The LGBTQ and their Progressive allies were truly emboldened when Justice Kennedy handed down the majority decision to make Same Sex Marriage legal through the entire United States. Even before that decision, Denver based baker Jack Philips was visited by a gay couple in the summer of 2012 who wanted to hire Jack to bake them a wedding cake. Phillips offered to make cakes for other events and sell them cookies and brownies that allowed him to honor God and his Christian Faith, but had told them nicely “No” on the Same Sex Wedding Cake. The couple left the store throwing a temper tantrum like little children who were never punished for bad behavior.
What the news is saying:
If a bakery has a free speech right to discriminate, gay groups contend, then so do all businesses that may be said to engage in expression, including florists, photographers, tailors, choreographers, hair salons, restaurants, jewelers, architects and lawyers. A ruling for Mr. Phillips, they say, would amount to a broad mandate for discrimination.
Soon after; Phillip’s business, Masterpiece Cakes received threatening telephone calls from the “tolerant” progressives across the country, and protest movements against his business became the norm. Eventually the American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of this “loving gay couple” and was dragged before a human rights commission in Colorado, where they openly compared Philips to a Nazi. This, in spite of the fact that Jack’s father fought against the actual Nazis in World War II.
This is just one of many stories on how the “Rainbow Jihad” (as CRTV’s Steve Deace likes to call them) had become emboldened in recent years by progressive activists determined to pound the final nails into the casket containing “the rotting corpse of Christianity” using the LGBTQ and their quest for ‘civil rights.’ They know that a certain group of Christians will never accept the homosexual agenda due to the absolute words made in the Holy Bible regarding such acts and how God handle one such ancient community regarding this.
The Rainbow Jihad is hunting for businesses that will not bow and bend to their sub-culture; rather than seeking businesses that are truly LGBTQ friendly. You really have to wonder if they just wanted to set Jack Phillips up for persecution, and I think that was the plan all along. He is not alone. It does matter if you run a bakery, a restaurant, a flower shop or have your own photography business. If you call yourself a Christian and you dare not partake in this pagan event called same sex marriage with whatever business you have…you will be singled out and crucified for not justifying and affirming what they call ‘love’ and what God calls an abomination.
These Christians could always separate themselves from their faith and accept the LGBTQ’s demands and they get the gratification that they brought them over to the ‘dark side’ or whatever. Philips meanwhile will have his day in court and we shall find out how Neil Gorsuch rules on this. Religious Freedom must include the rights of business to refuse service to anyone who cause them to sin against their God.
For further reading:
In Key Supreme Court Case, Department of Justice Backs Christian Baker | Brian Fraga, ncregister.com
The U.S. Department of Justice’s amicus brief, filed Sept. 7 with the U.S. Supreme Court, argues that the baker, Jack Phillips, cannot be compelled by Colorado to “create expression for and participate in a ceremony” that would violate his First Amendment rights.
“This case is the only hope of protection for conservative believers in blue or purple states,” said Douglas Laycock, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who studies religious-liberty cases.
A coalition of creative professionals who style themselves “cake artists” filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court Tuesday in a case concerning the rights of merchants who decline to produce items for same sex weddings given moral or theological objections.
The brief contains almost 40 images of various cakes, to demonstrate that cakes are a unique form of artistic expression deserving First Amendment protection. The petitioner in the case, Jack Phillips, argues his custom cakes are a form of protected expression, and therefore the state cannot coerce him into creating a cake that conveys a message with which he disagrees. Perhaps appropriately, the cake artists’ brief was filed by Baker Botts LLP.
On one side of the dispute stands Jack Phillips—a Christian baker in Colorado who five years ago refused to craft a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage. “I’m being forced to use my creativity, my talent and my art for an event—a significant religious event—that violates my religious faith,” Mr. Phillips said, according to the Times. To Philips, this is “more than just a cake.”
Opposite Phillips are David Mullin and Charlie Craig, the two men who sought out his services and who later filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. “We asked for a cake,” they counter. “We didn’t ask for a piece of art or for him to make a statement for us. He simply turned us away because of who we are.” According to the Times, “Mr. Craig said the free speech argument was a smoke screen. ‘It’s not about the cake,’ he said. ‘It is about discrimination.’”
So which is it? Free speech or discrimination?