The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Christian baker Jack Phillips’s constitutional rights when it ruled against him for refusing to make a custom cake for a homosexual “wedding.”
The case, decided by a vote of 7 to 2, didn’t set precedent for courts to follow in other religious freedom cases. If it had, Christian bakers, florists, photographers, etc., would have some protection from their government when they refuse to use their artistic talents to endorse homosexuality, which God calls an abomination.
Two such artists in Arizona have to contend with the homosexual lobby, as it relentlessly continues to impose what the Bible teaches as sinful on others who openly reject it.
Art studio owners Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski sued the city of Phoenix over an ordinance that not only would criminally penalize them for refusing to create invitations and other items for homosexual “weddings” but prohibits them from speaking — explaining that they don’t produce art for homosexual “weddings” because they believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman.
An appeals court ruled against protecting the First-Amendment rights of these Christian women. Protecting sexual behavior from criticism is more important than upholding the constitutional rights of Christians. From their legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom:
“Artists shouldn’t be forced under threat of fines and jail time to create artwork contrary to their core convictions. The court’s decision allows the government to compel two artists who happily serve everyone to convey a message about marriage they disagree with. This contradicts basic freedoms our nation has always cherished. In Monday’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ‘religious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression.’ Phoenix’s position contradicts this principle and violates our clients’ artistic and religious freedom. We intend to appeal the court’s decision.”
The Christian business owners will appeal, and all Christians must continue to resist suppression and indoctrination, and contend for the faith and for freedom.