BLOGCake Artist Jack Phillips on “The View”

By James Arnold Posted on: | July 03, 2017

On Friday, Jack Phillips and ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner went on “The View” to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear his case.




As you might expect, there is a good bit of disagreement among the hosts.

Coincidentally, that’s what this case is really about. A disagreement.

When the ladies on “The View” disagree about something, they don’t sue each other (even when those disagreements get very heated).

But when Jack disagreed with the message he was asked to express, he was sued and ordered to reeducate his staff. For  the time being, he had to stop making wedding cakes altogether. He has also received death threats and verbally abusive phone calls (some so bad he has asked his wife to avoid answering the phones so she does not hear them). One commissioner who heard Jack’s case called his religious freedom defense a “despicable piece[] of rhetoric.”

That isn’t what a diverse society looks like. As Marissa Mayer notes in this blog post:

“The government should not punish its citizens for following their consciences and living their lives in accordance with their deepest convictions. We either all have the freedom to peacefully live and act according to our conscience—or none of us do.”

Furthermore, as Kristen Waggoner pointed out on “The View,” the sorts of laws that would force Jack to violate his conscience could be used to force a Democrat speechwriter to write a speech in support of President Trump and the GOP healthcare proposals.

The question, then, is simple: Do we wish to live in a truly free society, or do we want to crush all those who disagree with us?


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James Arnold manages and edits the Alliance Alert, a daily repository of news in all forms—written, spoken, or in video format.

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