A Christian baker persecuted for living out her faith.
Cathy Miller always dreamed of owning a bakery. In her heart, she always hoped to one day combine her artistic talents with her love for baking to open a bakery in her hometown of Bakersfield, California. So, after retiring from over 20 years as a public school teacher, Cathy opened Tastries Bakery just outside downtown.
Within a short time, Cathy became renowned throughout Bakersfield as a master cake artist. As a devout Christian, however, she gave all the glory to God. Her reason is simple: Cathy’s relationship with Jesus Christ impacts every area of her life, including her fulfilling her dream as owner of Tastries.
But now her dream is under attack. California’s anti-discrimination law mandates that Cathy must design custom wedding cakes that celebrate a same-sex marriage or face the loss of her bakery. As a Christian, Cathy believes marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. So when two women entered her bakery last year and asked her to design a custom wedding cake for the marriage celebration, Cathy was faced with a life-altering choice.
“I can’t do anything that would go against my Lord and Savior,” Cathy explains. “I love Him with all my heart. And I won’t violate my conscience or my religious convictions. I am happy to serve anyone who walks in the door anything out of the case and bless them as a person, but I can’t violate my conscience when it comes to the purpose of a cake, a custom-designed cake.”
Cathy politely declined to design the same-sex couple’s cake. Within hours, the persecution began. A legal attack followed soon after. Rather than violating her conscience, Cathy and her husband Mike chose to take a stand. But they desperately needed help. So the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, led by nationally recognized trial lawyer Charles LiMandri, offered to represent them in court free of charge.
Threatened with the loss of her bakery for standing up for her Christian belief in marriage.
If Cathy is forced to create custom artwork that celebrates activities that conflict with her core convictions, others will be similarly compelled to create various forms of expression that violate their conscience. But the First Amendment ensures that we all are free to live and work by our religious beliefs. Cathy is asking that these cherished freedoms be preserved—not only for her but for all Americans. Will you give now to defend Cathy and religious freedom?
LGBT activists and anti-Christian government bureaucrats across America are determined to force people of faith to express messages that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. They roam the country, constantly trying to trap and punish Christians. What’s happening is clear: Christians are being silenced across our Nation. But we must take a stand to defend Cathy and Christians artists just like her.
The good news is that through the generous financial support that you and other freedom-loving Americans give, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund has won a big first victory for Cathy in state court. But the government is appealing, and we can only keep up the fight if you and others help fund the battle.
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The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund has established itself as the premier trial-level religious freedom firm in America. But your help is critically needed now. Because, for Cathy and many others, the fight is not over.
When Americans stand together to protect religious freedom, we can be victorious. But protecting religious freedom isn’t “someone else’s fight.” It’s your fight. It’s our fight.
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