This is the picture of tolerance according to the LGBT community: threatening a Christian family with the sexual abuse of their young son and the destruction of their home because they cannot in good conscience bake a gay wedding cake. Bullying and hate is the weapon of choice for Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo, who came to Kern’s Bake Shop in Long View, Texas, asking for a wedding cake. The gay couple retaliated by publicly accusing them of discrimination, defrauding and threatening them on their Facebook and Yelp pages and worse.
The owners, Edie and David Delormen, are Christians who are being threatened by Ben Valencia and Luis Marmolejo, along with their vile supporters, all because Edie told the couple, ‘I’m sorry, but we don’t make same-sex wedding cakes, but here’s a list of other bakers in the area who would most likely be able to meet your needs. It was pretty civil. The gentleman said, ‘Okay’ and left.”
What ensued afterwards is similar to many other instances where militant LGBT, who can’t take a respectful no for an answer and escalate the situation with the goal of destroying the person’s life and livelihood.
Edie said, “Our son got a call where they threatened to burn our house down and violate him with a broken beer bottle. That was probably the worst.” The couple also have an eight-year-old daughter.
Attorney Berry said: “The Delormes’ property has been damaged. They’ve experienced minor vandalism at their home, including their mailbox being destroyed. We reported both the vandalism and the threats they have received to the Harrison County Sheriff. The Sheriff’s office sent a deputy to talk to the Delormes and they are now patrolling the area to make sure no additional acts are perpetrated against the Delormes. Americans value and protect our freedoms, especially freedom of expression and religious liberty. For America to remain free and prosperous, we must secure the rights of small business owners to operate their businesses according to their beliefs.”
Edie spoke with Fox News and shared these thoughts, “We don’t do cakes that might conflict with our spiritual convictions. It was not something personal against the two young men. We just need to be able to run our business in a way that honors God.”
David Delormes said he and his wife “try to live scripture every day. Our faith is who we are.” The couple said they do not want to discriminate against same-sex couples but that they have to follow their religious beliefs. In the past, they have consistently refused to bake alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or risqué-themed cakes.
This behavior is becoming par for the course as Christian businesses are faced with standing on their beliefs and potentially being sued by disgruntled LGBT individuals. Truth and Action reported this story months back, “On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.”
One wonders to what extent the Delormes will face government action in their choice to stand upon their convictions.
Another example of how Christians are being discriminated against when they hold to their faith was reported by Truth and Action last year.
The brides in the same-sex wedding, Jennie McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, filed a discrimination complaint against the Giffords after they were told holding the ceremony could not be held at the farm.
“When we asked why, the owners told us, ‘That’s what my husband and I decided. We’ve been married a long time and it’s great you’re getting married and all, but you can’t do it here,’” McCarthy said.
The Giffords were ordered to pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the brides and $10,000 in civil damages to the state. If the family farmers cannot come up with the cash in 60 days, a 9 percent interest rate will apply. The couple must also embark on anti-discrimination “re-education classes” for their staff.
Re-education classes and forced “quarterly reports for two years to show how one’s changed “discriminatory practices,” are what the Christian business man or woman may have to participate in if they refuse to do business based on religious standards and morals. The idea that the government has the right to “re-educate” a Christian for their faith does not resemble my America.
Source: Fellowship of the Mind