Pray for Religious Liberty at the SCOTUS
Pray for Religious Liberty at the SCOTUS
Written By David E. Smith   |   12.03.17

This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear a case that will either preserve our First Amendment religious liberty in the United States or diminish it.

The case is about Jack Phillips, a bakery owner in Colorado who in 2012 declined to create a wedding cake to celebrate so-called same-sex “marriage.” He turned down the job because doing so would violate his deeply held Christian belief that God created the institution as the union of a man and a woman.

Phillips offered to make the same-sex couple any other type of baked good or sell them a pre-made cake, but they refused. A complaint was soon filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for “sexual orientation” discrimination.

The commission ordered Phillips either to comply with the state-enforced morality by creating wedding cakes that violate his religious beliefs or stop providing wedding cakes altogether. The commission’s ruling also mandated “re-education” training for Phillips’ employees and requires him to submit quarterly reports to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Thankfully, SCOTUS has agreed to hear this case. On December 5th, attorneys will present their oral arguments. No person should be forced by the government to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. This includes artists like Jack, who shouldn’t be coerced into making art with a message that he considers immoral.

This may be one of the most consequential religious liberty cases to be heard by the SCOTUS in decades.  Therefore, IFI is calling for focused prayer for this case and preservation of religious liberty in our nation.


  • for clarity of thought for the attorneys defending Jack Phillips
  •  for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices considering this case
  •  for the Lord to preserve religious liberty in the United States
  • for Jack Phillips and his family as they continue to courageously challenge government tyranny in the courts
  • for the oral arguments on December 5th
  • for God to receive honor and glory even in the midst of increasing opposition to His Word

Please continue to lift this case up in prayer throughout the next several weeks, and share this information with like-minded Christians. You can also share this article on social media.



David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 25 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. David has 20-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens...
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