Jack Phillips, owner and operator of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado received some excellent news from the Supreme Court, as a 7-2 decision ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated his First Amendment rights.
The majority opinion was penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who as joined by Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, and Stephen Breyer. Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the opinion and the result, pushing it to 7-2 in favor of Mr. Phillips, which overturned the 10 Circuit’s decision in support of the CCRC’s actions.
The two dissenting votes, unsurprisingly, are Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
The case concerned the plight of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to bake a number of different kinds of cakes, based on his religious principles. For example, he refused to bake cakes that celebrated divorces, cakes that were infused with alcohol, cakes with obscene language or artwork, or cakes celebrating same-sex weddings.
Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop were sued by a gay couple under a Colorado state law (the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act) that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation by any “place of business engaged in any sales to the public[.]”
Under CADA, the case was handled by the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which found that Masterpiece was in violation of the law and referred Masterpiece for a formal hearing in front of a state administrative law judge (ALJ). The Commission rejected Masterpiece’s argument that compelling him to bake the cake would violate his rights under the First Amendment.
In ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the court declined to make sweeping rulings about the propriety of such laws as CADA generally, but instead focused on what it considered shortcomings in the Civil Rights Commission’s deliberative processes.
Writing for the court, Justice Kennedy explained that “Colorado law can protect gay persons in acquiring products and services on the same terms and conditions as are offered to other members of the public, the law must be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.”
The opinion was fully focused on the open hostility that the CCRC displayed toward religion:
Indeed, while the instant enforcement proceedings were pending, the State Civil Rights Division concluded in at least three cases that a baker acted lawfully in declining to create cakes with decorations that demeaned gay persons or gay marriages. Phillips too was entitled to a neutral and respectful consideration of his claims in all the circumstances of the case… That consideration was compromised, however, by the Commission’s treatment of Phillips’ case, which showed elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection. As the record shows, some of the commissioners at the Commission’s formal, public hearings endorsed the view that religious beliefs cannot legitimately be carried into the public sphere or commercial domain, disparaged Phillips’ faith as despicable and characterized it as merely rhetorical, and compared his invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust. No commissioners objected to the comments. Nor were they mentioned in the later state-court ruling or disavowed in the briefs filed here. The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of Phillips’ case.
While this is a major victory for the First Amendment and Phillips, it’s important to note this ruling does not answer the question, definitively, whether or not businesses may categorically refuse to provide certain services for same-sex weddings, which means this is a topic that will likely be tackled at a later time.
Still, you have to appreciate every victory, no matter how small, and this is definitely one of those moments.
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This Is What Happened When Liberals Discovered Boston Celtic Hall-of-Famer Went to a Trump Rally
This period of American history is quickly turning into a redux of the McCarthy era…if the McCarthy era had happened in an episode of the Twilight Zone.
It’s not just Antifa breaking skulls in the street that makes the modern American left resemble Hitler’s brownshirts (although clearly the irony of calling everything they dislike “literally Hitler” is lost on them).
They are turning into a political gang, singling out and harassing anyone who they can somehow triangulate on the intersectional spectrum.
This week, it’s Boston Celtics Hall-of-Famer Kevin McHale, who was found out, in a very creepy way one might note, as he attended a Trump rally with his wife.
And Just how did the Liberal Police catch wind of McHale’s personal politics? You won’t even believe it.
By zooming in on a picture on Twitter.
The Daily Wire has the story:
McHale, who grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, was the general manager and later coach of the Minnestoa Timberwolves, and is currently an on-air analyst for NBA TV, apparently attended the rally with his wife. That drove the anti-Trump crowd to condemn him in no uncertain terms. Here is a tweet with the initial picture from which McHale’s picture was apparently drawn:
Thousands came to cheer President Trump in Duluth. pic.twitter.com/SEzYnpnr5p
— Glen Stubbe (@gspphoto) June 21, 2018
Then came this:
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) June 21, 2018
In come the Twitter flying monkeys, dispatched to shame this guy all week. Because that’s how you win hearts and minds over to your side, right?
As Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage noted, “The left wingers then tracked down Kevin McHale’s wife’s Twitter, decided some of her political opinions were unacceptable, and so deluged her with hate that she shut down her account.”
