A little over two months ago, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake for a homosexual couple, claiming that doing so would violate his religious liberty.
The decision was hailed by evangelical Trumpservatives as a victory for religious liberty and a confirmation that their support of Donald Trump—an immoral man they believe was chosen by God to bring morality back to America—was God’s will and an answer to their prayers.
We thank God for answered prayer! Today the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. This is a huge win for religious freedom!https://t.co/jXX6pd6xaQ
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 4, 2018
As I and other conservatives who refused to drink the orange Kool-Aid warned at the time, the apparently lopsided victory was, in reality, a narrow decision because it failed to protect religious liberty after the question on whether the government can pass laws forcing Christians to violate their consciences in the marketplace remained unanswered.
Folks, this opinion is insanely narrow and the fight against religious liberty and the codification of rainbow jihad as the religion of the land has only begun. We need legislation pushing back. Yes, it could have been worse, but this is hardly reason to celebrate.
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) June 4, 2018
These warnings were rejected by the army of cheap grace evangelicals and Trumpservatives goose-stepping their way down the road of compromise that leads to the abyss of tyranny. Our predictions about how religious liberty was still in danger proved true yesterday in a new “bake the damn cake” case.
And believe it or not, the parties involved are, once again, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop.
Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Phillips, a transgender lawyer asked him to bake a gender transition cake—apparently mental illness and cutting off certain body parts is an occasion to throw a party—which would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside to symbolize the transformation from one gender to another. Phillips refused based on the same religious grounds as before, and bada bing, bada boom, a new discrimination case was born.
Of course, Phillips will fight this new government attack on his Christian faith in court, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Phillips in the prior case will defend him again.
Many evangelical Trumpservatives will feel a sense of optimism based on the Supreme Court ruling in the prior case, but they shouldn’t. After all, that ruling was essentially made irrelevant once Colorado filed new charges based on the same scenario.
In another brilliant analysis, Daniel Horowitz warns us that even the optimism being felt with the prospect of Bret Kavanaugh replacing Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is misplaced because “victories” from the high court aren’t always as they appear. We can’t rely on the tyrannical courts to do what “we the people” need to do for ourselves.
The problem with much of the conservative movement in a nutshell: You can’t turn around a bad situation unless you fight for it, and you won’t fight for it so long as you think you’ve already won. https://t.co/9HHQ6dbzZR
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) August 15, 2018
I hate that my conservative friends and I were right about the first Masterpiece Cakeshop case, but the fact that we were needs to serve as a wakeup call to evangelical Trumpservatives. As it was in the days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Nazi Germany, America won’t survive on her current course of lukewarm spirituality and political indifference.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.
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