Skip to comments.‘Mafia tactics’ force Oregon bakery to close
Posted on 09/05/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT by rhema
An Oregon bakery fighting a discrimination complaint because it wouldnt make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple closed its doors on Saturday.
In a note taped to the bakerys front door, owners Aaron and Melissa Klein wrote, This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve HIM with all our heart. In an interview on the Fox News Channel, Aaron Klein blamed the shutdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists who urged customers to boycott the bakery and threatened other vendors who did business with the couple.
On the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page, the couple said they would continue to operate the business out of their home. It is not immediately clear what effect that will have on the complaint pending against them.
In February, Laurel Bowman and Rachel Cryer filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries because the Kleins refused to make their wedding cake. Although the Kleins, who are Christians, say they have no problem serving homosexual customers, they dont want to use their creative talents to participate in something they believe is wrong.
The state issued the official complaint on Aug. 13 and gave the Kleins 14 days to respond. Although Oregons constitution says marriage shall only be between one man and one woman, the states 2007 Equality Act protects LGBT people from discrimination in areas including employment, jury service, and public school education. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said last month he wanted to rehabilitate Sweet Cakes, not shut the business down.
But Aaron Klein told WORLD in August that the business was already suffering. In an interview with a local television station, he said mafia tactics forced the couple out of their shop in Gresham. Even as they packed up their belongings, someone broke into their bakery truck and ransacked it.
I hope that if nothing else, weve given people that believe the way we believe the strength to stand up, Aaron Klein said. I believe that were living in a time thats very hostile towards Christians. Our First Amendment rights are being stripped away and Im willing to stand up and take this fight.
Tow queers ruined this business.
Two sick individuals backed by people who have forgotten that America used to be free.
The civil rights laws were the end of private property in America.
“But what harm can it do if two people just want to be together?” Right.
The Constitution and Christian Family Values
Secular Humanist/Commie Hedonists/Perverts and Haters of Individual Liberty.
In the end, the BEST MAN WINS...GOD.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
We need to Chik-Fil-A this place now! This is disgusting. Clear violation of our cherished First Amendment.
Supporters should be lined up outside their place of business placing orders.
Let the queers show up & make trouble.
Friggin’ queers...live your lives and shut the f$%* up!
Queers are vicious when they redirect their self-hatred toward others....
Sounds like a lawsuit.
Homos and other liberals whine that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is trying to force their beliefs on the homos and liberals.
Yet it is really the homos and liberals who spend most of their time trying to force their beliefs on us.
The stuff looks beautiful. I wonder if you can order halfway across the nation...
They already shut their doors.
Will pray for this couple and their business.
I had not realized LGBT was a branch of SEIU. What they have called for, is a “secondary boycott”, against any other business that does business with the targeted employer.
Illegal, but what does “legal” even mean any more?
I would still sue the LBGT groups for using threats and intimidation to shut them down.
What would be the reaction of the left if a black-owned bakery refused to bake a cake for the local Klan celebration? I’m sure words like “courage” and “convictions” would highlight the event.
Seems to me their is something somewhere - some document - which codifies things like “equal protection” and ideas like the “freedom of association”...
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