Christian Persecution: Colorado Baker Jack Phillips Loses His Court Appeal

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– 17 August 2015 –

Janus:

Janus-smallOn August 13, Colorado baker Jack Phillips lost his latest battle to bake cakes according to his conscience.  From WorldNetDaily:

Three Colorado appeals-court judges endorsed Thursday a lower court’s decision to force a Christian baker, already labeled by a state official as a Nazi, to violate his faith and provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples.

The state’s plan also includes indoctrinating bakery workers regarding the treatment of homosexual customers.

The state Court of Appeals opinion by Judge Dan Taubman was joined by Alan Loeb and Mike Berger.

They rejected constitutional arguments raised by Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys who represented baker Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Phillips was targeted by homosexuals who explained they were getting married in another state but wanted a cake in Colorado, where same-sex marriage at the time was not legal. The court opinion notes Phillips said his bakery accepts customers regardless of sexual orientation but does not make cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Nevertheless, the homosexual duo, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, filed a complaint with the state, which ruled against the bakery. One official compared Phillips and his cakeshop to Nazis.

That was when Diann Rice, a member of the state civil rights commission, said: “I would also like to reiterate what we said in the hearing or the last meeting. Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust, whether it be – I mean, we – we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use to – to use their religion to hurt others.”

Sounds like an inquisition for a heretic rather than a free and fair trial.

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The Colorado Civil Rights Commission, or Inquisition, to combat heresy against protected victim groups. Diann Rice, who can’t distinguish between the state forcing Christians to participate in un-Christian behaviors from slave-ownership and—of course—the Holocaust, finds the argument of religious freedom ‘despicable’.  She is seated second from the left.

According to a Daily Mail article, Phillips and his lawyer haven’t ruled out appealing their case to the Supreme Court.  I hope they do, though it is likely that the corrupted Supreme Court would uphold the previous verdict.

Phillips has shown a patient and gentle fortitude in this three-year-long war.  He hasn’t budged in his resolve during all of this time, and he will never obey these rulings.  He is an example for us all.

Todd Starnes from Fox News wrote an excellent article on this newest update in the case:

As it stands – Jack will be required by the government to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. If he denies anyone service, he will be required to explain why. He is also expected to retrain his staff in the state’s anti-discrimination policies – including his 88-year-old mother.

It sounds like the government wants to round up Phillips and his staff and haul them to a reeducation camp – where they can be purged of the religious beliefs that offend the LGBT community.

“My mom is on my staff and she said she will not be retrained,” he defiantly said. “And I’m not going to make same-sex wedding cakes.”

Jack stopped making all wedding cakes last year – but one day he hopes to resume his passion.

“I would like that to be my choice and not the government telling me which ones I can do and which ones I can’t,” he said.
Jack said Christian business owners are under attack – especially those providing goods and services to the wedding industry.

“A lot of Christians are under attack – bakers and florists, wedding chapels,” he said.

Jack came under attack in 2012 when he declined to make a cake for Craig and Mullins. There were plenty of bakeries that would have provided the cake – but for whatever reason – they targeted Masterpiece Cakeshop.

According to the court documents, Jack offered to make them any other baked goods – including cakes. But that wasn’t good enough for the gay couple. They demanded that he make a wedding cake.

And when Jack refused – they filed discrimination charges – leading to a long court battle.

If you Google Jack’s name – you’ll find that many of the LGBT bullies and their minions have smeared his good name. He’s been called all sorts of things – from homophobic to a right-wing bigot.

But in reality he’s none of those things.

There was one item that I found particular interesting in the appeals court ruling. Apparently an administrative law judge had been investigating Phillips’ spiritual life. Here’s the verbatim quote:

“The ALJ found that Phillips had been a Christian for approximately thirty-five years and believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages.”

I suppose the LGBT bullies and their minions might call that paragraph the “smoking gun.”

And in a way it is – it exposes the heart of this good-natured man.

“I’m a man who is devoted to following Jesus Christ,” he told me. “He’s the one that’s in charge of all this.”

And when all is said and done – Jack Phillips does not answer to the Colorado Court of Appeals. He answers to a Higher Power.

“It’s not up to the courts to decide what marriage is,” he said. “It’s up to God to decide that. If we are living in obedience to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible we are on the right side of history – no matter what they say.”

I pray that Phillips wins his appeal or finds a way to keep baking in freedom.  But regardless of the outcome, he wins through his obedience to Christ.

Note: I’ve been following this case since 2013, previously posting on the subject here and here.

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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. ‘…have smeared his good name. He’s been called all sorts of things – from homophobic to a right-wing bigot.’

    I wouldn’t consider either if those a smear. IN fact, that’s pretty close to how I would describe myself, only I’d use anti-homo rather than homophobe!

    That said, this shows pretty clearly that what’s at stake is not equal rights or equality before the law, but a struggle for power and control.

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    • Well said.

      I never liked the ‘homophobic’ term, as though we are really afraid of scrawny sissy-men or fat, boyish dykes. ‘Anti-homo’ is a more accurate term.

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