Monday, the Supreme Court threw out the Oregon Supreme Court's ruling against a Christian-owned bakery that declined a job making a same-sex wedding cake. They sent it back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips.  The case involved Sweet Cakes By Melissa, which was owned by a Christian couple who were slapped with $135,000 worth of fines over one cake for refusing to violate their religious beliefs.

The attorney for the lesbian couple who pressed the case called the ruling “disappointing.”  Really?  They’ve already relentlessly persecuted a Christian couple for their religious beliefs, forced the small business they spent their lives building into closure, and put them through an expensive, personally-devastating ordeal for years, all because they declined a job baking a cake that any number of other local bakeries would have gladly made.  Now, instead of rightly throwing out this case, the SCOTUS has once again dodged the issue again and sent it back to the lower courts.  I find the idea that the Oregon judges will truly "reconsider" whether they are hostile to people of faith as hard to swallow as a two-year-old wedding cake.  Just how much more pain were the plaintiffs hoping to inflict?

I find it more than “disappointing” that anyone would face such an injustice in the United States.  I am “disappointed” in her clients for using their new-found right to same-sex marriage to bludgeon someone else’s religious freedom rights.  I’m “disappointed” in the entire Oregon governmental and judicial system for enabling such bullying, and I’m “disappointed” in the SCOTUS for creating such a muddle of clashing rights without clarifying it, then continually leaving it to be sorted out by forcing people of faith to suffer ruinous fines and prosecutions in biased lower courts. 

I am at least encouraged that the SCOTUS finally seems to be slowly starting to clean up the legal mess it’s made.  But instead of dealing with this piecemeal on a case-by-selectively-prosecuted-case basis, how about issuing a clear and definitive ruling upholding the supremacy of the First Amendment? 

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  • Diane Moore

    06/24/2019 11:24 AM

    This should be settled and never happen to another business owner again. We should not be forced to served anyone or anything that's opposed to our faith!!

  • thomas vanderburg

    06/20/2019 12:51 PM

    I find it highly unfair to try and make a company do something against their will.. We all have a right to turn down something for whatever reason, but to be taken to court for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple is STUPID!! that's like saying it's okay to shove our beliefs down somebody's throat and if you don't do it, they'll sue you...What do God have to say about a gay couple?? It's WRONG!! and you'll burn in hell, oh and NO i'm not judging, i'm telling the truth!!

  • Linda Delp

    06/18/2019 10:39 AM

    I am so sick of these people persecuting this man and his religious beliefs, people find someone and they know this mans religious beliefs, so they come in to do a cake, which leads them to go to court,. Does this not seem persecution ? Do not threw your beliefs on people and hurt them, live you life and let people live their lives.

  • Lizbeth K. Harper

    06/18/2019 02:29 AM

    Who would have thought that in my 65 years of life that our American society would have plummeted so far and our judicial and legislative branches, as well as the previous executive branch, would fail to uphold the Constitution and the foundational principles of this nation? I see the Lord at work and must continue to pray.

  • Saundra

    06/17/2019 09:05 PM

    Seems like the SCOTUS will never stand up for individuals rights! Almost every eating establishment has that sign posted "reserve right to refuse service" So when are the libtards in the SCOTUS going to kick the bucket?! We're sick of this crap!

  • Karen McMillan

    06/17/2019 08:00 PM

    The SCOTUS needs to step up to the plate and stop the persecution of Christians.

  • Carol Galvin

    06/17/2019 05:58 PM

    Its actually a witch hunt...witches looking to hunt out and persecute Christians just because they stood up for their beliefs. Is this not America? And as you stated there are all kinds of bakeries out there that will make any kind of cake for a buck. My solution would be for the bakers to say yes and charge a 10,000. price tag which would be called a donation...and give it to the church but of course it would not be ordered at that price. That action by the lesbians is hateful and spiteful. Not a great way to start a marriage of love and acceptance is it? God have mercy on their poor miserable souls!

  • Steven Peet

    06/17/2019 05:48 PM

    This is especially disappointing in that (to the best of my knowledge and recollection) the legality of same-sex marriage was never decided by legislative action -- it became legal when a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was brought to the Supreme Court and then-Attorney General Janet Reno (under President Bill Clinton) decided to violate her oath of office and not provide an attorney to defend what was then the law of the land. Since no one was present to defend DOMA before the Supreme Court, the challengers won the case by default.