Lucien Greaves is the leader of an Oregon-based Satanic Temple. In the town of Salem, there is an anti-LGBTQ bakery and that really pisses him off. Greaves and his … brethren?… are calling on all local LGBTQ supporters to contact or visit the bakery to order Satan-themed cakes. On social media, they tag the photos with #SatanCakes. Is that super passive-aggressive? Yes. Do we love it? Kinda.
Greaves wrote in a press release,
The laws of the United States require that no one may discriminate by way of refusal of service against an evangelical theocrat for their religious beliefs, but the evangelical theocrat may discriminate against LGBTQ people because of who they are. Because religion is a protected class, a baker may refuse service to LGBTQ people, but they may not refuse service based upon someone’s religion.
Yes, it seems odd that Satanists would give a shit, but according to their “rule book“, if you will, they are more moral than some of the Republicans in the White House at the moment. Satanism, like it or not, is a recognized religion. It must kill the bakery’s owners a little inside when or if they have to bake the Satan-themed cakes. However, business is business, amirite?
The Masterpiece Cakeshop is run by Jack Phillips and is known for turning away David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012 when they tried to order their wedding cake. Phillips cited his religious beliefs for denying their order. The couple’s complaint made it all the way to the Supreme Court and will be heard soon. We hope all this brouhaha is worth it to Phillips.
According to Greaves, he’s not stopping with his #SatanCakes campaign. He told the Huffington Post,
I hope this prompts the Supreme Court to consider either adding sexual orientation as a protected class, or taking religion away from protected class status.
After all, fair is fair.
Greaves tweeted a picture of a mock-up Satan cake, and to be honest, it’s really striking.
— Matthew (@MatthewSince97) September 28, 2017