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Colorado drops case against Christian baker

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/05/19, 02:42 pm

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission announced Tuesday it will abandon its latest effort to force baker Jack Phillips to make custom cakes in violation of his religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled that the state commission showed hostility toward religion in its earlier prosecution of Phillips for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., similarly refused to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition because of his religious beliefs, sparking another complaint and investigation of Phillips by the Civil Rights Commission.

Phillips sued the state, saying it disregarded the Supreme Court decision by pursuing the second complaint. The decision to drop the case followed discoveries by Phillips’ attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom that members of the Civil Rights Commission still exhibit anti-religious bias. Just last week, ADF attorneys uncovered statements from a 2018 public meeting in which two commissioners voiced their support for comments that a previous commissioner, Diann Rice, made in 2015. Those comments, which the Supreme Court sternly condemned in its ruling in favor of Phillips last year, called religious freedom “a despicable piece of rhetoric.” ADF also documented one commissioner calling Phillips a “hater” on Twitter.

“Jack’s victory is great news for everyone,” ADF Senior Vice President Kristen Waggoner said. “The state’s demonstrated and ongoing hostility toward Jack because of his beliefs is undeniable.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Leeper
    Posted: Tue, 03/05/2019 02:58 pm

    Good new for religious freedom. Hope they pay his attorney costs.

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Tue, 03/05/2019 03:10 pm

    Yay!!! Finally some good news

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/05/2019 03:19 pm

    Thank you , Lord!

    Colorado residents, how do you feel about your state blowing your tax dollars to persecute this man?

  • Thor
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 10:52 am

    My state was taken over years ago by California liberals.  I have since moved to Alaska.  It's only a matter of time here too.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 08:23 am

    Praise God!

  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 10:05 am

    The LGBT radicals do not want to allow anybody the freedom to disagree with the LGBT life style. If you put the shoe on the other foot, make the LGBT life style illegal, and I am not saying we should, they would scream that their freedoms are being trampled upon.  They are so blinded by their depravity they are confused about what is right and wrong.     

  • GMR
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 01:53 pm

    Well said.  Yet, the blind are not expected to see. Unless Jesus removes their blindness, they will stumble through life and fall into a deep pit. So, in an act of mercy, let us pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth, that they will repent and follow Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the LIfe. Nothing is impossible with God. 

  • RMF
    Posted: Wed, 03/06/2019 12:12 pm

    Good to hear. They don't like his views so they want to destroy his business. Just leave him be. Isn't that what they're asking for themselves?