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Colorado Baker Targeted by LGBT Activists Again After Court Win

Colorado baker Jack Phillips won a resounding victory at the Supreme Court earlier this year in a 7-2 decision which upheld his religious freedom. But that hasn’t stopped the so-called Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) from continuing to harass him.

You are probably familiar with the original story: Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop and has served all customers at his bakery without regard to their identity or beliefs. When a same-sex couple asked Phillips to create a custom wedding cake for their ceremony, Phillips respectfully and politely declined because it would go against his deep Christian convictions. The couple filed a complaint with the CCRC, which ordered him to bake the wedding cake and to implement “sensitivity training,” even though same-sex “marriage” was not even recognized in Colorado at that time. After several years of legal battles, the 7-2 Supreme Court majority determined that the CCRC was overtly hostile to Phillips’ religious beliefs. But that hasn’t ended the matter.

On June 26, 2017 — the very day the Supreme Court agreed to take up Phillips’ case — a lawyer identifying as transgender called Masterpiece Cakeshop and demanded a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate the lawyer’s “gender transition.” Phillips’ wife, who answered the phone, declined, citing their Christian beliefs. The lawyer immediately filed a complaint with the CCRC, alleging illegal discrimination.

Then this past June, less than a month after the Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop was handed down, the CCRC declared there was “sufficient evidence” that Phillips had discriminated against the lawyer and ordered him to engage in “compulsory mediation.”

Facing continuing harassment for exercising his First Amendment rights, Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom this week filed a federal lawsuit against the CCRC, seeking an end to the continued discrimination against Phillips even after the Supreme Court decision.

“The state is doubling down on its hostility against my beliefs, even though that’s what the Supreme Court said they couldn’t do,” Phillips and his attorneys said in a statement. “It seems I’m the only person in the state of Colorado who can’t live out my beliefs.”

Attorney Kristen Waggoner, who argued Phillips’ case before the Supreme Court, said that the CCRC’s latest actions are “yet again confirming that it applies its law in an arbitrary and unequal way, which the Supreme Court has already said that it cannot do.”

The timing of the transgender lawyer’s complaint makes clear that this was an intentional targeting of Phillips with continued legal harassment. The radical LGBT movement is attempting to sue him out of existence. Good for Jack Phillips and his attorneys for fighting back on behalf of religious freedom and First Amendment rights.

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Thomas Valentine

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  • LGBTQ people are the ones getting denied service in this hateful bakery. He serves conservative religious folks. It sounds to me like the ones with targets on their backs are LGBTQ customers. Jesus would not approve

  • This baker has always been perfectly free to willfully choose a brand of religion that hates gay people. I too have chosen a Christian God who loves gay people. That is religious liberty. The baker and his fellow bigot believers have always been free to turn away gay people in what they call a church. But a public accommodation is not a church. The bigot signed a contract to get a business license. He therefore contractually agreed to abide by anti discrimination laws. Clearly not being honest is also one of his religious beliefs.

  • According to Valentine, right wing religionists should also be free to turn away black customers just like they did in the Jim Crow days. This baker dusgusts me.

    • Actually Jui’s point is valid. If this baker blames his god for his anti gay bigotry, another baker can blame his god for racist bigotry. Read your history. It has happened. Or are you saying you can only claim religious liberty for harming people Jerry Old Boy hates. If so, that is theocracy, not religious liberty

  • God dose recognize that says it the bible it is blind in his eye’s.but to each it’s own right or wrong.god says so.

  • The heinous monster is perfectly free to believe in the pot of poison he calls a “religion” and form whatever private club that promotes his hate. What the bigot cannot do is break the law and shun God’s gay children in a public accommodation. I am a Christian who is morally repelled by the baker’s depravity. I am also an American who condemns his discrimination.

    • I doubt seriously you’re a Christian, just because you say it don’t make it true. Watch ” liberals are sane” see??

    • I am same sex married in a Christian church. I trust my pastor on these matters, not bigots like you

    • I seriously doubt Johnson knows Christianity. God decides who is Christian. Not Jerry. Thank you Jesus!