April Anderson, a baker from Detroit, Michigan was asked to make an anti-LGBTQ cake by a conservative Christian troll hoping to sue Anderson’s bakery for “Christian discrimination.”
Anderson and her wife Michelle own Good Cakes and Bakes bakery. They received a call from a customer who wanted them to make a cake that said:
“Homosexual acts are gravely evil”
Thinking she would refuse, the customer was taken by surprise when Anderson made the cake.
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After some investigation, Anderson was able to uncover that the perpetrator was David Gordon, a member of a group called Church Militant.
Against her better judgement, Anderson made the cake, only to have Gordon refuse to pick it up for five days, at which point the bakery was forced to throw it away.
Gordon tweeted the false narrative he created.
Good Cakes and Bakes is discriminating against me for requesting a cake virtually quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church sec. 2357. No more anti-Catholic discrimination. See you in court. @JamesMartinSJ https://t.co/Nn2FUPWSbd
— David Robert Gordon (@DavidRobertGor1) August 7, 2020
Immediately, people called his bluff.
But,they made the cake and held it for 5 days and you never picked it up so they threw it away. What is the issue if they had it ready for you ?
— Gloria (@gloluz) August 15, 2020
They made the cake though? And you didn’t pick it up within the 48 hour window like as stated on their website? I’m not a lawyer but this isn’t gonna come out in your favor my guy, maybe just 🌸shut up🌸
— David Brian Love (@ItsKweenDavid) August 15, 2020
If he's a lawyer he's not a very good one 🙄
— Stretmediq (@stretmediq) August 15, 2020
You do know that by spending the $40 on the cake isn't as much of a slam as you think that it is? Like you still paid them for a service?
— Rooting for Everybody Black 💁🏾♀️ (@blktinabelcher) August 17, 2020
But they made the cake. You never picked it up. But they made it.
— Kelly Stout (@DizzyedUpGirl) August 17, 2020
Gordon told the Detroit Free Press:
“I was denied the services I requested at a place of public accommodation on the basis of the content of my beliefs—this is gleefully acknowledged by the owners of the bakery in the relevant Pridesource article.”
But Anderson baked the cake anyway, albeit without the message, as per their clearly stated company policy. When Gordon called to inquire after the cake, they said it would be ready by 3:30 pm Saturday.
“I think he was shocked. He was probably anticipating us saying no.”
They made the cake. They followed their policies to the letter. It was YOU who failed to pick it up on time and they disposed of it just like they would for any other order because they can't just have food sitting around that could go bad. NO discrimination = NO case
— Stretmediq (@stretmediq) August 15, 2020
Wait, you ordered the cake just so you could sue? They made the cake, you didn't pick it up.
— MontanaRed99 (@MontanaRed99) August 15, 2020
Isn't bearing false witness a sin or something?
— ghostpepper (Joe/Kamala 2020) (@pepperpat64) August 15, 2020
thank you for reminding me why I left christianity, was it not written in scripture to not judge others or you'll be judged just as harshly as you judged others? I can smell your hypocrisy all the way from canada
— Xan Tengetsu (@wolfgod384) August 15, 2020
Others proved they could also quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church, highlighting areas Gordon missed.
2482. "A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving."
2483. Lying is the most direct offense against the truth.
2485. By its very nature, lying is to be condemned.
2486. Since it violates the virtue of truthfulness, a lie does real violence to another.
— Nick (@getyrtrouserson) August 13, 2020
After five days—an extended kindness since company policy is unclaimed cakes are discarded after 48 hours—the cake was disposed of.
It was then Gordon decided to make claims about discrimination and threatened to sue. However Jay Kaplan, staff attorney for the LGBTQ Project-ACLU of Michigan, said Anderson did nothing outside the law.
“She wasn’t turning the customer away…We provide cakes, but we are not going to put that kind of message on the cake. Especially if it’s offensive.”
Most bakeries and other businesses have policies against printing offensive messages or hate speech on their products. Customers have access to such policies when placing orders.
Thank you for reminding me why I left the Catholic Church.
— Colleen dislikes pussy grabbers (@ColleenIrishLas) August 15, 2020
I can’t believe you thought this would work.
— Ilia (@RhymesWithIkea) August 15, 2020
Pathetic. Also, who is your god? The God I know doesn’t discriminate.
— John Tiu (@john_tiu) August 15, 2020
From what I understand she made the cake you referred and you never showed to pick it up?
— Jenner (@Jenner1234567) August 15, 2020
They made the cake. If you don’t pick it up, that’s on you.
— Hawthorn Fire (@hawthorn_fire) August 15, 2020
Anderson like other business owners reserves the right to refuse to add anything to the cakes she bakes. She has denied requests for vulgar messages before.
She says this was the first time she’d received a request for a homophobic message.
“We would have refused to write that message. It’s not about… being homophobic.”
“We don’t write mean, hateful messages on cakes. That’s not what we are about.”
It is unclear if the case will proceed to court at all, but Anderson isn’t letting the incident get her down or force her into the closet.
“We’re not gonna change who we are. We made it very clear when we opened.”
“Some [LGBTQ] people are like, ‘Oh, we’re just not gonna tell people, we want to keep stuff separate’.”
“You can’t compartmentalize your life. We’re very, very proud, open.”
Live out, live proud, live loud.