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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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Joshua Hansen donated $$$ 6 days ago, 8:04 am

All the best!!!

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ANONYMOUS donated $35.00 July 6, 2018, 5:08 am

Big Cong to your win, Jack! I noticed some people with hatred left very mean reviews to your cake shop not because your cakes are bad but just because they do not agree with you. So I've decided to donate $50 dollars every month for one year to show my support and respect. May God bless you and your cake shop.

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ANONYMOUS donated $5.00 July 3, 2018, 3:04 pm

Jack, I have a (same-sex) wedding in Sept and I was going to ask a guest to bring a cake from your shop so we could feature it at our wedding and caption a photo to say "Guess your shop DOES provide cakes for gay weddings!" I came onto your website for your address where I found this donation page. I read your story and read a bunch of comments. It made me realize how messed up we all are. The anger from one opinion ignites rage from the other. Our clashing emotions and righteousness have roiled beyond toxicity. We've created hatred out of love. I have decided I don%u2019t want to mock your shop at my wedding. I don't agree with your stance, but I do agree that any time the human spirit is so deflated, a tragedy has occurred. I hope you have found peace in making your cakes. I find it in my art as well. God bless you, as he has blessed me very much.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 30, 2018, 2:17 pm

Thank you for your courage! So sorry it cost so much.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 30, 2018, 1:34 am
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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 29, 2018, 3:18 pm

Bless you and your family.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 25, 2018, 9:20 pm

Thank you for standing firm on biblical principle.

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ANONYMOUS donated $25.00 June 25, 2018, 3:35 pm

Be strong and of good faith.

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ANONYMOUS donated $50.00 June 25, 2018, 3:13 am

Jack - thank you for your tremendous courage to endure what you have for these many years during your fight, which was a fight for all who choose God's will. You are a hero.

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Jerry Key donated $100.00 June 23, 2018, 8:03 pm

For standing against left wing terrorists

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Elaine Neeley donated $$$ June 21, 2018, 4:24 pm

God Bless you for standing up for your Christian beliefs! Do you ship???

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 21, 2018, 1:40 pm
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Jeanne Baker donated $$$ June 21, 2018, 11:25 am

we can't wait to try your cake!

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Candy Wilson donated $100.00 June 20, 2018, 11:48 am

Congratulations on the Supreme Court win, Jack! I'm praying that God will bless you, your family, and your business. May you all flourish under his Grace and protection.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 18, 2018, 9:30 pm

Very surprised that the Supreme Court finally made a correct decision. Praise God, however, as we all know, the struggle will continue until He returns.

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Brent Loo donated $$$ June 18, 2018, 7:27 pm

Blessings to you and your family. Was looking for a tshirt to advertise for you; maybe next time.

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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 18, 2018, 5:56 pm

Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for giving your victory to Jack Phillips! And thank you Jack for standing as a good and faithful son of God.

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Jerry Hensley donated $$$ June 17, 2018, 12:23 pm
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ANONYMOUS donated $$$ June 17, 2018, 10:59 am

It takes courage...you talked the talk and walked the walk.
We are still one nation under GOD!

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William Patton donated $100.00 June 17, 2018, 9:15 am

Congratulations on your successful case. You're fighting the good fight!

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