Holy Writ

"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Daniel 4:17 (Emphasis added.)

Insightful Words

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Suggested Reading

Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think
by Congressman Ken Buck
(Regnery Publishing; April 11, 2017)

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Although Petitioner Phillips is a "cake artist" and seeks First Amendment protection for his craft, neither the CADA nor this case is limited to businesses that sell artistic services. The First Amendment rights of almost all other businesses in Colorado are at potential risk from CADA and the Commission's entry of its order against Masterpiece Cakeshop. In addition to the First Amendment's protection of artistic expression, several other general legal principles are violated by the injunctive and remedial order of the Commission.

CADA was adopted as a law governing "public accommodations," but it finds no support in the common law doctrine of public accommodations. That doctrine was borne of the necessity of protecting travelers from robbers along roadways in the night, where no alternatives existed. None of the reasons for the development of that doctrine apply here. It has always been understood that private businesses may choose with whom they may contract, with the narrow exception of places of public accommodation and common callings. CADA twists this narrow exception into a general rule.

Even CADA's term "sexual orientation" is problematic, as it reflects an entirely subjective and fluid concept, which could be said to apply to virtually any type of sexual attraction, however bizarre. And the record demonstrates that Masterpiece Cakeshop did not discriminate against the complainants based on their sexual orientation, as it was willing to sell its other products, only refusing to bake a cake to participate in and facilitate the celebration of a same-sex wedding, viewed to be immoral.

This case does not involve a persecuted and vulnerable same-sex couple oppressed by a Christian businessman. Indeed, it is better understood as a Christian businessman being targeted for state harassment for no reason other than his moral and religious views. Same-sex couples have myriad alternatives, and a decision to put a Christian business to the burden of defending himself in an administrative proceeding financed by tax dollars is abusive and destructive of small business and religious liberty. Such laws are an indicia of a totalitarian state, where the state will not allow individuals to be left alone, but must be brought to conform. Indeed, the imposition of a requirement to provide personal services upon demand has all the earmarks of "involuntary servitude" prohibited by the Thirteenth Amendment. Moreover, in the case of CADA, reins of power over the administrative machinery are held firmly by a Governor who is an ardent fan of homosexual rights.

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