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Christian Bakery That Refused Gay Wedding Cakes Now Bakes Ex-Gay Cakes
Opposing Views ^ | July 26, 2014 | Michael Allen

Posted on 07/26/2014 4:04:46 PM PDT by NYer

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned bakery, closed its doors earlier this year after its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of violating gay people's rights by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The Kleins refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013, which resulted in the complaint against them.

However, the bakery, now called "Sweet Cakes," continues to exist as an online business.

According to The Advocate, the bakery recently posted a picture on its Facebook page of some goods that it recently made for the Restored Hope Network, an ex-gay organization, and added the caption “Cakes for Restored Hope Network. What a wonderful ministry!”

The Restored Hope Network is run by a self-identified “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk, whose ex-husband John Paulk founded the ex-gay ministry Exodus International. However, John admitted earlier this year that he is still gay and that reparative ex-gay therapy doesn't work, noted Newsweek.

Anne continues to claim that gay people can be changed into straight people, and recently posted on the Restored Hope Network Facebook page:

Honestly, I say that any government (state or federal) that encourages men to have sex with other men and does not allow those with unwanted same-sex attraction to receive talk therapy is a willing partner to their death.

While Sweet Cakes still does not make cakes for gay people based on its deeply-held Christian religious beliefs, Willamette Week reported last year that the bakery was "willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bakery; christian; glbt; marriage

1 posted on 07/26/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
John admitted earlier this year that he is still gay and that reparative ex-gay therapy doesn't work

Didn't work for him, he means.

2 posted on 07/26/2014 4:06:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


3 posted on 07/26/2014 4:07:39 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

if homo ‘marriage’ is illegal in CO...

then isn’t CO state forcing the company to be an accomplice to breaking the law?


4 posted on 07/26/2014 4:09:24 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

It’s not illegal for two (or more) people to hold a ceremony, declare themselves “married,” and have a party. The law simply didn’t require anyone else to recognize the ersatz-marriage.


5 posted on 07/26/2014 4:12:39 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Christian-owned bakery, closed its doors earlier this year after its owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of violating gay people's rights by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

God bless them for standing on His truth.

6 posted on 07/26/2014 4:13:08 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: Tax-chick

hahaha

ex-gay cakes

good one


7 posted on 07/26/2014 4:13:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Read the last line of the article. A cake to “celebrate” stem-cell research?


8 posted on 07/26/2014 4:14:57 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer

Can they be forced to produce a cake to commemorate a Gang-Rape? One Double Chocolate Wilding Please!


9 posted on 07/26/2014 4:15:10 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Tax-chick

I think it meant “unwilling” to do those.


10 posted on 07/26/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: NYer

I bought some cookies from them online about half a year ago. Kind of expensive (shipping costs will do that), but pretty good. Time to order some more.


11 posted on 07/26/2014 4:16:45 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Tax-chick

What is gay ?

Sex ?

Or love ?

We have a falsely built a culture that equates lust/sex for love.

Sex is easy for those that really need to be accepted.

Love is a wholly different story.

Sex is can be had on virtually any website or corner.

Our modern culture has no room for love. They don’t think love is even possible.

Personally, I don’t just ever have sex, I make love.

There is a difference.


12 posted on 07/26/2014 4:19:13 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: GeronL

Could be. “Unmarried parents” simply means “babies,” to which most Christians don’t object, and Midsummer parties don’t have to be pagan ... Tolkien fans sometimes celebrate Midsummer.

We had a party ourselves one year, with chiles rellenos, among other fine food. A few neighbors came over, and we let the kids play outside until it got dark.


13 posted on 07/26/2014 4:19:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer

“While Sweet Cakes still does not make cakes for gay people based on its deeply-held Christian religious beliefs, Willamette Week reported last year that the bakery was ‘willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties.’”

Um, crap is still crap. I applaud them for their stance on gay marriage byt the rest of that stuff listed above is pretty anti-Christian, too.


14 posted on 07/26/2014 4:19:49 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Bitter clinger & creepy-ass cracker)
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To: Zeneta

It seems like “gay” is whatever the person using the word wants it to be. This man’s saying therapy “doesn’t work” is like an alcoholic’s saying AA “doesn’t work.”

