Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out swinging for the fences against a court in the state of Colorado that fined Christian baker Jack Phillips after he refused to make a cake that would be celebrating a person’s gender transition.
“Shameful. This is religious persecution. Naked & unabashed,” Cruz said in a tweet published on Wednesday. “And it is lawless disregard of binding Supreme Court precedent.”
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— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 16, 2021
The tweet was in response to a ruling that was handed down this week in a Colorado court that compelled the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner to make a customized cake for a customer’s sex reassignment celebration.
“Anti-discrimination laws are intended to ensure that members of our society who have historically been treated unfairly, who have been deprived of even the every-day right to access businesses to buy products, are no longer treated as ‘others,’” Denver District Court Judge A. Bruce Jones stated in the ruling. “This case is about one such product — a pink and blue birthday cake — and not compelled speech.”
However, Cruz argued that the court was ignoring a SCOTUS precedent that came out of a previous ruling, which also involved Phillip’s and his refusal to make a same-sex marriage cake due to religious reasons.
In a 2018 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission could not force Phillips to make the custom cake that violated his deeply held religious convictions.
Shortly after the Supreme Court announced its intention to hear that case, attorney Autumn Scardina placed an order with Masterpiece Cakeshop requesting a custom cake that was pink on the inside and blue on the outside to celebrate her gender transition.
Phillips again cited his religious beliefs in refusing the request, prompting Scardina to make a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is currently representing Phillips, slammed the recent court ruling.
“Jack Phillips serves all people but shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience,” General Counsel Kristen Waggoner went on to say. “Radical activists and government officials are targeting artists like Jack because they won’t promote messages on marriage and sexuality that violate their core convictions.”
Waggoner then went on to blast “the weaponization of our justice system to ruin those with whom the activists disagree.”
“The harassment of people like Jack has been occurring for nearly a decade and must stop,” Waggoner added. “We will appeal this decision and continue to defend the freedom of all Americans to peacefully live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without fear of punishment.”
The bottom line here is if a person feels that making something that celebrates what their religion considers a sin, then the First Amendment protects them from having to do something that violates their conscience and beliefs.
Now, liberals don’t like that, but too bad. That’s the way a free society works. Folks in the LGBTQ community are purposefully going to this establishment and ordering these kind of cakes, knowing that doing so will end up in a lawsuit for Phillips. They are trying to destroy him. Plain and simple.