The New War on Christian Baker Jack Philips
Just when Christian Baker Jack Philips thought his ordeal had finished when the supreme court ruled in his favour (upholding his right to religious freedom), he finds himself back in the legal trenches once again.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission filed a new complaint against Phillips on July 20. The crux of the new charge is that Phillips refused to bake a birthday cake that also celebrated a gender transition. According to a release from the Alliance Defending Freedom:
On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled for Phillips in his first case, the state surprised him by finding probable cause to believe that Colorado law requires him to create the requested gender-transition cake.
This time, the Alliance for Defending Freedom has gone on the offensive, filing a federal lawsuit against Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Civil Rights commissioners, accusing the state of persecuting Jack and seeking punitive damages.
The level of harassment of our Christian brother is stunning and since he came to national prominence, he has been inundated with anti-Christian and some downright Satanic requests:
In the past year alone, Phillips has declined several requests to create custom cakes because of the messages that they would have communicated or the events that they would have celebrated. Phillips believes that many of these requests are not genuine; rather, they are setups designed to get him to decline the desired message. Phillips believes that the originator of a number of these requests is attorney Autumn Scardina. In late September 2017, someone emailed Phillips asking for a custom cake “to celebrate” Satan’s “birthday.” The customer requested that the cake have “red and black icing” and include “an upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.” The customer described the cake as “religious in theme” and reminded Phillips that “religion is a protected class.” Phillips declined to create that cake because it included designs that would have expressed messages in violation of his religious beliefs. A few days later, someone called Phillips asking for a similar custom cake. Phillips noticed that “Scardina” appeared on the caller-identification screen. Phillips believes that the caller was Autumn Scardina. The caller asked Phillips to create a “birthday” cake for Satan. The caller requested that the cake feature a red and black theme and an image of Satan smoking marijuana. Phillips declined to create that cake because it included designs that would have expressed messages in violation of his religious beliefs. On June 4, 2018, the day that the Supreme Court issued its Masterpiece decision, someone emailed Phillips claiming to be “a member of the Church of Satan.” That person asked for the following custom cake:
I’m thinking a three-tiered white cake. Cheesecake frosting. And the topper should be a large figure of Satan, licking a 9” black Dildo. I would like the dildo to be an actual working model, that can be turned on before we unveil the cake. I can provide it for you if you don’t have the means to procure one yourself.
Not long after that request, two people visited his Cakeshop and asked for a custom cake with a pentagram, a symbol linked to witchcraft. Phillips refused, as is his right, to create the cake.
Jack Philips may the first Christian (or one of the first) to face down the secular left's assault on Christianity in America, but he will not be the last. The war against Christianity and our religious freedom has only just begun!
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