It simply means that individual ended up continuing or resuming the destructive behavior, in spite of having some wish to give it up.


15 posted on 07/26/2014 4:21:46 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer
While Sweet Cakes still does not make cakes for gay people based on its deeply-held Christian religious beliefs, Willamette Week reported last year that the bakery was "willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties."

Ah yes, the old "narrowly interpret your enemies' moral code in order to demand strict adherence to the imposed definitions."

Long ago I became fed up with liars and manipulators who were constantly looking for ways that I didn't conform to their definition of my standards of conduct.

Besides, if these divorces were caused by some self-absorbed spouse "coming out as gay", then what's not to celebrate, Willamette Week?

16 posted on 07/26/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Tax-chick

He might not want to overcome it. That might be his problem. You can’t change unless you’re willing to do so.


17 posted on 07/26/2014 4:26:31 PM PDT by Politicalkiddo (You cannot protect a child from child abuse by aborting it. Abortion *is* child abuse.)
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To: Politicalkiddo
You can’t change unless you’re willing to do so.

Exactly. And sometimes it takes several times before you want to change a destructive behavior badly enough to really do it. People often try to give up smoking more than once before they succeed (if they ever do). Many Weight Watchers members have joined more than once before they were ready to commit to working the program.

18 posted on 07/26/2014 4:28:15 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer
Are they putting an enema in the dough?
19 posted on 07/26/2014 4:34:04 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Tax-chick

It’s an excuse for a weakness that is desperate for acceptance.

The weakness is sex, not love or any connection.

He can’t find someone that loves him, but can find any number of sex partners that makes him feel accepted.

Our liberal PC culture is attempting to make sexual desires, whether gay or straight, into a normal expression of what a lasting relationship needs.

It’s pure evil.


20 posted on 07/26/2014 4:35:48 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: NYer; goodnesswins; PROCON; Twotone; VeryFRank; Clinging Bitterly; Rio; aimhigh; Hieronymus; ...

If you would like more information about what's happening in Oregon, please FReepmail me. I lost my Oregon list when my computer crashed recently, so please send me your name by FReepmail if you want to be on this list.

21 posted on 07/26/2014 4:42:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: surroundedbyblue

The Willamette Week is an alternative newspaper and the quoted bit is snarky parody.


22 posted on 07/26/2014 4:48:05 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: NYer

Gays and the government are more strict fundamentalists than the Taliban. Weird.


23 posted on 07/26/2014 4:48:24 PM PDT by realcleanguy
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To: Zeneta

I agree with you. Using another person to satisfy your genital urge is not love.


24 posted on 07/26/2014 4:50:48 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

My guess is that the “reporter” asked them about their position on those topics, in order to trip them up, and label them as “bigoted” about something else. Either that, or they volunteered that information in order to rub the gay mafia’s nose in it (i.e. gay “marriage” is less acceptable than just about everything else you may care to mention).

BTW, not all of that list is “anti-Christian.

Only embryonic stem-cell research is anti-Christian.

A barbecue with pork sausages would be “non-kosher”.

People celebrate the solstice for many reasons — the “pagan” part might be simply a party theme, not meant to be taken seriously by anyone. (Or, do you also oppose Halloween?)

The recently divorced may hold a party, because they want to gather their friends for support during a trying time.

Married, or unmarried — a birth is something to celebrate.


25 posted on 07/26/2014 5:00:32 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: NYer; All
With all due respect to Aaron and Melissa Klein and their parents, please consider the following.

The consequence of their parents likely not making sure that their children were taught the reason for constitutionally enumerated rights is the following. Pro-gay, politically correct interpretations of the 14th Amenment's (14A) Equal Protections Clause aside, the states have never amended the Constitution to expressly protect so-called gay rights, including the “right” to gay marriage. So their children were evidently unable to argue that the politically misguided state policy which seeks to protect constitutionally unprotected gay rights does not trump the 1A enumerated right to religious expression.

In fact, not only did the state of Oregon violate Section 1 of 14A imo, that section prohibiting the states from making policy which unreasonably abridges constitutionally enumerated rights, but justices from the same generation that ratified 14A had officially clarified that the amendment added no new rights to the Constitution. It was intended only to strengthen enumerated protections.

