Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs did not violate Colorado's anti-discrimination law Monday, June 4, 2018, in Lakewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado baker Jack Phillips[1] received a standing ovation Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit, which came as a change of pace after a week of protests and negative reviews following his Supreme Court[2] victory.

Since the high court[3] ruled Monday in his favor, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood has been faced protesters and a deluge of one-star reviews on Yelp[4], but he’s not complaining.

Far from it. “It’s been quite a week, but God is so good,” Mr. Phillips[5] told the friendly crowd at the Colorado Convention Center.

He thanked those at the annual “rally on the right” hosted by the Centennial Institute who supported him during the six-year court fight over his refusal to create a wedding cake for a gay marriage ceremony.

“I’ve heard my faith described as despicable and my efforts to defend my religious freedom have been compared to Nazis,” Mr. Phillips[6] said. “And I’m profoundly grateful that the court[7] saw the injustice that our state government inflicted on me. This decision is great for my family, for our shop, and for people of all faiths who should not have to fear government hostility or unjust punishment.”

The legal battle ended Monday with the high court[8]’s 7-2 decision that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission discriminated against Mr. Phillips[9] on the basis of his religious beliefs when it ruled against him.


Greg with Jack Philips owner of Masterpiece Bakery at Western Conservative Summit, congratulating him for fighting for religious liberty[10][11][12]...

— Greg Lopez (@Lopez4Governor)
June 9, 2018[13]   Conservatives hailed the ruling as a victory for First Amendment rights, while critics held a protest hours after the decision’s release featuring Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state capital in Denver.Meanwhile, the Masterpiece Cakeshop’s page on Yelp[14] has been slammed with hundreds of politically motivated one-star reviews accusing Mr. Phillips[15] of “bigotry,” some with photos of same-sex marriage ceremonies.“Giving a one-star review because the menu doesn’t include ‘hatred and bigotry’ as options,” said one commenter.Said another: “Food made with hate does not taste good. This establishment is homophobic.”The traffic prompted Yelp[16] to post an “active cleanup alert,” saying that “we will ultimately remove reviews that that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself rather than by the reviewer’s own customer experience with the business.”A band of activists turned up at the cakeshop Friday for a protest called “Gay Party at Bigot Bakery,” backed by groups including the People for Bernie Sanders and Millennials for Revolution, but they were met by dozens of counter-protesters in support of Mr. Phillips[17].Those in the pro-

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