By Jonathon Van Maren
LGBT activists are not giving up their vindictive campaign to punish Colorado baker Jack Phillips for declining to create a gay wedding cake—not even after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in in his favour back in June. Scarcely six weeks after his legal victory, Phillips is already back in court. From the Washington Times:
The Christian baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was vindicated by the Supreme Court earlier this year is mounting another legal challenge this week after refusing to bake a gender-transitioning cake.
Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission discriminated against baker Jack Phillips for his religious beliefs, an attorney requested he create a cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside to represent a gender transition from male to female. As a Christian, Mr. Phillips would not make the cake since it conflicted with his beliefs, which was his same reasoning for refusing to bake the same-sex couple’s wedding cake.
The state of Colorado has come after Mr. Phillips again, suggesting state law requires him to bake the gender change cake. It’s the newest complaint mounted against him, which has forced Mr. Phillips to file a federal lawsuit Tuesday.
“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 Kristen Waggoner, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious liberty law firm defending Mr. Phillips.
The legal complaint claims the state has an anti-religious animus against Mr. Phillips. “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,” the lawsuit reads.
It must by now be clear to any reasonable observer that this campaign has nothing to do with so-called “rights” and everything to do with the desire to make Phillips’ life miserable, and hound him out of business if at all possible. An attorney is the one who commissioned the cake—no word as to whether the lawyer was switching genders, but it seems more likely that once the LGBT activists realized that Phillips had escaped their wrath the first time, they simply resolved to try again. The homophobic thing didn’t work? Alright, let’s try “transphobic” next and see if that sticks. And Colorado Civil Rights Commission is also clearly a bit peeved that Phillips managed to give them a bloody nose at the Supreme Court, and appears eager to try and hammer him a second time.
This is nothing short of a vindictive campaign of personal harassment against a baker who simply wanted to get on with his life. Instead, he has found himself the perpetual target of LGBT activists who are determined to see his head hoisted on a pike before this is all over. They have decide that he must be made an example of. That’s why a lawyer asked Phillips to bake a “transgender cake”—clearly, it was decided that a trans cake lawsuit was likely more viable than another gay wedding cake of some sort. Phillips had fought long and hard for the right to be left alone. It is a shame that the rainbow bullies will not allow him to live in peace.
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