The Satanic Temple is urging its followers to order cakes honoring Satan from bakeries owned by Christians who refuse to bake same-sex wedding cakes.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, argued that Christian bakers are discriminating against members of the LGBTQ community by refusing to serve gay weddings.
Representatives of The Satanic Temple stated that if the bakers refuse to make cakes for same-sex weddings, temple members will force them to make cakes supporting homosexuality.
"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," a press release from the group reads.
"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," it continued.
The initiative came as the U.S. Supreme court is considering the 2012 anti-discrimination lawsuit case of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religious beliefs.
Phillips filed his appeal with the high court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found him guilty of discriminating against same-sex couple Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012.
A total of 86 members Congress have signed an amicus brief in favor of Phillips, who is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The baker recently revealed that the controversy has negatively impacted his business and that he has received some serious death threats over the case. He claimed that he still serves gay customers, but not gay weddings.
Greaves has expressed concern that religious business owners might start winning cases at the Supreme Court since sexual orientation is not listed as a protected class under the Civil rights Act of 1964.
He is hoping that the initiative would cause people to question why sexual orientation is not listed as a protected class, but "some backwards superstition" is.
"We renounce supernaturalism insofar as truth claims are concerned. We defer to empirical science," Greaves told The Daily Caller.
While no LGBTQ group has officially approved or disavowed the cake initiative, Greaves said that his organization has received a significant positive response from the LGBTQ community, especially from members of the Temple.