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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.

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WHAT'S AT STAKE

Jack Phillips doesn't design cakes for all events—he never has. He has a set of values based on his religious beliefs—a moral code—that guides his life, including his work. When an event conflicts with Jack’s beliefs, he doesn't participate. The Constitution protects that freedom—not just because Jack is a person of faith, but also because he is an artist who pours his time, talent, and incredible skill into creating custom works of art for his customers.

But that hasn’t stopped LGBT activists and the State of Colorado from coming after Jack. They’ve accused him of intolerance and discrimination, forced him to reeducate his staff and file quarterly compliance reports with the government, and demanded that he design cakes for same-sex weddings.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell may have redefined marriage, but it didn’t redefine freedom. The government does not have the power to force creative professionals like Jack—or anyone for that matter—to celebrate events that violate their faith. That’s the kind of freedom the First Amendment guarantees, and that’s why we seek justice for Jack.

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If government can force me to choose between my livelihood and the creation of art that violates my faith and the essence of my identity, we all have cause for concern. As Americans, we must remember what has made our experiment in liberty and self-governance unique and incredible – the freedom to speak, work, and create consistently with our conscience.”

-Jack Phillips

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