African-American Leaders Stand with Baker

A group of conservative African-Americans is speaking out about religious liberty issues by supporting Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

“Some say that a cake artist who declines to participate in a same-sex wedding is just like the racial oppression against African-Americans in our fight for civil rights. We disagree,” the group said on its website,

Phillips has been ostracized because of his beliefs and refusal to design a cake for a gay wedding. The conservative group has grown “tired of hearing the LGBT community compare its experience to the real suffering of the civil rights movement,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. So they have decided to speak out in support of Phillips and share why his case matters.

Dean Nelson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, told, “When I’m asked to compare the civil rights struggle to the movement of the LGBT community, I think first and foremost that there is no comparison.”

Homosexuals have not faced what those during the civil rights movement lived through, the group says. They haven’t experienced segregation in schools, subjugation to slavery or been denied the right to vote.

“In my mind, people can certainly admire the civil rights struggle and what we’ve overcome, but there is no comparison [between] a moral movement [as seen in the 1960s civil rights struggle] … and what I would consider to be an immoral movement of the LGBT community,” Nelson said.

The campaign, We Got Your Back Jack, held a press conference Oct. 23 on the steps of the Supreme Court where the landmark religious liberty case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be heard on Dec. 5.