The State of Oregon fined a couple who makes cupcakes $165,000 for denying a lesbian couple a wedding cake based upon their Christian beliefs. The couple appealed the decision and the state denied their decision. The couple then appealed to a federal court in Washington and asked that the state decision be stayed until after their hearing next July. The Oregon officials denied the stay and demanded the fine be paid. The state has now taken measures to seize the couple’s home from them.
The article I read went on to say “The Bureau had also placed a gag order on the Kleins’ when ordering the fine, commanding them to “not to speak “publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.”
The state put a gag order telling a couple they could not speak of their religious beliefs? Why would they do that unless they knew they are persecuting people for their beliefs? How convenient for the state. By denying them their right to talk about their Christian beliefs, the state is stifling their defense of practicing their constitutionally protected right to practice their religion.
“The goal is to rehabilitate,” Bureau Commissioner Brad Avakian said at the time. “For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
Rehabilitate? Rehabilitate and reeducate are two words that the North Korean government uses to punish anyone who dares to think freely.
I do believe that Avakian is trying to persecute those who do not believe like he wants them to. Why not just have them sew a cross on all of their outer wear and make them paint a crucifix in their store window?
Stepping outside the story, the reasoning comes out why Avakian is doing what he is doing; he is running for Secretary of State in Oregon. He is using this family to make a name for himself amongst the Democrats.
I ask, which is worse: a bakery that denies a couple and explains that what the couple is doing is a sin in their religion which also dictates to separate themselves from those who blatantly act out against God’s law; or a bureau commissioner who persecutes that couple to make a name for himself for political gain?
I also ask, to force the issue, under the guise of being hurt not anything more than bullying that couple in an effort to force them to violate their beliefs?
Then, I finally ask, did this lesbian couple get married? Did they have their wedding cake? The answer is a resounding ‘no’.
I think it might be time to drive to Oregon walk into a Kosher Deli and order a pork platter for an Easter Celebration. After being denied on religious grounds file a complaint with Avakian and see if he will punish them too. If not, sue the state and Avakian for discriminating against me.