Christian baker Jack Phillips of the Masterpiece Cake Shop recently won his Supreme Court case when the Court found that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had discriminated against him on the basis of religion, fining him for not baking a same-sex wedding cake. But that wasn’t the end of it. Now the same Commission is going after him again and Phillips is fighting back.
Phillips has filed a new lawsuit against the Civil Rights Commission becaue they have issued a new preliminary ruling against him, now for not baking a gender transition celebration cake.
Talk about harassment.
From Daily Caller:
On the same day the high court agreed to review the Masterpiece case, an attorney named Autumn Scardina called Phillips’ shop and asked him to create a cake celebrating a sex transition. The caller asked that the cake include a blue exterior and a pink interior, a reflection of Scardina’s transgender identity. Phillips declined to create the cake, given his religious conviction that sex is immutable, while offering to sell the caller other pre-made baked goods. In the months that followed, the bakery received requests for cakes featuring marijuana use, sexually explicit messages, and Satanic symbols. One solicitation submitted by email asked the cake shop to create a three-tiered white cake depicting Satan licking a functional 9 inch dildo. Phillips believes Scardina made all these requests. … Three weeks after Phillips won at the high court, the commission issued a probable cause determination, finding there was sufficient evidence to support Scardina’s claim of discrimination.
Obviously, if true, this person didn’t care about a cake for any real event, it was just about setting up opportunities to harass Phillips by legal action.
In response, Phillips is claiming a violation of free exercise, free speech, due process, and equal protection. He wants an injunction against the Commission to stop them from harassing him and he’s suing the head of the commission.
“Colorado has renewed its war against him by embarking on another attempt to prosecute him, in direct conflict with the Supreme Court’s ruling in his favor,” Phillips’ lawsuit reads. “This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips.”
The suit requests an injunction barring further prosecutions of Phillips for violations of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, a declaration that the Commission violated his constitutional rights, and damages from the chair of the commission. The complaint names the chair, Aubrey Elenis, in her professional and personal capacity, meaning she is personally liable for any financial judgment the court might award.
Phillips is seeking damages from Elenis for lost work time, lost profits, emotional distress, and reputational harm. He is also requesting an additional $100,000 punitive judgment against her.
While Phillips won his prior case in the Supreme Court, the case didn’t decide the main question – whether the government can force you to bake the cake, in violation of your religious beliefs.
The case was decided based on the Commissions discrimination against Phillips for being Christian, based on their remarks, and treating him differently than other bakers.
H/T Daily Wire