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Oregon bakery that refused to make gay wedding cake closes its store
American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 09/03/2013 7:40:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Is this a case of religious freedom? Or unlawful discrimination?

The state of Oregon says if you run a business, you've got to serve gays even it goes against your religious principles. So when a gay couple wanted to order a wedding cake from Sweet Cakes bakery, the owner, a devout Christian, refused.

The couple sued and the Oregon state Bureau of Labor and Industries, after conducting an investigation, ruled that the bakery had to serve the gay couple.

Welcome to America in 2013:

On Aug. 14, Oregon's state Bureau of Labor and Industries reported its investigation to determine if Sweet Cakes' actions violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which states that people cannot be denied service based on sexual orientation. The law provides an exemption for schools and religious groups, but not for private businesses, according to a BOLI news release.

Since 2007, Oregonians have filed 11 complaints of unlawful discrimination in public places under the 2007 equality law. BOLI found no substantial evidence in five of those complaints but parties negotiated settlements in three other cases, including one this past week where a bar was fined $400K for keeping transgenders away.

The Sweet Cakes case is still being reviewed by BOLI investigators as of Aug. 30.

A note on the shop's Gresham door Sunday said the following:

"This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: bakery; gaymarriage; gaystapo; homofascism; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; oregon

1 posted on 09/03/2013 7:40:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re not ‘gays’, damn it. They’re homosexuals, queers, lesbians, sodomites, butt rangers, carpet munchers, pedophiles, etc. etc. etc.

There’s nothing happy or gay about mounting another guy and shoving one’s pee-pee up another’s poo-poo. If that isn’t sickness of the mind then I don’t know what is.

The Democrat Party has a love affair with killing babies and pedestalizing perverts.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 7:44:41 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
Won't be long now.

(link to the Free Republic thread)


3 posted on 09/03/2013 7:49:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

The folks should change their business to a cake art gallery, specializing in commissioned pieces. That way, they could agree to deliver only pieces which would comport with their opinions and free speech rights.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its not that gays were refused service, the bakery just refused to make a gay wedding cake. Gay people are clearly welcome to buy baked goods there, the owner just refused to acknowledge gay marriage. I believe they have that right. What if I wanted the bakery to make a tribute to beastiality cake, would the owner have a right to refuse to make that cake?


5 posted on 09/03/2013 7:52:59 AM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: IbJensen

It appears we are losing this war. I wish this store would not close.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 7:53:54 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

If we followed the constitution, this business would STAY OPEN and need not do anything at all.

As for the homosexuals, they would go find another place that will accept their business.

It isn’t tolerance that they want — THEY WANT TO FORCE ACCEPTANCE ON OTHERS and the government is in cahoots with them.

“First they came for the Christians....”


7 posted on 09/03/2013 7:53:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: napscoordinator

“It appears we are losing this war. I wish this store would not close.”

They claim that they are going to continue their baking business from their residence.


8 posted on 09/03/2013 7:59:25 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind
Oregon state Bureau of Labor and Industries. Another example of how a communists controlled agency works. America is no longer a free country.
9 posted on 09/03/2013 8:03:11 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: vette6387

They need to start anew with an LLC and wait to get sued, close it, and start again.

In short, the ACORN model.


10 posted on 09/03/2013 8:04:04 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: IbJensen

I think my two favorite terms to describe these people are “turd burglars” and “clam lickers”. Feel free to use these very descriptive terms in any polite conversation.


11 posted on 09/03/2013 8:04:32 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: IbJensen
"They’re not ‘gays’, damn it. They’re homosexuals, queers, lesbians, sodomites, butt rangers, carpet munchers, pedophiles, etc. etc. etc." & democrats
make keep it simple...call them aberrant.

12 posted on 09/03/2013 8:05:44 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who is John Galt?


13 posted on 09/03/2013 8:09:13 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: vette6387

They should start a mail-order business, I think plenty of conservatives nationwide would love to give them some business.


14 posted on 09/03/2013 8:10:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: napscoordinator

(the fines and judgments start to pile up and ya can end up in jail for contempt)
gotta wonder why they don’t just cease to make wedding cakes. All wedding cakes.

Continue on with the rest of the business.


15 posted on 09/03/2013 8:15:58 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wish they had fought harder.

Tell old supplies that you’re happy with the new suppliers better prices and service.

Tell those threatening you “I’m not afraid of these loud mouthed cowards.”


16 posted on 09/03/2013 8:17:05 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Logical me

RE: Oregon state Bureau of Labor and Industries. Another example of how a communists controlled agency works. America is no longer a free country.

Christine Quinn, the lesbian speaker of the New York City assembly, who is running for NYC mayor, THREATENED to FORCE Chick-Fil-A OUT of NYC for the “crime” of standing for traditional marriage.

She wasn’t successful then, but wait till she gets elected mayor...(I hope not)


17 posted on 09/03/2013 8:18:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: skinkinthegrass

Aberrant is good. So is degenerate ;’)


18 posted on 09/03/2013 8:18:54 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

RE: gotta wonder why they don’t just cease to make wedding cakes. All wedding cakes.

That was my point in a previous post on this thread — THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO. The constitution is on their side.

A Christian organization like the ACLJ ( with the support of Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation ) should file suit that would make this a NATIONAL ISSUE.

This is our constitutional right we are talking about. If it can happen in Oregaon, it can happen ANYWHERE in this country.

Better to settle this issue once and for all.


19 posted on 09/03/2013 8:22:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Go Gordon
This was clearly a religious business, which is why the homomafia marked it out for harassment.

There are dozens of bakeries in the Portland area that will gladly make a lesbian wedding cake.

