Mike Huckabee News
Jan 23 2014
I’ve seen some odd government rulings, but one in Oregon really takes the cake… Aaron and Melissa Klein of Portland, Oregon, owned a little bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa. They’re devout Christians, and when a lesbian couple asked them to make a gay wedding cake, they turned down the job because they hold marriage to be a sacrament. Any number of bakeries would’ve taken the job. Instead, the couple filed a civil rights complaint. The Kleins suffered protests by gay groups, accusations of bigotry, and even death threats against their children. They finally had to close their bakery and work from home. Now, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled that they violated the lesbian couple’s civil rights and they may have to make a settlement. Under state law, only religious organizations have a right to deny service based on sexual orientation, not individual business owners. If you thought the First Amendment specifically protected the religious beliefs of individuals, then welcome to America in the 21st century.
The Kleins say it almost seems as if the state is hostile toward Christian businesses. No kidding. But they stand by their beliefs and thank the many Americans who’ve supported them. It’s interesting to me that the recent state civil right of same-sex marriage seems to trump the bedrock First Amendment right of freedom to practice your religious beliefs free of government harassment. How did proponents of gay rights, who based their movement on appealing to Americans’ sense of fairness and tolerance, sink to the point where they now seek to force their views onto others against their sacred religious beliefs, even to the point of making death threats against innocent children? They’ve redefined more than the word “marriage.” In Oregon, they’re also giving a whole new definition to the word “tolerance.”