Colorado Continues to Harass Cake Artist; He’s Fighting Back

 

Two months ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop didn’t have to participate in a same-sex wedding by creating a custom cake for the occasion. In the process, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was smacked down for their deep hostility to Phillips’ religious beliefs.

It seems the commission was just getting started in their harassment of Phillips.

On June 26, 2017, the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an attorney asked Phillips to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which the attorney said was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. Phillips declined the request because the custom cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled for Phillips in his first case, the state surprised him by finding probable cause to believe that Colorado law requires him to create the requested gender-transition cake.

“The state of Colorado is ignoring the message of the U.S. Supreme Court by continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs,” said [Alliance Defending Freedom] Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner. “Even though Jack serves all customers and simply declines to create custom cakes that express messages or celebrate events in violation of his deeply held beliefs, the government is intent on destroying him—something the Supreme Court has already told it not to do. Neither Jack nor any other creative professionals should be targeted by the government for living consistently with their religious beliefs.”

This time, Jack isn’t just playing defense. Attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom, who won the Supreme Court case last June, filed a federal lawsuit late Tuesday against those officials for doubling down on their anti-religious hostility.

“The Constitution stands as a bulwark against state officials who target people—and seek to ruin their lives—because of the government’s anti-religious animus. For over six years now, Colorado has been on a crusade to crush Plaintiff Jack Phillips … because its officials despise what he believes and how he practices his faith. 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. 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.”

Kudos to Jack, Masterpiece Cakes, and the Alliance Defending Freedom for taking on the bully bureaucrats in Colorado. Here’s a video of the man behind the lawsuit, celebrating his win at the Supreme Court.

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  1. 1967mustangman Inactive

    The members of that commission should be thrown in jail on harassment charges. 

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:24 AM PDT
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  2. Richard Easton Member

    We need to shut down these supposed civil rights commissions.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:25 AM PDT
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  3. FridayNightEcon Member

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:28 AM PDT
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  4. Stad Thatcher

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):
    Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    I’d like to try, but my mind is boggled by the sheer arrogance of those people . . .

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:31 AM PDT
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  5. Quake Voter Thatcher

    Have to admire Phillips’ integrity and basic respect for those who persecute him.

    Create a “trans cake”? Imagine the possibilities for artistic expression and satire. It’s a Babylon Bee article in flour and sugar.

    • #5
    • August 15, 2018, at 9:33 AM PDT
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  6. The (apathetic) King Prawn Member

    The lawyer bringing the charges against him with the wrong-think punishment authority must be a piece of work:

    In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests. (emphasis mine)

    From this story.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:33 AM PDT
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  7. 1967mustangman Inactive

    Scardina is trans and seems to be carrying a grudge.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:40 AM PDT
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  8. EJHill Podcaster

    Again, the process as punishment, the citizen vs the deep pockets state. Does justice really work if the innocent is to be bankrupted by the actions of government?

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:43 AM PDT
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  9. Kozak Member

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    Sure. They see an Enemy of the People.

    Enemies must be crushed at all costs.

    They won’t give up unless they are put out of business.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:45 AM PDT
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  10. Front Seat Cat Member

    The person who asked for the transgender cake is doing it for political and extremely spiteful reasons. I hope this all backfires on their movement – sickening, but not surprised. If he did mail order cakes, I’d order one to help out – 

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:45 AM PDT
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  11. Kozak Member

    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Have to admire Phillips’ integrity and basic respect for those who persecute him.

    Create a “trans cake”? Imagine the possibilities for artistic expression and satire. It’s a Babylon Bee article in flour and sugar.

    Make them a pie that identifies as a cake.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:46 AM PDT
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  12. Front Seat Cat Member

    The (apathetic) King Prawn (View Comment):

    The lawyer bringing the charges against him with the wrong-think punishment authority must be a piece of work:

    In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests. (emphasis mine)

    From this story.

    If you have any doubt that evil is consuming millions unawares and humanity going over the cliff, the above is a snapshot – 

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:48 AM PDT
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  13. Jim McConnell Member

    Are the members of the Colorado “civil rights” commission immune from lawsuits, or will the taxpayers be paying to defend them in this action?

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:52 AM PDT
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  14. WI Con Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Have to admire Phillips’ integrity and basic respect for those who persecute him.

    Create a “trans cake”? Imagine the possibilities for artistic expression and satire. It’s a Babylon Bee article in flour and sugar.

    Make them a pie that identifies as a cake.

    Can he identify his cake business as a Social Networking business and exclude them on that basis? He may even get some of the ‘Gimp-Cons’ to support him.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:53 AM PDT
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  15. Quake Voter Thatcher

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Have to admire Phillips’ integrity and basic respect for those who persecute him.

    Create a “trans cake”? Imagine the possibilities for artistic expression and satire. It’s a Babylon Bee article in flour and sugar.

    Make them a pie that identifies as a cake.

    In another thread I suggest he use all his creative genius to form a beautiful wedding cake and then crush it down into a preposterous looking cookie.

    That’s a real trans cake.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:56 AM PDT
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  16. Hoyacon Member

    This strikes me as pretty predictable given the nature of his “victory” before SCOTUS and Kennedy’s limited opinion.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 9:57 AM PDT
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  17. Bob Wainwright Member

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    In the discussions I heard about the first case and the SC decision that ruled in favor of the baker, all the analysts were saying that the SC decision was so narrow that it seemed that it would apply only in this very narrow circumstance and/or only to this plaintiff. Which led me to wonder if the Colorado commission would just narrowly tweak its approach to comply with the SC, which might result in a victory for the commission.

