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03-09-2015 08:56 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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Christian Bakery Shuts Down Business rather than Violate Faith

By Michael F. Haverluck, March 9, 2015

The Christian owners of a bakery in Indiana have had to close up shop after respectfully declining to bake a cake for a man's same-sex commitment ceremony because of their religious beliefs, even though they expressed that they would be happy to serve him in any other way.

Having to deal with a media firestorm and the ensuing controversy as a result of the cordial refusal, the exhausted cake-baking couple decided to call it quits and pursue another means of making a living.

Randy and Trish McGath – the owners of "111 Cakery" in Indianapolis – were asked by Mike Stephens last March to bake a cake for his same-sex ceremony committing himself to his partner, Shane Laney. After the McGaths declined, the upset prospective customer took the story to the media.

"[The bakery owners] said, 'We don't do that,'" Stephens told Fox59. "'If I can help you with anything else, but we don't discriminate.' That was the end of it. It's disappointing."


But according to the McGaths, who attend a local Baptist church, the process of creating a cake is a personal and spiritual investment. They divulged to reporters that the messages presented by their cakes, whether through words or graphic imagery, are expressions of who they are and what they stand for.

"As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients," Randy McGath explained, according to Christiannews.net. "When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme that's in opposition with our faith? It's just hard for us. We struggle with that."

This work ethic and standard wasn't something that the McGaths made up on the spur of the moment to excuse themselves from making a cake for the same-sex couple. It has been their bakery's policy that they won't create cakes that fall in line with certain themes or that promote certain behaviors they consider harmful or detrimental to society or God's order of things.

"He stated that his bakery has a policy about certain types of themed cakes that they can cannot fulfill, including cakes that would feature images pertaining to alcohol, drugs or violence," Christiannews.net's Heather Clark reports. "McGath also explained that he was well aware when he opened the bakery that it was in an area known as the 'gayborhood,' and has served many customers who identify as homosexual since 111 Cakery's 2012 opening."

An act of love, not hate

McGath made it very clear that the first priority of his bakery was to be a beacon of light to the community and embrace customers with Christ's love, while not compromising his own and his wife's sincerely held Christian beliefs.

"There is zero hate here," McGath insisted. "This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ."

McGath also noted that showing Christian love to his and his wife's customers doesn't include promoting or condoning behavior that is destructive and falls away from the will of God.

"We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people," McGath asserted. "[We] just didn't want to be party to a commitment ceremony [because it is essentially] a commitment to sin."

Staying afloat during the same-sex 'marriage' wave

Not long after one of the members of the "offended" same-sex couple took his story to local TV station, a media frenzy soon pulsed throughout the country. This was especially pronounced in the McGath's home state, as the lawmakers were busy at work trying to legalize same-sex "marriage" in Indiana. Later in the year, on October 6, 2014, same-sex marriage was legalized by a court decision.

One of the results of the extensive media coverage given to 111 Cakery's decision to decline the same-sex couple's cake request was the calling for LGBT advocates to boycott the bakery, as one man did while picketing in front of the McGath's storefront.

Besides arousing opponents, the media coverage also resulted in a rally of support for 111 Cakery. In the aftermath of the television report, people advocating for the McGaths helped their business thrive, with many driving more than 50 miles to order cakes, according to USA Today.

Quitting the controversy

After nearly a year of juggling the business and the controversy, the McGaths decided to close the doors of their bakery for good on December 31, as Trish McGath expressed that the workload was "wearing her out." She shared that the closure would allow her to devote more time to her grandchildren. As for her husband, Randy, he has since found another line of work.

The McGaths proclaimed the news on their former bakery's website, showing that there are no hard feelings and that they continue to be grateful for the opportunity to have served their community in the name of the Lord.

"We have decided not to renew our lease so we are now closed," the 111 Cakery website still declares. "We want to thank everyone for your patronage, support and friendship. It has been a true pleasure to serve you. Eph. 2:8."

Making it very clear that their decision to close up shop was not to be taken as a political statement, the McGaths stressed to the media last week that they continue to deal with the opposition in a loving and cordial manner and that they wish no ill will on those going against their business.

"We were just trying to be right with our God," Randy McGath recently told reporters. "I was able to speak to many homosexuals in the community and to speak our opinion and have a civil conversation. I'm still in touch with some."

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03-10-2015 02:50 AM  3 years agoPost 2
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Not that long ago, in America, the rainbow lovers were
stating that the Christians were intolerant. Remember?

Now: The rainbow is all over America, and having the
proverbial 'upper' hand, they state that the Christians
are INTOLERANT!

