Cake Baker Jack Phillips Back in Court After Refusing to Make Gender Transition Cake
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, won a hard-fought battle over LGBT activists in 2018 at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled its illegal to compel a business owner to make something like a cake for a customer. While the LGBT crowd tried to make the court case all about discrimination, in reality this case was more about if you can force a business owner to do something.
It seems the Alphabet mafia hasn’t forgotten Jack Phillips’s win over them because the cake shop owner is now facing a new legal attack, this time for refusing to make a gender transition cake.
In a clear attempt to set up Phillips, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina called the cake shop to make her a cake celebrating a persons gender transition. When Phillops refused, Scardina sued for alleged discrimination under a lawsuit to the Civil Rights Commission. Scardina’s order came the same day of the Supreme Court announcement in 2018.
Coincidence? Absolutely not. The lawsuit marks another attack on American freedoms. Scardina is not suing against how Phillips treated her. She is suing against his right to reject doing business with those whose beliefs oppose his religious convictions.
The Civil Rights Commission ruled against Phillips in 2019. Phillips responded by filing his own lawsuit in federal court. He argued the move was an attempt to crush his business and personal finances, making an example of him as an American small business owner.
What’s at stake impacts every American. Should Phillips be free to run his business as he chooses, or is he legally required to cater to those whose beliefs oppose his?
Phillips has already given up making wedding cakes because of his previous case. The decision certainly cost him significant business, as wedding cakes comprised a large portion of his cake baking income.
A past Newsweek article shows the extremes some have taken to attack Phillips and his business. In addition to Scardina’s transgender cake request, he has received targeted attacks in the form of cake orders for Satanic cakes and even orders that are pornographic in nature.
Though Scardina’s case may only target a single cake baker in Colorado, the case presents a concern for every conservative. If every small business owner is legally required to serve those whose viewpoints are counter to their own, freedom of religion and freedom to conduct business no longer exist in America.
What happened to freedom of religion? The wrongly-labelled Equality Act is currently under discussion in Washington that would make cases like the one Phillips faces the new American norm. Instead of encouraging equality, the bill wrongfully outlaws many Americans the freedom to conduct business as they choose.
From photographers and wedding rental businesses, to every small business in the country, freedom is quickly a perishing commodity. Failure to act now could lead to failure for an opportunity to act in the future.
What can be done to turn the rising tide against people of faith like the case involving Jack Phillips? There is no easy answer, but one clear answer is that there is no staying silent.
We can no longer allow persecution of American patriots to persist without a response. Today, it’s Jack. Tomorrow, it could be you. Speak out, and stand for your American freedoms while you still can.