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Cakegate Update: Whole Foods Counter Sues Pastor Claiming Anti Gay Slur Was Written On His Cake

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Pastor Sues Austin Whole Foods Market for Allegedly Writing Homophobic Slur on Cake

Whole Foods: Your friendly neighborhood grocer, if your neighborhood refers to any person of color as “those people”. As elitist as the community surrounding Whole Foods markets around the country may be, the actual company of Whole Foods prides themselves on being wildly inclusive. So much so that they include pre-peeled oranges and asparagus water on the list of things worth paying twelve dollars for.

So why is Whole Foods, a store that is so inclusive they’ve actually framed and displayed art from it’s less than talented customers in their stores, now at the center of a discrimination lawsuit?

It started when a Christian Pastor from Austin, Texas tweeted out this photograph:

Jordan_D_Brown_on_Twitter___LOVE_WINS_FAG__That’s_not_the_cake_I_ordered___WholeFoods_and_I_am_offended_for_myself___the_entire__LGBT_community_https___t_co_cuxuv6mL3G_

Now, obviously when you hear the phrase “Christian Pastor from Austin, Texas who shops at Whole Foods” you’d probably assume that this was the exact cake he ordered and he made a delightful purchase to surprise his bible study class with. But Pastor Jordan Brown is an openly gay pastor of a non-denominational Christian church that opens its doors to all people—The church is literally called Open Doors Church. So his anger was clearly genuine… but people were quick to disagree with him namely Whole Foods.

Tuesday, Whole Foods released a statement claiming Brown’s accusation was “fraudulent and we intend to take legal action against both Mr. Brown and his attorney… We appreciate the team members and shoppers who recognize that this claim is completely false and directly contradicts Whole Foods Market’s inclusive culture, which celebrates diversity” The grocery chain is counter suing, and seeking at least $100,000 in damages.

You may be wondering on what grounds does Whole Foods believe that this was a hoax? Well for starters in the statement made by Whole Foods they confirmed that the baker who baked the very cake with the derogatory slur, was in fact a member of the LGBTA community. Not only that but the store has a strict policy that bans baking anything that is instructed to be offensive. “Our team members do not accept or design bakery orders that include language or images that are offensive. Whole Foods Market has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination.”

Secondly, the cake is clearly in a box that is at least twenty five percent transparent. Worse though, it is 100 percent transparent over 100 percent of the writing on the cake. So how did this gay baker supposedly scribble on a gay slur, on an already gay cake, then hand that cake to a gay pastor, in a box with a window directly to his hypocritical crime?

Most shocking is the wording. If a baker was going to even attempt to do something this hurtful, they’d probably go out with a bang. That word is so crudely scribbled beneath the delicately written phrase “love wins”. No baker with a decent job at Whole Foods is going to stand around a freshly baked cake and say, “You know what… I know I’m gay… And I know I’ll lose my job, and the hasty manner in which I’ll have to quickly make this horrible decision will poorly reflect my talent as a cake decorator. But, screw it! Love Wins Fag!” It just seems off.


And with that common knowledge, Cakegate began. Whole Food’s Facebook page was flooded with comments from conspirators swearing that this was a hoax on the part of Pastor Brown. The noted the different shades of blue in the icing, the off center placement of the wording, the clear packaging, and of course that god awful G. Seriously, it looks like a toddler’s first attempt at writing a 6.

Cakegate blew out of the water when video footage was released of Pastor Brown purchasing the cake, carrying it all the way to the register, and purchasing the cake with no qualms whatsoever. (Sidenote: a small tip to anyone looking to defame a decent grocery chain. When you’re going in to purchase your “evidence” perhaps don’t wear the brightest orange shirt that money can buy).

 

Karina Rose is a young writer from Southern California currently contributing to and running online blogs ranging from entertainment, news, to creative arts. Working for and interning with filmmakers and social media personalities she hopes to continue sharing her unique perspective and original content.

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Woman, 24, With Cervical Cancer Given Months to Live After Docs Refused Smear Test Because She was ‘Too Young’

A WOMAN was told that she was “too young” for a smear test – only to be given months to live when docs finally discovered she had cervical cancer.

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Woman, 24, With Cervical Cancer Given Months to Live After Docs Refused Smear Test Because She was ‘Too Young’

A WOMAN was told that she was “too young” for a smear test – only to be given months to live when docs finally discovered she had cervical cancer.

Katie Bourne started to suffer from belly pains, doctors assumed she had Crohn’s disease.

Then aged 24, docs refused to give her a smear test as she was too young.

Katie was finally diagnosed with stage-three cervical cancer back in February, when she was warned that unless she started treatment immediately, she’d only have 18 months left to live.

Katie told Teesside Live that all of her symptoms had pointed towards cervical cancer but that her referrals for smears were turned down because of her age.

She said she started to experience stomach pains in July last year and went her GP in November.

“They took some swabs and said I was booked in for a smear,” she told the site.

“But when I went back they said they weren’t going to do the smear and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

“The pain never went with the medication they gave me for that.”

In fact, after her cancer was picked up, it turned out that there was nothing wrong with her bowel at all.

In February, Katie collapsed in pain at her job at Next and spent the next three nights in hospital – where she was denied a smear again.

Symptoms of cervical cancer

The devastating thing about cervical cancer is that there are no obvious symptoms during the early stages.

