When the United States Supreme Court ruled in a favor of Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, he didn’t expect that he’ll face more problems weeks later.
The court ruled in Phillips’ favor in June, after he said to a same-sex couple in 2012 that he would not bake a cake for them exercising his freedom of expression. The baker subsequently became the target of unusual client requests after the decision, writes Lukáš Obšitník on Postoj.sk.
Phillips was called on June 2017 by lawyer Autumn Scardin, who asked for a blue-pink cake for the seventh anniversary of her coming out as a transgender individual. Phillips refused again because the product would carry a message what is contradictory to his religious beliefs.
“I serve anyone but I do not bake cakes for any occasion,” said the baker who got another sentence from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) because of Scardin’s plea.
The lawyer was posing as an ordinary customer, but she is a classic example of a provocateur harassing a company. Turned out that Scardin was ordering other products as well, in September 2017 in a mail ordered a swastika, another requests were made regarding a cake of Satan smoking weed or a pentagram.
The CCRC favoring similar customers to enterprises is telling much about the atmosphere in some areas in the United States. When Phillips was sentenced with the Colorado commission in 2012, he decided to temporarily stop baking cakes, losing 40 percent of his income. What will the CCRC do next? Force Phillips to close his company due to his beliefs?
His example shows that the American left is not motivated by the fight for tolerance. Scardin could go elsewhere to get a cake, however her goal is to force an entrepreneur to provide services against his will and beliefs. And if by any chance she’ll win at the Supreme Court, she can do this with the assistance of local authorities.