“The state of Colorado is dismissing its case against Jack, stopping its six and a half years of hostility toward him for his beliefs,” said ADF Senior Vice President of US Legal Division Kristen Waggoner, who had represented Phillips in his previous US Supreme Court case.
“Jack’s victory is great news for everyone. Tolerance and respect for good-faith differences of opinion are essential in a diverse society like ours,” Waggoner added. “But the state’s demonstrated and ongoing hostility toward Jack because of his beliefs is undeniable.”
One CCRC commissioner had been caught calling Phillips a “hater” in a tweet, while former commissioner Diann Rice once referred to religious freedom “a despicable piece of rhetoric”, which ultimately prompted the US Supreme Court to rule against the CCRC for its overwhelmingly obvious anti-religious bias.
More recently, ADF attorneys have uncovered statements from a 2018 meeting in which two CCRC commissioners expressed support for those comments.
Commissioner Carol Fabrizio said, “I also very much stand behind Commissioner Rice’s statements... I was actually proud of what she said, and I agree with her… I’m almost glad that something the Commissioner said ended up public and used, because I think it was the right thing.”
In light of the clear adversarial nature of the CCRC against Christians like Phillips, the Colorado Attorney General is dropping the latest case against him.
“We’re pleased that the state will be dismissing its case against Jack,” Waggoner continued. “This is the second time the state has launched a failed effort to prosecute him. 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.”
“He shouldn’t be driven out of business just because some people disagree with his religious beliefs and his desire to live consistently with them," said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell. "We look forward to the day when Jack doesn’t have to fear government punishment for his faith or harassment from people who oppose his beliefs.”