Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop is back in federal court this week, facing down additional charges of discrimination. …
On the very same day that the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Phillips’ appeal to the case previously brought against him by the commission, Denver attorney Autumn Scardina called the bakery and requested a “gender transition” cake. The lawyer asked that the cake be blue on the outside and pink on the inside, in order to celebrate the anniversary of his transition from male to female.
Phillips, a Christian who reportedly sees sex as rooted in biology, respectfully declined.
And so the Colorado Civil Rights Commission — the organization responsible for going after Phillips in the 2012 gay wedding case that eventually made it to the US Supreme Court — is now claiming that the baker discriminated against Scardina, because Scardina identifies as transgender.
On Thursday the Wire reported that: “The whole thing was an utterly transparent set up. Scardina, who had previously harassed the bakery with requests for cakes with satanic themes and sex toys, called on that particular day for the express purpose of being denied a cake.”
Phillips’ lawyers have stated that the baker’s belief in “the biological nature of sex”, not unlike his view on marriage, is a protected “religious conviction.”
Anti-discrimination laws could be used by an enthusiastic state to make Christian beliefs illegal again. (They were illegal in the Roman Empire until the Edict of Milan in 313 AD.)
hat-tip Barry Corke