Liberal Bullying Works: Christian-owned Cake Shop Closes
September 2, 2013
The Blaze reports that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, have closed their cake shop. In January, they declined to make a wedding cake for a Lesbian couple; liberals responded with an avalanche of hate mail and, more sinister, a campaign of harassment not only against the cake shop itself but also against vendors and others who normally did business with them. (Their lawyer describes it as economic terrorism.) This liberal bullying succeeded.
They claim that their wedding vendors have been “badgered and harassed” until they refuse to do business with Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
As a result, the business’ wedding cake orders this summer are down dramatically from the past.
They closed up shop this past weekend. What’s left of their business will be “moving . . . to an in home bakery”, according to their Facebook page.
The liberals have also attempted to use state power to coerce compliance with their ideology, by filing some kind of “discrimination” complaint against the Kleins, but at this point it almost doesn’t matter whether that succeeds or not.
This is the new liberal version of “tolerance”: You have a right to your opinion, as long as it’s the “correct” one. Celebrate conformity.
Hat tip to Joe Pagliarulo, in for Glenn Beck this morning, who asked, What if you owned a cake shop, and someone came in and asked you to make him a cake and write “Kill the Jews” on top? Should he be allowed to use the coercive power of the state to force you to take his order? or should you be free to live according to your own beliefs?
If the answer is that the cake maker in that hypothetical situation should be free, then Christians and conservatives should be free to make their own choices, too. If a liberal answers that that’s different, because killing Jews is really bad, he’s given the game away: Liberalism is not interested in pluralism and neutral principles of freedom and equality before the law, but in enforcing compliance with their own ideology, by any means necessary.
See also Heritage Foundation, “Same-Sex Marriage and the Threat to Religious Liberty”.