Jack Phillips’ Stand for Faith and Freedom
Like many artists, Jack Phillips, a cake artist and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, cannot in good conscience design custom items that celebrate events or express messages in conflict with his religious beliefs. So when two men came into his shop one summer afternoon asking Jack to design a cake for their same-sex wedding, Jack gave them the same answer that he would give someone requesting a cake for a Halloween party or any other event that violates his religious beliefs. He told them that he simply doesn’t design cakes for those events, but that he’d be happy to create something else for them.
Shortly afterwards, they picketed Jack’s shop and sued him. Now the United States Supreme Court must decide—does the Constitution protect Jack’s religious and artistic freedom? If the Supreme Court rules against Jack, it could jeopardize religious and artistic freedom in our country.
Governments at various times and places throughout history have dictated to artists what they can and cannot create. Is that the kind of America you want to live in? If we truly want to be a free society, we must fight for justice for people like Jack and protect freedom for all.