Should a private business be forced to serve customers if it disagrees with that person’s lifestyle? If you, like many people out there, answered no to this question then be prepared to be labeled a bigot and risk losing your business altogether.
Take the owners of Sweet Cakes in Oregon who made headlines earlier this year for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple sighting their Christian faith for not serving the couple’s wedding.
Since then, the family owned bakery has received vicious attacks for politely refusing to bake their wedding cake, and on August 30 announced they will be closing up their shop, instead choosing to bake in the safety of their home. The couple – Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman –filed a complaint with the state of Oregon for Sweet Cakes’ refusal to bake their wedding cake.
The bakery will sell to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, but will not bake a cake exclusively for a same-sex wedding, because it goes against their Christian beliefs.
The online website TheBlaze reports that the bakery’s owners – Aaron and Melissa Klein – have received numerous hate-filled emails and comments following their refusal to serve the gay couple, with one email saying, “You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch. I hope your kids get really, really, really, sick and you go out of business.” Comments escalated from there, with one person even wishing that co-owner Aaron Klein be raped and shot.
No wonder the family-owned business decided to close up shop and bake from home. While there is dispute over whether the gay couple has a valid legal complaint against Sweet Cakes bakery, disgusting and hateful attacks against the couple are uncalled for and wrong. What’s more, since the story broke earlier this year, Sweet Cakes has seen its business decline; losing major vendors and seeing wedding cake orders decline.
While the violent rhetoric has forced the Christian couple to close up their shop, they say they will continue to serve their customers from their home and have no plans to stop baking. While the politically correct crowd may have forced Sweet Cakes out of their shop, they have refused to give into pressure, instead remaining strong defenders of their Christian faith while continuing to bake cakes from the safety of their own home.