In 2012, Christian Colorado business owner Jack Phillips made a decision that would change the course of his life for the next five years. He followed his conscience and decided not to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple.
Since then he’s been hit with legal battles, death threats, and repeated attacks on the reputation of Masterpiece Cakeshop. But he recently decided to take his case to the Supreme Court with the help of an Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer.
Not only has Phillips made an argument defending his actions on the basis of his faith, but he’s also made it to defend the ability of all artists to turn down commissioned work that violates their beliefs. And that’s the argument he made on the liberal discussion panel “The View” in July.
Not surprisingly, despite giving a calm, logical reasoning for his decision, he was roundly mocked on TV.
When asked why he’s being so judgemental toward the homosexual couple, Phillips replied, “I’m not judging them. I’m not judging these two men that came in[to] my shop. I’m just trying to preserve my right as an artist to decide which artistic endeavors I’m going to do and which I’m not.”
“What do you think Jesus would have done in that situation?” co-host Paula Faris asked him.
“I don’t think Jesus would have made a cake, if he had been a baker,” Phillips answered, having just pointed out that Jesus wouldn’t contradict the rest of what God teaches in the Bible.
But co-host Joy Behar cut him off before he could continue, exclaiming loudly, “Jesus would have made the cake! You can believe the Bible and everything, but Jesus...that’s a dealbreaker.”
Now the Trump Administration has sided with Phillips in the form of the Justice Department filing a brief with the Supreme Court that shows a dramatically different position from the Obama administration, according to CNN.
Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall wrote to the Supreme Court, "Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights. The government may not enact content-based laws commanding a speaker to engage in protected expression: An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write."
Now to see what happens next. What do you think of this? In other news, Billy Graham’s daughter just gave America some sobering news about what she believes is happening with the spate natural disasters we’ve been experiencing lately.