BREAKING NEWS Out Of The Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether Jack Phillips (right), the owner of a cakeshop in Colorado, discriminated against a gay couple when he refused to bake them a wedding cake. Phillips and his attorney, Kristen Waggoner (left), talked to Fox News about the harassment he's received in recent years.

Meet Jack Phillips or you may know him as the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. Masterpiece found itself smack in the middle of controversy back in 2012 when he declined to create a wedding cake for a gay couple in violation of his religious beliefs. Phillips is a known Christian business owner and believes that marriage should be between one man and one woman as it is designed in the Bible.

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Phillips also chooses not to create cakes depicting witches or ghosts for Halloween, or to design cakes with sexually suggestive images.

“There’s just certain events, certain cakes I don’t make,” Phillips, 59, states. “That was one of them.” It is Phillips living what he says he believes and running his business as that of a devout Christian man.

The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear Phillips’ case deciding whether they believe Phillips discriminated against the gay couple when he refused to bake them a wedding cake due to his religious beliefs. Phillips states he did not refuse the couple service, offering to sell them anything in the store.  His only objection was to the making of a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding in violation of his religious beliefs.

He told them –

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“I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies or brownies, but I just don’t do cakes for same-sex weddings.”

The highest court in the land is now tasked with striking a balance between the religious rights of Phillips with the couple’s right to equal treatment under the law. Oral arguments are likely to begin with the court’s fall term. The state court previously ruled against Phillips and as a result, Phillips chose to stop making wedding cakes altogether rather than violate his religious principles.

Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed the complaint against Jack Phillips. (Photo: CBS4, KCNC-TV Denver)

Charlie Craig and David Mullins filed the complaint against Jack Phillips. (Photo: CBS4, KCNC-TV Denver)

Charlie Craig and David Mullins, the gay couple that attempted to purchase the wedding cake from Masterpiece Cakeshop, have expressed their extreme disappointment that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear and continue the case.  It should be interesting given the addition of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the bench.  Justice Gorsuch has a long history of deciding with religious liberty, rightly believing that the Constitution and Christianity can exist side by side harmoniously and indeed have for years prior to 1947 ruling known as Everson v. Board of Education. That ruling changed the court’s interpretation of separation of church and state as we know it.

Phillips and his family have been subjected to death threats and harassment, along with regularly being bombarded with vulgar comments over the phone and through email. He’s been told he doesn’t “deserve to live” and that “Christians should be thrown into the Roman Colosseum with lions.”

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Phillips states one of those threats came just a few weeks after he refused to bake the cake when a man called to say that he knew Phillips’ daughter, Lisa, was working at the bakery. The man proceeded to give point-by-point driving directions to the cake shop, where he planned to murder them.

Then there was Colorado Commissioner Diann Rice who likened Phillips actions to that of the Holocaust when she made a statement regarding the 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. I mean, we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination.”

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Phillips’ own father was a World War II veteran severely injured in combat and part of a team that helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp. Phillips broke down in tears when he stated, “For her to compare standing for my faith and not making a cake to Hitler’s atrocities just is unspeakable.”

There are even those within the gay community that do not support this action and have reached out to show support to Phillips.  Phillips speaks of gay man from Daytona Beach calling simply to offer his support of Phillips religious freedom and another that is a regular customer that comes in to buy things about once a week after hearing about them on a local radio show due to these events.

Phillips says, “So that’s a few, but there’s dozens or hundreds of gays who say they think this is just not right [and is] politically motivated mostly. ‘You have the right to turn us down and these people are making us all look like we’re terrorists. … But we’re not, we just want to live our lives.’”

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Kristen Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative nonprofit legal organization that represents Phillips, called the comment “deeply offensive and biased.”

Waggoner believes that Phillips is the one who has been the victim of persecution and discrimination since this began with his interaction with the couple. Waggoner states she is beginning to see more and greater steps towards religious persecution of Christians in this country.

She states –

“The marginalization of Christians in America today — removing them from their jobs, banning them or purging them from entire professions — that’s a step toward physical persecution. You see that kind of marginalization in other countries, too. It’s a more polite type of persecution, but nonetheless, it is. It’s forcing someone to choose between their faith and making a living and supporting their family in their vocation.”

Many people get dismissive when you say such a thing and sneer when you speak of a “war on Christians” but here is some food for thought –

  1. Activists on the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct tried to remove Judge Ruth Neely from her position as municipal judge and part-time magistrate simply for being Lutheran all because when asked about if she was excited to perform same-sex marriages – she responded with no, her faith would not allow her to do that.
  2. Missouri State dismissed student Andrew Cash from their counseling program being he expressed concern over counseling same-sex duos. According to the lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Society – “Plaintiff was targeted and punished for expressing his Christian worldview regarding a hypothetical situation concerning whether he would provide counseling services to a gay/homosexual couple. Since he did not give the ‘correct’ answer required by his counseling instructors, he was considered unsuitable for counseling and terminated from the program,” the lawsuit alleges.
  3. Memories Pizza of Indiana was forced to close their doors amid harassment and threats of destruction after the owner was interviewed about the adoption of the state’s religious freedom law and stated while her restaurant serves gays, her Christian faith wouldn’t allow her to cater a “gay wedding.”
  4. Sweet Cakes by Melissa out of Oregon was put out of business for refusing to bake a wedding cake for same-sex weddings and ordered to attend government re-education classes.
  5. Liberty Ridge Farms  Towners of a Christian farm in upstate New York were fined $10,000 and assessed $1,500 in damages for not allowing a lesbian duo to use their land and home for a wedding.

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