They’re so hard done by, doncha know…
Some good news, for a change…
Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday and now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, will have to pay the sapphic couple. Whether or not they pay the maximum $150,000 fine will be determined at a hearing on March 10 BOLI spokesman, Charlie Burr, told USA Today.
Laurel Bowman alleged in January 2013 that Sweet Cakes refused to sell her and her fiancée a cake for their upcoming wedding and that Aaron Klein called their relationship an “abomination unto the Lord.”
Later that year, Bowman filed an anti-discrimination complaint with BOLI charging that the Christian couple had violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007. Burr noted that although the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa are religious, the bakery is not recognized as a religious institution under law.
“Oregonians may not be denied service based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The law provides an exemption for religious organizations and schools, but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation,” said Burr.
During a panel discussion at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. last October, Aaron talked about the couple’s Christian faith and what Melissa’s bakery meant to her before they were forced to shut down after gay activists aggressively badgered and harassed their clients until they no longer wanted to do business with them.
“The boycotting, the harassment. I mean, quite frankly, they didn’t just harass us they harassed the other wedding vendors that we did business with,” Aaron told the audience. “It cut off our referral system; we had to shut the shop down. … We’re facing in excess of $150,000 in damages for this, just for simply standing by my First Amendment rights. … My attorney likens this — he calls it economic terrorism.”
That is exactly what it is.
“I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.”
It still is a wedge issue that drives people apart; as for freedom, tell that to Christian bed and breakfasts, wedding cake bakers, wedding planners, etc., who have been persecuted, fined for refusing business of homosexual couples. No freedom there…
Sure, they may appear to just be presenting an account of ‘consensual’ incest, but to publish a long interview with a pro-incest advocate as they’ve done, while maintaining an ostensibly neutral, non-judgmental tone, frankly ends up, in essence, giving a platform for advocacy of that view.
(And the progs ridiculed us when we said ‘gay marriage’ was a slippery slope…)
The interview mentions something I didn’t know: that ‘consensual incest’ for those over 18 is legal in New Jersey. Don’t know why, but apparently it is so, as well as in Rhode Island, according to the Wikipedia entry.
And apparently, up here, ‘consensual incest’ is legal in Quebec.
No doubt, eventually progs will start pushing for ‘consensual incest marriage’…