A Colorado congressman has asked the Department of Justice to investigate the state Civil Rights Commission, which twice has punished Lakewood, Colorado, baker Jack Phillips.
Once it punished him for refusing to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage, in violation of his religious beliefs, but he took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and won.
Earlier this month, the commission charged him with refusing to create a cake celebrating transgenderism.
It was the state’s latest move that prompted James Dobson, the noted Christian psychologist and founder of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute, to ask the Colorado legislature to reform the commission.
Now the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University is applauding Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., for calling on the Justice Department to investigate the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and to use its authority to protect the religious liberty of Phillips.
Lamborn told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “Both Mr. Phillips and Masterpiece serve everyone. All people – no matter who they are, what they believe or what protected class they belong to – are welcome in Mr. Phillips’ shop and may purchase anything available for sale. But as a devout Christian, Mr. Phillips cannot create custom cakes the express messages or that celebrate events in conflict with his deeply held religious beliefs.
“We are a stronger as a nation because of the societal contribution of religious Americans like Jack Phillips. Mr. Phillips and other creative professionals should not be targeted by the government for living consistently with their deeply held beliefs just because an agency director or the government doesn’t like those beliefs.”
Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute, said Phillips is once again under attack for his faith.
“In light of the overwhelming Supreme Court decision, this second case should never have been allowed to proceed against Jack Phillips,” he said. “The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is complicit in partnering with forces that are seeking to persecute and harass Jack Phillips.
The statement by Dobson, who has counseled five presidents, written dozens of books and guided Christian families in negotiating the intricate pathways of parenthood, said: “We strongly condemn the decision of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to allow this new claim of discrimination to move forward. This is simply a continued attack on the First Amendment and religious freedom.
“We call upon the Colorado legislature to provide unbiased, fair, constitutional due process for all Coloradoans, including people of faith, and to prevent future hostility by this biased government agency.”
The state, in the previous case, was scolded by the Supreme Court for its “hostility” toward Christians and toward Phillips for ordering him into a re-indoctrination program when he refused to provide a same-sex wedding cake.
This time, the Alliance Defending Freedom immediately launched a lawsuit on Phillips’ behalf against the state officials who have been targeting, asking for damages from them personally.
Phillips has said all along he sells products to anyone. But he won’t create any message, and the Supreme Court decided 7-2 in his favor.
Dobson, who serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board, and has been called by the New York Times “the most influential evangelical leader in the country,” described Colorado’s actions as a “relentless attack against religious freedom and the First Amendment.”
“Even though the 7-2 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court specifically held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is forbidden from displaying overt hostility and animus against a person for their faith, today that same Civil Rights Commission allowed a claim of discrimination to move forward again against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.”
Dobson, who also co-founded the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council, two organizations with high profiles in the battle for religious rights and America’s Christian heritage, pointed out: “On the very same day the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in 2017, a Colorado local attorney and LGBT advocate requested from Masterpiece Cakeshop a pink and blue cake celebrating the attorney’s transition from male to female. Jack respectfully declined to create the custom cake because the message it expresses would violate his Christian faith.
“Now, Jack is once again required to defend himself before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission even though the Supreme Court has already ruled in his favor previously. The Supreme Court upheld our constitutionally protected right to religious liberty and to be free from government hostility.”
WND requests to the state Department of Regulatory Agencies, which supervises the commission; the commission itself; and the office of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper did not generate a comment.