"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

It's Official: Abbey Roads refuses to bake wedding cakes for gay weddings. No pizzas. No flowers. No nothing.

Or: New money-making opportunities for Christians.



File under: Work from home opportunities.

Remember when Fr. Z disliked something National Catholic Reporter reported on and he would protest it by asking for donations to himself?  (I never got it either.)

There seems to be an endless string of fiscal opportunities online for the Christian entrepreneur.

Many people now supplement their incomes by asking for donations on their blog.  Nothing wrong with that.  Need a new house?  Ask for donations.  Need a new career?  Ask for donations for school and expenses.  Want to spread rumors that the Pope is the Antichrist?  Get a blog - ask for donations.

That said, a new quicker way to haul in the dough may be to publicly refuse to bake cakes, deliver pizzas, or do floral arrangements for gay weddings.  It seems to be quite lucrative.  Story here.

So.  Not that I need the money - it's for Nan who needs a car - I'm officially announcing that I refuse to open my house for gay wedding receptions.  I will not bake cakes for gay weddings.  No pizzas.  No flowers.  I'm against it.  Please help me.






Disclaimer: I'm just kidding.  Pushing buttons and trying to make people feel guilty.  What?  Larry does it.  I'm available for speaking engagements.




 Nan really needs a car though.



28 comments:

  1. I'll be happy to set up a GoFundMe page for you, Ter (you will, however, have to split the proceeds with me.)

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  2. I am working to save for a down payment but am much too proud to ask for handouts though. ;p

    On a more serious tone...good that the mom and pop shop where pizza was the bread winner is being helped out. I read on Deacon Greg's blog the poor folks were misrepresented, smeared after being misquoted and then bullied into silence. I think they deserve every donation that comes their way.

    Anyway, the California sun beckons and I'ma going outdoors to smell the flowers and to forget the world's woes for a time.

    May Nan's cause bring in the green so she can buy herself a mean roving machine. ;p ;p

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    1. Deacon is right - the poor people were entirely misrepresented and harassed - I'm happy so many have helped them out. I also know many donations are given to help them with legal expenses. I shouldn't make fun of the situation.

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    2. I like your lighthearted take on it. I did not think you were making fun at all but just having a good morning. ^^

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  3. I posted the link on my Tumblr. I expect to get flamed any moment now.

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    1. Good for you. Now I have a partner in crime. Disinterested of course. ;)

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    2. Of course. ;p

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    3. Let's not forget Baronelle:

      This is much more egregious since the judge said the couple could go after her personal assets. Also note that the "offended party" were long-time customers. How can anyone act so horribly?? H donated $50.00 of our hard earned money to her. Bravo!

      Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist, referred her friend and long-time customer to other florists because she could not in good conscience provide full wedding support for a same-sex wedding. Although the couple received flowers, the Washington State Attorney General, and later, the same-sex couple, sued Barronelle.

      The court found her liable for violating the Washington Law Against Discrimination and ruled that both the state and the couple may collect damages and attorneys' fees from Barronelle's business and personal assets.


      http://www.gofundme.com/mz6zm4

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    4. That's horrible - didn't know that story.

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    5. Terry,

      I read that story too. She is 70 years old and the flower shop has been her livelihood.

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    6. She definitely deserves all the support she can get. That's cruel. Thanks Yaya and Adrienne.

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  4. I can't believe you did that!

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    1. Should I remove your name? Can I keep the donations? What?

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  5. I really wish you would put up a donate button! You would rake it in - what?

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    1. Haha! I think I should do speaking engagements like the Patheos bloggers do.

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    2. Terry, I was thinking along the lines of a Catholic male version of Joan Rivers, e.g. emerging on the stage and yelling 'Can we PRAY!?' As laughter mounts, 'Grow up!! Can we FAST?!'

      What?

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    3. Haha! That's good too. LOL!

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  6. What Jeron wrote on Tumblr:

    "Persons who identify as gay have other choices. Let’s not force Christians (who on legitimate grounds of conscience disagree with same-sex marriage) or persons of other faith traditions violate their beliefs for flowers and a cake. Threats of bodily harm? Arson? C’mon, folks, we’re better than this. Tolerance is a 2-way street."

    I agree.

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    1. Agree..(ambut as a biz owner don't agree you can pick and choose who you serve..but that is a discussion deeper and more nuanced then what has happened on the net..) but the people refusing the anti-gay "Christian" nut job in Colorado I think, have been getting death threats from those good old bible luvin people. People are just plain nuts all over.

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  7. Too funny, Ter.

    I have my own opinion on this whole matter. If you hire me as a speaker, and pay for all my expenses, I'll come speak at your parish or home church and tell you all about it.

    And hey - I'm cheap, but not easy. I do have standards, you know.

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    1. I thought of hiring myself out only for home speaking engagements - cocktails included.

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    2. And a cab home, I hope.

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  8. I read once that Jessie Jackson when he was a waiter used to spit in the salads and soups of white folks. I checked it out and it's from a Life Magazine article from 1969. You can see the first two pages of the article here http://www.jessejackson.org/spitinwhiteysfood.html. And I checked out Life Magazine's original magazines website and it's listed on the right page with the right author. http://www.originallifemagazines.com/LIFE-Magazine-November-21-1969-P2724.aspx So...the question. Should Christian caterers take a page from the liberal playbook and imitate a prominent liberal. Mmmmm...yummy frosting. Also reminds me of the movie The Help where the fired maid makes a poop cake for her former employer. I'm kidding of course. I would never actually do such a thing, but I can't say I wouldn't be tempted.

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    1. Actually I was thinking of the exact same thing. Esp. wondering why gay couples would trust the product after the vendor had been forced to provide it in the first place. It would be so easy to forget an additive or add something undetectable ... Like you pointed out from the film The Help.

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    1. I just thought of you this morning. Hi!

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