Christian Baker: Unfair Persecution Again … Thanks to Little-Known “Commission:” 5 Disturbing Facts

Craig HueyReligious Liberty1 Comment

A new form of reverse discrimination by government agencies against Christians is increasing across America … thanks to the weaponization of state civil rights commissions by the LGBTQ community and other anti-Christian groups.

One example:

Six years ago, a gay couple filed a discrimination complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission against Jack Phillips because he refused to create a specialty same-sex wedding cake to their specifications … even though he had offered – as an alternative – to sell them their choice of any standard cake from his display case.

In ruling against Phillips, one of the commissioners demeaned his faith as “one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use.”

The case dragged on for years in the Colorado courts … each time ruling against Phillips until his case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

You remember the final outcome of that case … decided last June…

In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that:

“The government, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of free exercise [of religion], cannot impose regulations that are hostile to the religious beliefs of affected citizens and cannot act in a manner that passes judgment upon or presupposes the illegitimacy of religious beliefs and practices.”

Now, in this latest attack, cakeshop owner Jack Phillips has a target on his back … put there in part by the LGBTQ community in Colorado … and in part by the Supreme Court’s narrow ruling.

This time, a transgender woman has filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips because he refused to design a cake celebrating her gender transition from male to female.

They are going after him specifically because he’s an outspoken Christian who views his artistry in designing specialty cakes as an expression of his faith.

Here are 5 disturbing facts you should know about this trend:

  1. LGBTQ zealots and their supporters view any outward public expression or exercise of Christian faith to be discriminatory.

It’s a whole new definition of discrimination…

Here’s why…

Phillips doesn’t refuse business to anyone. He never has. He joyfully and lovingly sells products to all customers who come into his shop – without discrimination and without animus. He treats all customers with equal respect.

But as an artist, he will politely and respectfully decline to use his artistic talents to celebrate and endorse a lifestyle that contradicts and mocks his deeply held religious beliefs.

Toleration and peaceful coexistence with those who hold beliefs and practice lifestyles you as a Christian find offensive are no longer sufficient.

Under the redefined definition of discrimination, if you don’t celebrate, endorse, embrace, and support the beliefs and practices of any “minority” or “protected” group, you are by definition guilty of discriminating against them.

  1. State civil rights commissions are not part of the judicial branch of government.

They are legislatively-created administrative entities whose members are appointed, not elected.

This means several things:

  • Commissioners don’t have to be attorneys or have any previous experience in resolving disputes.
  • Commissioners don’t have to be fair and impartial arbiters of the discrimination complaints on which they rule.
  • There is no requirement for diversity in the backgrounds of commissioners.
  • A majority of commissioners must be members of a traditionally discriminated class.

These state commissions can levy fines and punish businesses by ordering “diversity training” and requiring other behaviors … but they have no accountability to the people they are hurting.

  1. The Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on whether state anti-discrimination laws and regulations violate the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court ruled that Phillips’ right to “a neutral and respectful consideration of his claims” was denied by the Civil Rights Commission’s hostility toward his sincerely held religious beliefs which motivated his objection to designing a custom cake.

The Court made its decision on the basis of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s hostility to Phillips’ religious beliefs … not on the issue of the free exercise of religion versus anti-discrimination law.

They failed to address his claim that he has a First Amendment right to act according to his conscience in his business practices.

  1. Those who accuse Christians artists of discrimination are unable to see the difference between the message and the person.

This is even difficult for some Christians to understand…

An artist produces art for the purpose of conveying a message … whether it’s a painting … a photograph … a sculpture … or a cake.

It’s possible to discriminate negatively against a message without discriminating negatively against a person.

Jesus did this all the time in the gospel accounts … and we are commanded in Scripture to do the same…

It’s called discernment…

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
(1 John 4:1)

If the transgender woman had asked for a cake that expressed a message that didn’t contradict and mock Jack Phillips’ Christian faith, he would have designed and made the cake.

Conversely, if a heterosexual Christian asked Phillips for a cake expressing support for same-sex marriage, he would refuse.

It’s about the message, not the person.

  1. The action of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission highlights the importance of voting in midterm elections.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is just one example of a developing trend across the nation…

Commissioners are appointed by state governors or by state legislatures.

Aggressive Democrat legislatures and governors are weaponizing state civil rights laws and commissions against Christians … and are unwilling to protect free speech and the free exercise of religion.

By electing conservative governors and state legislators in every state, civil rights commissions will become more balanced politically and philosophically in their membership … or better yet, will be defunded and shut down altogether.

 

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One Comment on “Christian Baker: Unfair Persecution Again … Thanks to Little-Known “Commission:” 5 Disturbing Facts”

  1. Good explanation of the case and the principles involved, especially the difference between discrimination types (message vs. person). By the way, the transgender person in this new Colorado case is still a man, not a woman. For anyone to insist you call the person by the “new” sex would be to suborn perjury. Surely the Constitution would frown on that.

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