I’m delighted to hear of the 7-2 Supreme Court victory today for Jack Phillips and his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop.
It’s been a long time in coming.
No one should be forced to violate their faith in order to earn a living, and Jack, who I’ve met and consider a friend, just wants to be free to live out his faith in his chosen profession.
As Jack has said on several occasions, this case was never about refusing to serve gay people. In fact, Jack has had many gay customers over the years. He’s served them all. He just couldn’t in good conscience use his artistic talents to create a gay wedding cake. He’s also refused to make Halloween and divorce cakes.
I know Jack would want me to remind all of us that his court victory is not a time for gloating or disrespect toward those who disagree with us. Rather, we have an opportunity to build bridges and forge trust and mutual respect with our neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens who have a different opinion than ours.
Let me also remind you that this victory surely doesn’t end our campaign to ensure that every American maintains their religious freedom. Let’s face it. The country is deeply, divided and many of our fellow citizens see this differently. Focus on the Family remains on the front lines, advocating on your behalf.
Ronald Reagan once wisely stated that, “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”
Religious freedom has prospered today.
And that benefits all of us.
Let me also remind you that this NARROW victory surely doesn’t end our campaign to ensure that every American maintains their religious freedom.