The Supreme Court is preparing to hear what could be a landmark case regarding free speech and religious liberty on Tuesday.
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More than 5 years ago – Colorado baker Jack Phillips was thrust into the national spotlight after he declined to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Mr. Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop — a mom-and-pop style bakery located near Denver.
The devout Christian told the two grooms that making a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony would violate his Christian faith.
Instead of just going to another bakery, the two men filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a nationally-renowned law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, took up Mr. Phillips’ cause.
On Tuesday, they will plead his case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
At the heart of this very intriguing case is a simple question — should business owners be forced to violate their conscience?
“The state of Colorado says it has the ability to force Jack to engage in artistic expression that violates the core of who he is,” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco told the Todd Starnes Show.
Tedesco said his client, who is a soft-spoken man, has been faced with a barrage of hate since the charges were filed — including from Civil Rights commissioners.
“One of the commissioners sitting in judgement…she said she thinks religious freedom is a despicable piece of rhetoric,” Tedesco said.
He said the commissioner went on to reference slavery and the Holocaust as being rooted in religion and said Phillips is an example of that.
“How are you going to get a fair shake,” Tedesco asked.
Clearly, people who follow the teachings of the Holy Bible are not welcome in the state of Colorado.
Tedesco tells the Todd Starnes Show that Phillips and his family have suffered personally and endured great hardships. They lost 40 percent of their business and had to lay off a number of employees.
He also said Phillips as faced death threats.
“There were days when the family did not want to come to the shop because they feared for their lives,” Tedesco said. “It’s taken an enormous toll on the family.
The question before the justices tomorrow is pretty straight forward. Should Jack Phillips – an artist – be compelled to violate his religious beliefs to accommodate a customer?
Beyond that — there are other questions:
Should the atheist owner of a t-shirt company be compelled to provide shirts for a church that read, “God Exists”? Should a black catering company be forced to provide meals for a gathering of white supremacists?
Should the government force business owners to violate their conscience?
And that raises another — more ominous question – if the government can force you to bake a cake against your free will — what else can they force you to do?
THE THIRD HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW
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THE SECOND HOUR OF THE TODD STARNES SHOW
1:05pm- Bullying the Baker? A brief discussion about a wedding cake has grown into a U.S. Supreme Court collision of some of the nation’s most cherished values. In a dispute that pits free speech and religious rights against equality, the justices on Tuesday will consider the case of a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings. The hour-long argument will mark the first full-scale test of gay rights since the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. For supporters, the case threatens to undercut the “equal dignity” the court promised same-sex couples in that decision. “This is about us being denied service at a public business because of who we are and who we love,” said David Mullins, who triggered the legal fight when he and his husband, Charlie Craig, visited Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2012. For bakery owner Jack Phillips, the case is about something very different. He says Colorado officials are trying to coerce him into creating a work of art to celebrate an event he believes is forbidden by the Bible. He is pressing free-speech and religious-rights arguments in fighting an order that requires him to either make wedding cakes for gay couples or not make them at all. Guest: ADF VP and Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco.
Should a gay baker be forced to make an anti-gay-themed cake? Should an atheist baker be forced to make a religious-themed cake? #SCOTUS | #ToddStarnesShow https://t.co/JgEmYFiEmt
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1:20pm- Question: Religious liberty or a license to discriminate? 888-788-9910
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