Do you recall the undeserved backlash (including death threats from angry activists, character assassinations from the liberal media, a judgment of illegal discrimination from a Colorado civil rights commission, and an affirmation of the commission’s ruling by a lower court) that Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, and Christian, Jack Phillips received five years ago under the Obama administration when he politely refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple?
Well, flash forward to the present, where it looks as if the Christian baker from Colorado has received an unexpected blessing from the Trump administration.
That’s right, the Justice Department has decided it defends his decision to not bake the gay couple’s wedding cake, and as a result has filed an amicus brief on his behalf to the Supreme Court, which is slated to hear his religious liberty case upon returning to the bench next month.
In the brief, acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall argued that allowing the lower court’s ruling against Phillips to stand would create a violation of the First Amendment “where public accommodations law compels someone to create expression for a particular person or entity and to participate, literally or figuratively, in a ceremony or other expressive event.”
“When Phillips designs and creates a custom wedding cake for a specific couple and a specific wedding, he plays an active role in enabling that ritual, and he associates himself with the celebratory message conveyed,” he added. “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights.”
Additionally, according to The Washington Times, the DOJ’s decision to file the brief “raises the possibility that the government will also ask for time to argue in front of the justices when the case goes for oral argument.”
Pretty amazing what five years and a change in administration can do, huh? Looks as if the days of sitting idly by while Christians suffer persecution over traditional Christian beliefs may finally in the rear view mirror.