Christian group notes bakers’ refusal to make pro-Trump cake for ‘Pickle’
A boy whose letter to President Trump made national headlines last month reportedly wanted a pro-Trump cake for his birthday party, but his mother couldn’t find a baker willing to fulfill the order.
And defenders of Christian bakers who refuse to participate in gay weddings noted their qualified approval, calling the cakemakers’ refusal an exercise of conscience that should be free to all.
At a White House press briefing, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter from a boy identified as “Pickle,” who said Mr. Trump was his favorite president.
When The Washington Post confirmed the letter was sent by 9-year-old Dylan Harbin, it also reported that Dylan asked for a “Donald Trump cake” for his birthday. But his mom “made him one herself, because she couldn’t find a bakery willing and able to do it.”
Michael P. Farris, president and general counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, wondered why bakers can decline to make cakes supporting Mr. Trump, but not cakes supporting same-sex marriage.
The Christian legal group is defending Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker sued by a same-sex couple because he declined to make their wedding cake.
“Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons,” Mr. Farris wrote in blog post. “Yet, no one on the Left is calling for legal action against the cake shops. And neither should anyone on the Right.”
“These cake shops have freedom of speech,” he continued. “They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.”