Thursday, July 9, 2015

What BS

From Fox News:
The owners of a mom and pop bakery have just learned there is a significant price to pay for following their religious beliefs.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake them a wedding cake in 2013.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for “emotional suffering.” 
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” the final order read. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”
According to the BOLI, the lesbian couple suffered great angst. One of the women “felt depressed and questioned whether there was something inherently wrong with the sexual orientation she was born with.” They said she had “difficulty controlling her emotions and cried a lot.”
The other woman “experienced extreme anger, outrage, embarrassment, exhaustion, frustration, intense sorrow and shame” simply because the Kleins refused to provide them with a wedding cake.
Jeez. That must have been one heck of a cake.
It sounds as if the state of Oregon is sending a stern warning to Christian business owners like the Kleins.
It sounds as if the state of Oregon is sending a stern warning to Christian business owners like the Kleins.
“Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society,” the ruling states. “The ability to enter public places, to shop and dine, to move about unfettered by bigotry.”
Does The Bureau of Labor and Industry truly believe that Christians who want to follow the teachings of their faith are bigots?...
Since the day they turned away the lesbian couple’s business, the Kleins have suffered greatly. Their business was subjected to boycotts and pickets. LGBT activists and their supporters threatened any wedding vendor that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.
Mrs. Klein told me her five children were subjected to death threats -- death threats for simply refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding.  That doesn’t sound very tolerant to me.
This is BS because this couple could have gone to any other baker to get their cake made.
My guess is that they chose this bakery because they knew beforehand the owners beliefs and they went in with an expectation they would either force the business to accept married couple's beliefs or they would win a big payday.
Unless there is no other baker of wedding cakes in and around Gresham, OR which is located pretty close to Portland, a quite large liberal city, this couple could have gone to other place for their wedding cake.
And so, in reality, this couple was looking to make a statement and make some money as well.
And the State of Oregon is helping with this travesty.
And this behavior by many in the gay community will continue because there goal is to force people to accept their lifestyle, no matter what.

1 comment:

  1. There is more to this story (beyond it being based on BS in the first place, sorry, Dan). The Kleins are hardly blameless in their actions, which go beyond simply having a religious objection to baking a cake.