Owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop Suffers Further Abuse and Harassment
Christian baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado is facing yet another lawsuit over his refusal to make certain cakes that violate his religious beliefs.
The latest harassment of Phillips via the Colorado legal system began when a transgender woman named "Autumn Scardina" filed her second lawsuit against Phillips, claiming the Christian baker had violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act and Consumer Protection Act by refusing to bake what the plaintiff labeled a “birthday cake.”
The “birthday cake” as described in the lawsuit, which was to be blue on the outside and pink on the inside, was supposed to symbolize Scardina’s transition from male to female.
Scardina is represented by attorneys Paula Greisen and John McHugh. In an interview with a local news outlet, Greisen asserted that the “dignity of all citizens in our state needs to be honored.”
“Masterpiece Cake Shop said before the Supreme Court they would serve any baked good to members of the LGBTQ community. It was just the religious significance of it being a wedding cake,” said Greisen. “We don’t believe they’ve been honest with the public.”
WIBC host Tony Katz called the lawsuit "abuse" in a scathing commentary Tuesday morning.
"This is abuse and everyone should stand up against this lawsuit and say 'This is wrong.' This Autumn Scardina sued and the case got tossed out, and they're coming back again!
You wanna know what the hardest part about freedom is? The right to discriminate. I'm not saying it's smart or good business to discriminate, but if you have a business, you have a right to run it as you see fit. When you tell a person that they have to do this or that, that's no longer freedom. And you cannot be free if you cannot say 'no.' That's no longer freedom.
...No one should be wanting a society where Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop can be forced to make a cake for someone."
Click the link below to hear Tony's full commentary.