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Masterpiece Cake: Supreme Court Emancipates Christian Slave

Back in July of 2012 we told you about Jack Phillips, the baker-owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and now radical homosexuals were pushing a boycott against the Christian business.

The same radical homosexuals that tried to run Jack Phillips out of business also filed a complaint against him Masterpiece Cakewith the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where they were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Administrative law judge Robert N. Spence later found that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop violated the law when he refused to use his talent and creative energy in the service of homosexuals who wanted him to bake cakes to honor their supposed “marriages.”

Spence’s finding represented a new and frightening chapter in the Left’s war on Christians because there is a fundamental difference between merely selling, cookies, cakes, brownies and other goods, which Phillips was willing to do, and using your creative energies and talent in the service of something that violates your Christian beliefs.

Were Jack Phillips an atheist and member of the creative elite, such as an artist or a writer and had refused to use his creative talent to serve a cause that violated his beliefs, say maybe decorating a church, no doubt the Left would be quick to stand for his First Amendment rights.

However, Jack Phillips is a working guy -- a baker and small business owner -- not an artist or writer or other creative talent recognized by the Leftist elite, so in their eyes he can be forced to use his talent in an activity that violates his Christian beliefs.

Phillips has said he lost business and had to let employees go because of the controversy.

And he has maintained that it’s his choice: "It's not about turning away these customers, it's about doing a cake for an event -- a religious sacred event -- that conflicts with my conscience," he said last year.

To force someone to do labor against their will is the very definition of slavery and that is nothing less than what the radical homosexual lobby and their secular liberal allies have been using courts across America to do.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stepped in, and in a 7 – 2 ruling, the Justices emancipated Jack Phillips. And while stopping short of deciding the broader issue of whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people it set aside a Colorado court ruling against Christian baker Jack Phillips. The opinion was penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing justice in tight cases.

"The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion," Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion.

The Supreme Court was particularly harsh in its judgement that:

…the record here demonstrates that the Commission’s consideration of Phillips’ case was neither tolerant nor respectful of his religious beliefs. The Commission gave “every appearance,” of adjudicating his religious objection based on a negative normative “evaluation of the particular justification” for his objection and the religious grounds for it, but government has no role in expressing or even suggesting whether the religious ground for Phillips’ conscience-based objection is legitimate or illegitimate. The inference here is thus that Phillips’ religious objection was not considered with the neutrality required by the Free Exercise Clause. The State’s interest could have been weighed against Phillips’ sincere religious objections in a way consistent with the requisite religious neutrality that must be strictly observed. But the official expressions of hostility to religion in some of the commissioners’ comments were inconsistent with that requirement, and the Commission’s disparate consideration of Phillips’ case compared to the cases of the other bakers suggests the same.

The Trump administration backed Phillips, who was represented in court by our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom, but the Court’s opinion to fully decide the bigger issues raised by the case.

Attorney Michael Farris, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom which represented Jack Phillips, told Fox News that Phillips is “ecstatic” at the decision. “Justice Kennedy has held that tolerance is a two-way street, and Jack Phillips was not tolerated by the Civil Rights Commission of Colorado,” said Farris.

The Far Left would like to frame this as a very narrow ruling that applies only to the facts in Jack Phillips’ case.

Sarah Warbelow, legal director with the radical homosexual organization, the Human Rights Campaign, claimed that the decision “is so narrow as to apply only to this particular baker.”

But we disagree.

The key point in the case for conservatives is that, as Justice Kennedy wrote, “tolerance is a two way street.” In light of the Court’s decision, religious persons who have been persecuted by state and local “civil rights” commissions, and other government enforcers of the Left’s anti-religious agenda, now have the right to introduce evidence of bias against Christians and other religious persons and to obtain relief when a government’s demand for tolerance ceases to be a two way street and becomes merely a cover for the Far-Left to persecute those who wish to live according to Biblical principles.

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