Former televangelist Joshua Feuerstein, who claims to be a Christian who loves Jesus, did a remarkably un-Christian, un-Jesuslike thing on April 1. To make a point about why he supports controversial religious freedom bills, like the one recently passed in Indiana, he called a local bakery in Longwood, asked them to make a sheet cake with an anti-gay marriage message on it and when the owner first asked him if this was an April Fools joke, told him she wouldn't put that message on a cake and hung up, he sicced his followers on her. Maybe that wouldn't be such a big deal if Feuerstein didn't have more than a million Facebook followers who apparently cling rabidly to his words and take action when he tells them to.
Check out the video that he originally posted to Facebook, in which he calls Cut the Cake bakery on video, gives viewers the owner's name, then encourages his fans to "call her yourself, ask her the same exact questions" and "show the hypocrisy" of Cut the Cake (which, as far as we can tell, didn't do anything hypocritical; he just decided to use them to make his angry point), share his video, etc.
Feuerstein has since removed this video from his own YouTube and Facebook pages, but the damage is already done. His followers (disciples?) attacked the business' Facebook page, posting multiple one-star reviews, some referencing Feuerstein's video, others making up completely fictitious bad experiences they had with Cut the Cake. Like this one, who pretended to be in the shop and "overheard" a conversation between two employees discussing their views on gay marriage "and wouldn't make a cake for someone wanting something different than what they believe in." Erm. Right.
And this one, in which the poster just kind of implies that they've done business with Cut the Cake and had a bad experience, but doesn't actually come out and state it. A little white lie, we guess.
And then there's this one, which doesn't seem to really understand what exactly happened but comments anyway:
And then there are the comments that are full of hate and don't even try to pretend they know the business:
Apparently, people have reportedly been calling Cut the Cake nonstop, placing fake orders and harassing the business owners. According to local news outlets, the owner is actually afraid and has filed a report with the police – based on what's been posted on Facebook, she might have reason to be afraid if one of the crazy religious zealots who commented or called actually showed up in her shop.
Cut the Cake has also started a GoFundMe account to try to make up some of the revenue they've lost from basically not being able to take any orders because they're so busy taking hate calls.