by Dr. D ~ January 10th, 2014
Last month a judge ruled that the Masterpiece Cakeshop must sell wedding cakes to gay couples. Now the Christian owner is appealing the decision with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Here’s the story from the Christian Post:
Attorneys representing a Colorado cake shop and its Christian owner filed an appeal last week after a judge ruled last month that the company must sell wedding cakes to gay couples. …
In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins asked Phillips to make a cake for their wedding reception. The couple planned to marry in Massachusetts then hold their reception in Colorado, where same-sex marriages are not recognized.
Phillips, a Christian, told the couple he would make them other baked items but, because of his religious beliefs, could not make them a cake for their wedding celebration.
Craig and Mullins, who are being represented by the ACLU of Colorado, filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which determined that Masterpiece Cakeshop had illegally discriminated against them. According to the ACLU, the CCRD’s findings then led the Colorado Attorney General’s office to file a formal complaint against the company with the state courts.
Response: This is one of many similar cases now making their way through the American court system. In this case the baker had provided products to the gay couple in the past and also offered to do so in the future but did not want to participate in any way in a same-sex marriage which violated his religious conscience.
ADF Attorney Kristen Waggoner made this poignant statement on the case:
"Every artist must be free to create work that expresses what he or she believes and not be forced to express contrary views," said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner in a statement. "Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away."
This is a case of competing rights and if cake makers or other businesses are required to participate in providing for celebrations that are against their belief system then the potency and reality of the 1st amendment protecting religious freedom in America will have been severely breached and diminished. The judge in this case in essence has declared that the Colorado discrimination laws which added homosexuals as a protected class out weight the 1st Amendment rights to religious freedom. So in this case the civil rights of homosexuals trumped the religious rights of a Christian.
Recently in a similar case the New Mexico Supreme Court boldly ruled and stated that Christian business owners must be forced to violate their religious conscience or go out of business. It is becoming obvious that this will not be completely resolved until the US Supreme Court rules on one of these cases. *Top