According to a Colorado district court judgment, Christian cakeshop owner Jack Phillips will be forced to bake cakes celebrating transgender doctrine.
This judgment, handed down on Wednesday, June 16, is just the latest step in Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’s struggle to protect his religious freedom.
In 2012, a gay couple asked Phillips to create a cake to mark their “wedding.” Phillips, a devout Christian, refused to compromise his view that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
He was sued in court by homosexuals for refusing to participate in their “wedding.” Phillips was ordered by the district judge to abandon his religious convictions and bake the “wedding” cake.
Phillips, rather than compromise, chose to quit selling wedding cakes entirely, even though they accounted for about half of his shop’s revenue. He persisted in appealing the decision, pushing the matter to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court overturned the previous judgment in 2018, saying that ordering Phillips to make the cake was a violation of his First Amendment rights.
Autumn Scardina, a male attorney who poses as a woman, asked that Phillips make a cake to commemorate his “transition” before the judgment. Scardina filed a lawsuit against Phillips after being denied.
The request was for a custom-designed cake, pink on the interior and blue on the exterior, to symbolize and commemorate a gender change, according to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal group dedicated to religious liberty.
“Phillips’ shop declined the request because the customer specifically requested that the cake express messages and celebrate an event in conflict with Phillips’ religious beliefs,” ADF added.
“Jack Phillips serves all people but shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience,” ADF said. “The harassment of people like Jack … 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.” ADF said in a statement.
While Phillips does not have the authority to refuse services incompatible with his religious views, retail companies are seldom challenged for routinely denying access to customers who are not wearing a mask for medical reasons.
“See how this works?” Catholic Vote tweeted in reaction to the judgment. If you are a significant corporation like Twitter, Salesforce, the NCAA, or MLB, you can refuse to do business with anyone you like—even an entire state. But conscientious small business owners must be destroyed until they surrender.”