An Oregon judge recommended that Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein be fined $135,000 for discrimination on Friday, after the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The Kleins shared a link to a GoFundMe campaign on their Facebook page yesterday, raising nearly $20,000 in just four hours.
The fundraiser quickly reached $109,000 before GoFundMe canceled it. GoFundMe issued a statement saying they do not allow money to be raised on their site for people who have been found to be in violation of the law.
“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions,” GoFundMe said in a statement.
“The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”
The Kleins took to their Facebook page to blame Satan for GoFundMe’s decision to cancel their fundraiser.
“Evidently Go fund me has shut down our Go fund me page and will not let us raise any money. Satan’s really at work but I know our God has a plan and wins in the end!”
Facebook user Teresa Mitchell then left this brilliant reply to the anti-gay bakers message: “Wait…so it was ok for you to refuse service to someone because you didn’t agree with how they wanted to use your product, but it’s no ok for GoFundMe to do the EXACT same thing?”
Another Faceboook user suggested that people instead share their donations to charities who are trying to make this world a better place. “If you are donating, donate to a worthy cause,” wrote Krissy. “There are millions around the world (including here in the US) without food, water, electricity or hope…There was a devastating earthquake in Nepal yesterday. Donate to the Red Cross. Donate to your local food pantry. Donate where you can create a future worthy of hope. Help your fellow neighbors, don’t rally against them. You are not demonstrating the love and forgiveness of God by wasting money helping people who did not open their arms to all of God’s children. Make a better future for our wold, don’t continue with hate.”
Spare us your crocodile tears!