In a 7-2 decision last Monday, the Supreme Court rule upheld Jack Phillips’ religious liberty. Phillips, the owner of Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop, was accused of violating public accommodations law when he declined to bake a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. This is groundbreaking news for all Americans and a big win for freedom.
The Heritage Foundation has worked closely alongside the Phillips family in the journey to the finish line. In September of last year, Heritage expert Ryan Anderson sat down with him in our Allison Auditorium to discuss the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s attack against his rights as an American citizen to exercise his religion.
A deeply religious man, Phillips believed that it was his duty to serve the savior that he loves. Because of that conviction, he refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. In his opening remarks, Phillips tells Anderson, “No man can serve two masters,” and he says when he lays out his business plan that “you can’t serve God and money.”
That December, The Daily Signal followed Phillips back to his hometown in Lakewood, Colorado. In an interview, Phillip’s daughter told The Daily Signal that God had chosen her father to bear the burden of this attack, and his sacrifice paid off.
On the day of the Supreme Court’s decision, Ryan Anderson captured exactly why Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a monumental victory for the country in an article on The Daily Signal. He said, “The court made it clear that hostility toward religion has no place in America, least of all our government.”
We at The Heritage Foundation sincerely admire Jack Phillips and his family’s six-year sacrifice in the name of religious liberty. Their commitment to truth has finally been rewarded by justice.
We are also very thankful for you and your support. As a Heritage member, you made justice for Jack possible. Without your generosity, we would not have been able to help Jack Phillips uphold his firm beliefs. Thank you!
Have there been circumstances where you’ve been persecuted for your faith? If yes, how so?