Their Cakes All Have Freshly Picked Cherries.

Back in February I wrote about Sweet Cakes, a Gresham, Oregon bakery that refused service for a same-sex couple – in direct violation of the Oregon Equality Act of 2007 -  on the grounds that their wedding goes against the religion he “believes [in] very strongly”.

Apparently there was another bakery in the Hood River area – Fleur Cakes – that pulled the same thing on another couple earlier this month … how I missed it, I’m not sure.  I must be getting sloppy:

KOMO News reports that Erin Hanson and Katie Pugh had scheduled a cake tasting with Fleur Cakes in Hood River, Ore. as part of the planning process for their forthcoming wedding. But Fleur Cakes owner Pam Regentin allegedly canceled the appointment as soon as she found out Hanson and Pugh were a same-sex couple.

“I mentioned Erin in passing, and said a ‘she’ in passing too, in the email,” Pugh told KOMO News. “A few days later she called back and that was today. And called and verified it was a same-sex wedding.”

The Associated Press quotes Regentin as saying she believes she has “the liberty to live by my principles.”

So … with those two incidents fresh in your minds, I give you the investigative journalism (and fundie-trolling) of the Willamette Week, who decided to perform a little experiment on what biblical principles these God fearing Christians live by … and which they conveniently ignore.

… last week five WW reporters called these two bakeries anonymously to get price quotes for other occasions frowned upon by some Christians. Surprisingly, the people who answered the phone at each bakery were quite willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties.

The specific questions are in the article, but I’ll spoil the surprise somewhat and tell you that Sweet Cakes was A-OK with all five propositions, giving size options and their respective prices without giving any indication that the reason for needing the cake was of any moral or ethical concern.  Fleur, on the other hand, is a little tougher to read.  The last three are unclear since they didn’t answer the phone or return the call, but the first two – divorce and the baby shower for unmarried parents – resulted in the same answer as Sweet Cakes:  “Welcome, Friend!  Give us your money!”

Funny, that.  I don’t recall Jesus saying anything about homosexuality, but he did say quite a bit about divorce, which was the one issue both bakeries clearly stated they didn’t have any problem with.  You think that if they were going to take a stand on any aspect of modern secular morality, it would be something about which Jesus spoke at length, not an ambiguous topic about certain Canaanite practices relegated to the Old Testament and the letters of Paul.

I’m not the only one who gets the distinct feeling that for both bakeries, making mention of the bible and Christianity is just a convenient cover for simply not liking homosexuals.  Unfortunately, that’s the trend these days:  you can ignore the entire bible, but still consider yourself a Christian if you hate women who get abortions and homosexuals for pretty much just existing.

Praise Jesus!

EDIT:  In related news, I just found this on Reddit.  Poor kid:  Today, I came out to my mom. When I asked why she doesn’t accept me, she said this. (I’m only 15)

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5 Responses to Their Cakes All Have Freshly Picked Cherries.

  1. Interesting – I was just reading about how our university was desegregated in the late 60s. Ironically, it happened because of money – turns out African Americans can be pretty damn good football players, and football brings in the money. You’d think the bakers would be smart enough to know that money is the same color and gender no matter who gives it, and by denying catering to weddings of same sex couples they’ve just cheated themselves out of a LOT of business.

    If you want to be prejudiced, fine, but don’t cloak it under some self-righteous religious notion. That’s B.S. I’m so tired of people getting away with crap with the religion card. Jesus hung with the outcasts of society. HE was an outcast. So why would they think he’d turn his nose up at gays?

    And seriously – MONEY, you idiot capitalists – is money.

  2. I love how people cherry-pick their beliefs from their religions, totally ignoring JC’s message to love thy neighbor and not to judge.

    Most likely, these bakeries have Fox News playing on the TVs while they’re baking. And, well, you know, all that prejudice gets baked right in.

    • that prejudice gets baked right in.

      So *that* explains the dry, bitter aftertaste …

      Much in the same way bright colors are used by insects as a message to “keep away”, I take the same message when a business blasts Fox News on their TV sets when they have control over the remote. There’s a bar / grill nearby (with really good food) whose owners are on Facebook. We visited their page, and discovered that it was festooned with all sorts of videos and quotes from people like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin. They also made it clear they contributed plenty of money to their cause. It got a lot harder to go there after that … knowing that any of my money would eventually go to either of those babbling lunatics or their enablers.

  3. I hate to say it, but I feel the same. When I learn that someone is a big fan of Beck, Palin, Rush, any of that harsh right group, I keep them at a distance. I think that’s why I never eat at Chick Fil-A anymore. I have a negative image of them as being intolerant. Probably better that way–those salty sandwiches are most likely loaded with MSG!

    • I admit it feels a little petty … especially when their nachos and hummus plates (with Kalamata olives, roasted onions and peppers, and their homemade hummus) are sooooo good … but the thought of our money going to the absolute worst of what the GOP represents is just a little too much.

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