As Western Journalism has previously reported, a bakery in Oregon was investigated by state authorities – and eventually forced to close – because its Christian owners opted to refuse an order for a lesbian couple’s wedding cake.
The scrutiny grew from a complaint filed by the prospective clients and grew into a national story evoking emotions from those on both sides of the issue. Similar accusations have subsequently been levied against Christian-owned businesses throughout the country.
Recent reports indicate that the same standard used against the Oregon bakery is now being implemented by a man who wanted a Colorado business to make a cake critical of homosexuality.
When Bill Jack, who founded the group Worldview, asked Azucar Bakery to fill an order for a Bible-shaped cake featuring two men holding hands and the phrase ‘God Hates Gays,’ the shop’s owner immediately refused….
Marjorie Silva said of the work order….‘No way. We’re not doing this. This is just very discriminatory and hateful.’”
According to Jack’s complaint, however, it was the bakery – not his cake design – that revealed true discrimination.
“I believe I was discriminated against by the baker based on my creed,” he said. “As a result, I filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights division.”….
Many of those who stood up for the rights of Christian bakers to refuse a pro-gay order maintain their position that a business owner should not be forced to violate his or her personal convictions.
“This is a free speech issue,” explained Focus on the Family’s Jeff Johnston, “and we support freedom of speech.”
He went on to conclude that “this baker should not be required to create a cake with a message that goes against her conscience.”
By B. Christopher Agee – Western Journalism –