Is there any question that Jack Phillips, infamous owner of Masterpiece Bakery in Lakewood, is being targeted? Phillips, if you have been hiding under a rock for the past two years, was sued by the state of Colorado because he would not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony because it conflicted with his religious beliefs. Note – Phillips did offer to sell the intendeds anything else in the bakery.
The case went to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission infringed upon his right to free exercise of religion by demonstrating overt religious animus against him. On the same day the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Phillips, Autumn Scardina requested a cake to celebrate the transition of someone (her?) who is transgendered. Obviously, Phillips also said no to her as well.
The National Review piece on Scardina’s harassment of Phillips – not only requesting cakes celebrating transgender transitions, but also celebrating Satan and other weird crap – shows that Scardina is pretty nuts and, frankly, gross. Nobody wants a sex toy on a cake. Nobody. It just seems unsanitary. Now, you’re going to read the article, aren’t you?
According to Google Maps, Denver literally has hundreds of bakeries. Pick a different one. A Fox31 report quoted part of Phillips’ defence team, Alliance Defending Freedom senior vice president of U.S. Legal Division, Kristen Waggoner on the issue:
“Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him — something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do.
“Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.”
Phillips should be permitted to have his religious beliefs and keep his business. In response to the harassment from the state, Phillips has sued the state. One can hardly blame him. LGBTQ advocates are overplaying their hand by continuing to target Phillips.