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US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close

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  1. Adam Thomas 5 Sep 2013, 12:07pm

    Can I order a cake styled as a massive willy?

    1. Priapic Cakes Ltd. 5 Sep 2013, 1:36pm

      Their business might recover if you do.

    2. People keep forgetting there is a stick inside of a sweet pink cotton candy.

  2. Dave North 5 Sep 2013, 12:15pm

    : “I am who I am, and I want to live my life the way I want to live my life”

    And in the process deny others the right to live there’s.

    Arrogant bitch.

  3. Jock S. Trap 5 Sep 2013, 12:19pm

    OMG that’s hilarious!

    Nothing to do with there Nazi style of ideas of course.

    When in doubt make it up with irrelevant excuses.

  4. and Muslims wont sell the Jews, and Jews wont provide services to Christians, and the Athiests wont serve anyone… there can be only one law, everyone in public service MUST service all commers.. no excuses

  5. what has cake sales got to do with religious freedom? If people don’t want to buy cakes from bigots, that is their choice.

    I also didn’t know not buying cake was a mafia-like act.

  6. Chester6666666 5 Sep 2013, 12:26pm

    There’s a screen grab that shows they used n@@@@r etc and they lie that it’s others who shut them down
    Their own ignorance did this

  7. They obviously lack pro[er reading skills, or even very basic comprehension.

    The “militant gay mafia” had nothing to do with anything.

    The State’s Attorney served them legal papers because they *GASP* contravened the State’s non-discrimination laws.

    I wish people would keep pointing this out to them during interviews.

    But then, the only people who are giving them a soapbox are neo-christian fundy interviewers.

  8. What specific ‘mafia style’ acts are they alledging? Broken windows, destroyed stock, assault, murder, violent intimidation? Because that would be worth noting, and charging people for. But i doubt any of this happened.

  9. The only thing that ended their business was a complete lack of business sense.

    Businesses cannot get into moral and social arguments without massive risk to their future. Good companies only state their moral and social principles when it can work in their favor. You do not say anything if it’s obvious that the majority of people will hate you for it.

    These bigots don’t deserve to run a business. They will fail at every business if they keep on like this, because the vast majority of people no longer accept religious bullies and don’t want anything to do with them.

    A bakery relies on a considerable customer base, and they will never have a customer base that entirely agrees with their views. It’s not possible.

    I also love the irony of a bigot complaining that they are being unfairly treated because they’re not allowed to be bigoted to others, this shows their complete lack of even a basic IQ.

    1. Can you imagine the uproar if someone refused to provide a business service to them because they’re militant Christians?

  10. Oh they do love their victimhood – snotbubbling and throwing teddy from the pram because the law obliges them to not be bigots. This is why I laugh at christians and think them fools….

  11. The Bishop 5 Sep 2013, 12:50pm

    What are these militant tactics they complain about that resulted in their drop in business? People militantly choosing to buy their cakes somewhere else that doesn’t discriminate? Goodness how very intolerant. Yet we regularly hear of the religious right targeting businesses for boycott in America that they deem too gay friendly, such as Disneyland, Apple etc. etc.

    1. Cardinal Fang 5 Sep 2013, 1:06pm

      Not forgetting that NOM tried to start a national boycott of Starbucks in the US, because Starbucks supported equal marriage in Washington State.

      Rather more nasty than local people choosing to avoid a local cakeshop for refusing to serve a gay couple.

      1. Or one million (40,000) moms boycotting cj penny and everywhere else

  12. ” What dont they understand, religious freedom does not allow you to USE your religion or such beliefs, to discriminate or refuse service to anyone when providing a service to the PUBLIC that is discrimination on grounds of religion!
    It can also be discrimination on grounds of sex, race, sexual orientation or gender identity, if you discriminate against people because of any of those characteristics of your customers, and your religion does not exempt you from following the law or decent respectful behaviour. That would be discrimination because of religious belief.
    That wasnt hard was it.
    The fact that lots of your former or future customers stopped requesting yor services when they became aware of your discriminating habits is entirely your responsibility, tough!
    Oh! and because you plan to run your business from your residence still does not exempt you from discrimination law if you are selling or serving the public, good luck.

  13. they had no regrets refusing service to a same-sex couple.

    And of course there’s nothing “militant” about that, is there?

    1. Openly Fabulous 5 Sep 2013, 12:55pm

      And then they have the audacity to call us the militant ones, for daring to question their discriminatory service! It boggles the mind!

  14. Openly Fabulous 5 Sep 2013, 12:53pm

    Now listen up you insufferable fundies, if you want to provide a PUBLIC service, then you have to serve the entire PUBLIC by law. You are not allowed to discriminate on the grounds of race, gender or sexual orientation. If your stupid beliefs are that important to you, then go run around looking for a job in a church or something.

    I am thrilled that this Bible-belt bakery has bitten the dust.

  15. Keep playing the victim card breeder bitch

    1. Name-calling isn’t cool, and is harmful to our side of the argument.

    2. breeder? you mean like your Mum?

  16. “Melissa added: “I am who I am, and I want to live my life the way I want to live my life, and I choose to serve God.””