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  18. Umbra Fractus Inactive

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    In the discussions I heard about the first case and the SC decision that ruled in favor of the baker, all the analysts were saying that the SC decision was so narrow that it seemed that it would apply only in this very narrow circumstance and/or only to this plaintiff. Which led me to wonder if the Colorado commission would just narrowly tweak its approach to comply with the SC, which might result in a victory for the commission.

    One would think they’d be a little more subtle about it.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 10:32 AM PDT
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  19. Umbra Fractus Inactive

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Are the members of the Colorado “civil rights” commission immune from lawsuits, or will the taxpayers be paying to defend them in this action?

    The Daily Caller article that @thekingprawn posted says that the director of the commission is personally named in the suit.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 10:36 AM PDT
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  20. Bob Wainwright Member

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    In the discussions I heard about the first case and the SC decision that ruled in favor of the baker, all the analysts were saying that the SC decision was so narrow that it seemed that it would apply only in this very narrow circumstance and/or only to this plaintiff. Which led me to wonder if the Colorado commission would just narrowly tweak its approach to comply with the SC, which might result in a victory for the commission.

    One would think they’d be a little more subtle about it.

    From the analysis I listened to, it actually sounded like the commission could just re-word its decision and that it would then pass the SC test.

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  21. Stad Thatcher

    I’d like to see these gutless wonders go after a Muslim baker . . .

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    • August 15, 2018, at 10:40 AM PDT
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  22. Umbra Fractus Inactive

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):

    Bob Wainwright (View Comment):

    FridayNightEcon (View Comment):

    You gotta be kidding me?! They’re doubling down after losing in SCOTUS? And on something even farther out on a limb?

    I try to pride myself on seeing both sides of almost all arguments, even if I think one side’s clearly in the wrong. But I’m having a hard time even understanding the logic here. Does anybody have any non-snarky (I can supply plenty of those myself) explanations of what’s going on in these Coloradans’ minds?

    In the discussions I heard about the first case and the SC decision that ruled in favor of the baker, all the analysts were saying that the SC decision was so narrow that it seemed that it would apply only in this very narrow circumstance and/or only to this plaintiff. Which led me to wonder if the Colorado commission would just narrowly tweak its approach to comply with the SC, which might result in a victory for the commission.

    One would think they’d be a little more subtle about it.

    From the analysis I listened to, it actually sounded like the commission could just re-word its decision and that it would then pass the SC test.

    You may be right, but I’m talking about sheer optics. To so shamelessly harass the same man mere weeks after the SCOTUS decision goes beyond chutzpah and straight into hubris.

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    • August 15, 2018, at 10:41 AM PDT
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  23. Umbra Fractus Inactive

    I wonder, if it could be proven that Scardina was behind all of the ridiculous requests, could Phillips not bring Scardina before the commission for harassment on the basis of religion?

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    • August 15, 2018, at 10:43 AM PDT
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  24. Ontheleftcoast Inactive

    Umbra of Nex (View Comment):
    One would think they’d be a little more subtle about it.

    Why would you think that? This was predictable. Social justice warriors

    • always lie
    • always double down
    • always project
    • always turn on you

    In this case, the trans complainant lied: the purpose was not to order a cake but to procure the grounds for a complaint to the “Human Rights” Commission.

    The Commission, having lost the first case before SCOTUS, doubled down.

    Human Rights Commissions tend to be established by radical activists co-opting well meaning liberals. When this is not the case, the end result is the same because the radicals turn on the liberals and take them over; along the way they project like mad. SJWs attribute to their victims the malice the SJWs themselves feel.

     

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  25. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Here is the website for the Alliance Protecting Freedom which is representing Jack Phillips.

    https://adflegal.org/

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  26. John Seymour Inactive

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):

    Have to admire Phillips’ integrity and basic respect for those who persecute him.

    Create a “trans cake”? Imagine the possibilities for artistic expression and satire. It’s a Babylon Bee article in flour and sugar.

    Make them a pie that identifies as a cake.

    LOL. The dialogue in my head:

    “Sir, I have that right here.”

    “That’s a sugar cookie.”

    “Sir, this particular baked good identifies as a blue cake that is pink on the inside. Are you questioning the self-identity of my baked goods? That will be $20.”

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    • August 15, 2018, at 11:44 AM PDT
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  27. John Seymour Inactive

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    This strikes me as pretty predictable given the nature of his “victory” before SCOTUS and Kennedy’s limited opinion.

    But truly foolish, given who is likely to be sitting on the court when or if this gets back there. 

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  28. Hoyacon Member

    John Seymour (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    This strikes me as pretty predictable given the nature of his “victory” before SCOTUS and Kennedy’s limited opinion.

    But truly foolish, given who is likely to be sitting on the court when or if this gets back there.

    Very true. There’s certainly a good chance of a stronger 5-4 decision.

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  29. tigerlily Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    I’d like to see these gutless wonders go after a Muslim baker . . .

    Fat chance.

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  30. barbara lydick Coolidge

    Re – the inanities of the Human Rights Commissions both here in the US and Canada. Do you suppose The US groups are taking notes on the Canadian approaches to this?

    Can anyone spell Mark Steyn? These are two very high profile cases, but one has to wonder if there are others where the harassment has been enough that the poor victims just caved.

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