Christian beliefs aren’t criminal. Claiming them as a basis for refusing to provide your usual goods/services to certain groups you don’t happen to like is criminal.
This really isn’t a very difficult concept.
Well, it seems that for some Liberals It’s hard to understand!
As reported by KGW-Portland, “The Oregon Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a ruling — and a $135,000 fine — that two Gresham bakery owners discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake, violating Oregon law.
The courts did reverse a portion of the Bureau of Labor and Industries decision that said Melissa and Aaron Klein violated Oregon law by communicating their intent to discriminate against same-sex couples in the future.
The appeals court decision, released Thursday, came almost nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel. It came years after Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer first stopped at the Klein’s custom-cake bakery. The couple had no idea a simple item on their pre-wedding to-do list would end in such controversy. They decided to order a cake from Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery recommended by a relative, for their upcoming commitment ceremony.
Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother stopped by the shop for a tasting and to order the cake. When Aaron Klein found out the cake was for two brides, he told Bowman-Cryer he and his wife did not make cakes for same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs. According to a brief filed by the civil rights organization Lambda Legal, when Bowman-Cryer’s mother returned to the bakery to reason with Aaron Klein, he called her daughter and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law “abominations.”
The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, alleging they were denied public accommodation of the Klein’s business services because of their sexual orientation.
BOLI investigators determined the refusal constituted unlawful discrimination and ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages to the Bowman-Cryers. The Kleins balked at first, then paid the $135,000 and vowed to appeal the case. The money was placed in a government account until the appeals process ends.”
From Allen West:
To say this is unconstitutional is the least of the issues…under Article III of the Constitution, the Supreme Court only interprets law, they do not establish the law. Their decision in the 2015 case represents a massive usurpation and overreach of enumerated judicial power. However, it paves the path, under the wrongheaded application of the 14th Amendment, the equal protection clause, to now declare same-sex marriage a protected DEMAND all across the land. And it is a demand by which the government, in a purely tyrannical manner, can impose a financial burden upon those deemed in violation. In other words, Christians who do not agree, concur with, and accept same-sex marriage, can now be punished to the full extent of the “law.” Yep, just as Colorado gay multi-millionaire Tim Gill stated as an intent: punish Christians.
And, what prevented the lesbian couple from just taking their request elsewhere? What about allowing the free market to thrive, meaning if the Kleins were producing sub-standard products, then they’d be forced out of business. But, to leverage the immense power of the state, the government, against two everyday Americans, because of their beliefs, is very disconcerting.
So now, what comes next? After all, the Bible in the Books of Leviticus (the Law) and Romans (letters to the Gentiles), written by Moses and Apostle Paul respectively, does speak out against same-sex relationships…shall we soon see a case demanding the Bible be banned? After all, the state, the government, by way of the SCOTUS has made a ruling. Oregon has levied a fine against a couple for their religious belief. It’s not too far-fetched to believe the radical LGBT lobby will attack the Holy Scriptures as not being in keeping with the “law” as unconstitutionally decreed by the SCOTUS in Obergefell v Hodges.
The SCOTUS created a right, not based on the rule of law, but rather on an ideological agenda…one day perhaps, refusal to accept man-made climate change — another leftist religious belief — could result in a financial penalty. And please, do not compare this to the Virginia case where interracial marriage was defeated. A race is not a behavior, but the government is making the sexual behavior a protected class…for some. I myself support civil unions, which is a contractual agreement between two individuals. I’m one of those traditional Constitutional Conservatives who view marriage as being between one man and one woman. Oops, perhaps the leftist Dallas City Council will fine me for that belief…rascals already tried to fine me for having four bags of leaves lined up at the end of my own driveway.
The true intent of separation of church and state was to ensure that the head of state, the government, was unable to make itself head of church by establishing a state religion. But for the liberal progressive left, their ideology is their religion; it drives them and defines their mere existence. And therefore, when their ideological agenda is inconsistent with our established rule of law, guess what wins? The religion of illegal immigration is beloved by the left, resulting in their declarations, unlawfully so, of sanctuary cities and states.
During the Obama administration, man-made climate change was their religion, and any person or business rejecting such was fined, penalized. The left also embraces the killing of our unborn children as their religion. Hence why Steve Green of Hobby Lobby, along with the Little Sisters of the Poor, had to go to the highest court of the land to fight against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. You see, the Obama administration did not respect faith, the religious belief that upholds the sanctity of life. No, only the left can determine the parameters of life, and they’ll use the power and influence of the state to impose their will…their religion.
That’s why yesterday, December 28th, 2017, is a date that will also live in infamy for America. Yes, Pearl Harbor took the physical lives of thousands of Americans….but yesterday, the Oregon Appeals Court took the spiritual lives of millions of Americans. They’ve established a precedent, and what shall be the SCOTUS decision on the fate of Masterpiece Bakery owner, Jack Phillips?
The Oregon Appeals Court made it clear: no other individual right shall stand against the imposition of their religion, their ideological agenda. The left has now demonized Christians and has sanctioned making Christian beliefs unlawful. So, when will we have the subpoenaing of sermons by Christian pastors and ministers if their faith is in opposition of the left’s ideological agenda? Oh boy, I forgot, that already happened in Houston, Texas, when openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker demanded such of local Christians pastors.
And so it has fully begun, the open castigation of Christian beliefs as criminal. That is what this is all about. It’s not about cakes, floral arrangements, or portraits not being done for same-sex marriages. This is a concerted effort, well planned and executed, to undermine the Judeo-Christian faith heritage in America.
And as Mr. West said:
Remember this date: December 28, 2017: it’s when the very first individual right enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment was destroyed.
And so it has fully begun, the open castigation of Christian beliefs as criminal. This is a concerted effort, well planned and executed, to undermine the Judeo-Christian faith heritage in America.
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