During the 8-year reign-of-terror of Barack Obama, LGBT activists not only came out of the closet but launched an all-out war against Christians. In some instances, they intentionally targeted Christian business owners to force them to violate their faith or so they could file a lawsuit against them. In filing the lawsuits, they hoped to gain fame and make some easy money and eliminate any obstacles that stood in their way of gaining preferential treatment.
The bottom line is that LGBT activists don’t just want tolerance and acceptability from everyone else, they demand preferential treatment above everyone else. In the process, they are among the most intolerant of all.
The Supreme Court announced Monday that they will hear arguments in one of these cases.
In 2012 a gay couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, decided they were going to fly to Massachusetts to get married, since gay marriage wasn’t legal in Colorado at the time. They wanted to hold a reception in Denver when they returned home.
Craig and Mullins selected Masterpiece Cakeshop for their reception cake. Jack Phillips, a devout Christian, owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. Lakewood is a suburb on the west side of Denver. I did a quick online search and found one listing for the best 27 bakeries in Lakewood, and there are even more in Denver, but the gay couple chose the one run by a Christian.
Phillips tried explaining to the gay couple that he is a Christian and that he could not take their order for the cake because of his Christian faith. Like most gay and lesbians who target Christian owned businesses, they were not tolerant or understanding of Phillips’ Christian faith. They could easily have understood and gone to one of the many other bakeries in the area, but no, they ran crying to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips.
In 2015, the case against Phillips went before the Colorado Court of Appeals who naturally sided with the gay couple. At the time of the trial, Phillips stated:
“I feel that the Bible is clear — what God defines marriage as. For me to violate that would be for me to rebel against God, to take what he’s designed and say it doesn’t matter.”
The court didn’t care about Phillips’ rights and ordered him to bake a wedding cake for the gay couple. Phillips still did not want to go against this Christian faith, so he made the decision to stop make wedding cakes for anyone. Alliance Defending Freedom, then filed an appeal of the court’s ruling.
On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that they will hear the appeal in the case Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (16-111). The court will hear arguments this fall.
Here are a few other examples of LGBT activists who targeted Christian businesses. In most of these cases, the liberal courts ruled in favor of the LGBT activists.
1- The case of Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon. They too were targeted and politely refused an order from a lesbian couple and explained it was due to their Christian faith. The lesbians sued and won. The Kleins ended up closing their shop to avoid losing everything in another lawsuit.
2- The case of Phyllis Young, owner of Aloha Bed and Breakfast in Hawaii. A pair of lesbians wanted to rent a room, and Young politely informed the pair that she was a Christian, as if they didn’t already know, and that her faith would not allow her to have them sharing the same room in her home. They sued and Young lost.
3- The case of Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington. A gay couple targeted her shop and wanted her to provide the flowers for their ceremony. Being a Christian, again as if they didn’t know, Stutzman politely offered to sell them flowers but that her faith would not allow her to make the arrangements for their same-sex wedding. Instead of going to another flower shop, they sued and Stutzman lost the case.
The same thing has happened to Christian photographers, other bakers, florists and venues. Unfortunately, none of these other cases ever made it to the Supreme Court. Hopefully, the high court will uphold the First Amendment rights of Jack Phillips and every other Christian business owner.