The owner of a Christian bakery says that gay “mob tactics” have forced him to close his doors after he and his wife refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery located in Gresham, Ore, made national headlines when the owners, mom and pop team Melissa and Aaron Klein, said their Christian values would not allow them to make a wedding cake for Rachel N. Cryer and her partner Laurel. Cryer went on to file a discrimination complaint against the bakery with the state of Oregon in January.
Klein says the closure of his bakery means that Christians are under attacks from gay people and that the “gay mob tactics” are preventing him and his wife from practicing their faith. He also believes the “mob tactics” are a violation of the First Amendment. “It’s a sad day for Christian business owners and it’s a sad day for the First Amendment,” said Klein, “The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics…I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
A sign he hung on the door of the shop said “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.”
Klein claims he received death threats against himself and his family after he and his wife told Cryer they would not make her wedding cake. He also claims that the entire Christian faith is being attacked by the gay mob and that the church is asleep when it comes to what he claims is an ongoing war between Christians and the gays. “This is a fight that’s been coming for a while,” he said. “Be prepared to take a stand. Hopefully, the church will wake up and understand that we are under attack right now.”
Fox News reports that “vicious homosexual militants” and “the left” are creating a society in which “gay rights trump religious rights,” and that “The plight of the Klein family exposes the true nature of the left. Those who preach tolerance and diversity are the least tolerant and the least diverse of all.” Fox news reporter Todd Starnes says “militant homosexuals” carrying out “vicious attacks” are the culprits in this war on Christianity.
Klein feels that the protests that have come from gay groups after the bakery’s refusal to make the wedding cake for Cryer and her partner are not simply representative of Americans’ right to boycott businesses and speak out against discrimination, but are systematic, organized attacks designed to erode his and other Christians’ right to practice Christianity.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian had previously said that the goal of any discrimination investigation would be not to close down a shop, but to “rehabilitate” a business that violates Oregon’s anti-discrimination policies. Sweet Cakes by Melissa is still under investigation at this time and no determination has yet been made whether or not the bakery broke the law. Oregan enacted the “Oregon Equality Act” in 2007, which means, reports newshounds.com, that “people cannot be denied service based on sexual orientation.”
Generally, the regular mob does not tend to use boycotts and protests to achieve an end result, however, there were no “gay mob” organizations or “militant homosexual activists” available to be contacted for comment at the time of publication.
By: Rebecca Savastio