Colo. Civil Rights Commission issues inconsistent cake artist decisions

Monday, April 06, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco regarding the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s decision to exonerate cake artists with Denver bakeries Azucar Bakery, Gateaux, and Le Bakery Sensual, who declined to create cakes that violated their conscience, while ruling the opposite way for cake artist Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop:

“We commend the commission for reaching the right conclusion that these cake artists should not be forced to violate their conscience, but clearly the commission should have done the same for Jack Phillips. The commission found that these three cake artists have the freedom to decline creating unique cake creations because the artists found the requests offensive, but all Americans should be alarmed that the same commission determined that Jack doesn’t have that same freedom. Like the other bakers, Jack happily serves all people but declines to use his artistic talents to create cakes that violate his conscience. The commission’s inconsistent rulings mean that the owners of these three cake shops may run them according to their beliefs, while Jack cannot. He risks losing his life-long business altogether if he continues to run it consistent with his faith. Such blatant religious discrimination has no place in our society.”

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