Atheism news: It looks like the owners of 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' are making an ideal display of Christian values as well as the bigotry fueled by ignorance. The establishment, along with its owner Aaron Klein, are already under media scrutiny for breaking Oregon state law by discriminating against a same sex couple. In this breaking news report, there is evidence that Klein's bigotry goes far beyond his citation of the bible. In fact, the latest thing believed quoted by the cake shop owner is so grotesque that it's likely that only the lowest common denominator would even want to give him business. This is an original report with original screenshots not yet in the media.
As of Feb. 4, 2013 an image of 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' making racist comments has circulated heftily across social networking sites. The screenshot shows the page prior to a change of profile photo, and it also shows some comments from angered 'fans' of the page who had once 'liked' it. Since then not only have the offending posts been removed, but the bakery's Facebook account has been deactivated after day of outrage by members of Facebook (and the public) demanding answers as to why Klein and his wife were posting and deleting, and why they were deleting members' posts as well.
As you can see by the screenshot, which is being shared aggressively by a Twitter user named Dan Bell, 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' appears to be saying the following:
"F_ _ k the N_ _ gers, Spics, whores, sodimites, fat b_ _ches, ugly c_ _ ts, hypocritical hoes and overweight hippos on our feed. We try so hard to bake cakes and all you ungrateful bullies hate on me and my beautiful family after these articles were written, shame on you! If you don't like our busineess then don't stop by! More cake for our fellow Christians!"
Up until the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, their Facebook page was up and the owners of the business were rabidly defending their beliefs while deleting opponents' comments. The page is now gone, deleted after being active for who-knows-how-long. In this Youtube video, Aaron Klein is heard saying that his choice to discriminate against a same sex couple doesn't apply to the Oregon state law prohibiting precisely what he did. He said that the U.S. Constitution grants him the right to discriminate based on religion because he, as a Christian, doesn't agree with homosexual marriage.
Well, his Constitutional rights may protect him and give him the right to post the N-word on his business's main page before deleting it, but it certainly does not give him the legal right to discriminate against others. The Bureau of Labor and Industries, according to the above-cited Youtube video, says that he is absolutely violating Oregon's state law. In fact, a spokesperson with the BOLI said that the same sex couple that was treated this way is encouraged to go through with a complaint against Klein's business.
I did reach out to 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' in an attempt to get their side of the story. I wanted to ask about the screenshot that shows these horrible, horrible things being said. However, they removed their Facebook page and would not answer any of the contact numbers available to talk with them. While this could be for the obvious public backlash their actions received, but it could also be indicative of a refusal to face responsibility and questioning for one's actions. Here's to hoping they can either confirm or deny that this screenshot is for real.
It seems that the story of what happened to the unnamed couple gained the attention of Food TV star chef Duff Goldman. He's going to make the couple's wedding cake free of charge to make up for what 'Sweet Cakes by Melissa' did to them. The television star said the following:
"For a cake decorator to really feel like he really needed to take a stand...just makes absolutely no sense. It's petty. It's small... This man was wrapped up in his hatred in the cloak of religion."