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Jack Phillips, Colorado Baker in Legal Trouble Again

“Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who earlier this year won a United States Supreme Court case over his refusal on religious grounds to make a same-sex wedding cake, is back in court over his objection to making a transgender-themed cake.

“In June, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Phillips, arguing that the Christian baker had been mistreated by Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission due to his sincerely-held religious beliefs.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that successfully argued Phillips’ case before the Supreme Court, filed a new lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission because, since the Supreme Court decision, the commission ruled that Phillips had violated the law by refusing to make a cake celebrating a gender transition. The lawsuit names the commission, the Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Governor John Hickenlooper as defendants.

“After Phillips defended himself all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, he thought Colorado’s hostility toward his faith was over. He was wrong,” reads the suit’s introduction. “Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him, in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s ruling in his favor. This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips.”

According to the suit, last year a Colorado lawyer requested that Phillips make a cake celebrating a gender transition, with the exterior being blue and an interior that was pink. Phillips also received requests to make cakes celebrating Satan, marijuana usage, and sexually explicit imagery, with at least some of these requests allegedly coming from the lawyer.

“‘Phillips declined to create the cake with the blue and pink design because it would have celebrated messages contrary to his religious belief that sex — the status of being male or female — is given by God, is biologically determined, is not determined by perceptions or feelings, and cannot be chosen or changed,” explained the lawsuit. “The state’s continuing efforts to target Phillips do not just violate the Constitution; they cross the line into bad faith. This Court should put a stop to Colorado’s unconstitutional bullying.”

“On June 4, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that Colorado violated the First Amendment when it punished Phillips for refusing to bake a custom cake for the wedding of Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 when same-sex marriage was illegal in Colorado.”

Colorado is apparently trying to set a precedent that will stick. They have assaulted Phillips again, even though it is patently obvious that they are violating his religious freedom. The lawyer that requested the trans-cake, apparently, wants to use state power to force Christian business owners to do things that are against their religious convictions or go out of business, something that was never envisioned by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

“Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot.” Luke 17:28.

“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, com passed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter.” Genesis 19:4.

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