In contrast to recent stories about bakeries refusing to provide cakes for gay weddings, this is a tale of a bakery that declined to bake a cake with an anti-gay wedding message. It began when a Florida pastor decided to make a point about religious freedom for small businesses. Unfortunately, the effort backfired, and both parties have suffered as a result.
Brietbart News reports:
The latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between Christians and gay rights campaigners began when pastor Josh Feuerstein called Cut the Cake in Longwood, Florida to request a sheet cake with the slogan “We do not support gay marriage” written on it.
Sharon Haller, owner of Cut the Cake, who took the call, asked Feuerstein whether the request was a prank (it took place on April 1st), before refusing to bake the cake saying “We wouldn’t do that, sorry”. She then hung up without explaining her reasons.
The brief call was recorded by Feuerstein who then turned to the camera to give his views on the debate currently taking place.
“It obviously violates her principles, so she doesn’t feel like she should be forced to make the cake. And yet there is all of this hoopla because Christian bakeries think that they shouldn’t be forced,” he said. “We’re getting to the place in America now where Christians are not allowed any form of freedom of speech.
“Have we gotten to the point in America where the left is so ‘open minded’ that they’re close minded to anybody that doesn’t agree with them, or is America big enough for different points of view? Christian bakeries should never be forced to do something that violates their Christian principles. That’s not American.
“I love gay people. This is nothing against gay people. This is about religious freedom.”
Feuerstein uploaded the video to YouTube, but he reportedly removed the video when Haller began receiving harassing phone calls and Facebook messages. Haller then posted a video of her own, and posted a comment to her Facebook page, saying:
Yes the video has been deleted by Joshua Feuerstein but the damage is done! Our reviews have been marred and our business reviews are no longer the same. We thought this was a prank! Look for yourself.
Haller says she has even received death threats, and local police increased patrols in the area. She is considering taking Feuerstein to court, and has reportedly asked the FBI to investigate whether charges can be brought against Pastor Feuerstein for a hate crime.