Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweetcakes bakery in Oregon, had been saddled with the crippling fine of $135,000 last month by the state for their refusal to participate in a same sex wedding ceremony.
Despite having their constitutional rights to religious freedom trampled and being targeted for their religious beliefs, the Kleins have responded with a stunning act of love.
According to a recent Blaze article, the Kleins sent cakes to numerous LGBT groups around the country. The cakes had “We really do love you” written on them and were accompanied by a letter stating that their action to decline to bake a cake for a same sex wedding was not an action done out of hatred.
Along with the cake and letter, the Kleins included a copy of “Audacity”, a film from Ray Comfort about homosexuality and standing for one’s beliefs.
While the gesture of love was met with derision from some of the recipients, at least one LGBT group received the gesture warmly.
Michael Dimengo, CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center Of Southern Nevada, told the Blaze that, “We received it with a great deal of skepticism, but nevertheless we received it after working through our skepticism warmly. I think it takes a lot for folks to reach out to the other side of the fence. I credit them for doing that.”
Dimengo continued, “I see it as necessary for us to sit down together around one table and talk through our differences. I look at the Kleins’ initiative as just that, opening up the door. I don’t think it’s good for us to continue to throw barbs at one another. I see much more happening by bringing folks together and even if we’re diametric opposites.”
As for the cake, Dimengo went on to admit, “We devoured the cake in about 10 minutes.”
The act of love by the Kleins showed the true nature of their Christian beliefs. While they remain opposed to same-sex marriage, they don’t go about their daily lives operating out of a place of hate.
The media and most LGBT groups want people to believe that not agreeing with someones personal choices or beliefs means that you hate the person and are a bigot or have a phobia. As the Klein’s proved, that could not be further from the truth.
What do you think of the Klein’s gesture?