But Twitter Can Ban Milo and Others

The Oregon Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments today in the case of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

First Liberty:

In 2013, Melissa and Aaron politely declined to create a custom-designed cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding ceremony, citing their sincerely held Christian beliefs. As a result:

  • The Oregon government punished them with a $135,000 penalty.
  • The Oregon government issued a gag order against them.
  • Melissa lost a business she dreamed of passing down to her kids.
  • Their personal bank accounts were wiped out.
  • Their property was vandalized.
  • They’ve received death threats. 

As a kid, I was shocked to see a film which exposed anti-Antisemitism in public accommodations, showing a man trying to get a hotel room under a Jewish-sounding name, and being refused. We all know buses, trains, hotels and restaurants cannot discriminate. I don’t suggest we return to that.

On the other hand, if an artist like a cake maker can be forced to paint, decorate or otherwise use their talents, then lets be fair. Make all businesses dance to my tune.

“Paint me a picture of Donald Trump! Nude! In a warm embrace with Satan and that guy from the Middle East…can’t remember. The one with the young bride.”

Should I be able to demand that the Amish gazebo-maker use a power drill and wood screws, though that’s against his faith? It’s my gazebo!

“I want a birthday cake celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus. In bacon. And, Mohammed…can we get this done by Shabbat?”

“Mr. Bernstein, I demand you spell out all the words ‘God Bless America’ on my cake. You keep leaving off the second letter in God. Man, where did you learn to spell?” 

And how come this crap only happens to Christians? 


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2 Responses to But Twitter Can Ban Milo and Others

  1. Grace says:

    I noted the other day on Twitter, after news of Dan Grilo’s termination came to light… I do not agree with Mr. Grilo being fired based on expressing his personal opinion, on personal time, via a social media platform – however, I am also not going to shed a lot of tears for the asshats who started this diabolical game.

    No. One. Will. Win.


    • Grilo doesn’t seem like the type of guy to just go quietly, so I’m betting his terms of employment included a requirement that his public image not embarrass or reflect poorly on the company. Not uncommon when the job includes representing the company in public and/or private settings.

      Which is entirely different from contacting the supervisors of some guy working in an IT office, trying to get him fired for something you can’t even prove he said…just to pick a random example situation out of the air.


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