Monday was a big day for cake artist Jack Phillips. After a 6-year legal battle, he finally got the justice he deserved.
The United States Supreme Court reversed the State of Colorado’s decision to punish Jack for living and working consistent with his religious beliefs about marriage. This is a big win for religious freedom.
The win is also thrilling for the brave man at the center of it all. Here’s what Jack had to say following the decision.
"I’m profoundly thankful that the Court saw the injustice that the government inflicted on me. This is a great day for our family, our shop, and for people of all faiths who should not fear government hostility or unjust punishment.
Today’s decision makes clear that tolerance is a two-way street. If we want to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend it to others with whom we disagree about important issues like the meaning of marriage."
Jack’s life has been turned upside down ever since he politely declined to design a custom cake celebrating a same-sex wedding back in 2012. He certainly didn’t ask for the media firestorm that has followed him these past six years. But Jack has handled it all with courage and grace—he even braved an appearance on The View!
The sacrifice—and it was a sacrifice for a soft-spoken guy like Jack—was definitely worth it. Jack has impressed people all over the country with his unwavering faith. And while some have tried to minimize the impact of the Court’s ruling, it is encouraging to see so many people praise the Supreme Court’s decision and share their words of encouragement for Jack.
Even President Trump had something to say about it!
Big Supreme Court ruling for Baker just out!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
Here is just a snapshot of some of the things that people are saying about Jack’s win at the Supreme Court.
“Justice Kennedy's ruling was a sound rebuke of the religious hostility of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission against a man of faith simply living out his religious beliefs in the way he runs his business. While this was not a broad ruling for artistic expression, it was a firm reminder that religion is welcome in the public square, and may not be discriminated against by the government."
"No government should ever force an artist to create a masterpiece that his own conscience cannot support. I look forward to seeing Jack once again freely creating beautiful masterpiece wedding cakes."
“No, the Court did not issue the sweeping free-speech ruling that many advocates hoped for and others feared. Instead it issued a ruling that reminded state authorities that people of faith have the exact same rights — and are entitled to the exact same treatment — as people of different faith or no faith at all. And it did so in an opinion that decisively rejected the exact talking points so favored by the anti-religious left.”
“Today’s decision is a landmark win for Jack Philips and Masterpiece Cakeshop. No one should be banished from the marketplace for peacefully living out his or her faith and for shaping business practices accordingly. The First Amendment protects Jack’s deeply held beliefs in the sanctity of marriage and his ability to create art reflective of his convictions and conscience.
"Justice Kennedy delivered a solid 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court victory for men and women of all faiths across America. Hostility towards peoples of faith has no room in our society and the government should not punish Jack, or others like him, whose religious perspective differs from others’ perspectives.”
“On Monday, the Supreme Court drew a line in the sand and protected the religious freedom of people like Jack. It said that religious hostility has no place in a diverse society like ours, whether the government is regulating art or anything else. It’s a significant victory. For freedom.”
“Monday’s 7-2 Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a big win for the religious liberty of all Americans. The court made it clear that hostility toward religion has no place in America, least of all in our government.”
“Jack loves all people, serves all people and happily sells his baked goods to all people. He simply had a humble, respectful objection that prevented him from using his artistic ability to create a cake for a ceremony that violated his Biblically-based beliefs. The court recognized that if the government could force him to do so, it would violate more than two centuries on constitutional precedent and set a dangerous precedent for the rights of every American."
“Business owners and others have no obligation under the Constitution, nor can one be imposed by statute, to confine their religion to the private domain. On the contrary, they have the constitutional right to proclaim and act on their religious beliefs in the public domain, including in the domain of commerce. If you are a Christian (or Jewish, or Muslim, or Hindu) business owner, you may run your business according to your religious principles, subject to legal regulations that are neutral (that is, not rooted in antipathy to your religious beliefs or those of your fellow citizens) and general in their applicability (that is, they apply to everyone equally)."
While people all across the nation will continue to talk about the Masterpiece decision, this much is clear: This win for Jack Phillips is a win for all Americans who value freedom.