Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpice Cakeshop. He’s also a Christian. He’s been the target of multiple lawsuits over the years from the LGBTQIA+ community, and the latest issue is that after a previous lawsuit was resolved, one of the claimants decided to file another suit against the bakery with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
CPR is reporting that customer Autumn Scardina is suing Jack Phillips again but this time instead of taking the issue to the state of Colorado or to the Supreme Court, the lawsuit is being pushed to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
CPR summed up the suit and the issue by writing…
“The second claim is specific because after his first case, Phillips suggested he would make any kind of baked good for LGBTQ customers, so long as it wasn’t a wedding cake. The suit claims that amounts to a violation of Colorado Consumer Protect Act, since Scardina ordered a birthday cake.
“Phillips said customers often ask him to bake cakes that violate his Christian religion, such as Halloween cakes and he always declines. Phillips has said he also declines to bake cakes that are disrespectful of LGTBQ people.”
This comes shortly after two other lawsuits that Phillips had to endure, one of which included a previous lawsuit from Scardina.
Town Hall did a recap of all three lawsuits that Phillips has been involved in by LGBTQIA+ people, the first of which occurred back in 2012 when Phillips was willing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, just not an LGBTQIA+ themed cake. The couple then sued Phillips, but the court sided with Phillips in a ruling that was handed down on June 4th, 2018.
Town Hall also recounts how Scardina had sued Phillips again for not making an LGBTQIA+ themed birthday cake. While Phillips offered still to make the cake, he wasn’t going to make it LGBTQIA+ themed. While Scardina filed a suit against Phillips through CCRC, Phillips filed a counter-suit against the state with the issue being that his religious rights were being infringed upon. Both the suits were initially dropped back in March of 2019.
Now Scardina is back again, this time claiming that Phillips is engaging in discrimination, with Scardina’s attorney Paula Greisen having told CPR…
“We simply want the law to be enforced. Because if not, you allow a business to send a message: go ahead, refuse service to these people, it’s OK, when the citizens of Colorado have said it’s not.”
Phillips, meanwhile just wants to do business in peace.
As explained by senior counsel Jim Campbell, who is representing Phillips via the Alliance Defending Freedom, Phillips is willing to serve anyone but it doesn’t mean he has to produce messages through his work that he disagrees with for personal reasons, saying…
“A new lawsuit has been filed against Masterpiece Cakeshop that appears to largely rehash old claims. The State of Colorado abandoned similar ones just a few months ago. So this latest attack by Autumn Scardina looks like yet another desperate attempt to harass cake artist Jack Phillips. And it stumbles over the one detail that matters most: Jack serves everyone; he just cannot express all messages through his custom cakes.”
This really is the most sensible approach to the situation. If you want a cake then buy a cake from Masterpiece Bakery. If you know that this guy is a Christian who doesn’t support putting messages into his work that goes against his belief, then go find another bakery that does.
It’s like going to a GameStop that doesn’t carry certain physical copies of Nintendo Switch games and then complaining that the games they do have aren’t the ones you want and you demand them to sell you the kind of games they don’t usually stock because those games don’t sell very well. Sure, they could order in those physical copies to service you, but they aren’t obliged to. They’re still willing to sell you games, just maybe not the ones you want. Find a GameStop that does. Problem solved.
Unfortunately we live in the Age of the Clown, and that means that someone not willing to bend over backward for something they don’t believe in has to be sued into oblivion and their livelihood ruined by the Rainbow Reich.
What’s funny is that these people don’t seem to be anywhere near as dogmatic with their litigation against Muslim bakeries. Steven Crowder even did a video about how Muslim-ran bakeries still don’t offer custom gay cakes.
I wonder if Scardina will sue any of those Muslim bakeries for not offering LGBTQIA+ themed cakes?
(Thanks for the news tip johntrine)
(Main image courtesy of JWR Caleb)