This coming Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court has the chance to set the record straight on religious freedom for everyone in the U.S.
In 2012, Jack Phillips of Colorado's Masterpiece Cake Shop refused to provide a cake for a same-sex "wedding" based on his faith convictions. That case – Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – is now before the nation's high court.
Jack Phillips doesn't design cakes for all events-he never has. He has a set of values based on his religious beliefs-a moral code-that guides his life, including his work. When an event conflicts with Jack's beliefs, he doesn't participate.
But that hasn't stopped LGBT activists and the State of Colorado from coming after Jack. They've accused him of intolerance and discrimination, forced him to reeducate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports with the government, and demanded that he design cakes for same-sex weddings.
Now the Supreme Court will decide-does the First Amendment protect Jack's artistic freedom, a principle the high court has long defended, or not?
This case could potentially have huge ramifications for religious liberty. Jack Phillips isn't the only business owner who has been told to dismiss his religious beliefs. We've seen over a dozen examples specifically of Christian business owners being driven out of business by various commissions and bureaucrats for this very reason-because of their religious beliefs. This case could be a turning point at the Supreme Court for religious liberty and, frankly, for the First Amendment rights of people of faith.
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