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Oregon Court Upholds $135,000 Fine Against Christian Bakers


Oregon Court Upholds $135,000 Fine Against Christian Bakers Who Refused to Bake Gay Wedding Cake

Before reading the article below which may cheer up MM readers, this tale thanks to Tim Blair.
Even those who oppose same-sex marriage might applaud the recent union between Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan.
The pair exchanged vows for all the right reasons:

Two Irish men have married in Dublin to avoid paying €50,000 in inheritance tax on a house.
Best friends Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are both heterosexual, but decided to get married when they discovered how much tax would have to be paid on the house Murphy, 83, intended to leave in his will to O’Sullivan, 58, who is his carer …

During the wedding ceremony O’Sullivan spoke of his husband’s great kindness, while Murphy sang Willie Nelson’s Let the World Go By: “With someone like you, a pal good and true / I’d like to leave it all behind and go and find / A place that’s known to God alone.”
O’Sullivan said after the ceremony: “I love Matt and he loves me, as friends.”

As in Ireland, Australia’s same-sex legislation may have cleared the way for a matrimonial sub-genre – the “mate marriage”.
No such luck for two Christian bakers:

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a $135,000 fine against two Christian bakers who were ordered to pay the money to a lesbian couple after declining to bake them a gay wedding cake in 2013, before gay marriage was legal in Oregon.

According to court filings, the lesbian couple said they felt “mentally raped” after Aaron and Melissa Klein declined to bake their wedding cake.

The Kleins are evangelical Christians. their lawyers argued in court that the government’s penalties against the Kleins violated their rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, and due process under the U.S. Constitution.

“Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others,” declared First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford following the Oregon Court of Appeal’s ruling. “The Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty and free speech.”

As previously reported by Breitbart News’ Tom Williams, “Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were found guilty of discrimination in 2013 of for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because it violated the tenets of their Christian faith.”

The court sentenced the Christian couple to a fine of $135,000 for the “emotional damage” they had allegedly caused the lesbian pair. Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer had accused the Kleins of “mental rape,” adding that they had suffered a “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion” from the ordeal, which remarkably led to simultaneous “weight gain.”

Though the couple repeatedly served customers of any sexual orientation, they did not feel comfortable custom-designing the wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. They likewise have declined to customize cakes for divorce parties, bachelor parties, and even Halloween — anything that is inconsistent with their personal understanding of their Christian faith.

“We lost everything we loved and worked so hard to build,” Melissa Klein proclaimed following the incident.

The case will likely now be appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court. A similar case from Colorado is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

There have been numerous other instances of Christian bakers receiving penalties for refusing to bake gay wedding cakes, including one case in Colorado, a case in Northern Ireland, and a case in California.

Charlie Nash

 

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Muphin 02/01/2018, 6:15 am

    Without the religious and speech freedoms demanded by some conservative MP’s and REFUSED by Turnbull and his pillow biting bed mates, the above scenario is going to happen here.

    May the God’s have mercy on their children.

  • Lorraine 02/01/2018, 8:42 am

    That Lesbian pair may get $135000 for their hurt feelings, but I sure bet they are well hated in the community. They sure make the top list in my opinion of leeches

    • TommyGun 02/01/2018, 12:13 pm

      What a sickening pair of bastards.
      How apt that they share the surname “Cryer”…that pretty well sums it up.
      A pair of perverted, (apparently fat) perpetually-offended dobbers and whiners.

  • Crankykoala 02/01/2018, 8:58 am

    ( “mental rape,” adding that they had suffered a “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion” from the ordeal, which remarkably led to simultaneous “weight gain.”). What bullshit! And contradictory! One can only assume the Oregon Court of Appeals is made up of members of alphabet brigade.

    • Biking Voter 02/01/2018, 9:05 am

      There must be something in that West Coast water

      • Joe Blogs 03/01/2018, 5:38 pm

        Something smells fishy alright.

  • Biking Voter 02/01/2018, 9:04 am

    To be expected in the state of Oregon where a man was gaoled for harvesting rain water from his own roof and was charged with grand theft as the state alleged that the water belonged to it and not him.

    • Bushkid 02/01/2018, 9:44 am

      Yep, when the state owns all the water, it can control who gets it and how much and when. It just gets nastier from then on.