Doesn't seem Right to my thinking, but then I am
a Student of the Word of God.

So - why didn't the rainbow newly engaged couple simply
locate ANOTHER BAKERY willing to back their baking?

THAT IS THE QUESTION!

The Greatest ONE has designed for us a marvelous system of
procreation and orgasmic pleasure; but some how we 'smart'
humans have tossed GOD out of our consciousness, suppressing
The TRUTH, for our own private means and ends.

THEN, the Tsunami happens OR another child shooting children
like Columbine and we 'smartly' inquire: "WHERE WAS GOD?"

WE TOSSED HIM OUT - REMEMBER?

Perhaps the last cake out the door should have had:

ROMANS 1:18 in Red on the frosting...

So rather than trying to BAN GUNS perhaps we
should endeavor to UN-BAN THE GOD WE TRUST in America,
What say ye?

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03-10-2015 03:44 AM  3 years agoPost 3
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Be PC or fail. Accept the Unacceptable, or fail. The minority rules...or you fail. Forced to believe in something that your moral fiber tells you is wrong....and yet again, you fail.

America is failing.

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03-10-2015 10:59 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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What if there were a homosexual painter, who was commissioned to make a painting of the events in the Book of Revelation where sinners were being cast into the lake of fire? Do you think he might want to refuse such a project?

Would it be American to force him to paint this? I submit to you that that would be abhorrent.

Thing is, this is America. We have freedom. As soon as you say you must conduct business in matters that are against your beliefs, it's going to become a $h!tstorm like no one can want. I support a baker's right to bake cakes fitting with his religion, and I support our rhetorical homosexual artist making paintings as he sees fit.

This is still America, right? When people say "it's a free country," I have to wonder. When everywhere you turn there are laws saying "do this" or "don't do that."

"Politically Incorrect," when you consider it, is just being uncouth. Reality is, laws cannot honor both PC and Free Speech. I think it is perfectly fine to judge a person on what they say, but you cannot rightfully make law around it and then pretend to have free speech.

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03-10-2015 11:08 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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PC, when you consider it, is just being uncouth. Reality is, PC and Free Speech cannot coexist. I think it is perfectly fine to judge a person on what they say, but you cannot rightfully make law around it and then pretend to have free speech.
The left can and they will do so.

The rhino right does not have the balls to stand up against them.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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03-10-2015 11:14 PM  3 years agoPost 6
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Where does this end?

If a producer approaches a pacifist screenwriter in Hollywood with an idea for a war movie, and he doesn't agree to make the movie, can he be sued for refusal?

See, this just has no logical end.

NO ONE WINS if you take this to it's outcome where right to refusal is upended.

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03-10-2015 11:21 PM  3 years agoPost 7
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One more...say a known klan member approaches a black cakemaker to make a cake for a meetup...

I can go on and on with scenarios.

The right to refusal has to be maintained in a free country.

Otherwise it's not free.

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03-10-2015 11:30 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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Freedom still exists.

Those bakers decided to shut down rather than be forced to bake a cake. They just wanted to get on with their lives rather than being another pawn for the loony gay left activists.

We should all be thankful they had the freedom to do that.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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03-10-2015 11:31 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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If that is your idea of American freedom, we've entered into an unrecoverable tailspin.

The choice to conform or vacate is not freedom. It's retreat.

Back in the day, when people were forced to accept religion, that was wrong. But flipping the sides doesn't make for justice. It just makes for a power struggle that can have no end. Freedom will always be subject to cultural whim so long as we play this game of thrones.

What's needed is mutual respect and love. Both of which are VERY absent in our society.

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03-11-2015 01:03 AM  3 years agoPost 10
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Being requested to make cup cakes in the shape of testicles was the last straw....

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03-11-2015 06:29 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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Freedom
You can have all the freedom you want....... As long as you pay your taxes and do what the man says!!!

3,2,1,...+1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14...

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03-11-2015 08:19 AM  3 years agoPost 12
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The choice to conform or vacate is not freedom. It's retreat.
Retreat is a choice. Sometimes its wise to do so.

Not all circumstances are like that, and not all will agree.

But, its still a choice.
What's needed is mutual respect and love. Both of which are VERY absent in our society.
Its not going to get any better anytime soon.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.

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03-11-2015 09:00 AM  3 years agoPost 13
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No representation without taxation...

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03-11-2015 01:03 PM  3 years agoPost 14
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Did any of you even read why they closed their bakery?!?!?

Ya'll got your panties in a wad over a non-issue.

Res ipsa loquitur.

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