Skip to comments.VT Christian Business Owners Forced to Pay $30K Fines for Expressing Beliefs to Lesbian Couple
Posted on 07/10/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Express your Christian Belief Get Fined $30,000
Ming Linsley, left, and Kate Baker smile after winning $30,000 from a Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The owners of the Bed-and-Breakfast made the mistake of expressing their religious beliefs to the couple.
It cost them dearly.
In Vermont Gay rights trump Religious rights
Yesterday, I spoke with Jim Campbell from the ADF about this recent case of Christian persecution. A Bed and Breakfast expressed their religious beliefs to a same-sex couple and ended up paying $30,000 in fines.
Townhall reported on the settlement last year.
A Vermont bed and breakfast has settled a lawsuit brought by the states Human Rights Commission and two women who wanted to have a same-sex wedding reception on the inns property.
The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty for violating Vermonts Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act as well as $20,000 in a charitable trust to be controlled by the couple, the Burlington Free Press reported Aug. 23.
The Wildflower Inn has always served and will continue to serve everyone in our community. But no one can force us to abandon our deeply held beliefs about marriage, owner Jim OReilly, a Catholic, said in a statement. Our beliefs havent changed, but we do have lives to live, a family to love, a business to grow, and a community to serve.
Small businesses like ours cannot match the limitless resources of the government and the, OReilly said. Ongoing litigation like this can cripple any small business and the livelihood of its owners, so were relieved to put this ordeal behind us.
“We love the gays, but its so hard to find good help these days”.
Our ancestors would have been shooting by now.
I hope they choke on their award. The business owners should appeal on a 1st Amendment basis.
That’s 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 florist and 1 cake baker that I know of that have been sued for not catering to gay weddings. I bet the gays will now call all wedding caterers until they find one that refuses service to them, and then sue that business until all businesses will have to choose between living according to their conscience or going out of business.
Here’s one you might find ping-worthy.
—Thats 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 florist and 1 cake baker that I know of that have been sued for not catering to gay weddings. —
“How is gay marriage going to affect you?” #liberals
Never mind. I see they AGREED to pay it. Outrageous.
Over the past few years, a growing number of Somali taxi drivers in the Twin Cities have been interpreting Koranic prohibitions on carrying alcohol to include ferrying passengers with alcohol in their bags.
“If you are a cabdriver and a practicing Muslim, you can’t carry alcohol,” said Idris Mohamed, an adjunct professor of strategic management at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. “It would be the same for a practicing Christian trying to honor their beliefs.”
When we get a Christian president again, maybe that’ll change, huh?
No, always preface comments with this line: Islam and the Koran says that Gays.....
You can get away with virtually anything if preceded by that line...
Who's responsible for monitoring this trust's assets, I wonder? The owners should demand the right to watch it like a hawk, and then sue the dykes for misappropriation when they shop for a new vibrator with it.
And to think they just “wanted government out of our bedrooms”, only to force it on the rest of us.
I’m not holding my breath for a sodomite or carpet mucher to sue a Muslim business for refusing to “celebrate” their perverted lives.
Whose to say you have to quote them the same price as you would a straight couple? There are variables that go into calculating the quote for a wedding reception, just as there are variables that go into quoting the price to design, bake and decorate a special wedding cake.
No, because the sodomites have used the courts to have forced “tolerance” of their perversion written in stone. And we all know that once the left and their constituents achieve a victory through courts and the law, they consider it settled for all eternity (don’t they have a surprise coming if they don’t repent).
What if a business puts it in their advertising, charter, whatever, that they only cater to Christians? Can they do that?
Easy to subvert.
They call without mentioning their perversion, then when ready to seal the deal, they out themselves.
Religious tyranny, what freedom?
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I was thinking about that. What if someone just posed to see what would happen?
Ah, for the good old days, when you’d read about this kind of stuff in Canada and thank God you lived in a country where “it just couldn’t happen.”
And I hope the Inn is planning to appeal. There's no way this is just.
