An admittedly gay pastry chef is denouncing fellow members of his own community, calling them "Nazis" for bullying Christian bakeries to make their wedding cakes, saying the Christian bakers are not obligated to render service to them.
"I cannot tell you how disgusted I am with my fellow gay and lesbian community that they would stoop so low to force someone to bake a cake for them who simply doesn't agree with them. They don't have to bake a cake for you," said Jesse Bartholomew in a video he posted on his Facebook account.
Bartholomew said a wedding cake is personal and that he is baffled why people would want to pay a baker for a wedding cake if he or she does not want to do.
"Personally, that wedding cake should be so personal to you and your wedding—just as the ring, just as the invitations, just as to everything in planning a wedding," he said. "That cake which costs hundreds—and my cakes can cost thousands—why would you want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a wedding cake and pay that money to someone who doesn't want to make the cake for you?"
His message comes after Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) found two Christian bakers guilty of discrimination after they refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013.
This month, Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, were ordered to pay $135,000 to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. The Kleins said they would appeal the ruling.
"That is your personal piece of your wedding: your guests eat that, your cake is involved in your photos, that cake is taken in your mouth and you eat it in your stomach. That baker has to spend hours perfecting that cake for you, for your wedding day. And if that cake isn't perfect, then it ruins your wedding," said Bartholomew.
"So, you're going to say that you want to force someone who doesn't want to bake a cake for you? There's no other bakers out there?" he asked.
Bartholomew said the gays who are forcing Christian bakers to make their cake are acting like bullies.
"You are forcing someone. You are being a Nazi and forcing someone to bake a wedding cake for you when there are hundreds of other gay and lesbians that would gladly have your business. Shame on you," he said.
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