victory for the baker

The US Supreme Court found in favor of the bake in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found that people should not be bullied or banished from the marketplace because of their religious beliefs about marriage.

For the majority, Justice Kennedy wrote that “the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State’s obligation of religious neutrality.” The opinion adds that “the reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on [Jack Phillips’s] sincere religious beliefs and convictions,” and condemns the “clear and impermissible hostility toward [Phillips’s] sincere religious beliefs.”

Jack Philips has been consistent over the years.  “We can have rules, set standards and decide what we offer, but we don’t pick and choose who[m] we will serve.” In other words, Jack declined to make a cake celebrating same-sex marriage (which violates his sincerely held religious beliefs) but offered the couple other items in his bake shop. Jack was not declining to serve the couple as customers, he was declining making a particular product.

As Justice Kennedy said during oral arguments in Jack’s case, “tolerance is essential in a free society” and “is most meaningful when it’s mutual.” He further opined that “the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’s religious beliefs.”

Thank God for Jack having the courage of his convictions.  Also be sure you understand what constitutes sincerely held religious beliefs.

 

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