Cakes and Christianity
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 26, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
When two men strolled into his business four years ago, a Colorado baker’s life was changed forever. Bakery owner Jack Phillips walked over, stuck out his hand and said, “I’m Jack. What can I do for you?” One of the men said, “We’re here to look at wedding cakes.” The other added, “It’s for our wedding.” To that Jack replied, “Sorry, guys, I don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings. I’ll sell you birthday cakes, shower cakes, cookies, brownies … I just don’t do cakes for same-sex weddings.”
Indignantly, the two men left, yelling something about “this homophobic cake shop!” Twenty minutes later Jack received the first of many harassing phone calls that continued for weeks, supplemented by angry emails, and it wasn’t long before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission sued him for violating the state’s non-discrimination laws.
Two years later, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ORDERED Jack to bake wedding cakes for same-sex as well as man-woman couples or NOT make them at all. To force him to comply, state officials DEMANDED quarterly reports for two years, detailing which orders he accepted or refused and why. Then, he was ordered to train his employees that (a) his religious beliefs violate state law, and (b) he cannot draw on those beliefs to run his business. Evidently, Colorado places more value on politically correct equality than constitutional liberty and freedom. Continue reading