RUSH: My brother, who is easily reachable where I am not, my brother received an e-mail yesterday from Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, and here’s the e-mail. I just want to read it to you.
“My sister tells me that you are the brother of Rush. I’m terribly sorry.” He didn’t say that. I just threw that in there. “My sister tells me that you are the brother of Rush. I’ve been trying to alert Rush that he’s reporting erroneous news regarding my bakery’s closing. We have been open continuously since 1993. I know that this may not be your line of work –” this is to my brother now “– but if you could contact Rush and straighten this out I would greatly appreciate it, though I can’t repay you in any way. This can all be verified by checking the shop’s website.” He gives the link, “using the phone, e-mail on the website and contacting me personally. If you can’t do it, that’s okay, but I want you to know.”
So my brother sent me the note and I said, “I’ll fix it.” I’m happy to know the guy didn’t lose his bakeshop, and I started to wonder why did I get confused on this, because I know the photography business got shut down in New Mexico. I thought the bakery did, too, but it didn’t, so that’s excellent.
Now, there’s more news on the Indiana story today involving Arkansas. Arkansas, despite what’s going on in Indiana, was prepared to do their version of the same law, and then their governor went on TV (paraphrasing), “Nah-nah-nah-nah, no, no, no. We are going to tweak ours in light of what’s happening in Indiana, and we will have a little bit different flavor to our law.”
So that’s the latest. And the media, they were ready to pounce on Arkansas. They were lining up. They were lining up the guns and the ammo to go after Arkansas if Arkansas decided to mirror whatever they think the Indiana law is.
You know, this may be the source of my confusion on the bakery business. This is a story from October 2nd of last year. It is at ChristianPost.com, and the headline is: “Christian Couple Forced to Close Bakery Due to Gay Activism May Face Over $150K in Damages — Oregon couple Aaron and Melissa Klein were forced to close their bakery after declining to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony and are now facing the threat of having to pay $150,000 in damages.
“Seated next to his wife at a panel on marriage at the Values Voter Summit on Friday,” that’s always in Washington every fall, “Aaron talked about their faith and what Melissa’s bakery meant to her before they had to shut down their business. ‘The boycotting, the harassment. I mean, quite frankly, they didn’t just harass us they harassed the other wedding vendors that we did business with,’ Aaron told the audience… ‘It cut off our referral system, we had to shut the shop down. …
“‘We were facing in excess of $150,000 in damages for this, just for simply standing by my First Amendment rights. I can’t say it more forcefully,’ Aaron continued, ‘what it came down to was that [my wife] has a God-given talent to create a work of art to celebrate a union between two people,'” and they didn’t want to make it for this gay wedding, and so they had to shut down the bakery. I knew there was a bakery had been shut down. I just got it wrong.
It was not the bakery in Colorado.
It was one in the state of Oregon.