But vaginal bleeding can often be a tell-tale sign – especially if it occurs after sex, in between periods or after the menopause.

Women are offered smear tests from the age of 25 which look for any abnormalities in the cervix, but if you are under the age bracket, and you notice any of the following symptoms, you’ve got to push for testing.

Other warning signs include:

  • pain and discomfort during sex
  • unusual or unpleasant vaginal discharge
  • pain in your lower back or pelvis

And if it spreads to other organs, the signs can include:

  • pain in your lower back or pelvis
  • severe pain in your side or back caused by your kidneys
  • constipation
  • peeing or pooing more than usual
  • losing control of your bladder or bowels
  • blood in your pee
  • swelling in one or both legs
  • severe vaginal bleeding

“Because of my age I was still declined a smear and when the pains went they sent me home,” she said.

“My GP had sent two gynae referrals in the December and January but both were declined. All my symptoms have always been the same.

“And when I Googled them they always brought up cervical cancer.”

A third referral was accepted and a smear and scan confirmed Katie’s worst fears.

She was told that she had stage three cancer which had spread to both sides of her pelvis.

Katie began chemo last month, but docs don’t know how well she’ll respond to it yet.

Without treatment, her prognosis is just 18 months.

Now 25, she’s already set about making a bucket list.

Top of her list is marrying her partner of four years, Leighanne Prior.

The couple had planned to get hitched in Las Vegas in the next few years but following Katie’s diagnoses, they’ve decided to get wed next month at Middlesbrough Registry Office.

And in January, they’ll be honeymooning in the Maldives.

Another thing in the bucket list is to “finish all the Real Housewives series!”

Cheers For Smears

Fabulous has partnered with cervical cancer charity Jo’s Trust to launch #CheersForSmears, a campaign aiming to ensure women across the UK attend their screenings, no matter what.

With around 3,200 women in the UK now being diagnosed with the disease every year – a number that is set to rise by around 40% within 20 years – and one in three dying from it, it’s clear we’re facing a cervical cancer time bomb.

Many say they can’t get convenient appointments to fit around their jobs.

In many surgeries, smear tests are only available at certain times or days, making it difficult for some women to book an appointment.

That’s why #CheersForSmears is calling on GPs to offer more flexible screening times and make testing available outside of office hours and at weekends.

We also want employers to play their part in helping to ensure that their female employees can attend potentially life-saving cervical screenings if they are unable to get an appointment outside of working hours.

Help get your employer involved by emailing info@jostrust.org.uk.

Remember:

  • 5,000 women’s lives are saved a year in the UK by cervical screening
  • 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year
  • 99.8% of cervical cancer cases are preventable
  • 870 women die every year in the UK from cervical cancer
  • 1 in 142 UK females will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in their lifetime
  • 25-29 years peak rate of cervical cancer cases

Leighanne, 30, has taken time off work to help take care of Katie.

She told Teesside Live that because the pair have a young nephew and another one on the way, Katie is worried about whether they’ll remember her.

“But most of the time, she’s so positive, she’s been amazing.”

All women and people with a cervix are invited for smear tests every three years from the age of 25 to 64.

A smear test isn’t a test for cervical cancer, but detects changes in the cells of the cervix which can be a precursor to the disease.

Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated, so they don’t become cervical cancer.

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6 Scientific Tricks to Help you Sleep

Do you have trouble sleeping? Don’t lie in bed and stress about it. These science-proven tricks will help you get to sleep faster…

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Do you have trouble sleeping? Don’t lie in bed and stress about it. These science-proven tricks will help you get to sleep faster.

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“The Depravity of The Human Condition”

Driven with out love and purpose we lack the necessities to sustain human life. Through eyes of apathy homelessness is normalized as a chosen way of life…

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"The Depravity of The Human Condition"

 “The Human Condition”

 

Despondency, starvation and lack cover the face of the earth

Driven with out love and purpose we lack the necessities to sustain human life.

Through eyes of apathy homelessness is normalized as a chosen way of life.

Depravity corrupts moral character diminishing compassion, and mercy.

loss of love is loss of life, people crave acceptance, support, love. interpersonal

relationships are opportunities for growth, maturity, insight and wisdom .

life experiences shape and mold character, without the proper elements to support

human life, we are susceptible to diseases both physically and spiritually.

atrocities darken the mind, and its eternal perception to see the good things

in life. destroying hope and potential, enslaving the mind to incorrect ways of

thinking. influencing the degeneration of moral conduct. impacting relationships,

creating heart ache and pain. destroying the fabric of relationships critical to our

emotional well being, drastically affecting emotional health. broken relationships

cripple our capacity to love. a closed unresponsive heart destroys inner life. making

you a slave to your own pain, causing great distress and spiritual blindness. that binds

the spirit that hinders it from expressing itself freely. erosion of love is malignant cancer

to the human soul. our heart is the core of who we are, our heart controls are thoughts

and actions. the heart most be protected and guarded in order to preserve the inner life

within us  the very essence of our spirit. we must be  careful of what we allow to enter

our hearts, music. television, the types of books we read  will mold us over time . like  water

over rocks the heart is a well spring of life’s issues, acting as a compass leading us along the

path of our destiny. the home of the higher self  created in the image of God

 

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