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