Progressives are likely cheering their heads off today as they have managed once again to drive a nail into the coffin of religious liberty, undermining one of the most critical and valuable rights that supports our republic.
An Oregon court ruled in favor of a lesbian couple against the Kleins who own Sweet Cakes By Melissa after the “couple” claimed that the bakers’ refusal to make their gay wedding cake made them feel “mentally raped.”
This, of course, isn’t the only case of a Christian baker being targeted by the LGBT mafia. Most folks are aware of Baker Jack Phillips who is in a similar situation with his case now being decided at the Supreme Court level.
Todd Starnes has the details:
The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision that forced two Christian bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who said they felt “mentally raped” when the bakers declined to make a wedding cake.
“Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others,” First Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said.
“The Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty and free speech,” Shackelford said.
The Kleins, who owned Sweet Cakes By Melissa, made national headlines in 2013 when they declined to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
The Christian family was subjected to a homo-fascist mob that boycotted their business, threatened other wedding vendors and subjected their young children to death threats.
What kind of despicable people threaten the life of someone’s child over their refusal to accept an immoral and degenerate lifestyle? Apparently that’s a page right out of the leftist playbook.
All that talk of tolerance seems to be nothing more than a mask to cover the face of hate these folks naturally carry around.
What’s really frightening is that Labor commissioner Brad Avakian actually wanted the Kleins to undergo “rehabilitation” because of their Christian beliefs, like some sort of Nazi, fascist re-education program. That is a pretty disturbing request that exposes the true heart of the left. They are not about tolerance and acceptance. Their ideology is one of hate and exclusion, the opposite of the tripe they push on television and in the media.
What seemed to push the judge in favor of the lesbian couple was their claim of physical suffering as a result of the incident, stating they suffered depression, hysteria, impaired digestion, weight gain and other ridiculousness.
Once the judge ruled in their favor, Avakian slammed the Klein’s with the hefty $135,000 fine.
This is truly outrageous and utterly infuriating, but litigation is becoming a more common technique employed by the radical left, so believers in the service industry need to be prepared to stand on the Word of God and not back down when these bullies apply pressure.