upon religious liberty and freedom of speech and expression.

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in the brief –

“Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights.”

Of course, deputy legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, Louise Melling was downright hostile regarding the legal brief filed by the DOJ, stating –

“Even in an administration that has already made its hostility toward the gay community clear, I find this nothing short of shocking.”

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The ACLU is representing the gay couple – Craig Mullins and Daniel Craig in the Supreme Court case. Mullins and Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in July 2012, along with Craig’s mother, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriages were legal at the time, and then hold a reception in Colorado.

Phillips offered the couple anything in his store, EXCEPT a wedding cake.  He also gave referrals to other bakeries that would likely be able to accommodate their request. That was not sufficient for the couple and they filed suit.  Some believe that the couple purposefully targeted Phillips’ Cakeshop as the bakery is a known Christian business, thriving since the 1970s when he originally opened the shop.

The upcoming Supreme Court decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is viewed as one of the most fundamental cases for religious liberties in recent history.

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Since the state of Colorado ruled against Phillips, Phillips has chosen to cease making wedding cakes altogether rather than compromise what the Bible teaches as wrong. This has netted him significant loss of revenue.  This along with death threats and daily harassment from the LGBTQ community and their supporters has made the last few years exceedingly difficult.

The state of Colorado previously ruled that forcing Phillips to create a cake violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of expression and exercise of religion. The court stated in their decision that baking a cake for a same sex wedding “does not convey a message supporting same-sex marriages merely by abiding by the law.”

Many Christians feel differently however, and a florist has petitioned the court to conjoin her case with Phillips.  Many are watching this case and hope that with the addition of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and his reputation of siding WITH religious liberty will be of benefit to Christian business owners all across America.

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