The Masterpiece Cakeshop owner can now see a courtroom from a whole new perspective — that of a plaintiff, here’s why.
A Federal judge has now ruled that Jack Phillips — the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop who won his case went at the Supreme Court, and who is now facing a SECOND citation from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission which was launched (unsurprisingly) on events from the very same day that the Supreme Court ruled that the Commission had discriminated against Phillips for his religious views.
Now it’s the State Of Colorado’s turn to give an answer for their Commission’s actions in a court of law.
After the state found probable cause in the case involving Scardina, Phillips and his ADF attorneys filed a federal lawsuit late in the day Tuesday against the officials.
This lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Colorado Civil Rights commissioners, the Division’s director, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Gov. John Hickenlooper comes just months after the Supreme Court ruled in Philip’s favor after he refused to an order to create a cake for a same-sex couple in 2012 .
In the lawsuit, Phillips’ attorneys claim he was “vindicated” by the Supreme Court’s ruling, which only addressed some of the actions by the Civil Rights Commission. The court ruled 7-2 that the commission violated Phillips’ First Amendment rights with its “clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection.” The court said that the commission’s “hostility” casted doubt on its ability to be impartial in the case.
Source: Denver Channel
The second action Colorado’s (ironically-named) Human Rights Commission was taking against Phillips related to a cake he refused to make for Transgender Denver Attorney Autumn Scardina.
Scardina had asked Phillips to bake a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside as a celebration of “gender transition.”
Additionally, Scardina’s request seemed suspect because the request came on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would take up Phillip’s appeal in another case where Phillips refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple.
The Christian baker filed his lawsuit after the state made the decision to prosecute him even after Phillips won that case at the highest court in the land in a June decision.
Jim Campbell, who is representing Phillips and is senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom said in a statement, “The same agency that the Supreme Court rebuked as hostile to Jack Phillips has remained committed to treating him unequally and forcing him to express messages that violate his religious beliefs.”
“Colorado is acting in bad faith and with bias toward Jack,” he added. “We look forward to moving forward with this lawsuit to ensure that Jack isn’t forced to create custom cakes that express messages in conflict with his faith.”
Campbell argued that the state showed bias because it allowed other cake artists to refuse to bake cakes but showed a special “hostility” towards Phillips.
If you didn’t already think Trump’s Judicial appointmets were a Big Deal, just wait until this one winds its way back up to the Supreme Court.
Religious Freedom of Conscience clashing with Intersectional Victims Groups Politics?
You don’t think that whoever Hillary would have picked for these last TWO Judicial appointments (or Three if RBG thought she could ‘safely’ retire) would have given a Tinker’s Damn about Religious Freedom, do you?
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