“3. The right of suffrage was not necessarily one of the privileges or immunities of citizenship before the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that amendment does not add to these privileges and immunities. It simply furnishes additional guaranty for the protection of such as the citizen already had [emphasis added].” —Minor v. Happersett, 1874.

So since gay “rights” weren't expressly constitutionally protected before 14A was ratified, they remain unprotected regardless of 14A.

26 posted on 07/26/2014 5:03:02 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Tax-chick

because he didn’t want it to


27 posted on 07/26/2014 5:12:12 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: SendShaqtoIraq

Quite.


28 posted on 07/26/2014 5:13:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Tax-chick
"Didn't work for him, he means."

Agree.
Didn't work for him because he didn't want it to work - he enjoys that particular sin - it is now a choice.
Like a heroin addict that stays clean for five years, then makes a choice to buy a bag and get high. Does he have to? No, but he wants to.

29 posted on 07/26/2014 5:31:48 PM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: NYer

It seems to me that freedom of association includes the freedom to not associate.


30 posted on 07/26/2014 5:36:25 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun free zones?)
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To: NYer

As Christians it is our duty to do what we can to reform Sodomites like any sinner.


31 posted on 07/26/2014 5:38:27 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Psalm 73

Theodore Dalrymple in a recent article wrote that heroin addicts tell him that they “would quit if they could.” He said, by that they mean that if there was a pill they could take that would remove the desire for heroin, with no effort of will or change of lifestyle, they would take it.

However, he said, he doesn’t believe they would. They started using heroin, and continued it to the point of physical addiction, because they enjoyed it. They wouldn’t quit even if it were easy.


32 posted on 07/26/2014 5:57:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer
While Sweet Cakes still does not make cakes for gay people

That is of course a lie -- they never ask their customers about their sex lives. They have EVENTS for which they would not make cakes.

I would be surprised if they would openly make a cake to "celebrate a divorce" -- I'm guessing most people don't actually say why they are buying cakes.

33 posted on 07/26/2014 6:27:04 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: surroundedbyblue

Actually, a non-Kosher barbecue would not be “anti-christian”, it also isn’t a “celebration” of anything. It is a party, where they are serving pork products.


34 posted on 07/26/2014 6:29:19 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: surroundedbyblue

Stem cell research could well mean adult stem cells.

A few years ago I donated stem cells for an at the time experimental procedure that gave a little boy a working immune system. Absolutely nothing immoral about it...a couple of days’ shots ahead of it to encourage more cells to be produced, and then a couple of hours on a machine while they filtered my blood for the cells.

My understanding is this therapy has now become mainstream. That IS something to celebrate!


35 posted on 07/26/2014 9:58:35 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: NYer

Glad the baker is STICKING IT to the PC police and the gaystapo


36 posted on 07/26/2014 10:28:04 PM PDT by Viennacon (Barry Obama? No... Barack Hussein Soebarkah.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

I would take anything stated by Willamette week with the seriousness it deserves. They are more liberal than the Oregon Fishwrap, and that’s pretty darn liberal.


37 posted on 07/26/2014 10:46:25 PM PDT by Wicket (1 Peter 3:15 , Romans 5:5-8)
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To: Politicalkiddo; Tax-chick

Exactly. You can pray til your knees are bloodied and bruised but if there is one molecule of you who doesn’t want to give it up then you won’t. Goes for any sin.


38 posted on 07/27/2014 1:34:36 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Tax-chick
"Theodore Dalrymple..."

Have read several articles by him on this topic - he used to write for National Review, but haven't seen him in a while.
With a background of an MD/Shrink in a British prison, he had the weight of experience in what he wrote.

39 posted on 07/27/2014 5:22:53 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Psalm 73

He’s published in “City Journal.”


40 posted on 07/27/2014 5:28:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: Psalm 73

http://www.city-journal.org/2014/eon0722td.html

His most recent piece (last week).


41 posted on 07/27/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer

I love a little passive-aggressive behavior in the face of tyranny!


42 posted on 07/28/2014 12:36:11 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 14 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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