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Friday, September 23, 2016

Christian Baker Fights For Freedom of Expression

A Christian baker has decided to go to the US Supreme Court to have his speech rights protected. Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. In 2014 he politely declined to make a wedding cake for two gay men because of his religious beliefs. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ordered him to make cakes anyway, and continue making cakes for gay weddings in the future. He also must file quarterly reports to show his compliance. The state’s Court of Appeals upheld the commission’s judgment. Now the matter goes to the U.S. Supreme Court for final consideration.

The facts show that the gay men are not the ones being singled out in this case. The same Civil Rights Commission refused to punish three bakers last year who would not make cakes for Christians. Clearly only conservative views are too intolerant in the eyes of Colorado’s bureaucracy. The real issue in this case is not discrimination against homosexuals. Freedom of expression is what is really at stake. The First Amendment is very clear that artists cannot be forced to use their artistic talents to promote a message that they disagree with. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is trying to do just that.

The LGBT lobby does not care about equal rights for everyone. It seems they only want rights for themselves. They will not be satisfied until everyone in the country is forced to agree with them or face legal prosecution. This is a battle for the basic constitutional rights that all Americans deserve. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free expression of religion. Free expression means the right to make choices in everyday life that follow the dictates of your faith. There is no right to have a wedding cake made by a particular bakery. If the Supreme Court follows the clear principles of the Constitution, it will rule in favor of Phillips on this important religious liberty case.

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