Supreme Ruling: You Don’t Have to Bake that Cake, Jack!
Published : June 5, 2018
Even though the Court ruled 7-2 Monday in favor of Phillips who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, we must not relax as this is a good but small victory. Expect LGBTQ activists to step up their attacks even more because of this.
Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner, Diann Rice once compared Phillips to a Nazi but ironically, Phillip’s father was a WWII veteran who helped storm the beaches of Normandy and liberate Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
Regarding the decision, Justice Kennedy wrote:
“The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,”The court said the broader issue of whether a business can deny service of gays and lesbians “must await further elaboration.”
Justice Clarence Thomas added:
“Because the Court’s decision vindicates Phillips’ right to free exercise, it seems that religious liberty has lived to fight another day.”Good for Jack Phillips, but it seems the court lacked courage to tackle the First Amendment question. Therefore, expect the LGBT lobby to increase bullying of Christian business owners.
Preachers of tolerance have no problem forcing you to live in a way that goes against deeply held beliefs because they don’t want any moral accountability.
For example, an Oregon business filed a lawsuit last week against a church that turned down hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church. This just months after a Christian couple in Oregon lost their bakery over their refusal to bake a cake for a gay wedding and were forced by court rule to pay activists $135,000. Former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron and Melissa Klein, had their freedoms trampled on when they lost their appeal last December.
In this new case, Holy Rosary Church of Portland, is being sued by Ambridge Event Center, who claims their business was damaged by the decision. Ambridge once rented out a space for various events but the church rejected a request from an African-American LGBT support group.
But if you fail to comply with activist demands, look out! They are seeking $2.3 million in damages!
Christians seem to have two options: go along with and even celebrate sinful behavior that is against biblical teachings, or pay the penalty – whatever price they see fit to enforce. So what now?
The late theologian, John Stott summed it up well when he said:
“We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”How did we reach this present darkness where the foundations of not only culture but the church in America are crumbling? I’ve written a few books on the topic, but these things are certain: leftists will not relent on their agendas, and though God is still on His throne, Christians clearly do not have the influence we used to have on the nation. If we did, things such as the definition and meaning of marriage would not be debated.
We sure could use more watchmen on the wall willing to speak the truth in love and stand against evil at the same time. It is possible and necessary to do both.