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‘If That’s What It Takes’: Cake Shop Owner Says He’ll Go To Jail For Jesus

by David Badash on December 10, 2013

in News,Religion

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The owner of a Colorado cake shop says he’s willing to go to jail to defend his religious beliefs — which include not baking cakes for same-sex weddings. While the state of Colorado does not allow same-sex couples to legally marry, Masterpiece Cake Shop owner Jack Philips says that “God’s design” is for him to be a baker, and he believes Jesus does not want him to bake cakes for gay couples.

Phillips last week lost his case in front of a judge ruling he had violated Colorado Civil Rights Commission regulations and discriminated by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple.

In a dystopian titled segment, “The Death of Free Enterprise,” Fox & FriendsElisabeth Hasselbeck offered no “fair and balanced” story today when she asked, “Are you willing to go to jail?”

“If that’s what it takes,” Phillips replied. “I don’t believe I need to drop my religious convictions at any time for any reason,” he told Hasselbeck. The Fox News morning show host didn’t bother to actually include anyone to reasonably explain the issues surrounding the case, or anyone from the opposing side.

UPDATE: Court Ruling Baker Discriminated Against Gays ‘Something That Happens In The Soviet Union’

“If the government can force you to violate your belief under the threat of a jail sentence, there is really no freedom they can’t take away, Elisabeth,” attorney Nicole Martin said. Of course, the government has been putting people in jail for religious beliefs since the nation was formed — including those who are conscientious objectors to war, a much stronger moral issue than cake baking.

“This could set precedent in terms of private businesses having to completely shed what they believe personally to offer something to a consumer,” Hasselback opined, ignoring the fact that private businesses are not private. Private businesses are licensed by the state in which they operate, and thus are required to abide by that state’s laws, or risk losing their business license.

Would Hasselbeck wish for a cake baker to refuse to bake cakes for weddings of interracial couples if it were on religious grounds? Would she support hotels refusing to rent rooms to unmarried couples? Perhaps she would support restaurants not serving alcohol to unaccompanied women? All those have been legal in our nation’s past.


Hat tip: Mediaite

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Mykelbarber December 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Matthew 6:6, But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Romans 13:7, Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

timothyapeacock December 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Also of note (something Philips' attorney should have known) is that Colorado does not have a criminal sanction associated with violation of public accommodation laws – it's merely civil fines and the potential for loss of business license. The criminal sanctions portion of the law (point 2 in the applicable section, linked below) was repealed earlier this year. He literally has no chance of going to jail – at all.

jchastn December 11, 2013 at 12:10 am

Oh but the threat of jail is so DRAMATIC on TV.

SeanLiberty13 December 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

"Bake shop owner forced to compromise his beliefs" – you know just like how KKK members were forced to serve people of color and those who hated Irish people had to remove their "No Irish Allowed" signs.

You are allowed to pray to whomever/whatever and in whatever house of worship, your home and business you want . You do not have the legal right to force, demand, or require your costumers adhere to your personal beliefs. It is already illegal for you do so. They have rights also. The Supreme Court has already ruled on this multiple times and it is already law.

The customer is the boss. Legal fact. American value. Good business. Proper manners. Civilized. Every business major learns this on the first day of class.

When you obtain a business license and/or permits to operate a business open to the public, you signed a legally binding contract to be open to ALL of the public and provide the service they desire. Of course that desire cannot include breaking laws against stealing, violence, or killing. The supreme court has already ruled on this.

White people cannot refuse business to people of color and vice versa. Christians (pro-gay and anti-gay) cannot refuse service to Pagans, Atheists, Wiccan, or any other faith and vice versa. No banning Irish people. Gay people cannot refuse service to straight people and vice versa.

You are not a priest, you are a baker so bake. It shouldn't be hard. It's what you do, so grow up and do it you uncivilized, arrogant, selfish pap.

LOrion December 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Won’t go to jail… just lose license! But that’s what he wants, that’s what he gets.

kajunteddy December 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I agree. No jail time, just forfeit their business license. Its the right thing to do. You dont have to bake for gays, but you cant bake for anyone then.

ForeverBoy December 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

"I believe Jesus does not want me to bake cakes for same-sex couples."

Jesus doesn't want you to bake a cake?

Jesus is fighting evil through informing you, however, of His opinion on cake baking.

Jesus doesn't want you to bake a cake… I am …utterly dumbfounded.

^^That right there is enough. Plenty.

But really?
And Jesus speaks his "wants" to you? About cakes and other folks' relationships.

My mind boggles at this level of ignorance, self-importance and pride.

(Idolatry, claiming intimate knowledge of the mind of God, etc.)???

Oh, you just 'believe' it, just cuz.
"HEEEYUCK. Cuz my bible sez so."

Bible scholars & translators who understand the enormous complexities and histories behind the books of the bible.. wow, they are just everywhere. And you are one of them?

Oh, it's less about that and more about just the way you were raised? Oh… so much better then.

A million delusional people sharing your delusion for 80 to 500 years, makes it no less of a delusion.

Really, how do you even have a conversation with these kind of people? As I've said before, it's like trying to have a conversation with a three year old about the dangers of eating too much candy.

Too invested, too blind, too stupid to see the forest for the tree they call "Jesus' opinion, which He has personally informed me of."

To even be able to arrive at such a conclusion, not see all the problems with it once you do, and then to stick with it, continually, then publicly on national TV, despite non-discrimination laws in the country and state you chose to live in: The issues/problems in your life must really go much deeper than ignorance and pride.

vaughntx December 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I really like your post, I just had to say that :)

123Coffee456 December 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Oh my goodness, we're not asking him to compromise his religious beliefs, we're informing him that he is discriminating against people. I don't even care if it's the LGBT community, their race, their gender, their anything. If a gay man refused to plan heterosexual weddings then he'd have a CONNIPTION FIT! Mark Driscoll believes women should be stay at home mom's, are we violating his religious freedom by letting women work?!
Your freedoms stop when they infringe upon others freedoms. Period. Done. You can be as bigoted as you'd like, but under court of law, the second you strip others of their rights then you've overstepped your right.

milomurray December 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Good grief, just bake the cake. Unless you choose to write "I <3 Bumming" in bright pink frosting across the top of it, you're not violating whatever sideways beliefs you happen to have. It's just a cake to celebrate love, not a legal document.

Heyim1also December 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Stick your cake up your ass. You bigoted POS.

masterguard08 December 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Insane man. No matter what his religious beliefs are, he broke the law by discriminating against the said couple(s). I bet he sold a cake or two to some women who had abortions or who were divorced which is against his beliefs. People use the religious card way too much.

James_M_Martin December 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Go to jail for Jess?! Why half way? If this butthead really wants martyrdom, I will buy the cross timbers and three railroad spikes, get a hammer, and nail him up!

jchastn December 11, 2013 at 12:22 am

His cakes are probably shit anyway. Now he is a known bigot, shitcake baker. He's gonna lose his business anyway.

jchastn December 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

So maybe thats what we need to do. Gay professionals who only work for gay clients. Hollywood would collapse overnight. So would many other industries. Sorry. I don't do STRAIGHT weddings.

Little Red Shoes December 11, 2013 at 6:15 am

"I'll go to jail for my beliefs" oopsie, somebody's trying to be a Mandela… only thing is, his 'beliefs' are harming others – there is no constitutionL RIGHT in that. Idiot!

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