That's not what this was about. It was about using the machinery of the state to intimidate Christians.

Welcome to Oregon, home of homofascism.

20 posted on 09/03/2013 8:42:52 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What did they want - a sex organ shaped cake with fudge icing on it?


21 posted on 09/03/2013 8:47:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind; GeronL; little jeremiah; cyn; Yehuda; 444Flyer; Tax-chick
And that no man may buy or sell...

This business was forced out of business because the owners refused to validate (prostrate to) beastgov's debasement and destruction of the language. The owners would not agree with nor accommodate a lie and perversion, so... off with their heads.

How much longer before it is illegal to discriminate against those who are trans-species? That is, if a man is convinced he is a dog, woe to those in the dog-grooming business. (I skipped the step WRT the transgenders 'cause we're already there.)

The word "discriminate" has already been significantly corrupted. Those who are guilty of discrimination are actually "guilty" of proper discernment between good and evil.

In a sane world, noone could be hired to bake a Sodomite wedding cake, much less be coerced by government edict to do so. That's what these couples' friends are for. Surely there are a few happy home economics types in their social circles?

22 posted on 09/03/2013 8:48:32 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: SeekAndFind
THREATENED to FORCE Chick-Fil-A OUT of NYC for the “crime” of standing for traditional marriage.

Actually it wasn't the official position of Chic-Fil-A. It was the personal opinion of their CEO that offended the rug munchers and fudge packers.

23 posted on 09/03/2013 8:49:43 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: PATRIOT1876
That's the answer.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

24 posted on 09/03/2013 8:54:24 AM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

I have heard it suggested that business should create a membership type of basis similar to Costco. Charge $1 to be a member and have membership subject to review by the owners. Should the member not be up to the standards of the organization, refund their $1 fee and don’t due business with them.


25 posted on 09/03/2013 8:56:43 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SeekAndFind

This doesn’t even make any sense. Oregon does not recognize same-sex “marriage,” and so the baker was promoting state law.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 8:57:48 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

What the government says, the government imposes ( regardless of whether it’s Federal or State ).

See more news here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/08/bureau_of_labor_and_industries_1.html

Bureau of Labor and Industries orders North Portland bar owner to pay $400,000 to cross-dressers


27 posted on 09/03/2013 9:01:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Rodamala
My contributions:

"Pole smokers"
"Bone smugglers"
"Swisher sweets"
"Rump rangers"

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

28 posted on 09/03/2013 9:19:01 AM PDT by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep-saw that. A group of cross dressers hung out at a bar and started giving it the rep to being a gay/lesbian/transgender/tv, whatever bar, so the owner asked them to leave. Now he has to pay 400k to them. Outrageous.


29 posted on 09/03/2013 9:21:01 AM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (Where are we going from here?)
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To: wku man
My contributions:

Don't forget:

Disease-ridden, boy-raping whackjobs.

30 posted on 09/03/2013 9:23:57 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves Month")
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To: SeekAndFind

Degeneracy has come to be what America stands for, and what it is today.


31 posted on 09/03/2013 9:24:35 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Ezekiel

Are churches and even businesses like photographer and baker going to become private clubs?


32 posted on 09/03/2013 9:38:50 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Ezekiel

I am curious as to how they will succeed working at home vs their commercial brick and mortar establishment.


33 posted on 09/03/2013 9:39:15 AM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Rotten Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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To: from occupied ga

Oh, thanks!

/...can not be unseen...


34 posted on 09/03/2013 9:44:21 AM PDT by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, & Hillary Rotten Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment prohibits the states from making laws which abridge constitutionally enumerated rights. And since the states have amended the Constitution to protect religious expression, but not to protect so-called gay rights, in those cases where citizens refused their services base on their religious convictions the state is in violation of Section 1.

The problem is that parents are probably not making sure that their children are being taught the Constitution. So citizens are not fighting the state’s unconstitutional laws as a consequnce of their ignorance of the Constitution.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 9:45:03 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how many of their customers were the sort to smile and nod and say “Not that there’s anything wrong with it” or “Some of my best friends are gay (sic)”?

People have to earn a living. And it’s sad when you can’t do that because your neighbors and customers embrace and enable reprobates who hate God and want your business shut down. (I wonder if the same thing happened to Paul’s tent-making business?)


36 posted on 09/03/2013 9:59:43 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: LearsFool

If an openly homo business, Homo-Cake Inc refused a Christian-themed cake, I bet the left wouldn’t think anything of it.


37 posted on 09/03/2013 10:00:38 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Go Gordon
Its not that gays were refused service, the bakery just refused to make a gay wedding cake.

This cannot be emphasized enough. My understanding is that these two "fellas" were actually repeat customers of this bakery. She had no problem selling them her goods; but, when it came to making a "wedding" cake for them, she just couldn't. Now, they are screaming because she is "intolerant". But, aren't they the actual intolerant ones here?

38 posted on 09/03/2013 11:07:47 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: SeekAndFind
Is this a case of religious freedom? Or unlawful discrimination? The state of Oregon says if you run a business, you've got to serve gays even it goes against your religious principles.

What a croak of horse dung, this country is going down the hole in a whirlpool now. God help us.

39 posted on 09/03/2013 1:34:54 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama! if his lips are moving he's lying.)
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To: Yehuda
I am curious as to how they will succeed working at home vs their commercial brick and mortar establishment.

The sign posted on their business entrance

40 posted on 09/03/2013 5:41:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

They should add “Congratulations Gay People- You put another person out of business- I bet you are proud”


41 posted on 09/03/2013 5:59:06 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Ezekiel

ShamefuI. I wish them well as they plan their future.


42 posted on 09/03/2013 10:25:55 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi.)
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