    Well honey, I have a feeling the Flying Spaghetti Monster wouldn’t want you to discriminate against his other creations! You can serve god by being a decent human being, it’s as easy as that.

    See you at the Job Centre ! Maybe we can get the bus together as my Gay Mafia BMW is in the shop right now and my Gay Mafia bank account has been frozen.

  17. Matthew Thompson 5 Sep 2013, 1:10pm

    It is funny how people think that public reaction to something they have said or done is an infringement on their rights. No one has said that you can’t be a fundamentalist Christian, your rights are not infringed apon. People choosing not to do business with you because the disagree with your views is the ‘invisible hand of the market’, not ‘mafia style tactics’.

  18. “I am who I am, and I want to live my life the way I want to live my life, and I choose to be married to my husband.”

  19. Derek Williams 5 Sep 2013, 1:24pm

    “Mafia”? The Mafia use unlicensed firearms and run protection rackets. They haven’t shown ANY evidence that gay people did that to them. All I see is that they lost their customer base, and if so, either most of their customers were gay in the first place, or others have repudiated their policy of not serving gay people.

    I am sure they’ll find another base where they can serve only putatively heterosexual customers who share their narrow religionist views.

    1. casp[arthegood 5 Sep 2013, 5:26pm

      Hmmm… I’ve seen the “Godfather” what the hell are they claiming was left in the bed this time?- Red Shoes ? :-) Absolute fools and bigots digging deeper holes by the day.

  20. Just because they are heavy into their faith and small-minded and didn’t want to produce a cake for the wedding, does NOT give means for a lawsuit. They are the business owners, and they can choose to serve who they please; us gays want our freedom, those people still have theirs as well. Do I think their small-mindedness was enough to ruin them? Absolutely not. They refused to serve you? Then do what you’d do in any other situation…just go somewhere else and give someone else the business. We gays have made LEAPS and BOUNDS over the past couple decades, let’s no go backwards by becoming as arrogant as the others are. We’re getting there. Baby steps.

    1. No, they cannot serve who they please – They are no more free to disregard the law on discrimination than they are free to disregard tax law or health and safety law. They made their choice when they opened their business and may not claim “belief” as an exemption (just think, for a moment, the legal carnage that would follow if that was permitted).

      Please learn to tell the difference between a “no shirts, no shoes, no service” rule and “no blacks, no jews, no gays”. The latter is NOT permitted in civilised society.

    2. You’re absolutely right Freddy.
      Lord only knows if the gays were to get uppity!
      We should be happy with what we have and go sit at the back of the bus, like other minorities, and use the “gays only” water fountains and rest rooms, and not expect to keep our jobs or apartments.

      Thank GOD that “we gays” have made leaps and bounds over the past decades. If we’d had to listen to you, we’d have been making those leaps and bounds BACKWARD.

    3. Oh, so you see nothing wrong with, say, the boarding-house owners who put up signs saying ‘No Dogs. No Blacks. No Irish.’ then?

      1. Or little people, or ampetees, or freckles, or who are left handed, or cat lovers, or meat eaters, or vegans, or aspies, or down syndrome, or atheists, or retired polices officers, or men or women… ANYone a business owners little heart desires. That’s what freedom is all about.

  21. Changing the business to be out of their home instead of a store front does not diminish their responsibility to obey non-discrimination laws.

    They still have to abide by the sames laws that they had to abide by when they had a store front.

  22. Officer Dribble 5 Sep 2013, 4:44pm

    Nope…nothing to do with any sort of gay mafia (what’s that anyway? Very organised crime?)

    It’s all to do with people making an informed choice – and choosing not to out money in your pocket.

    Sales fell because people didn’t want to support you.

    Everything else is nonsense.

  23. Well at least they weren’t forced to commit suicide, as so many young people have, because of the stigma of being gay created by militant christian mafia and their despicable incitement to hatred.

  24. They’ve already started with the “forced to shut down” narrative?
    Excuse me, but unlike the now former bakers, we weren’t born yesterday. We can all remember the notice they put up which clearly stated that the closure of their business was a voluntary action carried out by themselves for their own religious reasons.
    It insults the intelligence of everybody to now say that an outside force closed their business with not only sinister intentions, but by methods that borderline those of terrorism.

  25. MerlynHerne 6 Sep 2013, 9:34pm

    No, dumba55es, the free market got you closed down. People didn’t like your discrimination/bigotry and they voted with their wallets. You want to deny people the right to live their own life, but no one better put any restrictions on yours, right? If you had just baked the damn cake, you would likely still be in business. No sympathy here.

    The arrogance of this couple is astounding, even though I see it every day from Fundie Xtians. But it makes them feel special to think that they are martyrs. I guess it lets them sleep at night or whatever. Jerks.

  26. A little confusing – only a few weeks ago this couple were claiming that their business was flying after all the publicity.
    http://newsdeskinternational.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/oregon-bakery-that-refused-gay-couple-sees-business-triple/

    And how much of a part could this foot bullet have played in their business closure?
    http://www.gedde.newsvine.com/_news/2013/02/06/16870623-anti-gay-sweet-cakes-by-melissa-posts-racist-rant-on-facebook

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