A three-minute walk – or 0.1 miles.
That’s how far away a cakeshop willing to design same-sex wedding cakes is from Masterpiece Cakeshop. In fact, there are at least 42 cake artists in the greater Denver area that offer to design cakes celebrating same-sex weddings.
So, why is Colorado trying to force one cake artist to do so, when it conflicts with his faith?
But that’s just what Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips is up against, and it’s what has placed him at the center of a critical religious freedom case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case began when a same-sex couple walked into Jack’s cakeshop and asked him to design a custom cake for their wedding. Jack declined because he felt that he could not use his artistic talents to celebrate and promote an event that directly contradicts his religious beliefs about marriage, but he offered to sell them anything else in his store or to design a cake for a different event.
For Jack, it was about the event itself, not the people.
The couple could have respected Jack’s beliefs and just gone to another nearby cakeshop. Instead, they picketed his shop and then filed a complaint. Now, the State of Colorado is seeking to force Jack to create art against his beliefs.
In our society, we must have room for everyone to live consistently with their beliefs, and we must have room to disagree with one another peacefully. That is what marks a truly diverse society.
If the government can tell us what art to create and what messages to express at the cost of abandoning our beliefs, that should concern us all. That’s why we should all stand for #JusticeforJack.
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