As a nation, we just spent some time reflecting on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. I consider Dr. King a personal hero, a flawed man, but surely led by God to do some great things. He also knew a thing or two about how to change the mind of people who hated him and everything he stood for.
Recently, a Christian couple in Oregon (Melissa Klein and her husband) chose not to prepare a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Their business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, was founded, the owners said, on their Christian beliefs, and they believe that marriage is ordained by God to be between one man and one woman. Thus, they turned down the order.
In response to the complaint, the bakery's co-owner Melissa Klein argued that turning away the couple was "definitely not discrimination at all."It turned into war: a lawsuit (which the Kleins lost) and an spewing of hatred towards the Kleins. Here's just a little sample of what came the Kleins' way:
"We don't have anything against lesbians or homosexuals," she said in August. "It has to do with our morals and beliefs. It's so frustrating because we went through all of this in January, when it all came out."