SCOTUS Gives Christian Baker, & All Believers, Their Day In Court

George Orwell once said that “if you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” In a few months, the Supreme Court will let Christians know whether the future has arrived.

The Court just agreed to hear a case filed by Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, a Denver-area bakery. As his attorneys explain, Phillips is not just a baker – he’s an artist:

[Phillips] cakes communicate the important celebratory themes of birthday parties, anniversaries, graduations, and weddings. His faith teaches him to serve and love everyone and he does. It also compels him to use his artistic talents to promote only messages that align with his religious beliefs.

Phillips’ faith trumps business:

He declines lucrative business by not creating goods that contain alcohol or cakes celebrating Halloween and other messages his faith prohibits, such as racism, atheism, and any marriage not between one man and one woman.

That last one won’t fly – not in Colorado, and not in an increasing number of other states, either.

State authorities penalized Phillips under Colorado’s “non-discrimination” statute after he declined the demands of a homosexual couple for a custom cake for their “wedding.” Those penalties include monetary sanctions, for starters. But that’s not all. Phillips’ employees must submit to “comprehensive training” on non-discrimination. The former Soviet Union might have closed its re-education camps, but Colorado’s are open for business.

In fact, the only real discrimination, and bigotry, in this case comes from the homosexual complainants and the government thugs doing their bidding. As Phillips’ attorneys note, Colorado gave a pass to three other bakeries that refused a Christian customer’s request for custom cakes that criticized same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Nor will the government penalize bakers who refuse to bake cakes “bearing a white-supremacist message for a member of the Aryan Nation” or an Islamic baker who refuses to make a cake denigrating the Koran.”

Bakers are free to decline any expression that they find offensive. Unless they’re Christian bakers. Or Christian florists. Or Christian videographers.  Or Christian farmers.

And if the Supreme Court rules against Phillips, you can add every other Christian to that list. The militant homosexuals who hauled Phillips into court did so by bypassing hundreds of Denver-area bakeries that would happily have taken their money. If Phillips loses, that tactic will be repeated in every state and with believers in every profession.

Archbishop Chaput’s maxim has been on full display in the Supreme Court’s gay-rights jurisprudence. In 1986, the Court reaffirmed two millennia of moral teachings and held that “there is no such thing as a fundamental right to commit homosexual sodomy.”

Evil preached tolerance and, in 2004, convinced the Supreme Court that there was such a right.

The judiciary’s decent into abomination has accelerated. Two years ago, the Supreme Court determined that James Madison’s Constitution required state governments to recognize sodomy as a foundation for marriage.

After Evil’s preaching of tolerance won the day, it began demanding conformity. The lower courts have complied and are ordering our brothers and sisters in Christ to facilitate gay weddings.

In a few months, we’ll learn whether the Supreme Court is cool with that.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending Phillips pro bono, produced a video showing Phillips’ quiet resolve in the face of tyranny:

This is what real resistance looks like – the kind Christ commanded of us for such a time as this.

We should pray for Phillips’ victory, of course. But even that will simply delay the inevitable. Decades ago, gay marriage was barely a blip on pollsters’ radar screens. Now, nearly two out of three Americans support gay marriage, so you don’t need to have read Daniel and Revelation to figure out where this is all headed. The mob always demands, sooner or later, that all of us go from tolerating to facilitating its abominations. Aaron caved when the mob demanded a golden calf. Jack Phillips stood his ground when it demanded a cake. Each of us needs to begin deciding which will be our role model for the day when the mob comes knocking on our door, which it surely will.

Colorado Court Approves Re-education Camp for Christian Baker

We are rapidly approaching a tipping point in America.

The day is coming, sooner than most think, when we will each have to choose whether to obey God or man, dictatorial bureaucrats or the Constitution, tyrannical judges or our own consciences.

The sooner we grasp this truth the better: simply because a court makes a ruling does not make it right.

Because a law exists is not sufficient reason to obey it.

When Pharaoh ordered all newborn boys to be slaughtered, the Hebrew midwives refused. When the law ordered Northerners to return runaway slaves, most refused. When the United States Supreme Court affirmed “separate but equal” as the law of the land, good citizens refused to comply and fought to end it.

So it is today. As Josiah Gilbert Holland said, “Freedom weeps, wrong rules the land, and waiting justice sleeps.”

The Colorado Supreme Court has chosen not to intervene on behalf of Jack Phillips who refused to decorate (not bake, but decorate) a cake for a same-sex union ceremony—when such unions were illegal in Colorado. 

Erick and I spotlight this case in You Will Be Made to Care:

We have already seen how Jack Phillips Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado has been made to care by this wildfire burning through our culture. The details of the case are chilling. For years Phillips served both gay and straight customers equally. But when a gay couple insisted that Phillips bake a custom wedding cake for them in 2012, he declined.

According to an administrative law judge who reviewed the case, “Phillips believes that decorating cakes is a form of art, that he can honor God through his artistic talents, and that he would displease God by creating cakes for same-sex marriages.”

And get this: Phillips offered to sell the couple a cake he had already made that they could then customize as they desired. They refused, insisting that he be made to decorate it for them.

Phillips made his faith priorities clear: “I’m a man who is devoted to following Jesus Christ. He’s the one that’s in charge of all this…. It’s not up to the courts to decide what marriage is. It’s up to God to decide that. If we are living in obedience to Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible we are on the right side of history—no matter what they say.”

On August 13, 2015, a Colorado State Court of Appeals ruled Phillips must make cakes for gay weddings if he is to make any cakes at all.

His attorney Jeremy Tedesco said, “Government has a duty to protect people’s freedom to follow their beliefs personally and professionally rather than force them to adopt the government’s views.”

Some have cried discrimination, claiming that Phillips is a hater who refused service to homosexuals. But that is not what happened. He was happy to sell the gay couple a cake that he had made—but that was not enough. They insisted that give his seal of approval to their ceremony by using his baking artistry to create and decorate a customized cake that would celebrate their relationship. They insisted that he violate his conscience. And the government agreed.

To add insult to injury, the court ordered that his entire staff undergo training in the state’s policies—including his eighty-eight-year-old mother.

Re-education camp for bakers has come to America.

David Leach over at The Strident Conservative adds:

Proof of the commission’s absolute cluelessness in this case is provided by Commission Chairwoman, Katina Banks:

“You can have  your beliefs, but you can’t hurt other people at the same time. Religious freedom is undoubtedly an important American value, but so is the right to be treated equally under the law — free from discrimination.”

An “American value?” I’m afraid not, Ms. Banks. IT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!!

Banks isn’t the only idiot involved in the case who shouldn’t be. Monica Marquiz, one of the justices who voted not to hear the appeal, was the Colorado GLBT Bar Association’s 2009 Outstanding GLBT Attorney Award winner.

Conflict of interest anyone?

When laws and bureaucratic rulings dictate immorality, we are under no obligation–biblically or constitutionally–to comply.

A time of sifting is upon us, a time where we will—each of us—be forced to choose between God and man.

That choice will arrive differently for each of us, but it is coming, of that you can be certain. Are you ready?

You Will Be Made to Care.