When I first heard that a homosexual was trying to raise funds to help Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, I was pleased with the idea. The Kleins, as you probably know, believe that the definition of marriage is a union between a man and a woman. They were asked to pretend that marriage could include two women by baking an alleged wedding cake for a Lesbian couple. They wouldn’t make such an affirmation. (The accusation that they refused to serve homosexuals is just a lie made up to justify bullying. They have never refused customers based on “sexual orientation.”) They refused to pretend (as they see it) that a relationship of two people of the same sex is a marriage.
The Lesbians, however, wanted a cake especially from someone who “hated” them. That makes perfect sense, right? Every bride and groom (bride and bride? wants to put food in their mouths that was baked by someone who didn’t want to make it for them. So they complained.
Now, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is fining the couple $150,000. They have already lost their business and now they are facing bankruptcy. So a homosexual is trying to raise funds to help them out.
Why would a homosexual do this? I think it is pretty obvious there could be several good reasons.
- Not all homosexuals believe in the existence of “homosexual marriage.”
- Not all homosexuals believe that Christians or anyone else should be punished for refusing to affirm the existence of “homosexual marriage.”
- Not all homosexuals believe that Americans have no right of free association.
So for any of those reasons or for similar ones it would make perfect sense for a homosexual to hate the way the Kleins have been treated and to want to help them out.
But that’s not what is going on here. According to The Blaze, Matt Stolhandske is a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, a coalition of people who claim to be Christians who support same-sex marriage.
“As a gay man, I should hate Melissa and Aaron Klein,” Stolhandske wrote in a recent Washington Post op-ed. “I’m also an evangelical Christian. I can’t understand why Klein or any other Christians twist the words of Jesus Christ to justify this behavior. To me, it’s a deeply harmful and embarrassing bastardization of our faith.”
Stohlhandske is not writing to promote tolerance. He is writing to promote the legitimacy of hatred. “As a gay man, I should hate…” is his core affirmation.
Secondly, if he has any knowledge of the Bible at all, then he knows why Klein and other Christians don’t believe that homosexual activity is moral or that there is any such thing as homosexual marriage. From the creation of Adam and Eve for each other in Genesis, to the Ten Commandments, to Jesus’ affirmation that the only alternative to heterosexual marriage is celibacy, from Paul’s description of marriage as analogous to Christ’s relationship to the Church, to the description of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Revelation, there is an unbroken and unambiguous message about heterosexuality being God’s design for the human race and the definition of marriage.
Stolhandske is free to develop a rationalization of what Scripture says, of course. But if he knows anything about the Bible he knows the Kleins are not twisting the words of Jesus. Even if they were mistaken, it would be an honest mistake.
The man is a liar.
And this whole campaign is to promote the lie. He is promoting several lies—not merely the one that homosexual behavior is all right, but that
- Homosexuals are justified in hating those who disagree with them.
- Marriage is a relationship between two persons, not between a man and a woman.
- People should be forced to affirm homosexual marriage.
- There is no right of free association.
- The Bible supports all of the above.
I hope other people will support the Kleins. I don’t mean only Christians (though it would be great if they would take care of their own). Anyone who believes in tolerance and liberty should consider the Kleins to be martyrs for those causes.