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Christian-owned bakery closes after threats and harassment by gay activists

Todd Starnes reports on a troubling at Fox News.

Excerpt:

A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists.

[...]Last January, Aaron and Melissa Klein made national headlines when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

Klein tells me he has nothing against homosexuals — but because of their religious faith, the family simply cannot take part in gay wedding events.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”

The lesbian couple filed a discrimination with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and told their story to local newspapers and television statements.

Within days, militant homosexuals groups launched protests and boycotts. Klein told me he received messages threatening to kill his family. They hoped his children would die.

The LGBT protestors then turned on other wedding vendors around the community. They threatened to boycott any florists, wedding planners or other vendors that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.

“That tipped the scales,” Klein said. “The LGBT activists inundated them with phone calls and threatened them. They would tell our vendors, ‘If you don’t stop doing business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa, we will shut you down.’”

The actions of the diversity activists were augmented with an inquisition by state government.

More:

To make matters worse, the Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries announced last month they had launched a formal discrimination investigation against the Christian family.

Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian that he was committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether the bakery discriminated against the lesbians.

“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”

Let’s hope that those intolerant bigoted Christians learned their lesson not to offend anyone else by disagreeing with them and refusing to celebrate things that they disagree with. After all, Christians should be forced by the state to act like non-Christians in public.

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7 Responses

  1. Josh says:

    It is getting frustrating. I’m reading Christians write things like this:

    “That is sad. Had they demonstrated love the way Jesus did instead of making an idol out of some religious doctrine, they would still be open and they could have possibly started to a meaningful relationship. Very sad indeed.”

    To be a moral, consistent, theologically-sound Christian now means fighting against these types of “Christians” who care more about making everyone have warm and fuzzy thoughts.

    • Chris Huston says:

      Of course the “demonstrated love the way Jesus did” is conveniently vague (spec., question begging) and not backed by any Scripture. Sounds to me like the shop owners stood their ground in as loving (or perhaps, “respectful” would be the better word here) a way as possible. “Klein [explains] he has nothing against homosexuals — but because of their religious faith, the family simply cannot take part in gay wedding events.”

      Refusing to serve someone of color (among other discriminations) cannot be legally defended as tied to a recognized religious belief, so it can be prohibited. Homosexuality is very clearly against not only a recognized set of religious beliefs, but one of the most widespread religions. People can’t be made to abandon their beliefs where it does not infringe on someone’s rights. The “right” to wedding cake is not a Constitutional one.

  2. Chris Huston says:

    Death threats. Coming from persons indignant about intolerance. Hypocritical much?

  3. Adam Graham says:

    They say one is not allowed to discriminate? Tell that to the Constitution and the entire legal system.

    There is a big difference between discriminating against a person and discriminating against their behavior.

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