Committed, honest, hard working American Christians, owners of an Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes, learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith.
A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake.
As a result - Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. This is WRONG on so many levels. When a man contacted HOMOSEXUAL cake shops in Oregon and asked them to make Anti-gay wedding cakes ALL of the 5 shops said they refused to make the cakes.
When, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) was contacted and asked to act on these 5 homosexual owned and operated cake shops the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) refused to get involved.
Also, notice how the ONLY cake shop Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) went after was a Christian owned cake shop. No muslim , Hindu, Buddhists businesses were targeted. It is very obvious that the far left in not interested in fair play, they are simply attacking Christians. This is an overt cover assault on Christians in America.
The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
Make no mistake, this is a direct assault by the far left against FREE SPEECH, FREEDOM of Religion, and the very bedrock of this nation, the Constitution.
The controversy started in 2013 when Aaron Klein declined to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding. Later that year, the women filed a complaint against Klein and his wife, Melissa. This was Aaron and Melissa Klein GOD given right to not be a party to something that goes against their Christian faith.
So, Oregon is stating that Aaron and Melissa Klein MUST under penalty of law be forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs. The state of Oregon is saying by that FREE thought, FREE Speech, FREEDOM to believe and act on deeply held religious beliefs are no longer allowed. That means anytime a homosexual demands something from any one engaging in a for profit business in Oregon that individual/business must give up their Constitutional rights. It now means that the far left has the power to make Christian business owners second class citizens. So, just like Animal FARM some animals are more equal then others...
Within hours of the ruling, the Family Research Council facilitated the establishment of a GoFundMe account to help the Kleins raise the money the need. In less than eight hours, more than $100,000 was raised.
However, late Friday GoFundMe pulled the plug — sending this message to would-be donors:
“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions,” the message read. “The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins blasted the harsh penalty levied against the Kleins.
“The state of Oregon has given a new meaning to shotgun weddings,” Perkins said. “You will be forced to participate in same-sex weddings and violate your beliefs.”
Perkins wondered what impact the Oregon ruling would have on religious freedom across the country.
“If Americans are not free to decline to be involved in a specific activity that violates their beliefs, then we are not free,” he said.
It’s not exactly clear what led GoFundMe to drop the fundraising drive - but Perkins blamed it on gay activists.
“This reveals two very important aspects of the redefinition of marriage, Americans are not going along with it and two - the intolerance of those trying to redefine marriage is historically unprecedented,” Perkins said.
Samaritan's Purse a Christian ministry run by Franklin Graham, has stepped up and offered to raise funds for the embattled Christian couple. The website can be found here.
If you believe that Americans have the GOD given right to live, act, and profess their religious beliefs while running a honest, hard working business then I ask you to donate to Aaron and Melissa Klein owners of 'Sweet Cakes.'