Supreme Court Makes Ruling On Christian Baker Case
The Supreme Court of the United States has made a ruling on the Colorado Christian baker case, and the ruling is in favor of the baker.
The case began in 2012 when cake shop owner Jack Phillips was approached by a same-sex couple that wanted him to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony.
Citing religious objections, Phillips apologized and said that he would be unable to bake them a custom cake for their wedding, but offered to sell them any other baked goods that they might desire.
This answer was not good enough for the couple, who filed a lawsuit against the baker for allegedly discriminating against them because they were gay.
Phillips suffered defeat after defeat in the court system, but was ultimately vindicated in the Supreme Court.
First, the Colorado Civil Rights Division determined that Phillips had violated the Colorado Anti Discrimination Act.
The case was then referred to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which also determined that Phillips was discriminating against the same-sex couple. The Commission discounted Phillips’ argument that compelling him to write something on his cakes that he morally objects to based on his religious beliefs is a violation of his First Amendment rights.
The case was then referred to an Administrative Law Judge, who ruled in favor of the couple. A Colorado court of appeals upheld the ruling.
The losing streak ended when Phillips’ case was heard before the Supreme Court.
While the ruling did not determine whether or not a business could refuse service to a potential customer based on their sexual orientation, it did determine that Phillips received unfair treatment by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
“…Compelling him [Phillips] to exercise his artistic talents to express a message with which he disagreed and would violate his right to the free exercise of religion.”
The opinion later points out that the Commission,
“…Endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust.”
The Supreme Court determined that the Commission based its ruling on its hostility towards a religion, in this case Christianity, and ruled in favor of the baker.
This is a major victory in a matter that common sense would say is an open and shut case.
The easiest way to determine whether or not the baker is wrong is to replace the parties of interest in the case and see if it changes anything.
For example, imagine if a Christian couple went into a bakery owned by a gay baker. Imagine if the couple said that they wanted a cake that disparaged the homosexual lifestyle. Would the gay baker be compelled to bake the cake, or could they refuse?
The obvious answer is that the baker could refuse and there would likely be no lawsuit.
The reason why Phillips was sued is because there is, currently, a war on Christianity being waged by the Left of America. Conservative Comedian Steven Crowder was spot on when he demonstrated that other religions that disagree with homosexuality would not face the same scrutiny that a Christian baker would:
Source: Supreme Court Opinion