Owning a bakery is a dangerous business these days. Just ask Edie and David Delorme. The Texas couple became the latest victims of the "tolerant Left," when they politely declined a same-sex wedding cake order. Despite offering the couple a list of area bakers who would make the cake, the pair went on a rampage in the local media, smearing Kern's Bake Shop and triggering a violent backlash. For the couple, who lost their 19-year-old daughter in car accident last year, the threats against their son hit particularly close to home. "[T]hey threatened to burn our house down and violate him with a broken beer bottle," Edie told TheBlaze. "That was probably the worst."
Phone calls have been so vile that the Delormes sent their younger daughter to stay with relatives. Now, David says, when they get profane calls or fake orders, "We just say, 'You have a nice day.' Scripture requires us to turn the other cheek, so that's what we do." As for their customers, it's nothing personal. "We want to make that cake the most perfect for them, exactly what they wanted ... we really pour ourselves into it, and we take delight in seeing their joy in what we were able to create for them," she said. "That cake is used to celebrate a union. We just don't feel like we're supposed to take part in the celebration of that union, because it's a violation of our faith."
Unfortunately, the Delormes have quite a bit of company in the baking community with Aaron and Melissa Klein, Jack Phillips, Victoria Childress, Daniel and Amy McArthur, David and Lily Stockton, and others whose freedoms were trampled in a phony attempt to affirm others'. That's the problem when politicians like Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio), who say, "[W]e need to learn to respect each other and be a little bit more tolerant for one another. And at the end of the day, don't go to court. Can't we have common sense in America? That's the way it used to be... I'd rather people figure this out without having to put another law on the books and have more arguments in this country."
Conservatives are more than willing to "figure it out" by respecting other people's views. But the reality is (and dozens of Free to Believe cases prove), homosexual activists are not interested in co-existence. Their goal is complete and utter subjugation, using the punitive power of government. And no matter how you slice it, that's not freedom.