The Point: Jack Phillips, Justice Kennedy, and Tolerance

Tolerance must be mutual. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

I was thrilled to be on the steps of the Supreme Court last week to pray and rally for Jack Phillips. And I’m somewhat hopeful that at least five justices will side with Phillips in Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

What has me more optimistic than before is the same thing worrying LGBTQ advocates. Noting that a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission called Phillips’s religious beliefs “despicable,” and that the commission ordered Phillips and his employees to undergo “re-education,” Justice Kennedy ripped the state’s solicitor general.

“Tolerance,” he said, “is essential in a free society. And tolerance is most meaningful when it’s mutual. It seems to me that the state in its position here has been neither tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips’s religious beliefs.”

Optimism aside, no one, except maybe those nine justices, knows how this case will turn out.

I do know, however, that we must continue to pray for Jack, for the justices, and for our religious and free speech rights.



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