Gay man launches appeal for bigots

Gay man launches appeal for bigots

Matt Stolhandske, a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality in the US, is asking folk to contribute $150,000 to a couple who face a hefty fine for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

In a “Let’s Rally for the Klein Family and Sweet Cakes Bakery” online appeal, which has so far raised in excess of $3,000, Stolhandske explains why he decided to extend a helping hand:

Melissa Klein is a Christian bakery owner who in 2013, refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. Now, Klein and her husband face a punitive fine of $150,000 or more from the state of Oregon, which she says would bankrupt their family.

We strongly disapprove of the Kleins’ discriminatory act towards the women who simply requested a cake for their reception, but we are raising money to demonstrate to the Kleins what love looks like in the face of discrimination.

Melissa Klein pictured in the shop she later had to close.

Melissa Klein pictured in the shop she later had to close.

We want to begin a conversation with the Kleins and Christians around the country. We want to ask them to begin to use the posture of Jesus Christ as it pertains to the civil rights of gay Americans. Even if you disagree with gay RELIGIOUS marriage, please see that Jesus did not ask His followers to take his words, convert them into laws, and then force everyone to abide by them; that is the opposite of the way in which He asked us to share His message of hope and salvation.

And if you are reading this and thinking, ‘There’s no WAY I’m going to support these people! They have hated on members of the gay community and I do not wish to help them in any way!, I kindly ask you to reconsider. Please consider giving a small amount or at least sending a kind message to the Kleins in an attempt to change the tenor of this national cultural conversation from one of intolerance towards one of compassion and love.

Please unite with us to love others, even when they do not love us as love will be our strongest tool in the struggle for equality.

According to this report, Stolhandske said:

I can’t understand why Klein or any other Christians twist the words of Jesus Christ to justify this behavior. To me, it’s a deeply harmful and embarrassing bastardization of our faith.

He is hoping that his campaign will encourage others like the Klein family to:

Stop using the name of Jesus to explain to the LGBT community why we don’t deserve access to the civil rights afforded to heterosexuals through the legal institution of marriage.

18 responses to “Gay man launches appeal for bigots”

  1. gedediah says:

    Stolhandske might be onto something. Responding to christians’ hatred with love kind of makes them the bad guys.

  2. barriejohn says:

    He’s a fucking idiot; these bigots are the authors of their own downfall. I know that I’m not the only one who has been moved to tears by news reports from Africa recently. Whatever one thinks of foreign despots mishandling their economies and misappropriating foreign aid, he could hardly do better at the moment than donate his money to the fight against Ebola.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    “Jesus did not ask His followers to take his words, convert them into laws, and then force everyone to abide by them.”

    That’s what Mr. Stolhandske said. What did Jesus say?

    “But those Mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before Me.” Luke 19:27.

  4. Lonbo says:

    I doubt that Jesus ever existed but it would be better for his reputation if he did not.

  5. Paul Cook says:

    Writing what jesus said is about as much value as writing what mohamed said.
    2000+ and or – years ago, hundreds of years later, qusai-literate people who believed the earth was flat, were able to recall what these people (if they existed) said. You really have to believe, and truly believe, plus have no brain power to acknowledge that, let alone write any of it down.

  6. David Anderson says:

    What a futile exercise. Does Stolhandski think that Klein will have learned anything from this? Set her up in business again chances are that she would repeat the offence. Even if she didn’t, if I were gay I wouldn’t trust what was in any cake that I bought from her (from my experience as a waiter).

  7. Toto says:

    Ever played Chinese stories? Well start off a bit of gossip and see how distorted it becomes after only a few iterations. Now consider how stories get embellished and exagerated over the span of 2000 years especially when the translators and transcribers make errors and those in religious authority have glossed, spun, adapted, interpreted and glorified the text to suit their nefarious agenda. Still think the jesus myth has any semblance at all with what actually happened? If you say yes then you are a fool or a lying bigot…..or maybe both. May I suggest you see how differently people interpret or understand biblical, talmudic and koranic fairy tales by watching on you tube “The Big Question”. Watch and wonder at the mental gymnastics and the fantastic confabulations of believers. I don’t think anyone participating can agree with any of other participant’s views …such diversity…..such stupidity…such smug self absorption…such arrogance.. such…ignorance.

  8. John Coffin says:

    There is no trace of Jesus (any version) having a damn’ thing to say about homosexuality.

  9. Broga says:

    @John Coffin: And 20 near contemporary writers of the supposed Jesus make no mention of the man performing these miracles. The one mention is thought even by biblical scholars to have been a later interpolation to prove Jesus’ existence.

    Any priest with a serious interest in the period knows this. However, mentioning it does not enhance a clerical career.

  10. A Confused Atheist says:

    Christianity’s interpretation of Leviticus is what it says: an interpretation. This means that Christians have no biblical basis for how they feel that Homosexuality is ‘wrong’, only a moral basis of following the crowd.

  11. Marky Mark says:

    barriejohn said: “He’s a fucking idiot”

    LOL…I agree. these people cannot be reasoned with.

  12. Marky Mark says:

    “Christianity’s interpretation of Leviticus is what it says: an interpretation. This means that Christians have no biblical basis for how they feel that Homosexuality is ‘wrong’, only a moral basis of following the crowd.”

