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Title: Bakery That Refused To Serve Lesbian Couple Raises Record Amount On Crowdfunding Site
Source: The Daily Caller
URL Source: http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/16/b ... d-amount-on-crowdfunding-site/
Published: Jul 16, 2015
Author: Alexis Gulino
Post Date: 2015-07-17 16:19:41 by misterwhite
Keywords: None
Views: 1620
Comments: 10

Supporters of Sweet Cakes by Melissa have reportedly raised over $450,000 in a crowdfunding campaign for bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a wedding cake based on their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage,according to the Oregonian, .

The page reads, “Let’s help the Kleins through this hard time as they fight for religious freedom; which they are not just fighting for themselves but for all of us as our freedoms are threatened.”

Since the page was launched on May 5, a plethora of online donors have contributed to raising a record amount on the Continue to Give site.

Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of the faith-based giving platform, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history, according to the Washington Times.

The Wisconsin-based website has previously handled fundraising for churches and nonprofit organizations. As of Thursday, more than 244 percent of the site’s original goal of $150,000 has been reached.

The Sweet Cakes campaign “was quiet a couple weeks ago, but it really picked up when the Supreme Court made its decision [legalizing same-sex marriage],” according to Wellhoefer. (RELATED: This Could Be The Next Big Supreme Court Gay Rights Case)

In a statement released on Wednesday, Melissa Klein said:

“We are humbled and thankful for the generosity and support of the American public. The amount shows that Americans all over this country are acting on their beliefs and loudly saying that they do not agree with a government that punishes people for their religious beliefs.”

“At this time, we do not know exactly how we will use the funds that have been donated to us because: 1) Since our business was shut down two years ago, we are continuing to face financial hardship 2) We are unsure at this time what other costs may be associated with our case in the future as we continue to stand strong for our freedom 3) We are seeking advice regarding how the government will tax the money we’ve been given and 4) We are waiting to see whether BOLI will stay the collection of the $135,000 (at an interest rate of 9%) during the appeal.”

GoFundMe removed the Sweet Cakes campaign in April, claiming it ran afoul of terms of service prohibiting campaigns “in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.” But GoFundMe allowed the Kleins to keep $109,000 raised on their behalf.(RELATED: Online Fundraiser For Oregon Bakery Removed After Gay Rights Activists Complain)

Another website, Samaritan’s Purse has created a page which accepts donations to help persecuted Christians in the United States.

“They have taken a stand for the Word of God, and they should not have to stand alone,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “Please pray for our nation. When our judges are punishing Christians for practicing what they believe, that’s persecution, plain and simple.”

Crowd funding efforts for the Kleins began in April, after administrative judge Alan McCullough, recommended they pay $135,000 in damages for a denial of service.

The decision came as a result of controversy that began in January 2013 when the bakery refused to service the brides because of their sexual orientation. In August 2013, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman filed a civil rights complaint.

In July, the Oregonian reported that State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered the Kleins to pay Cryer and Bowman for their “emotional, mental, and physical suffering.”

“Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion,” the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a news release.

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#1. To: misterwhite (#0)

Supporters of Sweet Cakes by Melissa have reportedly raised over $450,000

Good.

Freedom is more important than a faggots feelings.

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2015-07-17   16:31:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: misterwhite (#0)

Just curious. How does the Eternal Revenue Service treat these thousands of small donations that add up to big bucks?

Fred Mertz  posted on  2015-07-17   16:37:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Fred Mertz (#2)

As of late 2014, the IRS has not issued guidelines on how to treat donations made to individuals and will look at donations on a case-by-case basis.

At this time, donations to an individual are considered taxable income if they are not gifts, loans or equity investments.

If you used a website to raise money for a personal cause such as paying for medical expenses for your animal or sending your child to summer camp, these donations are considered a gift as long as the donor does not receive anything in return.

For example, if someone donates $100 to you and do not receive anything in return, the $100 is a non-taxable gift.

(http://blog.taxact.com/crowdfunding/)

misterwhite  posted on  2015-07-17   16:41:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#3)

Thanks, I appreciate that info. Now, I've got to come up with the mother-of-all-sob-stories so I can cash in.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2015-07-17   16:45:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Fred Mertz, misterwhite (#2)

How does the Eternal Revenue Service treat these thousands of small donations that add up to big bucks?

Can you say R-A-I-D?

потому что Бог хочет это тот путь

SOSO  posted on  2015-07-17   16:53:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: GrandIsland (#1)

Supporters of Sweet Cakes by Melissa have reportedly raised over $450,000

Good.

Freedom is more important than a faggots feeliings

My feeling exactly. We can not allow our lives to be run by every neurotic masanthrope that raises a fuss.

rlk  posted on  2015-07-17   17:03:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Fred Mertz (#4)

"Now, I've got to come up with the mother-of-all-sob-stories so I can cash in."

Here are a few examples. If you succeed, my fee is 10%.

misterwhite  posted on  2015-07-17   17:05:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Fred Mertz (#4)

Now, I've got to come up with the mother-of-all-sob-stories so I can cash in.

Tell people what you told me about about your wife. You know the one that "turned out to be a crack head with no redeeming skills in the bedroom". I'm sure that can be worked into a real sob story that can bring in the cash.

Sockratease  posted on  2015-07-17   18:36:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Fred Mertz (#4)

Thanks, I appreciate that info. Now, I've got to come up with the mother-of-all-sob-stories so I can cash in.

You could always claim you've been Bobbitted!

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

CZ82  posted on  2015-07-18   9:13:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: misterwhite (#0)

Supporters of Sweet Cakes by Melissa have reportedly raised over $450,000 in a crowdfunding campaign for bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein, who refused to bake a wedding cake based on their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage,according to the Oregonian, .

The page reads, “Let’s help the Kleins through this hard time as they fight for religious freedom; which they are not just fighting for themselves but for all of us as our freedoms are threatened.”

What left meant for evil, God meant for good

Lakeviewmom  posted on  2015-07-19   14:56:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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