In a heartbreaking interview this week, a Christian cake shop owner from Colorado detailed the nasty threats he, his wife and his daughter continue to receive over his decision five years ago to not bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

“In all of this, the threats against me or disparaging comments, the worst part is that I have to answer the phone so they’re not threatening my wife or my daughter when they pick it up,” Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, told Fox News. “They don’t wait to see who’s on the phone. You pick up the phone, they’re already talking.”

The hell began for Phillips and his family in 2012 when he declined a request from Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a gay couple who wanted him to make a cake for their wedding.

“I tried to politely tell them I didn’t do cakes for same-sex weddings,” he explained during another interview Thursday on ABC News‘ “The View.” “I don’t judge people when they come in. I try and serve everybody, I just don’t make cakes for every event that’s asked of me.”

But by no means was it was easy for him to convey this to the gay couple.

“It’s a difficult thing to be in my position and know that somebody’s requesting me to do something I can’t, in good conscience, do,” he said.

His attorney, Kristen Waggoner, added that he “told ’em that he would sell pretty much anything in his store” but a wedding cake.

Yet for this he became public enemy number one to “tolerant” gay activists, who have harassed him for years, even telling him he doesn’t “deserve to live” and that “Christians should be thrown into the Roman Colosseum with lions,” he revealed on Fox News.

Thankfully, a light looms ahead at the end of the tunnel.

On Monday the Supreme Court agreed to hear Phillips’ case — or rather his appeal against a ruling by a lower court — and decide whether he discriminated against the gay couple when he refused to bake their cake over his religious objections.

hough the court won’t actually hear the case until October, when its next term begins, the future of religious liberty in America hinges on it. This is, in reality, a make or break moment for religious freedom in America.

Are intolerant, bigoted and violent gay activists allowed to bully Christian business owners into submission? Or do individual liberty and religious freedom still mean something in America? We’ll find out soon enough. VIA| CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE