From the Baptist Press —
Pro-gay activists have launched a boycott of an Iowa baker who declined to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple based on her religious beliefs.
Victoria Childress, the owner of Victoria’s Cake Cottage in Des Moines, has been accused of being anti-gay, homophobic and a bigot after she refused to make a cake for Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers.
Childress told Fox News & Commentary that she made five cakes for the couple to taste – unaware that they were lesbians.
“She introduced herself, and I said, ‘Is this your sister?'” Childress said. “She said, ‘No. This is my partner.'”
At that point Childress told the couple that she would not be willing to make their wedding cake.
“I was straightforward with them and explained that I’m a Christian and that I have very strong convictions,” she said. “I chose to be honest about it. They said they appreciated it and left. That was all that was said.”
But that wasn’t the end of the story. Soon Childress began receiving hateful emails and then the local media called. Vodraska told KCCI that she was offended by Childress.
“It was degrading,” she told the television station. “It was like she chastised us for wanting to do business with her. I know Jesus loves me. I didn’t need her to tell me that. I didn’t go there for that. I just wanted to go there for a cake.”
The pair also released a statement, calling the Christian cake baker a “bigot.”
“Awareness of equality was our only goal in bringing this to light; it is not about cake or someone’s right to refuse service to a customer,” they wrote in a statement posted on KCCI’s website.
The Iowa Civil Rights Act was amended in 2007 to include protections for sexual orientation. The couple told the television station they had not decided whether they would file a civil rights complaint against the baker.
So, you’re a baker… but you won’t bake for a same-sex wedding. What else won’t you bake for? A heterosexual wedding of people who have been living together? A heterosexual wedding for people who are being unequally yoked? A couple that’s getting married at the local mormon church? A baby shower for a single mother? The anniversary party of a drunk?
You’re a baker. It’s cake.
If you own a lawn service, do you only service people who are Christians? Do you service Catholics, or Mormons, or Presbyterians? Do you mow the lawn of a gay couple? I would say if you’re in the lawn business… you do.
Am I all washed up here? What’s the big deal?
Where do we get the notion that if you bake a cake that you’re condoning lifestyle?
So, dear readers, what do you think?
And think carefully. The condoning theory is deep in our blood. After all, it’s often been argued that if we fellowship error we condone the error. It’s a common thought. Is it right?