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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 $$$ 31 minutes ago

God love you

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Never give up. - atheist

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ANONYMOUS donated $50.00 2 hours ago

I am an atheist who fully supports your position and your rights. It is your labor, your creativity, and your time. You have the right to use it how you think is best. Good luck.

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Janice Hans donated $10.00 Yesterday, 6:31 pm

God%u2019s peace, Jack

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Keep it up Jack, God loves you!

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We stand with Jack and are praying for his protection and victory! May he be blessed as Daniel and his three friends were.

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The enemy doesn't stand a chance. May God protect you on all sides from him. Ephesians 6:12

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Jack, God promises victory over evil. "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God goes before you...." you are not alone brother. We%u2019re with you too.

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May the Lord continue to give you strength in your fight against the anti-Christian bigots at the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Your strength is admirable. 2 Chronicles 20:15

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rebekah johnson donated $100.00 Yesterday, 10:41 am

fighting for the kingdom

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Leslie Roden donated $200.00 Yesterday, 10:33 am

I'm asking God to fill you with strength as you and your family continue to fight for ALL our rights! Thank you for taking a stand!

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Thank you for standing for Jesus! Praying for you!

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Brian Brandt donated $25.00 Yesterday, 9:33 am

Good luck

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Thank You for your stand and sacrifice.

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Thank you for fighting for the rights of all Americans. Stay strong.

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Richard Irby donated $50.00 Yesterday, 9:10 am

God bless you Mr. Philips for making this stand. I'm a Soldier and you are protecting all of our freedom to worship as much as I do.

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