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‘Mafia tactics’ force Oregon bakery to close
WORLD ^ | 9/4/13 | Leigh Jones

Posted on 09/05/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT by rhema

An Oregon bakery fighting a discrimination complaint because it wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple closed its doors on Saturday.

In a note taped to the bakery’s 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 don’t 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 Oregon’s constitution says marriage shall only be between one man and one woman, the state’s 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, we’ve given people that believe the way we believe the strength to stand up,” Aaron Klein said. “I believe that we’re living in a time that’s very hostile towards Christians. Our First Amendment rights are being stripped away and I’m willing to stand up and take this fight.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: bakery; businessclosed; businesscloses; homosexualagenda; klein

1 posted on 09/05/2013 8:08:24 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Tow queers ruined this business.

Two sick individuals backed by people who have forgotten that America used to be free.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 8:11:56 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Venturer
Oregon FReepers may want to drive a few extra miles to patronize Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
3 posted on 09/05/2013 8:15:31 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

The civil rights laws were the end of private property in America.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 8:16:16 AM PDT by Ceausescu (In my country we appreciate free speech)
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To: rhema

“But what harm can it do if two people just want to be together?” Right.


5 posted on 09/05/2013 8:16:20 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Anyone can fib. It takes an intellectual to tell a really big lie.)
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To: rhema

Game On!

The Constitution and Christian Family Values

VS

Secular Humanist/Commie Hedonists/Perverts and Haters of Individual Liberty.

In the end, the BEST MAN WINS...GOD.


6 posted on 09/05/2013 8:16:21 AM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: rhema

Joshua 24:15
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.”


7 posted on 09/05/2013 8:17:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: rhema

We need to Chik-Fil-A this place now! This is disgusting. Clear violation of our cherished First Amendment.


8 posted on 09/05/2013 8:18:44 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

Supporters should be lined up outside their place of business placing orders.

Let the queers show up & make trouble.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 8:22:47 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Phillyred

Friggin’ queers...live your lives and shut the f$%* up!


10 posted on 09/05/2013 8:23:47 AM PDT by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: rhema

Queers are vicious when they redirect their self-hatred toward others....


11 posted on 09/05/2013 8:25:30 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: rhema

Sounds like a lawsuit.


12 posted on 09/05/2013 8:26:27 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Venturer

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.


13 posted on 09/05/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: rhema

The stuff looks beautiful. I wonder if you can order halfway across the nation...


14 posted on 09/05/2013 8:27:06 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Phillyred

They already shut their doors.


15 posted on 09/05/2013 8:27:16 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: rhema

Will pray for this couple and their business.


16 posted on 09/05/2013 8:29:29 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: rhema

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?


17 posted on 09/05/2013 8:29:34 AM PDT by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Phillyred
According to this TV interview, the Kleins have just moved their business back into their home.
18 posted on 09/05/2013 8:32:28 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

I would still sue the LBGT groups for using threats and intimidation to shut them down.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 8:35:04 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: rhema

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”...


20 posted on 09/05/2013 8:36:55 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: clintonh8r
“Queers are vicious when they redirect their self-hatred toward others....”
_________________________________________________________

You have nailed it!

First these perverts wanted acceptance; now they want approval.

I believe deep in their hearts, whether they profess to believe in God or not, they know this behavior is indeed a perversion. They’re hoping that if society begins to accept it as normal, they’ll feel better about themselves and their CHOICE. This won’t work, however. Since God calls it a perversion, it is a PERVERSION! This is why these people have very little peace in their hearts about THEIR CHOICE, and as you so aptly point out “redirect their self-hatred towards others.

Many of us will never accept it as normal!

21 posted on 09/05/2013 8:38:19 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: miss marmelstein

I just emailed them asking if they ship anything to Philly and wished them prayers, strength and blessings.


22 posted on 09/05/2013 8:38:51 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: rhema
If anyone hears of a fund to aid these brave Christians, let me know.

It disgusts me that the "offended gays" can demand special authority to force their will on others and ruin the lives of people who only want fair opportunity to follow their beliefs.

