December 19, 2017

University President John Garvey published commentary in Catholic News Service on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.

The Supreme Court heard arguments this month in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case about whether the government can make a Christian baker design a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding.

Jack Phillips, the shop owner, sells pre-made baked goods to anyone, but he won’t create things that carry a message inconsistent with his faith. He won’t make cakes that celebrate Halloween, or that carry vulgar or indecent words. For similar reasons, he turned down a request by Charlie Craig and David Mullins to make them a custom wedding cake.

They filed a claim under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act with the state Civil Rights Commission. It had little sympathy for Phillips. One commissioner said, “It is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use … to use their religion to hurt others.” ...

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