Chris­tian group notes bak­ers’ re­fusal to make pro-Trump cake for ‘Pickle’

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

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.”

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