To no one’s surprise, the progressive Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the fine against Aaron and Melissa Klein for so-called discrimination against lesbian customers.
Judge Chris Garrett wrote the opinion stating:
“The Kleins seek an exemption based on their sincere religious opposition to same-sex marriage. But, those with sincere religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicity or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption. The Kleins do not offer a principled basis for limiting their requested exemption in the manner that they propose, except to argue that there are ‘decent and honorable’ reasons, grounded in religious faith for opposing same-sex marriage. That is not in dispute. But neither the sincerity, nor the religious basis, nor the historical pedigree of a particular belief has been held to give a special license for discrimination.”
According to Justice Garrett, your conscience must be set aside and you must service people even if it goes against your faith. And the progressives allow them to do it. Moreover, this victory emboldens the Rainbow Jhaid and gives the progressives the must needed weapons to not only discriminate and marginalize Christian businesses, but anyone who opposes their world view.
Bowman-Cryer were really useful idiots in the progressive cause. John Dunphy was not joking around in his “Religion for a New Age” piece back in early 1983 when he called Christianity a “rotting corpse.” Those were fighting words that should have been taken seriously. Now we are paying the price for not having the wisdom to understand what has been going on for years.
Here is an open statement to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States: You have been supportive of the LGBTQ agenda, from overturning the sodomy laws in Texas to making same-sex marriage legal in the United States. Now your libertarian views on sexual practices are coming in collusion with freedom of faith. Hardcore progressives would love to do away with freedom of faith while raising up sexual freedom and abortion.
Keep an eye on Justice Neil Gorsuch and see where he leans. If he rules in favor of the Rainbow Jhaid, it’s more proof that we can debunk the Republican Party as THE Conservative Party. However, even if Gorsuch rules correctly, we still can prove that the Republican Party is a progressive-lite party. It was Republican-appointed judges that gave us rulings in favor of pre-born baby murder and same-sex marriage, after all.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord: Proverbs 17:15 (ESV)
The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a decision by Oregon’s labor commissioner that forced two Gresham bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple for whom the bakers refused to make a wedding cake.
Melissa and Aaron Klein made national headlines in 2013 when they refused to bake a cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, citing their Christian beliefs. The Bowman-Cryers complained to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, saying they had been refused service because of their sexual orientation.
Judge Chris Garrett wrote in his opinion that although Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, may have sincere religious objections to making gay wedding cakes, people who are opposed to interracial marriages could also ask for the same exemptions, if granted.
“The Kleins seek an exemption based on their sincere religious opposition to same-sex marriage; but those with sincere religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicities, or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption,” Garrett argued.
The case began back in January 2013, when Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the since-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery just outside Portland, Oregon, cited their religious beliefs when declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
Following the incident, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found the Kleins in violation of a 2007 state law that protects the rights of LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. In 2015, the couple was ordered to pay the Bowman-Cryers emotional distress damages.