April 27, 2018
Want to talk about the deep state? You have probably heard a lot about Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, whose case is currently pending before the Supreme Court. You’ve probably heard about his sincerely held belief to politely decline to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple and all the talk about First Amendment protections.
But what you may not have heard as much about is the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the administrative agency within the Department of Regulatory Agencies, tasked with hearing claims brought under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. The Commission and its story of coercion and arbitrary state authority are also at the heart of Masterpiece v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
This is an administrative agency that functions as a modern-day star chamber, with its unelected appointed commissioners, secret proceedings, arbitrary rulings, lack of accountability and transparency, lack of legal acumen (none of the commissioners are required to be attorneys), and lack of constitutional due process. It’s a gross injustice that this kind of “authority” still exists as a quasi-judicial body.
Respondents, such as Phillips, have no choice but to appear in front of this agenda-driven, nonjudicial agency and suffer the consequences for nongovernment-approved beliefs. The proceedings are “confidential” rather than held in a traditional open court setting and lack proper judicial oversight.
This article was posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:05 am