As reported in a previous article, GoFundMe shut down an account that was raising money for Sweet Cakes by Melissa because her bakery refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding and an agent of the state government fined the owners $135,000.
What argument did the folks at GoFundMe used to cancel the account? In a written statement, GoFundMe claimed that it was “because the campaign violated the policy against raising money ‘in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.'”
Read more: “GoFundMe Joins the Gaystapo to Shut Down Dissent.”
Actually, the cancellation came when pro-homosexual groups pressured GoFundMe. These groups were incensed that Memories Pizza received more than $800,000 in funding in a similar fund raising campaign.
So where is the violation? The owners of the bakery stood up for their personal beliefs, a First Amendment right that includes freedom of religion and speech. Article 1, Section 3 of the Oregon Constitution states the following:
Freedom of religious opinion. No law shall in any case whatever control the free exercise, and enjoyment of religeous [sic] opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.—
Here’s the wording of Article 1, Section 8:
Freedom of speech and press. No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right.—
There was no violence, hate, or sexual acts done by Sweet Cakes by Melissa…