FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 4, 2018) – The following comment concerning the much-anticipated outcome of the Jack Phillips religious liberty case can be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:
We are grateful for the Supreme Court’s decision vacating the judgment that had been rendered against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, for refusing to custom design a wedding cake for a government-licensed marriage between two men.
The Court’s opinion makes it clear that the government may not mock one’s religious beliefs or treat those beliefs less favorably because those in charge take offense.
However, the Court did not address his claim that custom designing a wedding cake should be protected in the same way as other forms of “expressive conduct” that the Court has recognized, such as burning the American flag or working as a stripper. The Court also did not address his claim that a law forcing him to design a cake that celebrates and marks an event his religious beliefs do not allow him to celebrate and acknowledge as a marriage violates his religious liberty. We look forward to both of those issues being addressed in the future.
The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.
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