Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fla.: Christian Attacked for 'Anti-Gay' Cake Order

Joshua Feuerstein wanted to demonstrate that businesses have the right to refuse service based upon their beliefs, but after he asked Cut the Cake, a pro-homosexual bakery in Longwood, Florida, to bake a cake saying "We do not support gay marriage," he now faces a lawsuit by the bakery and may face criminal charges.
"I actually believe that Cut the Cake Bakery has the right to refuse my request, that's my point. They should have that right the same way that a Christian bakery should have the right to refuse something that goes against ethics and morals.”
-- Joshua Feuerstein, Christian citizen of Arizona
For background, read Colorado Rules Homosexualists CAN Discriminate Against Christians (but not vice versa)

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-- From "Bakery may sue evangelist over anti-gay cake request" by The Associated Press 4/8/15

An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Longwood bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed.

Cut the Cake bakery says it has lost business and been harassed since evangelist Joshua Feuerstein posted a video of the bakery's owner refusing to make a cake that said, "We do not support gay marriage."

The bakery's owner said she may pursue criminal charges against Feuerstein for recording the phone call without her consent.

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From "Evangelical says he was wrongly portrayed in bakery 'gay marriage' controversy" by Amanda Ober, WESH-TV2 (Orlando, FL) 4/7/15

Feuerstein talked to WESH 2 News via Skype on Tuesday and said he opposes same-sex marriage, but he has no hatred for the LGBT community.

"We wanted to see if a pro-LGBT bakery would bake a cake for something that it was opposed to, what they believed in, and you know what, I actually believe that Cut the Cake has every right as an American to refuse to print that on a cake. But now, of course, the news story all across the nation is that I'm a bigot and a homophobe," he said.

As for the impact of Feuerstein's phone call on the baker, he said he quickly removed the [video] posting when he learned that the owners were being harassed.

A GoFundMe account for the bakery has brought in over $13,000 to cover its losses.

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From "Evangelist conducts social experiment over controversial debate" posted at FOX TV-46 (Charlotte, NC) 4/6/15

In the video, Joshua Feuerstein can be heard ordering a cake over the phone.

"I need a sheet cake and I need it to say we do not support gay marriage,” he says in the video.

"Is this a crank call? No, oh we wouldn't do that sorry," Sharon Haller, the owner of Cut the Cake Bakery says on the other end of the line.

Feuerstein said of the video, "The video I posted in no way shape or form asked or requested anybody to be hateful, to be mean, it was a social experiment.”

He later said, "I 1000 percent agree there should never be discrimination against women, African Americans, or gay people.”

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From "This evangelist asked a gay bakery to make a traditional marriage cake. Now he may face charges" by Kirsten Andersen, 4/9/15

Feuerstein posted video of the phone call to YouTube with commentary explaining his position. “Cut the Cake[‘s owner]…refuses to make an anti-gay ‘marriage’ cake, so it obviously violates her principles, and so she doesn’t feel like she should be forced to make the cake,” Feuerstein said in the video. “And yet…there’s all of this hoopla going around because Christian bakeries think that they shouldn’t be forced.”

“Look, this is not about discrimination,” Feuerstein said. “This is about them having the freedom.”

[After] Feuerstein took down his video . . . Haller quickly reposted the video to YouTube, along with a description classifying Feuerstein’s phone call as an “attack.” She asked people to “put a stop to people like Joshua Feuerstein” by donating to her GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $14,000.

Haller is also threatening to press charges, saying Feuerstein’s recording of the phone call without her consent violates Florida law. She has reached out to the FBI and is considering pursuing a criminal case.

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