Baker Taken To Court Over Refusal To Go Against Religious Beliefs

FILE - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips, the Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones ruled, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The group representing Phillips, Alliance Defending Freedom, said Wednesday, June 16, that it would appeal the ruling, which ordered him to pay a $500 fine. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

This past week, a court in Colorado has issued the decision to punish baker Jack Phillips for refusing to design a cake to celebrate a gender transition on the grounds that it is against his religious beliefs.

The legal team that is currently fighting to defend Phillips has set in motion an appeal of the Colorado court’s decision in Scardina v. Masterpiece Cakeshop.

“Jack Phillips serves all people but shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience,” stated Kristen Waggoner, the  Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) General Counsel. in reaction to the court’s decision.

Waggoner has been the council and defence for Phillips for nearly a decade at this point.

“In this case, an activist attorney demanded Jack create custom cakes in order to ‘test’ Jack and ‘correct the errors’ of his thinking, and the activist even threatened to sue Jack again if the case is dismissed for any reason,” she stated. “Radical activists and government officials are targeting artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages on marriage and sexuality that violate their core convictions.”

“This case and others — including the case of floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, whose petition is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — represents a disturbing trend: the weaponization of our justice system to ruin those with whom the activists disagree,” Waggoner stated with empathy. “The harassment of people like Jack and Barronelle has been occurring for nearly a decade and must stop.”

“We will appeal this decision and continue to defend the freedom of all Americans to peacefully live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without fear of punishment,” she exclaimed.

On the exact same day that Phillips won a Supreme Court case back in 2018 over his refusal to create a cake celebrating gay marriage, he was demanded by a transgender activist to create a cake celebrating gender transition. As reported by The Daily Wire:

In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case of 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission evinced anti-religious bias for targeting Phillips for refusing to make a same-sex wedding cake,” The Daily Wire reported. “The Court did not rule whether a business could claim religious objections permitted them to refuse service to gays or lesbians.

On June 26, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it would hear Phillips’ case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which revolved around him turning down a request to make the wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. After he was targeted by the state of Colorado, Phillips was barred from designing custom wedding cakes, which, as the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) noted, represented around 40% of his business. ADF also noted that one of the commissioners belittled Phillips’ religious freedom defense, calling it a “despicable piece of rhetoric.”

The very day that the Supreme Court decided to hear Phillips’ case, his wife, Debi, got a call from Denver transgender attorney Autumn Scardina asking Phillips to make a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s “gender transition.”

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