Skip to comments.Colorado Civil Rights Commission Misquotes Supreme Court to Go After Jack Phillips Again
Posted on 08/17/2018 7:37:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Believe it or not, Jack Phillips is once again being hauled before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
In June, Jack Phillips won a five-year battle against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Supreme Court, by a 7-2 margin, ruled that the Commission had displayed impermissible bias towards his faith.
What kind of bias? Well, statements comparing Phillips' unwillingness to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding to the Holocaust. Yes, there was ample evidence, the court ruled, that the Commission was out to get Phillips.
It seems like the Commission, which was almost defunded for their shenanigans by the Colorado State legislature, is out to prove the Supreme Court correct, but at least we have to say that they're after Jack Phillips again.
This time the issue is not a same-sex wedding cake. About a year ago, a caller to Jack's store asked Jack to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. To be blunt, it was an obvious set-up.
For starters, the request came in hours after it was reported that the Supreme Court would hear Jack's case. Jack's wife, who answered the phone, was asked for a cake with blue on the outside and pink on the inside, to represent the caller's transition from male to female. When Mrs. Phillips politely told the caller that her husband didn't make custom cakes for that kind of event, she was asked to repeat herself so that someone else could hear.
The "charging party" called again and this time an employee answered the phone and politely explained the shop's policy. After berating her about the policy, the "charging party" hung up.
At no time did anyone in the Phillips family ask the caller about any personal characteristics, such as sex or gender identity. The only thing they knew about the caller was the request itself.
But that didn't matter. About a month later Phillips received a copy of a complaint charging him with discriminating on the basis of gender identity.
Now, given their stinging rebuke by the Supreme Court, you would guess the Civil Rights Commission might be more cautious instead of going after Jack Phillips again. While this complaint involves a different party and a different set of alleged facts, it's still the same Commission and the same Jack Phillips. It requires an out-of-this-world naivete to believe that this time they will treat Phillips and his beliefs with the respect they deserve.
But not only was the Commission undeterred by its loss at the Supreme Court, it actually cited the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision which they lost in their new charge against Phillips.
But you have to hear how they quoted it. The entire passage from the decision quoted by the Commission reads like this, "While it is unexceptional that Colorado law can protect gay persons in acquiring products and services on the same terms and conditions as are offered to other members of the public, the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion."
But the Commission omitted the word "While," and the entire second part of the quote, "the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion." In other words, the Commission selectively quoted the passage in such a way as to turn the Supreme Court's meaning on its head.
This kind of bad-faith reading of the Supreme Court's opinion proves the Colorado legislature should have eliminated the Civil Rights Commission while it had the chance.
Yesterday, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the Commission on Jack's behalf, claiming that the Commission has systematically acted in a way that violates Phillips' First Amendment rights.
As the opening line of the complaint ADF filed on Jack's behalf states, "The U.S. Constitution stands as a bulwark against state officials who target peopleand seek to ruin their livesbecause of the government's anti-religious animus. For over six years now, Colorado has been on a crusade to crush Plaintiff Jack Phillips ('Phillips') because its officials despise what he believes and how he practices his faith."
ADF is doing its job. And we have to do oursto praycertainly for victory in the courts, but even more, for strength and grace for Jack, his family, and his ADF team. He didn't ask to be the champion of religious freedom in this post-Obergefell world. But he has fulfilled that role with grace and courage. And for that, he deserves our gratitude, our prayers, and he deserves to be left alone once and for all.
My feeling is this -— winning the case in court is NOT the main purpose.
Win or lose, the main purpose is to tie him up in court to a point where he has to spend tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands to defend himself which will result in his filing for bankruptcy or closing his business.
IOW — they want him to serve as a warning to all other Christian businessmen out there to conform or be driven out of making a living.
This is what tryranny’s face truly looks like. This is everything about what our founders rejected to the point of a bloody revolution.
Somebody needs to slap the Colorado Civil Rights Commission down hard.
Who are the morons on this so-called “civil rights commission?
The entire commission should be arrested and charged under:
18 U.S. Code § 241 - Conspiracy against rights
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
The attackers should be the one under legal scrutiny in a constitutional republic.
The USSC should rule that the state of CO will pay the baker 1 million $$ a day until they disband the nutty civil rights commission, and put the check in his hand.
This is a great case for “loser pays” litigation in this country, IMO.
At some point the people may have to step in here. Weaponized government must be addressed quickly.
Sue the crap out of them for actual and punitive damages.
They should be hit with RICO charges.
If law and order can’t prevail then you’re right that weaponized government will have to be met with weaponized citizens.
The Constitution was designed to prevent a tyranny of the majority and now it’s time for it to stop the tyranny of the minority.
The legal process is the punishment. Notice that this real or fake Tranny Trans or whatever did not have to spend a dime. Tranny simply made a phone call that sicced the State (The Law) (Colorado human rights commission) on this Christian businessman. While he will have to pay upwards of $100,000 to lawyers to defend himself.
I read that the same “charging” person called multiple times and asked for cakes that they knew he would not bake. I won’t describe the cakes, but they were something you wouldn’t let your young children look at.
So, why is it we hear (almost daily) of some wacko leftist judge ruling against a sensible law or EO, yet there doesn’t seem to be a conservative judge out there ready to issue his/her own “orders” canceling out any of the countless idiotic leftist laws and regulations we all have to endure?
Well, this is a different kind of case, seeing how the USSC has already ruled that CO couldn’t do what they were doing.
If it get to the USSC again they will slap CO so hard that their grandchildren will limp!
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