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The Javerts of the SJWs

Well, well, well:

A crowdfunding campaign that had raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday after complaints from gay-rights advocates.

The website GoFundMe said in a statement Saturday that it took down the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

“The campaign entitled ‘Sweet Cakes by Melissa‘ involves formal charges. As such, our team has determined that it was in violation of GoFundMe’s Terms & Conditions,” said GoFundMe in an email statement.

The state of Oregon proposed a $135,000 fine to be levied on the Christian-owned bakery, with the money to be paid to a lesbian couple to compensate for their pain and suffering when the cake-makers declined to bake pastry for their wedding.

So, there we have it: the Social Justice Warriors, not content to have driven this bakery out of business, are now trying to prevent people from giving the bakers money to pay their monumental fine. It is not enough for the SJWs that the Klein family business was destroyed. And it is not enough that the Kleins are now struggling to feed their five children, and facing a $135,000 fine that will probably drive them to bankruptcy.

Nope, the progressive stance is now to grind those people to dust, in the name of social justice.

I wonder if GoFundMe would forbid campaigns to donate money via its service to civil rights protesters, for the sake of paying their bail money for engaging in civil disobedience. After all, Charges Were Filed.

Actually, I don’t wonder this at all.

Christians need to set up a reliable, transparent, fully accountable fund to raise money help people like the Kleins. It’s important.

UPDATE: A reader called “Moderate Mom” has a moving comment:

This is just breaking my heart. I’m the mother of a gay son. I love him and want nothing but his happiness and if that involved marriage, I’m all for it. However, as the daughter of devout Catholics, and raised in the Catholic church myself, I also respect religious beliefs and think there should be a place in the conversation, and law, for disagreement.

I’m finding myself almost hating the people that are trying to destroy those that disagree with same sex marriage and it’s killing me. I want my son to have every opportunity for happiness that his heterosexual sister has, but I also don’t want people like my devout parents ground into the dirt either.

Surely, somewhere, there is some accommodation to be had between the two. At least I hope so, because I never want to resent either my son or my parents for making the other unhappy.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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