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Thank you for your interest in standing with Jack through these difficult times!

What started as a conversation - a polite decline to custom design a same-sex couple's wedding cake because it violated Jack's biblically-informed conscience - has turned into an almost 5 year legal battle. After all, the Constitution's guarantee of free exercise of religion and freedom of speech remain a part of the American fabric. And every American should be free to live and work consistent with their faith, without fear of being punished by the government.

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear Jack's case in the fall! The exact date has not yet been set, but their decision will determine once and for all whether Americans still have the constitutionally guaranteed freedom to live out their sincerely held beliefs even when others disagree.

Four years ago, to avoid violating his conscience without disobeying the State of Colorado's order requiring that he custom design cakes for same-sex weddings, Jack stopped making wedding cakes altogether. As a major source of income for any small cakeshop, the loss of the wedding cake business has cost Jack nearly 40% of his annual revenue.

When the state or federal government can suppress one's freedom at will based on shifting public opinion and changing morals, then religious freedom loses its meaning.

And indeed the ramifications of this case may be that far reaching, with even SCOTUSblog referring to it as a potential blockbuster (https://goo.gl/YB2H0r). There is more at stake than whether one man must participate, against his conscience, in a same-sex ceremony - this case tests the very core of what it means to have religious liberty and whether or not our country has forsaken that foundational principle.

Support Jack Phillips and stand with him and his right to live out his sincerely held religious beliefs!

"I want a world in which we are free to live peacefully according to our deepest convictions. I don't want to live in a world in which anyone should fear being fined or jailed for having beliefs the government doesn't like." - Jack

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Who is Jack?
Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, embodies the phrase "cake artist." He is truly an artist turned cake designer, where his canvas is cake and his paint, icing.

Jack is also a born-again Christian. In fact, it would be more correct to say that he is a follower of Christ first, and cake artist second. His ability, talent, and business come directly from his Creator, and he desires to glorify God in everything he does. His deep conviction to honor God first in everything informs his decision to not make cakes with messages that promote: Halloween, anti-American or anti-family themes, atheism, racism, or indecency, and more.

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About This Situation
In the 24 years since Jack opened Masterpiece Cakeshop, he has turned away many cakes, striving to do everything for the glory of God.

This time was different. Here's a quick breakdown of events:
- July 2012, two men asked for a wedding cake.
- Jack replied, "I don't make cakes for same-sex weddings, but I'll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, or sell you cookies and brownies."
- The men abruptly left the shop, flipping him off and cursing.

That was it. The entire incident took less than 30 seconds.

Within 20 minutes, the phones were flooded with vile and hateful calls from around the country. The calls were so abusive that Jack did not allow his employees to answer, fielding them himself. He even received a death threat. While Jack responded politely to the callers, few people would listen.

Over those first months, protesters came to the shop, his inbox was filled with tens of thousands of foul messages, and even Yelp and Google Maps became a soapbox for the hateful.

The ACLU decided to make an example out of this unknown, small business owner in the suburbs of Denver and sued him on behalf of the two men.

Since then, Jack's case has gone through courts and committees. He's been ordered to custom design wedding cakes promoting events that violate his religious beliefs and even been ordered to re-educate his employees, most of whom are family.

When the Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the case in April 25, 2016, Alliance Defending Freedom (https://goo.gl/jZQGlj) appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I don't make cakes for same-sex weddings, but I'll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, or sell you cookies and brownies."

That was all that Jack said. For that he has been shouted down, threatened with death, mocked in the media, and sued. Even his own government has denigrated his beliefs. A member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission said that religious freedom is "one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric" that slave owners, Nazis, and people like Jack use to "hurt others." (https://goo.gl/gW9Gjb) Jack has patiently endured a lot of unwarranted hate, but lumping him in with the murderous Nazis is simply reprehensible.*

Jack is not asking for anything unusual. The freedoms we are talking about are already guaranteed to every American. If basic rights like free speech and freedom of religion aren't protected for him, what stops the government from taking them away from you?

