Edie Delorme - Kern Bake Shop
Edie Delorme – Co-Owner Kern’s Bake Shop

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On Friday I wrote about the bakers (David and Edie Delorme) who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. In Texas they have not violated any law but they are the recipients of considerable opprobrium. The Longview News Journal interviewed the participants in this needless controversy.

We don’t do alcohol-related cakes or risque [cakes],” she told reporters. “We’ve turned down cake for, ‘Can you make a giant Skoal can?’ … It’s not that we single out one [reason].

The problem of course is that the consumers of those cakes are not part of an at-risk minority. Delorme fails to appreciate the difference.

Enter a lawyer and Todd Starnes:

Michael Berry, an attorney with First Liberty in Plano, told the Houston Chronicle that the Delormes have been receiving death threats as a result of the matter gong public.

“It’s a mom-and-pop shop, and when they start getting death threats there is something seriously wrong,” he stated. “It gets really ugly and unfortunate but that has a very real effect on the Delormes and their employees.”

“When they start to receive threats towards their family and their business simply because of their religious convictions, there’s something wrong with that picture,” Berry repeated to Fox’s Todd Starnes.

They don’t need a lawyer and there is nothing that Todd Starnes is going to do unless they want to become professional victims. At Christian News the headline reads: “Texas Bakers Receive Death Threats for Offering Referral Rather Than Making Cake for ‘Gay Wedding’” Offering a referral meant telling the couple “we don’t serve your kind here.” There is no polite way to do that.

They had two options and did neither.

The first is to bake the cake. It is preposterous to assert that doing so is  an endorsement of, or involvement in, a same-sex marriage; Something that they disapprove of.

The second is to post a sign listing the kinds of cakes that they will not bake. The difference is that the couple will choose not to do business with the shop rather than the shop discriminating by refusing to do business with the couple. It’s subtle but it puts the customer in control which is how it should be. Proprietors do not post a sign because they don’t want their bigotry on open display. Doing so (even in Texas) is bad for business. What these folks did is even worse for business and they will suffer economically. And rightly so.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.