Masterpiece Cakeshop has finally beaten the Colorado Civil Rights Commission into submission after their continuing harassment of his Cakeshop even after beating them in the Supreme Court last year.
Notice the language in the report below makes it sound like they both agreed to stop attacking each other, as if Jack Phillips was in the wrong here:
DENVER POST – More than six years of legal battles between the owner of Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cakeshop and state officials will end after the baker agreed to drop his lawsuit alleging the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was harassing him for refusing to make cakes with LGBTQ themes in exchange for the commission dropping its own actions against him.
“After careful consideration of the facts, both sides agreed it was not in anyone’s best interest to move forward with these cases,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said in a news release Tuesday announcing the agreement. “The larger constitutional issues might well be decided down the road, but these cases will not be the vehicle for resolving them.”
The Civil Rights Commission unanimously voted to approve the agreement between the two sides Tuesday morning, said Lawrence Pacheco, a spokesman for Weiser. The attorney general’s office represents the commission and the director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, who also was named in Phillips’ lawsuit.
“Throughout these proceedings, the parties have been looking for ways to resolve the issue,” Pacheco said.
This isn’t really a ‘both sides agreed’ kind of thing. Jack Phillips wanted to be left alone to run his business with his faith in mind. It was Colorado that sued him and harassed him for the last six years.
In fact Phillips only filed his counter lawsuit after Colorado attacked him again. He’d already beaten them once and they knew the writing was on the wall. Even Ted Cruz knows this “mutual ceasefire” is a load of crap:
Colorado has declared a “mutual ceasefire” with Masterpiece Cakeshop—which is what repelled attackers say when they’ve been beaten. One small step toward ending harassment by undemocratic “commissions” targeting religious liberty. https://t.co/NbhxNlHjzR via @denverpost— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 5, 2019
Here’s what Phillip’s attorneys had to say:
When reached by phone Tuesday, Phillips said he could not immediately comment and referred a reporter to his attorneys.
His attorneys counted the agreement as a victory and stood by their belief that the commission’s actions toward Phillips were harassment.
“This is the second time the state has launched a failed effort to prosecute him,” said attorney Kristen Waggoner, of the Alliance Defending Freedom. “While it finally appears to be getting the message that its anti-religious hostility has no place in our country, the state’s decision to target Jack has cost him more than six-and-a-half years of his life, forcing him to spend that time tied up in legal proceedings.”
Honestly I would have loved to see him throttle them in court with harassment. But after six years of legal battles, I’m quite certain he’s had enough and can totally understand his willingness to drop his lawsuit against them.