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Gordon Klingenschmitt Argues Colorado Baker's Refusal To Make Gay Wedding Cake 'Shows Compassion'

Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt is the latest conservative voice to commend Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips for his controversial refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

As Right Wing Watch first reported, Klingenschmitt -- who is no stranger to anti-gay declarations -- defended Phillips was a man of "love" and "peace" who "wants to show compassion even to the sinner" by denying wedding cakes to same-sex couples.

"There is a demonic spirit that is influencing some of the lawmakers, not just the gay couple...of course they want to parade and celebrate their sodomy, but they also want to force a Christian to do that," Klingenschmitt told listeners on his "Pray in Jesus Name" radio program.

If Phillips had opted to make the wedding cake for Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig, he would've been "endorsing" the couples' sin, and hence he would be "showing cruelty" rather than compassion.

"The ultimate hate speech is to endorse homosexuality," Klingenschmitt concluded.

Last week, the Southern Evangelical Seminary's Richard Land blasted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's May 30 decision to uphold a December 2013 ruling which found that Phillips had discriminated against Mullins and Craig when he denied their request.

"This baker did not refuse to serve these people. He offered them his services -- he just did not want to provide his services as part of a gay wedding ceremony," Land said in a Family Research Council radio show broadcast. "This would be like going to a bakery owned by an African-American, and saying, ‘By the way, you have to bake a cake for a KKK induction ceremony, under penalty of law.’"

Meanwhile, right-wing evangelist Pat Robertson argued that Jesus Christ wouldn't have served same-sex couples because they would have been stoned to death instead.

"So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there," Robertson said. "But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is."

Meanwhile, Phillips has said that his bakery, Masterpiece Cakeshop, will no longer make wedding cakes of any sort in the wake of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's May 30 ruling.

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