Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

The real Nazis are not the bakers exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech; the Nazis are the radical, American-hating leftists sitting on that Commission.

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a gay-themed cake based on his religious views, will be heard soon by the Supreme Court. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission had determined that baker Jack Phillips had violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by his refusal to create a cake to celebrate the marriage of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. They decided that Phillips was required to bake gay wedding cakes whether he liked it or not.

By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

Phillips had offered to create any other cake for the gay couple, except one with a homosexual theme.  However this was not good enough for the gay couple, so they filed suit against Phillips to get the state to force him to bake this cake.

The Supreme Court has received at least 45 Friend of the Court briefs supporting Phillips’ right to not bake a gay-themed cake based on his religious views. On Thursday, October 7, The Department of Justice also filed a brief on behalf of Phillips.

 

The Alliance Defending Freedom is arguing on Philips’ behalf before the U.S. Supreme Court that Phillips’ right to decline to promote homosexuality is protected by the First Amendment’s Free Speech and Free Exercise clauses. They say, “The government can no more force Phillips to speak those messages with his lips than to express them through his art.”

Aside from the fact that government should not have the ability to force any citizen to provide services if those services violate their religious beliefs, the thing that really bothers me about this case is the unequal application under the law that singles out a single point of view for discriminatory treatment. Although the Commission concluded that Phillips was required to provide a gay-themed cake, they reached the opposite conclusion in the cases of three other bakers who refused to bake cakes with an anti-same-sex message. They determined that those other bakers were not required to bake cakes with messages they found disagreeable or perceived as anti-gay. So you are only guilty of creed discrimination if you promote a message not favored by that Commission. Your right to bake or not bake a cake then depends on the state’s opinion of your message.

The obvious bias of this Commission was clear. One of their members, Diann Rice, publicly compared Phillips to a Nazi because he believed that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Phillips attorneys say, “Rice’s comment “suggests that other members of the commission may share her view that people who believe marriage is only between a man and a woman are comparable to those who committed the Holocaust.”

The real Nazis are not the bakers exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech; the Nazis are the radical, American-hating leftists sitting on that Commission.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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