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Anti-Gay Christian Baker Now Says He Can’t Make a Birthday Cake for Transgender Woman – Because Jesus

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‘It Seems I’m the Only Person in the State of Colorado Who Can’t Live Out My Beliefs,’ Anti-LGBT Baker Jack Phillips Declares

Jack Phillips, the Colorado Christian, anti-gay baker who won a very narrow Supreme Court ruling earlier this year is back to refusing service to LGBT people. A transgender woman filed a complaint against Phillips saying his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to make her a birthday cake that is blue on the outside and pink on the inside.

Phillips, responding to the complaint, says he’s never baked such a cake before, does not bake cakes celebrating gender transitions (the rejected, prospective customer, Autumn Scardina, says her birthday coincides with her coming out as transgender), and cannot, because of his belief in Jesus, “promote the idea that a person’s sex is anything other than an immutable God-given biological reality,” as ThinkProgress reports.

“I believe that other people who request birthday cakes get to select the color and theme of the cake,” Scardina, who happens to be an attorney, says in her complaint. “The woman on the phone did not object to my request for a birthday cake until I told her I was celebrating my transition from male to female.”

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC), which determined he had discriminated against a same-sex couple in the case that ultimately landed in the U.S. Supreme Court, again determined that Phillips discriminated against an LGBT person – Autumn Scardina.

Phillips, through his attorneys, the anti-gay hate group Alliance Defending Freedom, has now filed suit against the CCRC itself.

“A Gender-Transition Cake Is Not Something I’ve Ever Made, and It’s Not an Event I Could Celebrate”

ThinkProgress’ Zack Ford, with a bit of sarcasm, explains that “the suit claims, ‘Phillips has never created a cake like that before.’ This requires believing that in the 25 years he has operated his shop, he has never made a cake that is pink on the inside and blue on the outside. The Masterpiece Cakeshop website shows many cake designs with blue exteriors, but it’s unknown if any of them were cherry, contained raspberry filling, or were otherwise artificially colored.”

Phillips suggests he’s being persecuted by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

“It seems I’m the only person in the state of Colorado who can’t live out my beliefs,” he tells The Heritage Foundation. “A gender-transition cake is not something I’ve ever made, and it’s not an event I could celebrate.”

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Jan. 6 Rally Attending Lawmaker Wants ‘One Nation Under God’ Decals Put on School Buses to Root Out ‘Communists’

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More than a week before incoming Glenn Youngkin is sworn in as governor of Virginia, a Republican lawmaker who attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot has introduced a bill to put God on school buses.

Delegate Marie March has introduced House Bill 113, which “permits local school boards, notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, to display on the sides and rear of public school buses decals containing the motto ‘In God We Trust’ or the phrase ‘One Nation Under God,’ provided that no such decal obstructs the name of the school division or the number of the school bus.”

March made waves in southwest Virginia after traveling to Jan. 6 for Trump’s rally seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

“At least two local restaurant owners are facing backlash for attending President Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday,” WSLS-TV reported one year ago today. “A Christiansburg business owner is also taking heat. Marie March owns Fatback Soul Shack and Due South. She also attended the rally.”

READ MORE: Sobbing Jan. 6 insurrectionist sent to prison after lawyer argues his brain was not fully developed

March addressed her attendance in a statement issued to The Daily Beast, claiming she left before Trump’s speech ended.

“I apologize for nothing, I regret nothing,” March said.

March has said her school bus bill will expose communists.

“If there are communists in the House of Delegates, let’s figure out who they are,” March said.

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Watch: MAGA Congressional Candidate Calls for All Laws ‘Contrary to God’s Word’ to Be Overturned

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Mark Burns, a MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, is an unabashed Christian nationalist who openly declares that “any policy that is contrary to the word of God” needs to be made illegal.

Burns appeared on the Real America’s Voice program “The Water Cooler” Monday, where he proclaimed that “the gospel of Jesus Christ should be [at] the center of American politics.” When asked by host David Brody what he meant by that, Burns declared that “any law that is against the word of God” must be overturned.

“Laws that are contrary to God’s word that are actively legal or laws today need to be overturned,” Burns said. “Any law that is against the word of God, that is clearly against what God has said in his word—in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has the majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again with omnipotent power in his hands—if it’s against the word of God and it’s actively a law today, then it should be overturned. We should have a moral compass, and right now in America, we’re losing that moral compass. The liberal left is slowly [chipping] away.”

Burns was a proponent of the movement to keep former President Donald Trump in power. He has made numerous calls for war, including on the eve of the Capitol insurrection when he riled up Trump loyalists at a Stop the Steal rally by telling them, “We’re ready to do war!”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is published here by permission.

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Watch: Far Right Anti-Vaxx Pastor Just Can’t Understand Why There Are No ‘Big Democrats’ Who Have Died From COVID

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Far right wing pastor Kent Christmas, famous for his anti-LGBTQ remarks, is now seemingly embracing a conspiracy theory, telling parishioners no “big Democrats” have died from COVID and asking them, “Doesn’t that make you wonder?”

Christmas is a pro-Trump anti-vaxxer who back in August claimed Christians should not get vaccinated because “the law of God supersedes the law of men.”

Now he’s saying no “big Democrats” or billionaires have died of the coronavirus, and he’s correct – but for reasons that appear to escape him.

“I can’t think of one big Democrat that’s died from the Coronavirus,” he says in video posted by Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta. “I can’t think of one billionaire that’s died of Coronavirus. Bill Gates is fine. George Soros is fine,” he adds, as an parishioner can be heard saying, “You’re right.”

“Biden’s fine. He’s 80 years old and half dead anyway,” the pastor added, to laughter and applause. “Rupert Murdoch’s fine. The CEOs of Vanguard and Berkshire Hathaway and State City and Mark Zuckerberg – they’re just fine.”

“Doesn’t that make you wonder?” he asks, as audience members agree.

Christmas has claimed gay people die by suicide at a high rate because they feel guilty about being gay, and blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.

Here he is not comprehending the power of COVID vaccines:

 

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