Admit it. You forgot this, right?
I must confess that, in the past, I have been a little… what to say… lukewarm?… about this Week for Christian Unity. But we really need to get behind it, no?
Let’s work together with out Protestant sisters and brothers in a common cause!
Let us be one!
In this light, I note with interest an article at Newsmax.
Oregon: Cake Refusal Violates Gay Couple’s Rights
A bakery in suburban Portland, Ore., violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for the women’s wedding, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday.
Investigators found substantial evidence that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully discriminated against the couple based on their sexual orientation, agency spokesman Charlie Burr said.
Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman of Portland say they were denied a wedding cake last January by the bakery’s owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein. The women filed a complaint with the state.
Klein responded that he and his wife didn’t serve same-sex weddings and “cited a religious belief for (the) refusal to make cakes for same-sex couples planning to marry,” the complaint said. [Religious belief... get that?]
Herbert Grey, the Kleins’ lawyer, said his clients will participate in the conciliation process but maintain their original stance. The Kleins have said they weren’t discriminating against the couple, who were customers in the past. Instead, they said they were practicing their constitutional right to religious freedom. They have said baking a cake for a same-sex wedding would violate their Christian beliefs.
Who knew that bakeries would be the battle ground for our religious freedom?
Let us unite across confessional lines!
These bakers are Christians, right? They are separated brethren, right?
What better week to show our resolve and zeal for our Week of Christian Unity than for the bishops of these USA to line up behind the bakery in support of and defense of their religious freedom?
We welcome the support of Protestants in our own struggle for religious freedom, don’t we?
This is a time for robust ecumenism!