    NO…the only reason they hate homosexuals is because their sex acts do not produce more religiously brainwashed baby’s that will grow up a give 30% of their income to the child molesters that call themselves, “The Church”

  13. Newspaniard says:

    I still say that $150,000 is stupidly over the top for this “offence”. What good does it do for the community to close a bakery? Boycotting would probably have woken them up but now, the state has made them martyrs. This whole thing has been handled badly, especially by the complainants.

    Don’t tell me “But it’s the principal of the thing”. More atrocities have been committed under that umbrella than can be counted.

  14. Robster says:

    There’s a strong need among christians to hate smething, gays are considered by ignorant godbottery people as an easy target.Take the gays out of the equation and all that’s left are muslims and they can get dangerous.

  15. Vanity Unfair says:

    Proverbs 25:21-22
    21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
    22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

    Romans 12:20
    Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

    Luke 6:27-29
    27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
    28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
    29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

    Unfortunately, the irony is usually lost on those who use the Bible to reinforce their prejudices.

  16. Laura Roberts says:

    We used to go to monthly PFLAG events in our area. One time there was a general discussion about how different religious communities could make themselves more open to the GLBT community. One by one they took us through their own mental gyrations as they tried to reconcile their byzantine doctrines with this issue.

    When my turn came I stood, smiled and said simply, “We’re an atheist and freethought group, so we will always accept you for who you are, even if we don’t share the same beliefs”, and sat down. There was silence for a moment, then the thing continued as if I hadn’t said a thing.

    My guess is, either they didn’t want to believe me, or they didn’t want to consider the option. Either way, it was a sad day for them.

  17. It annoys me that Stolhandske claims that Jesus was against forcing his view of marriage on others. That is a lie.

    Jesus good teachings were not his but taken from other people. His unique teachings were malevolent and fundamentalist. For example we are to love others for God’s sake for God is the ultimate good – Jesus said nobody is good but God alone and God is to be loved totally. Loving somebody for somebody else’s sake or something else’s sake (their money perhaps?) is not really loving them at all though it can look like love. Jesus inflicted damage on the psyches of many of his followers and we wonder why they have been so bloodthirsty and cruel and intolerant? Religions that do not follow Jesus have not sanctioned and enabled as much spilling of blood as those that do.

    The purpose of scripture is to reveal God’s will and it is to be obeyed if it is God’s will even if it is violent. Jesus stood for that principle and argued that God wanted him to embrace crucifixion instead of trying to avoid it. Thus he illustrated the point. God knows what he is doing even if we think he does not. He opened the way for people to issue evil commands in the name of God.

    The reality is that the scriptures of Christianity claim to be authored by God and they command violence. Jesus endorsed those scriptures. If Christianity hadn’t ignored the Jewish Law, it would still be stoning people to death for adultery.

    Violent scriptures will lead to some believers endorsing violence or enabling it if not actively engaging in it. Why wait until something happens before making it compulsory for believers to repudiate the violence commanded?

    Too many people are involved in religion without having made an informed decision to be part of it. Those who endorse a religion of violence without understanding that it is violent and venerates evil books are being exploited.

    One of Christ’s core teachings was that marriage is unbreakable and that a new marriage is adulterous. No sane person agrees with that vicious doctrine.

    Christianity when practiced without cherrypicking and watering down is deadly. Jesus clearly approved of taking the Old Testament as God’s unerring word despite its commanding that certain sinners must be brutally murdered. Moderate Christianity paves the way for the real thing. Atheists seem to understand the religion better.

    Jesus – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-20.

    Those who say that Jesus was good wilfully overlook the fact that he said that he did not come to reject the Law of Moses (which claims to be authored ultimately by God) but to perfect it which implies approval that it established a religion of rites and priests and sacrifices and rules. The Law demands in the name of God that heretics and homosexuals and adulterers be put to death. Jesus if he claimed to be God was taking responsibility for commanding these things. Even if he changed these rules (debatable) he still regarded them as right up until then probably on the basis that as God owns our lives he has the right to order people to kill.

    I pay no attention to Christian’s who dispute the charge that Jesus was dangerous for they lie like politicians. Their opinions do not change the fact that Christ was a man of his bigoted and fanatical times.

    Christian faith is supposed to be a gift from God inspired by the Holy Spirit. In other words, faith is a means of knowing spiritual and religious truth. If you encourage faith, and if you would not force your beliefs on others, then what if somebody says they know by faith that they should force for there is some mysterious divine reason why they must? The moderate believer and the fanatic both have faith, their attitudes are the same, the only difference is in what they think God wants them to do.

  18. Cali Ron says:

    I appreciate the critique, but you write as if there is some proof that “Jesus, the son of god” atually existed or that the collection of writings by men who lived after Jesus supposedly died (the bible) are the “word of god”. By using the bible to refute them you lend credibility to something that has no basis in reality. I devoted way too much time of my life seeking answers about christianity and all other religions-waste of time!! It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks god wants them to do, because there is no god as defined by religion. All religions were started by men, fallible, power hungry, ambitious, mortal men who use religion to control and manipulate others, enrich themselves and feed their fragile human egos. This is the only biblical quote that holds any meaning for me now: “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry…” Ecclesiastes 8:15 So enjoy yourself while you can, because life can be a bitch.