Have you ever heard of a Christian bakery?
I’ve been to many bakeries in my life. French bakeries, Italian bakeries, European bakeries, Mexican bakeries, but never a Christian bakery. The term just popped up because a so-called “Christian bakery,” Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed over a controversy. The owners refused to bake a cake for a client’s wedding because they thought the “act” of baking the cake violated their religious liberty. In Yiddish, we’d say the act was treif, but treif refers to products, not acts, and that’s where the people who orchestrated this controversy run into trouble.
The Oregon Family Policy Council, sister to our Virginia [some] Families Foundation placed a sign in the closed bakery reading:
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS UNDER ATTACK IN GRESHAM
The late Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries Manhattan Declaration posted an article on its Facebook page that lead to this exchange:
Jon: A free marketplace is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Politics aside, any business owner should be able to choose whom he serves. We need to stop inventing ways to control people.
Jonathan: Agree. If Woolworth’s doesn’t want black people at their lunch counter, so be it.
Lois: apples and oranges. Not a good comparison
Joe: Actually, it is not about WHO to serve, but WHAT they were asking them to do. Why can’t our side get this straight? If even we can’t get it, how can we expect our opponents to understand?
Nice try Joe. Actually, Aaron Klein, the owner, referred to the clients as “abominations unto the lord.” It was about WHO.