A Colorado Christian baker, who refused to design a cake for a couple’s same-sex wedding in 2012, had his violation of Colorado law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week.


In a 7-2 decision the Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s “consideration of the case was inconsistent with the State’s obligation of religious neutrality.”


In 2012, Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips refused to design a cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig’s same-sex marriage because that his Christian faith prohibited him from doing so. Mullins and Craig later filed a complaint with the CCRC, which found Phillips had discriminated against the couple.


Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion stating, “The reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions. The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.”


According to legal experts, the Court reaffirmed there is no general constitutional exemption from civil rights laws because a person has a religious or philosophical objection to them.


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STUDY SAYS


More Americans accepting of gay relations, divorce


According to its annual Values and Beliefs survey, Gallup found that more U.S. adults believe gay and lesbian relations, and divorce are morally acceptable. The poll found that 67 percent of adults believe gay and lesbian relations are acceptable, while 76 percent said divorce is morally acceptable.


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GOOD BOOK?


“Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus” by Jesse Itzler


Entrepreneur, endurance athlete, and father of four Jesse Itzler only knows one speed: Full Blast. But when he felt like the world around him was getting too hectic, he didn’t take a vacation or get a massage. Instead, Jesse moved into a monastery for a self-imposed timeout. In “Living with the Monks,” the follow-up to his New York Times best-selling “Living with a Seal,” Jesse takes us on a spiritual journey like no other.


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THE WORD


jen: In Confucianism, jen (pronounced “ren”) is the highest principle and translates to compassion and humanity derived from genuine love.


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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Philippines is:


— Catholic: 82.9 percent


— Muslim: 5 percent


— Evangelical: 2.8 percent


— Iglesia ni Kristo: 2.3 percent


— Other Christian: 4.5 percent


— Other: 1.8 percent


— Unspecified: 0.6 percent


— None: 0.1 percent


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