Baker Sues Colorado For Harassment
In what was seen as a vindication for religious freedom from state prosecution, Colorado Baker won a supreme court where he was allowed not to make a cake that would have violated his religious freedom. But this was not good enough for Colorado, the ink on the case was barely dry when an activist transgendered individual came in and demanded a cake to celebrate his sex reassignment when the Baker refused, Colorado slapped another fine and again is going after him.
The good news is the baker, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the city of Lakewood, has had enough, he has now filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission for violating his constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of religion, equal protection and due process, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday.
“This lawsuit is necessary to stop Colorado’s continuing persecution of Phillips,” the written complaint alleges. Also named in the lawsuit are Governor John Hickenlooper and Cynthia Coffman, the state attorney general.
Phillips seeks permanent injunctions against the state from taking any enforcement action against Phillips, who the lawsuit says was “vindicated” by the Supreme Court ruling.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado’s civil rights commission was hostile toward Phillips’ Christian beliefs when it cited him for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012, but did not rule on whether he violated Colorado’s public accommodation statute.
The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed by Denver attorney Autumn Scardina with the civil rights commission in 2017, in which she claims that Phillips refused to bake a cake that “celebrates my transition from male to female,” court documents showed.
Scardina did not immediately return a phone message left at her law office.
The director of the state’s Civil Rights Division, Aubrey Elenis, ruled in June that Phillips discriminated against Scardina.
“The evidence thus demonstrates that the refusal to provide service to (Scardina) was based on (her) transgender status,” Elenis wrote in a probable cause determination.
The finding by Elenis requires both sides to resolve the issue through “compulsory mediation,” the document said.
Phillips is also seeking $100,000 in punitive damages against Elenis “for her unconstitutional actions,” according to the lawsuit.
What you basically have once more is a civil activist attorney who went out of her way to target this baker knowing of his supreme court victory, one can’t say there were no bakeries along the way if you look at where her law offices are and the route to the bakery, I stopped counting at 20.
Daniel Ramos, executive director of One Colorado, a group that advocates for the LGBTQ community, blasted the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the conservative Christian group whose lawyers represent Phillips.
“We have seen the ADF launch similar lawsuits across the country that target nondiscrimination laws and civil rights agencies, and this broad lawsuit they filed on behalf of Jack Phillips reads like more of the same,” Ramos said.
This is pure nonsense, what you have is this baker was targetted, the LBGQ community knew of his belief, that was not acceptable, so in their typical prosecution of any one of the Christian faith who dares to disagree with their lifestyle they have decided they will shut him down, no matter the cost.
I give a word of caution here to the LBGQ community; you fought to gain your rights, if you continue this prosecution, you could as easily find a nation who is a majority Judeo-Christian nation may turn on you and find that granting such rights is not in their interests. The fact that the supreme court ruled on LBGQ rights, taking it out of the hands of the state, could quickly be reversed.
I applaud the gains you have made, but what I see now is a feeling of entitlement to try to force your morals on others, no one has that right because you feel this was done to you at one time, sure does not give you the right to do it back to others. If you are going to demand we honor your right to your own set of morals, then you are obligated to do the same in reverse, or you may find this acceptance will be taken away.
What we have here is nothing but state-sanctioned prosecution of Christians, for a nation founded on Christian principles, this is unacceptable, but this is what the left wants. If no other motivation is driving you, if you don’t want this coming to a city near you, you need to get out and vote this fall!