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Rainbow ‘thugs’ sue Christian baker 3rd time for refusing to do ‘transition’ celebration cake

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June 11, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The LGBT movement’s talk of tolerance has always been a joke: They fully intend to achieve cultural dominance, and then attempt to “punish” those who publicly disagree with them and crush those who refuse to go along with their agenda. That is why they actively seek florists and photographers and bakers who disagree with them: Because they need to make an example of people to warn the rest of us that if we do not submit to their ongoing transformation of the nation, they will hoist our heads on pikes.

The most prominent example of this is Colorado baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who has unfortunately found himself in their crosshairs for a third time.

Most of you will remember Jack Phillips, who fought all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission punished him for declining to create a same-sex "wedding" cake due to his Christian beliefs regarding marriage. After a years-long battle, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that the Commission had violated Phillips’ right to freely exercise his faith due to the fact that the Commission had disparaged his religion in their ruling.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the very justice who wrote the decision legalizing gay "marriage" (and was replaced by Brett Kavanaugh) excoriated the Commission, writing that: “To describe a man’s faith as ‘one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use’ is to disparage his religion in at least two distinct ways: by describing it as despicable, and also by characterizing it as merely rhetorical—something insubstantial and even insincere. This sentiment is inappropriate for a Commission charged with the solemn responsibility of fair and neutral enforcement of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law—a law that protects discrimination on the basis of religion as well as sexual orientation.”

LGBT activists were outraged by this decision. Phillips barely had time to take a breather before they were after him again.

Autumn Scardina, a biological man attempting to transition to female, demanded that Phillips bake him a cake celebrating his “gender transition” after Phillips faced a long list of absurd requests designed to harass and upset him, including being asked to bake a cake with Satan smoking weed, another with an upside-down cross beneath Lucifer’s head, another featuring a pentagram, and a fourth with Satan engaging in sodomy. Incensed that their intended victim had gotten away, the LGBT activists let their true colours wave proudly.

And so Scardina filed another complaint with the same Commission that had been rebuked by the Supreme Court, and Phillips sued Colorado to again re-establish his right to freedom of conscience. In March of this year, Colorado and Phillips agreed to drop the case on all sides. This, of course, infuriated Scardina, who still wanted his pound of flesh.

Scardina is now suing Phillips (his third major legal battle) for refusing to bake him a cake celebrating his transition, a cake with blue on the outside and pink on the inside to symbolize his journey from male to female. Scardina’s lawyers have expressed the view that although perhaps Phillips may have been able to get away with not creating a gay "wedding" cake due to his religious beliefs, this case may finally take Phillips down.

Phillips’ lawyers at Alliance Defending Freedom have pointed out that this latest lawsuit simply rehashes similar issues, but the LGBT movement will continue to target Phillips until they break him, bankrupt him, or drive him out of business. The fact that Phillips continues to work as a baker proves that there is limits to their power, and they will not allow him to live and work in peace.

Unless the Supreme Court steps in and delivers a ruling that protects religious freedom in a far more definitive fashion than the first Masterpiece Cakeshops ruling did, we will see Phillips hounded by the rainbow thugs until they bleed him out. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews Mark Bauerlein, who 10 years ago warned against the dangers of technology in his book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). The thesis of his work was the rise of technology and the elimination of reading books has made our culture stupid. You can subscribe here and listen to the episode below: 

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.