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License to Celebrate: Supreme Court Victory for Masterpiece Cakeshop and Jack Phillips

Baker Jack Phillips poses in his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, September 21, 2017. | (Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking)

Today, the Supreme Court issued a pro-liberty ruling (7-2) in favor of the First Amendment. The Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) case was not about cake as much as it was about our Constitution. The clear majority held that: "The Commission's actions in this case violated the Free Exercise Clause [of the First Amendment]."

Jack Phillips, a cake artist and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, is a man of quiet courage, conviction and compassion. Though he's been demonized by LGBT activists, including the ACLU (which is representing plaintiffs Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins), he has always served everyone. He simply doesn't participate in or create for every event. Phillips has always served all people, regardless of who they are or what they believe. He just doesn't use his artistry for every occasion. He doesn't make Halloween cakes. He doesn't create anything with anti-American themes. He doesn't make divorce cakes. And he doesn't use his artistic expression to celebrate a form of "marriage" that violates his faith.

As a creative professional, myself, I can't imagine the government getting to force me to use my artistic talents for something I don't believe in.

I used to be a Creative Director, and I know first-hand that ad agencies reject clients all the time based on ideological factors. Public relations firms do it all the time. Event planning companies do, too. But somehow, when a Christian wants to act on his/her religious worldview, they can't make determinations as to whether or not a certain event requires their artistic expression without severe governmental punishment? Why is a secular rejection of service more legitimate than a religious one? And we're not talking about some meaningless party here. We're talking about the most important institution in any society—marriage.

Sure, the Supreme Court decided to magically conjur up non-existent rights and instantly redefined marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, but it doesn't change the reality that (co-opted) rainbow colors don't trump the Constitution. Supreme Court judges have been supremely wrong many many many times before (Dred Scott v. Sandford, Minor v. Happersett, Korematsu v. United States, Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton and the list goes on). We're just glad that seven of them got most of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case right.

The Radiance Foundation was honored to host the December 5, 2017 #JusticeForJack rally at the Supreme Court. We know this isn't about "discrimination". It's about celebration. This victory is a license to celebrate the Bill of Rights. It's a license to celebrate free speech and religious liberty which should never be trounced by any form of activism. Despite the ACLU's attempt to compare the LGBT plight to the blood-bought civil rights struggle of black Americans, there is absolutely no comparison. Even one of the commissioners on the CCRC falsely claimed, in arguing against Jack Phillips, that "...sexual orientation is a status absolutely like race". Sorry. Not absolutely. Not even kind of. In fact, we discussed this with some African-American civil rights leaders (see our, including Dr. Alveda King, and they all emphatically agree with us: Gay is not the new black.

The very first right enumerated in our Constitution is religious freedom. It's not optional. It's foundational.

The narrow (in scope) Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling does not address numerous other pending cases (herehere, here and here) where Americans have been denied their First Amendment rights in light of LGBT activism as well. We're grateful to those courageous individuals and families who have risked so much to fight for their convictions. They understand that loving every human being isn't the same as loving every human doing.

Disagreement doesn't equal hate. Disagreement equals tolerance.

Our hope, with this unexpected 7-2 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, that similar cases will be resolved with fidelity to the ultimate Law that must direct all American jurisprudence—the Constitution.

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Ryan Bomberger is the co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, an Emmy Award-winning creative professional, passionate factivist and author of Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong. He is an adoptee and adoptive father who addresses a myriad of social issues in the context of God-given purpose.

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