A bakery in Virginia is catching heat on its Facebook page after it posted a picture of a Confederate flag cookie cake it made for a customer last week.
When asked why they did it, the owner gave a simple answer: because someone asked.
“It was for us a business decision to do that,” Mike Sweeney, owner of Crumb & Get It in Fredericksburg, Va., told FOX5 News. “We had like a two minute conversation about it.”
The bakery posted this picture on their Facebook page and people started lining up to get their own Confederate flag cakes.
“What are your hours today?” asked one commenter, Sherrie Marie Shaw. “Can you make another one?”
The company responded that it could have one made by the next day, and for the bakery it is simply a free speech issue.
“The thing about this great Nation is that we all have opinions and are allowed to voice them,” the company said in a statement on its Facebook page. “This was not done out of hatred. We post many special orders, and will continue to do so. No, we will not do ISIS or Nazi cookie cakes, so don’t be ridiculous.”
Bakeries willingness to make cakes for gay weddings or celebrate gay pride has become a sticking point for some in recent weeks.
A Christian baker in Colorado is currently facing a lawsuit after he refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding because of his religious convictions.
Last week, a bakery in Oregon was forced to pay a lesbian couple $135,000 after it refused to bake a cake for their wedding.
When asked by a Facebook commenter if Crumb & Get It would bake a “rainbow flag cake to celebrate the recent SCOTUS decision,” the bakery said it would do so happily.
Still, though, that wasn’t good enough for some people who disagree with Sweeney’s decision to bake the Confederate flag cake. The bakery owner told Fredericksburg.com he’s had multiple people threaten to sue his bakery and protest the storefront.
“What’s been most disappointing about this situation is we have had critics on social media make demands of us simply because we disagree,” Sweeney told the website. “We are a small business and a family of six, and we’ve been serving the Fredericksburg community from day one. We find these strong-arm tactics very sad.”
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