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No Cake for Pickle, But Jack Should Be Forced to Design a Cake Against His Beliefs?

October 17, 2017

Have you seen the flap about a boy named Pickle?

He's a 9-year-old boy whose letter to Donald Trump was read by Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a press briefing last week. In his letter, Pickle called Trump his favorite president and asked if they could be friends. Of course, the media naysayers immediately began to doubt that the boy actually existed, and set out to find him.

The next day, The Washington Post reported that they had found him. And he is most definitely real.

Pickle’s real name is Dylan Harbin, and he lives in California. When his third-grade class was learning about the presidential candidates and held a mock election, he liked Donald Trump the best.

That inspired Pickle to ask his parents for a Donald Trump-themed birthday party, complete with a Donald Trump suit and a cake in the shape of the “Make America Great Again” baseball caps. The Post reports:

“…[W]hen Pickle asked for ‘a Donald Trump suit’ for his birthday, [his mother] bought him one, and when he asked for ‘a Donald Trump cake,’ she made him one herself, because she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”

That’s interesting: “she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”

So, should these bakers be forced to design and create a Trump cake?

As you know, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips in a lawsuit that is reminiscent of this situation. When a same-sex couple walked into Jack’s store and asked him to design a custom cake for their same-sex wedding, he had to politely decline due to his religious beliefs about marriage. So the couple sued him.

Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons. Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops.

And neither should anyone on the Right.

The fact is that these cake shops have freedom of speech. They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.

That’s the principle we are advocating for in Jack’s case, and the principle we will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold later this year.

But, of course, the Left vilifies Jack Phillips who refused to design a same-sex wedding cake.

So, the question is: Do all cake designers have freedom of conscience, or only those who dislike Trump?

If we don't have the freedom to differ and follow our own convictions, then this isn't America anymore. That’s why we ask that you stand with ADF as we defend Jack before the Supreme Court. Everyone's freedom is at stake.

The right to differ is as essential as it gets.


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Michael P. Farris

Michael P. Farris, President and CEO

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Michael P. Farris, CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, brings to the role a diverse background as an effective litigator, educator, and public advocate.

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