    • Neville 02/01/2018, 11:14 am

      Same as when the state owns ALL the resources, then the people are dependent on the govt for their very livelihood. Same as all communist-socialist countries.

    • Joe Blogs 03/01/2018, 5:33 pm

      WA, OR, CA – it’s not called the “Left Coast” for no reason.

  • Bushkid 02/01/2018, 9:47 am

    And this happened before SSM was legal in that state.

    The ridiculous contradiction of simultaneously “losing appetite”, having “impaired digestion” and gaining weight is a doozy. Can nobody in the Oregon courts understand what a simple piece of inane rubbish that is?

    • Albert 02/01/2018, 10:10 am

      Bushkid, judges and magistrates throughout the western world have all succumbed to the PC bullshit. it is a rare occurrence these days to see anything sensible come out of our courts.

    • Neville 02/01/2018, 11:16 am

      They DO understand “.. what a simple piece of inane rubbish it is ..”
      Point is, reality does not comply with their twisted ideology, so it must be wrong. See my comment re the savagery of the crowd.

  • Bob Tee 02/01/2018, 9:51 am

    In the UK two weeks ago, a muslima carer of house-bound seniors refused a request to bring one of her elderly clients a Christmas ham as it was “against her religion”. Any bets on what her fine was for refusing that request?

  • DB8tr 02/01/2018, 10:28 am

    The New Religion of the West has now reached a potent maturity, having been birthed some 6 decades ago. It’s power was first witnessed with the election of JFK. It is of course the Church of MSM.

    It’s Morning Church services and pulpits are the Entertaining Morning news ‘shows’; the Entertaining Panel News programs, the Entertaining Evening news and the Entertainment industry in general (particularly MSM comedy).

    It’s ministers are the over paid plastic faces seen from these pulpits and their selective ‘expert panels’ on ALL TV Channels (public and private). Government ministers (how ironic is their title) are now (forced) participants in these religious meetings. In this sense KRudd was an Aussie pioneer – often appearing as an itinerant guest minister, with his lying, manipulative snake tongue and false smile – wowing the mindless sheep that worshipped every morning. As a result (of course) – no government minister may ‘rule’ in parliament unless sanctioned by the Church of MSM as the crucial 50% plus voters now follow the messages of the Church. Ambitious future ‘leaders’ of government also cannot be considered lest they look the part and have the essential MSM ‘nice’ centrist doctrine as well as facial recognition to sleep at the wheel whilst ‘entertaining us”.

    Already, the Church of MSM is prophesying the Republic of Oz. The Prime (first/leading) Evangelist of the Church, is now following orders. A republic by 2020. Another postal vote. Currently less than 50% desire a republic. But the Minister has stated what will be Church doctrine. And now the Church will entertain the sheep for 2 years – preaching ‘republic’ from its services until the postal vote ‘YES’ is a certainty and once again ‘NO’ will be a shameful negative for any congregant to carry.

  • Clarion Call 02/01/2018, 10:40 am

    First we had the Aboriginal ‘industry’ with it’s primary objective of being granted as much money as possible from the public purse under the dubious assertions of invasion and land theft. Now we have the loud and rowdy Gay lobby exercising its new found rights of homosexual enlightenment and all that attaches itself to that growing legal-friendly cause. Be well prepared for lots of moral, religious, legal and in-your-face stoushes in the coming years as completely opposing forces let loose their anger at the way this ‘new’ society functions. As they say: what could possibly go wrong!

  • Graham 02/01/2018, 12:47 pm

    I suggest that while it’s repugnant to embrace the perversions of these people, a little more subtlety is needed to oppose them. Obviously just refusing to bake a cake can be shown to be discriminatory, why not bake a cake for them and seize the opportunity to showcase the perversions?
    The little figures on top of the cake could have one guy in a suit and the other in a nice frock or, if you really felt brave the 2 guys ‘in flagrant delicto’
    I don’t think they would be recommending the cake shop to their mates.

    • Aktosplatz 02/01/2018, 4:41 pm

      Or put loads of chilli or tabasco sauce in the cake mix.

  • Rubyred 03/01/2018, 9:44 am

    Yes – sabotaging the cake would be a nice touch. A libido douche for instance! Australian bakers will have to be more inventive than these unfortunate bakers. I have no faith in the Parliament as it stands now to protect religious freedoms.

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