In a disturbing report from The Daily Signal, a Christian baker from Colorado, Jack Phillips, broke down over the vitriol that's been unleashed on him since he held true to his religious beliefs and declined to service a gay wedding. Phillips found the accusation that he's just like a Nazi, launched, incredibly, by a government official, the most hurtful of all, especially since his father fought against the Nazis during WWII and shared with Phillips the first-hand horror he encountered.
Phillips was sued by gay couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins for refusing to make them a custom cake for their wedding back in 2012. The baker says he services people from the LGBT community all the time, but felt it was against his Christian faith to make the custom cake and therefore be participating in the gay wedding.
"I serve everybody," he told the Signal, "I just don't make cakes for every event; it's never the people, it's always the event that I look at."
Phillips' case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, is now set to hit the Supreme Court.
As you might suspect, gay activists have put a target on Phillips' back since the fallout, attacking and smearing the baker at every turn. Even a government official, Colorado Civil Rights Commissioner Diann Rice, got in on the slander in 2014, comparing Phillips to a slave owner and a WWII Nazi:
I would also like to reiterate what we said in … the last meeting [concerning Jack Phillips]. Freedom of religion and religion has been used to justify all kinds of discrimination throughout history, whether it be slavery, whether it be the Holocaust. … I mean, we can list hundreds of situations where freedom of religion has been used to justify discrimination. And to me it is one of the most despicable pieces of rhetoric that people can use — to use their religion to hurt others.
While all the accusations are vile and completely asinine, Phillips took particular issue with the Nazi remark, as his father fought with the Allies during WWII and told Phillips all about the disturbing atrocities he witnessed first-hand.
The Signal sat down with Phillips, where the baker "recounts learning about the Nazi concentration camps from his father in the years before he passed away, and describes what it was like to hear a government official compare not making a cake for a same-sex wedding to the atrocities committed during the Holocaust."
“I don’t have words for it,” said Phillips of the accusation made against him. “But it’s wrong.”