Here’s a sampling of what he and his wife were subject to, all for simply attending a political rally. For the current President of the United States.
Hall of Fame Celtic Kevin McHale and his wife attended a TRUMP rally?
You're an analyst in a sport that is 75% black.
You literally make money off the hard work of black athletes.
Is this real? If so, he's gonna have a rough week. pic.twitter.com/pY6zCfI7gj
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 21, 2018
Kevin McHale is extremely stupid for attending a public Trump event. That, as much as his politics, is why he should never work in the NBA again
— Nathaniel Friedman (@freedarko) June 21, 2018
By the way, this rally was also last night, so this has all happened in less than 24 hours.
This is the world that we live in, and these are the patients running the asylum. Twitter is being used as a tool to hold unofficial political trials in the court of public opinion, regardless of who is president. The loudest, most dramatic influencers are able to target and intimidate people who are barely public citizens, for their personal politics, even when they themselves choose not to post them.
Melania Trump Makes Surprise Visit to Child Detainment Facilities, Trolls Media Beautifully With This Message
As soon as the news broke of Melania’s Trump surprise visit to the border to see for herself what was going on in these infamous child detainment facilities, the media melted down over a curious message on the back of her jacket, which read “I really don’t care, do u?”
The item, which Us Weekly says is an already sold-out item from international fashion brand Zara, has once again distracted the media from what Melania was up to, just like they did when she wore stilettos to walk to the plane on her way to visit Hurricane Harvey survivors in Houston last year.
Instantly, the left, ever-ready to criticize a Trump, assumed that Melania was really so daft that she didn’t even notice the image it gave, or, even worse, seemed to presume that she really didn’t care because he jacket said so. I don’t know about you, but I always convey my innermost thoughts on the back of my jacket, don’t you?
Anyway, it wasn’t, and it turns out, the move was classic Trump, and was explained by POTUS himself in classic Trump fashion:
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
‘”I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” the President explained.
One chuckles to think of how this wardrobe decision went down and if the President was involved.
Nonetheless, one certainly can’t blame Melania for not caring, and one also has to admire her for clearly caring about the truth about the plight of young children in detainment facilities at the border.
“She wants to see what’s real,” FLOTUS spox Stephanie Grisham told CNN about the surprise visit which she added was “hastily planned.”
“She wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV. She wants to see a realistic view of what’s happening.”
“I’m here to learn about your facility, in which I know you house children on a long-term basis. And I’d also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible,” Melania said before touring the children’s detainment facilities in McAllen, Texas.
First Lady Melania Trump: "I'm here to learn about your facility, in which I know you house children on a long term basis. And I'd also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible." pic.twitter.com/LgLddG3NJE
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) June 21, 2018
Former Secret Service Agent Delivering Some Bad News to Clintons
A former Secret Service agent by the name of Gary J. Byrne has long been an outspoken critic of former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, ever since the days when he was employed by them during their stay in the White House.
Well, now Byrne is dropping a huge bomb on them, along with several others, in the form of a RICO lawsuit.
If it isn’t clear by now that the Clintons are among the most corrupt individuals on the planet, I’m not sure what else will make it clear.
The nature of the suit, according to the filed documents, is “racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations.”
In addition to the Clintons, Byrne names a number of Clinton associates and supporters as defendants, including:
Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership
Media Matters For America
Correct the Record
American Bridge 21st Century
Byrne also names fellow veteran Secret Service Agent and CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Jonathan Wackrow as a defendant in the suit.
As of Wednesday, electronic summons had been issued to all named defendants and Byrne had filed a certificate of disclosure titled “Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests.”
Byrne threatened to file suit against several of the defendants in 2016 following the release of his tell-all book, “Crisis of Character.”
Nothing would be more satisfying than to see the Clintons finally be held accountable for all of the wicked, corrupt things they’ve managed to get away with over the last several decades.
Bill has repeatedly been accused of sexual assault and has escaped any sort of real investigation into the matters, and his blushing bride has her fingerprints all over the Benghazi cover up, the email scandal, and a whole bunch more.
In America, the law is supposed to equally be applied to all people, regardless of color, race, ethnicity, societal status, and so on.
This will never be true so long as the Clintons aren’t held responsible for the evil they have committed.
Source: Daily Caller
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