The Satanic Temple has issued a press release on Sept. 28 that told its supporters to order Satanic cakes from Christian bakers and others who refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes, since they cannot turn down a customer based on religion.
In light of the upcoming Supreme Court case of Christian baker Jack Phillips who refused to bake a same-sex wedding cake, The Satanic Temple came up with the idea to force "homophobic" bakers to make cakes that support the LGBT community. The temple's co-founder, Lucien Greaves, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that religion should stop being a protected class or sexual orientation should be elevated into that status.
"The Satanic Temple (TST) has announced a plan for those who feel alienated or oppressed by the privileged status that religion holds over sexual orientation: Request your homophobic baker make a cake for Satan," the news release said.
Greaves explained: "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. If they aren't willing to make a cake for same-sex unions, let's have them make a cake to honor Satan instead."
So far, LGBT groups have not released any official reaction to the Temple's announcement, but Greaves told the Daily Caller that they received positive responses from the community. He also said they have a lot of members who are homosexual and he hopes their initiative would spark a question on why sexual orientation does not have a protected class status.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will play a pivotal role in Phillips' case, as his decision has been known to be a "swing" vote in some of the most consequential cases. The case of the Christian baker will most likely be heard in December.
It is worth noting that Justice Kennedy authored the 2015 ruling which legalized same-sex marriage across the U.S. In Phillips' case, he will reportedly have to balance his support for gay rights and his advocacy for freedom of religion and free speech.