The Colorado baker who won a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 may be on his way back to the high court after a decade of legal battles, according to Fox News.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, spent the last week in court as he faces a new lawsuit related to his refusal to make a cake for a gender transition celebration, which he called a “trap,” as Fox reported. Phillips already has one Supreme Court victory under his belt from when he was sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Autumn Scardina, an attorney in Denver, requested a cake celebrating a gender transition, likely knowing that Phillips would refuse the order based on his religious views, which aren’t exactly private at this point in time. Unfortunately, the court system is allowing Scardina to abuse the system in a move that should terrify Americans.
It’s a trap
In an interview with Fox News, Phillips said: “We told the customer, this caller, that this cake was a cake we couldn’t create because of the message, the caller turned around and sued us. This customer came to us intentionally to get us to create a cake or deny creating a cake that went against our religious beliefs.”
The court system has done a poor job in discouraging frivolous lawsuits, and Americans like Phillips have had their lives ruined by activists and attorneys looking to make an easy dollar.
“This customer had been tracking our case for multiple years. This case was just a request to get us to fall into a trap,” Phillips lamented.
According to ABC News, Phillips mentioned that in a conversation with Scardina that took place in November 2020, she threatened him, saying that “if the case were rejected or dismissed, that they would be back the next day to request another cake order and then sue me and charge me again.”
Our rights are at stake
Of course, SCOTUS has a duty to protect Americans like Phillips from the abuses of frivolous lawsuits. Phillips and his family have spent the better part of the last decade being dragged into court and getting stuck with bills for extensive legal fees.
What we are seeing from attorneys like Scardina is a perversion of justice seemingly in an effort to advance an ideological agenda.
Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Fox News: “At the trial, and in other testimony, this attorney confirmed that Jack was contacted in an effort to make a test case and to ‘correct the errors’ of Jack’s thinking.”
Scardina is going after a small, family-owned business because they dare to hold their own opinions, which they are absolutely entitled to under the rights afforded to every American by the U.S. Constitution. Every business owner needs to recognize that, at this point, there should be no doubt that their rights are at stake.
The behavior of activists and grifters like Scardina is despicable, and the courts must act to put an end to this charade. Phillips and his family deserve peace and prosperity, not another decade in the court system fighting expensive, asinine lawsuits.