I hope these businesses start becoming a little more savvy when dealing with these shysters. “can we cater your gay wedding? as much as we’d like to our event planner will be out of town that weekend”.
In WA they were trying to pass a bill that businesses can’t be forced to provide any service that would go against their religious beliefs after the gays sued the florist. The gays are yelling about ‘what if we live in a rural area and we can’t buy bread and milk from the only store in town’?. That’s not quite the same thing as catering to a wedding but they will probably win.
Our ancestors would have correctly identified these evil and sadistic women as unnatural forms that have an insatiable appetite for power over others. They knew what to do with such anti-Christian, anti-freedom parasites. I don't agree with their response, but the more I see of today's gay mafia, the better I understand our ancestors' willingness to burn evil at the stake.
So.....if some business owner in vermont tells me he’s opposed to the traditional marriage standard I can sue him?
Probably not - that door only swings one way, doncha know?
By telling us they are lesbians, are they not opening discussions about lifestyles?
They started it.
So even though these businesses have a constitutional right to refuse service, there is a higher power.
The US government.
I just don't get how these Christian business owners continue to fall for this shakedown $hit.
Do they not "get" that they are being set up?
It's great that they have their beliefs, but they HAVE to know that this is becoming an almost daily event.
Mean Christian won't make a cake. Gets sued for 30K.
Christian business closes shop because they don't have a spare 30K lying around.
Just make the f'ing cake. Don't even ask questions.
Sorry for the rant, but why do these businesses let themselves become punching bags and tools?
Nobody says the cake has to be "tasty".
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Pretty soon we'll be out of options. Either starve and/or be fined homeless or take to the streets in mass national strike/protest.
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The Christian business owners aren’t the problem. No one should be forced to cater to mentally ill sex perverts.
Thanks - just pinged it now.
Insanity. Where’s the end of it? What are our options?
I really think mass civil disobedience/protests/national strike is our only option at this point, or very soon.
I fully support these businesses. But sometimes you have to pick your battles.
Asking 2 women "Are you lesbians?", "Well, then I guess we won't allow YOU to stay here" is pretty stupid IMHO.
Now having said that, If these 2 lesbians came in and tooted horns, saying "We're lesbians!"
Now that's a different story.
LOL, that would be a good one-cater the sodomite wedding, but have all your catering staff show up in Hazmat outfits!
I suppose Muslm butchers get away with catering to Muslims simply because they’re Muslims and not the PC target that Christians are. Christians won’t cut their heads off. That’s one of the things which chapps my azz-the cowardly sodomite bunch never try to force a Muslim business to cater to their perversion.
Or I would make it a specialty of my business that all my cakes, etc have a Bible verse on them, of my choosing. At least they couldn’t whine about “discrimination” then, since everybody gets the same thing. It would be telling to see if Christians would support this business, just as a matter of principle (knowing that the sodomites like to use Christian businesses as “test cases”, to force them to either buckle or get sued out of business).
And make the cake with a woman and man on top.
What would the gays do?
Can't complain that you didn't make them a delicious cake.
They may not have "liked it", but f%$k you, pay me!
Legally speaking, if the business owners have a policy of never allowing any weddings or wedding receptions on their property would that prevent them from being sued?
What do you think they've been doing?! This isn't all happening by accident ... this is a deliberate, planned attack by the liberal homo fascist agenda. This is just the beginning. They won't be happy until they've banned Christianity in this country.
They may persecute us but true Christianity will never die. And the homonazis will never be happy. Period.
Celebrate Perversity!...........or else.....
Homosexual ‘marriage’ law is about forcing the citizens to support and service homosexual behavior.
>> Small business should start accepting business from the LGBT community.
The owner should follow his moral compass despite the consequences. It’s hard and likely not without distress.
Exactly. Could also be made as a diet cake. No sugar. Use saccharin. Flavoring? Ticket said chocolate colored cake. It didn't say chocolate flavored cake.
Isn't that your signature there on the order signing off on it?
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