‘Bake the cake, bigot!’ VA restaurant meets backlash for cancelling Christian event over political views

A Virginia restaurant’s last-minute decision to crank the left’s double standard up to 11 when their staff’s feelings were threatened by a Christian group’s dinner reservation was summarily called out as some aptly chided, “Bake the cake, bigot.”

Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips may be the best-known example of religious convictions being challenged in court by progressives determined to thrust their ideologies on others, but he is certainly not the only one as the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday for a web designer similarly sued. Laughable claims of inclusivity from the so-called tolerant left were readily dismissed last Wednesday by the owners of Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond, Virginia.

Taking to social media, the establishment signaled their virtue with buzzwords like “inclusive” and “dignity” as they explained how they canceled Christian group The Family Foundation’s reservation when event participants were en route in defense of their staff’s rights.

“Metzger Bar and Butchery has always prided itself on being an inclusive environment for people to dine in. In eight years of service we have very rarely refused service to anyone who wished to dine with us. Recently,” they explained, “we refused service to a group that had booked an event with us after the owners of Metzger found out it was a group of donors to a political organization that seeks to deprive women and LGBTQ+ persons of their basic human rights in Virginia. We have always refused service to anyone for making our staff uncomfortable or unsafe and this was the driving force behind our decision. Many of our staff are women and/or members of the LGBTQ+ community. All of our staff are people with rights who deserve dignity and a safe work environment. We respect our staff’s established rights as humans and strive to create a work environment where they can do their jobs with dignity, comfort and safety.”

The flagrant hypocrisy did not go unnoticed as people quickly pointed out how the incident would have been treated if the roles were reversed.

While the folks from The Family Foundation were able to swing a last-minute accommodation at another location, they didn’t take the slight of their Christian beliefs lightly and wrote in a blog post on their site: “Welcome to the double standard of the left, where some believe Jack Phillips must be forced to create a wedding cake as part of the celebration of a same-sex ceremony but any business should be able to deny basic goods and services to those who hold biblical values around marriage.”

“At The Family Foundation, we believe individuals in private business should not have to violate their convictions,” the post further offered, “which for some Christians means not celebrating what God has declared sin (Romans 1:32). However, most, if not all, faiths not only allow for the provision of services, like food, to those with whom they disagree, but they also encourage it.”

Some appreciated the move by Metzger Bar as they made public their stance allowing discerning customers the opportunity to knowingly decide if they would continue to be patrons of an establishment that would discriminate against the beliefs of a group.

Meanwhile, others noted how they don’t have a problem with either Christians or LGBT individuals turning away customers so long as standards are applied equally.

However, as it happened, common sense and reason are lacking for those who make their decisions based on feelings alone, and many were quick to thrust those feelings back at those who turned away the Christian patrons with the words of the left.

Kevin Haggerty


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