It’s not clear exactly why Ms. Scardina wanted a cake featuring Satan, apart from provoking him. When asked why she ordered the Satan cake, she said she wanted to believe Mr. Phillips was a “good person” and hoped to persuade him to see the “errors of his thinking.” That’s some deal for someone you say is a “good person”: Change your thinking or I will try to ruin you.
The good news is that there are some encouraging recent precedents from the Supreme Court should Mr. Phillips end up there again. In a 5-4 decision in Nifla v. Becerra (2018), for example, the court ruled that California couldn’t force pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post information about how to obtain a state-funded abortion—in effect, advertising for the very thing they exist to oppose.
Meanwhile, in Janus v. Afscme (2018)—the court ruled 5-4 to strike down an Illinois law requiring public employees to pay fees to unions that support political speech these workers may object to. Since these cases, the Supreme Court has likely grown even stronger on upholding the faithful’s First Amendment rights, with Brett Kavanaugh replacing Anthony Kennedy and Amy Coney Barrett replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.