November last year I attended a rally for Jack Phillips, whose case was going to come before the U.S. Supreme Court. We all were expecting Jack’s case to be decided in December of last year.
Last November, the atmosphere was electric in the packed auditorium at Colorado Christian University (CCU). We heard speaker after speaker talking in defense of our Constitutional rights to freedom of religion/conscience/thought/and speech.
A man from Alliance Defending Freedom spoke. Alliance Defending Freedom is the group that has been providing necessary legal support for Jack (pro bono — without cost to Jack). On their website they say, “… the ensuing lawsuit became the first time the government ever tried to force him to violate his conscience.” Continue reading →
Below is the first part of an article called “Description” found on Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop Website (see it on the link to donate page link above):
“Thank you for your interest in standing with Jack through these difficult times!
“What started as a conversation – a polite decline to custom design a same-sex couple’s wedding cake because it violated Jack’s biblically-informed conscience – has turned into an almost 5 year legal battle. After all, the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise of religion and freedom of speech remain a part of the American fabric. And every American should be free to live and work consistent with their faith, without fear of being punished by the government.
WHAT HAPPENED ON JUNE 8, 2018 AT
During the morning and through the afternoon on June 8th, there were from 75 to 200 people at a time at Masterpiece Cakeshop, supporting Jack. Everyone was very pleasant.
A man was there all day from the legal group that had supported Jack (at no cost). I asked if they needed any more financial support, and he told me that people had been very generous over the 6 years. Now it was the time give full support to Jack.
Present was the attorney who defended Jack’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Other people who came to support Jack were: people from several organizations, individuals from his church and other churches, and friends and people who had heard about the potential flash mob. They all came to support Jack with their presence in the face of threats.
All morning and afternoon, there was a continuous line of people purchasing baked goods and other things that were for sale in the cakeshop. Jack said with a smile that people were purchasing anything that was not nailed down. Continue reading →
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June 4, 2018 – Contact: (512) 478-2220
“Cake Baker Supreme Court Victory! Religious Freedom Clause Key To Historic Win” Washington, D.C. —This morning the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision, holding 7-2 that the Colorado government violated the constitutional rights (Free Exercise Clause) of private business owner and cake baker Jack Phillips. Last year, Texas Values joined 32 state family policy organizations from across the country supporting Colorado cake shop owner Jack Phillips, a supporter of traditional marriage who is being forced by the government to make a cake with a specific theme: celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony.
“This is an important religious liberty victory for a private business owner who prevailed over the wrongful attempts of the government to punish Jack Phillips for his faith. This decision will go a long way to helping Texas lawmakers pass state law protection on these specific religious freedom attacks from local government laws like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, just to name a few. The First Amendment protects religious liberty and freedom of speech and does not give government power to force artists such as Jack Phillips to express someone else’s message, particularly on an issue such as marriage that has been widely debated in our country,” said Jonathan Saenz, Lawyer and President of Texas Values. Continue reading →