GoFundMe shuts down fundraising accounts of pro-marriage baker and florist

 

Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign
Gay activist vandalizes pro-marriage sign

Here’s the latest, from The Daily Signal.

Excerpt:

Less than 48 hours after the crowdfunding website GoFundMe shut down a campaign setup for Sweet Cakes by Melissa, GoFundMe yanked a similar fundraiser for a 70-year-old Washington florist facing seven-figure financial penalties for violating her state’s anti-discrimination law.

The campaign, created for Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist who refused to make flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding, had been operating on GoFundMe for over two months.

It wasn’t until GoFundMe removed the Sweet Cakes by Melissa campaign—meant for Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon-based bakers who were fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding—that it closed the account for Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers.

Before it was shut down, Stutzman’s GoFundMe page had raised more than $174,000 in donations.

[…]Meanwhile, the Sweet Cakes by Melissa campaign had raised more than $109,000 in nine hours before being removed.

What happened?

A Facebook group, called “Boycott Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Gresham, OR,” sought to shut the account down.

In multiple posts, the group linked to the Klein’s GoFundMe page, writing, “How fast can we shut this down.”

Kristen Waggoner, the attorney representing Stutzman on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal that opponents are trying to bully people like Stutzman and the Kleins who are trying to live in accordance to their faith.

“It’s not enough to have the government redefine marriage or to punish those who disagree,” she said.

The opponents of freedom have to ruin every aspect of the lives of those who disagree—denying them a living, the ability to feed their families, and the opportunity to raise money to pay the so-called ‘victims.’ This type of vindictive, hateful behavior is terrifying. Corporations like Apple, Salesforce, and GoFundMe want to make sure they can live and work consistent with their beliefs about marriage, but then deny that same right to people like Barronelle Stutzman who lovingly served her customer for nearly a decade but simply couldn’t participate in the celebration of his same-sex wedding.

I’m not expert, but it seems to me that the businesses who receive death threats and are put on trial and fined tens of thousands of dollars are bigger victims. But I guess now the “right to not be offended” is more important than freedom of religion. All I want to be able to say in public is that marriage is better for children than divorce, cohabitation, single motherhood by choice, and same-sex marriage – because children need their mother and father. Apparently, it’s now illegal to say that, and not just in the way that a parking ticket is illegal. This is serious. I think a lot of Christians on the margin are going to be even more intimidated about speaking out and donating to pro-marriage causes the more these persecutions intensify.

13 thoughts on “GoFundMe shuts down fundraising accounts of pro-marriage baker and florist”

  1. This is ridiculous on so many levels. I personally have no issue with same-sex marriage but this is very unnecessary. If you are pro-life, pro-traditional marriage that is beautiful & same for pro-choice and for same-sex marriage, we all have our own opinions but that does not mean we have to use our beliefs and force people to convert our way of think whether your christian or atheist -its not right

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  2. “I think a lot of Christians on the margin are going to be even more intimidated about speaking out and donating to pro-marriage causes the more these persecutions intensify.”

    In addition to that concern, I am seeing a lot of apparently faithful “Christians” falling away into apostasy on this issue – just in terms of even discussing it privately – including within my family. And this is not over beheadings – this is over just discussing gay “marriage” in a private setting – not exactly the Coliseum, if you know what I mean.

    It would appear that the sheep are a much much smaller percentage than we might have come to think in America, where a large percentage of people self-identify as “Christian.” I could be wrong, but this does not appear to be a sanctification issue either. These are either never saved or once saved, now fallen. I would guess that the % of authentic Christians is significantly higher in China and India than in the US, based on this kind of softening.

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    1. Christianity doesn’t mean standing up for rules on sexuality any more. Now it means feeling good and being liked. If you aren’t SURE that something causes harm even to make a stand against it, then the easy thing to do is just say whatever makes people like you. And the church is too busy doing praise songs and devotions to tell people how to talk about these issues to non-Christians who don’t accept the Bible. We need more Scott Klusendorfs and Ryan T. Andersons. Not more praise songs and devotions.

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  3. If you hear of another method of supporting them or donating to them I hope you’ll post it here. I know ADF and some other groups that are involved accept donations, but many of them only seem to accept general donations and not an account specifically for these people.

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    1. I’d like to add to that slightly: “Now would be a good time for informed Christians to really speak up intelligently, while they still can.”

      I don’t mean to demean everyone speaking up on these issues, but we do have rather a lot of uninformed people out there making Christianity look bad. Perhaps it is just media bias – it always seems to zero-in on the silly, but either way, we need to get rational argumentation out there into the public square.

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      1. As far as I can tell, the entire church leadership has decided to punt on this issue, especially pastors who want to talk about the Bible and the gospel every week and never connect it to external evidence or current events. We want piety and mysticism more than we want to achieve good practically. We want to feel good more than to do good. I think a 50-50 balance would be nice.

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  4. Christians don’t know why they believe what they believe much less how to defend it with kindness. I think many are in shock that just being nice hasn’t worked.

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  5. i’m glad we are supporting these people, though. if all Christians paid for other Christians whom are suffering because of Leftist persecution maybe they would realize the futility and stop.

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  6. Looking to be liked as opposed to having a moral line in the sand is the essence of modern liberalism/Progressivism. It’s a form of idolatry.

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