Just a few weeks ago, Alliance Defending Freedom defended Jack Philips at the Colorado Supreme Court. I attended the appeal to support Nicolle and Mr. Phillips.
Nicolle was interviewed by The Register and many of you have asked me about the outcome which will take weeks or likely months to come. Many of you are praying for him and for Nicolle which is deeply appreciated.
If you read this it is good to keep in mind that Colorado Civil Rights Commission member, Diann Rice compared the baker to a Nazi and said people like him were responsible for the holocaust. She “served” on the Commission that ordered Jack Phillips to reeducation camp.
Punished, but Still Open
In Colorado, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, was ordered last year by the state’s Civil Rights Commission to educate himself and his staff on Colorado’s anti-discrimination law and to file quarterly compliance reports for two years. Phillips, a nondenominational Christian, is challenging the commission’s ruling in court. For now, he has stopped baking wedding cakes altogether.
“The government that is supposed to be protecting my rights has become the greatest threat to them,” Phillips said. “Right now, they’re coming after my ability to make a living according to my conscience, my religious views and my Christian faith.”
The question of whether Christian business owners can legally refuse to offer services to same-sex weddings could be the next conflict regarding homosexual rights, anti-discrimination statutes and religious liberty that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/merchants-of-faith-christian-business-owners-discuss-the-costs-of-defending/#ixzz3gjf2Us8J
“I think the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on this national embarrassment: that various state and local governments are forcing small business owners to act against and speak against their deepest convictions,” said Nicolle Martin, an attorney representing Phillips.
Martin, who is working with Alliance Defending Freedom, told the Register she believes the high court will side with merchants like Phillips because the court will see that “government can’t force citizens to surrender free speech and freedom of religion just to run a family business.” She said Phillips in his 22 years of business has never discriminated against anyone.
“Simply, like any artist, he chooses which art, which messages he will create,” Martin said. “A wedding cake is fundamentally and qualitatively different than a box of cookies. It’s an iconic symbol of marriage; and because it’s a symbol of marriage, the government can’t force someone to create it.”
Martin, who added that Phillips doesn’t make cakes with bigoted or anti-American expressions, also said, “At his core, he’s an artist, and that buttercream is his canvas.”