Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, opened up Wednesday on his legal fight with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which settled its lawsuit against him after he refused to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition.
Phillips countersued, claiming the state was waging a “crusade to crush” him by pursuing yet another civil rights complaint. The two parties mutually agreed to end the legal battles, dropping their claims against one another.
Phillips, who famously won his case at the Supreme Court last year over his refusal to bake a cake for a gay couple, appeared on Fox News Radio’s “Todd Starnes Show” to discuss religious liberty and his faith.
“That was pretty discouraging to know that the hostility that the Civil Rights Commission has portrayed for us, projected at us, and it was addressed by the United States Supreme Court; they said you’re being hostile to Jack and his faith and you can’t do that. And here they were doing it again.
“So to know that we were facing that whole same commission with the whole same hostility was pretty discouraging,” Phillips told Starnes.
Philips says he’s been making cakes for 25 years, for most anyone who walks through his shop’s doors — but stops when it promotes a message that contradicts his religious beliefs.
He told Starnes he doesn’t make cakes that celebrate “Halloween or anti-American themes.”
Kristen Waggoner, an attorney for Phillips, filed a case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, claiming it was “acting in bad faith.”
Waggoner works for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit that focuses on issues relating to marriage and family.
Waggoner told Starnes that Autumn Scardina called Jack Phillips and requested a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside to celebrate her gender transition. Phillips refused, but according to Waggoner Autumn also requested a cake back in 2012 celebrating Satan as an effort to troll Phillips when news broke that he wouldn’t make a cake for the gay couple Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. Waggoner called it a clear “setup.”
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“Government officials are trying to crush people because they disagree with them on fundamental issues and that’s not constitutional,” said Waggoner.
She said the commission doubled down after the Supreme Court ruling that was handed down in June 2018. The court voted 7-2 on narrow grounds that the commission did not employ religious neutrality.
Waggoner is confident that it won’t happen to Phillips again, but is strongly urging the disbanding of the commission.
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The Colorado Commission on Civil Rights’ members are appointed by the governor and can be disbanded by legislators.
“This is a terrific win and we’ll see what happens,” said Phillips. He said business is chaotic when he’s in the news, but hopes to get back to doing the cakes that he chooses to do.