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* Jack's father Wayne Phillips fought the Nazis all the way through France and Germany, was there at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, and received the Purple Heart. He also assisted in the liberation of the concentration camp Buchenwald (https://goo.gl/CtCKBS). Jack's family grew up with first-hand accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust, and they are appalled that the State of Colorado would flippantly use the Nazi label to justify stripping him of his rights.

(See the photos section on which Jack's dad wrote about his involvement on maps from The American Heritage Picture History of World War II by C.L. Sulzberger.)

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To raise funds to support Jack Phillips and protect his freedom of speech and freedom of religion. 100% of the funds received will be used to support Jack.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ 2 days ago, 9:23 am

Praying for you from PA.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ May 7, 2018, 3:39 pm

We all know that many people are misunderstanding what you are doing because they are blinded, but many people also know that in love you are doing the right thing. Be strong and courageous!

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 30, 2018, 3:09 pm

I'm proud of you. You're not alone in how you feel. If Christians fought harder and more vocally for what they believed, we wouldn't be here today...

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 27, 2018, 11:08 am

Thank you, Jack, for indulging me by answering my question about when and how you named your cakeshop. I pray for God's will in the outcome of this troubling lawsuit, and I pray for peace and happiness for you and your family.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 26, 2018, 5:10 pm

May God bless you in a myriad of ways for your faithfulness to him!

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William Masters donated $$$ April 20, 2018, 10:39 am

Jack, we know that in all things God blesses those who follow His word. Quite often we may not recognize those blessings. May you continue to feel His presence/comfort/and peace through this time. Bill and Sarah(Landwehr) Masters

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Eleanor Coffey donated $124.00 April 16, 2018, 12:56 pm

We admire your joy and perseverance; the cakes are wonderful too!

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ANONYMOUS donated $40.00 April 15, 2018, 8:43 am

Thanks for your sacrifice for my freedom

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Kaylan Whipple donated $$$ April 11, 2018, 11:30 am

I believe in supporting that our religious rights should be protected. I completely understand. I don't have a lot to give, but I want you to know that I and my very large, religious family support this cause.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 8, 2018, 5:09 am

God bless you and keep you. "Nothing without Providence" "In God we Trust"

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 7, 2018, 5:02 pm

Jack, you are highly favored, deeply loved and greatly blessed. God is good.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ April 7, 2018, 11:55 am

I read your story after reading an article my son left on the laptop by Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Centre and felt I wanted to help in a small way.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 29, 2018, 7:02 pm

always trust in God, He loves us more than we can imagine
keep fighting the good fight brother

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 24, 2018, 8:59 pm

My daughter%u2019s High school government class is studying your case. We honor your stance to stand firm in your faith despite the risks to you. As I try to teach my children, we may appear to loose in the eyes of the world, but in fact we win when we put God above all things. Thank you for your witness to my children and all of us!

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 23, 2018, 8:51 pm

God bless you!

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 21, 2018, 9:50 pm

STAND! You are NOT alone!%u2764%uFE0F%uD83D% uDE4F

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 20, 2018, 3:38 pm

May your faith continue to grow in these moments of darkness

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John Midolo donated $200.00 March 17, 2018, 1:54 pm

God Bless. Praying that SCOTUS decides wisely!

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ March 17, 2018, 10:41 am

I am praying for you and your family Jack and for a favorable section from the Supreme Court! But, we know the Jesus is our 'Supreme%u2019 judge and our redeemer! The LORD bless you for your faithfulness! He has used you to help awaken and strengthen the body of Messiah! "May the LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine in you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26. Th peace that surpasses all understanding WILL guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus! Thank you for standing!!!
Sheila Potts- Midland, Texas

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ANONYMOUS donated $25.00 March 15, 2018, 5:40 am

God bless and keep you for taking a stand for His Word.

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