23 posted on 09/05/2013 8:41:09 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: rhema

Oregon was long ago taken over by the homo/dike community, kind of became a cheaper San Fran in a lot of ways. You can’t fight these type of actions or the “civil rights” laws that they’ve put in place to force you to support their “lifestyle”. The best two methods of dealing with this is firstly using a corporation (preferably a Nevada Corp) to at least protect yourself financially from the fines that you might have placed on the business and then rather than refusing service use it as an opportunity to be “in your face Christian” and aggressively proselytize them and only offer product that have scripture that would be offensive to them or images that would offend them (with no substitutions). If you do this consistently they at least cannot claim that you’re discriminating against them and who knows, hearing the good news may convert some of them.


24 posted on 09/05/2013 8:41:13 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: rhema
Comment from Daniel Hannan on twitter this morning while he was arguing with some British liberals. It applies perfectly here.

It would be nice if campaigners for minority rights remembered the smallest and most vulnerable minority of all: the individual.
25 posted on 09/05/2013 8:42:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Iron Munro

Man that is a profound statement.

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.

Can’t repeat it too often.


26 posted on 09/05/2013 8:49:08 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: rhema

And to think that at one time we danced to this tune.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erz1XvDFduA


27 posted on 09/05/2013 8:50:14 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Artcore
"What assertive homosexuality wants of Christianity is something it can never have. The movement for rights it claims to have been denied by traditionalist societies is not the deepest part of its quest, which is for approval by those who regard it as sinful -- which is at root approval by God. It cannot place high value on the approbation of "welcoming" churches, for it understands perfectly well that liberal religion, with its vaunted inclusivism, has no more moral authority to gratify it in this regard than a prostitute has to absolve her patrons. So the public homosexual is in the impossible situation of seeking approval in places where he can only find forgiveness, among those who are obliged to tell him, "It is written. . . ."

"This insistence fixes him in frustration and anger against those who hold to biblical religion, and may be relied upon to assure development of justifications for the punishment of the illiberal religions wherever homosexualism wins the power to do it. Attempts to incarnate itself in society can only be destructive to its religious enemies. It must be firmly opposed by those who do not wish it to do as it will in their culture, their governments, their schools, and their homes."

-- S. M. Hutchens (writing in the November-December 2011 issue of Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity

28 posted on 09/05/2013 8:51:48 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Iron Munro

Do you notice the parallel between homos, liberals and atheists — they all have the intention to destroy our society.


29 posted on 09/05/2013 8:54:21 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

And who are going to pay the lawyers when you have no income?

Justice is not cheap in America.


30 posted on 09/05/2013 8:56:36 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: rhema

Wow, that was very insightful and powerful! S.M. Hutchens really got to the essence of the hate and rage of queers. Explained it much better than I ever could, and helped me understand it better

Thank you for posting this!


31 posted on 09/05/2013 8:58:53 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: rhema
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said last month he wanted to “rehabilitate” Sweet Cakes, not shut the business down.

Open the "rehabilitation" camps, Der Commissar! These people must get their minds right. /sarc

32 posted on 09/05/2013 8:59:47 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I read a couple of articles here that the owners will be home-based from now on. Just order online if possible.


33 posted on 09/05/2013 9:04:13 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Artcore
A more recent Hutchens article is Just Christianity: On Homosexuality and Christian Identity.
34 posted on 09/05/2013 9:07:24 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

On their website they talk about a man and woman on their wedding day and there’s a bible verse at the bottom. Is there any doubt the lesbian couple were just looking for a business they could use for this very purpose? To get the message out that you are not allowed to deny them anything they want?


35 posted on 09/05/2013 9:58:14 AM PDT by happilymarriedmom
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To: Phillyred

Let me know If you hear back... I will order too.

By the way, I wonder what the lovely newlyweds do for a living?


36 posted on 09/05/2013 9:59:48 AM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: happilymarriedmom

Churches, wedding photographers, wedding cake bakers are all going to have to become private clubs.


37 posted on 09/05/2013 10:09:06 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: 353FMG

In most lawsuit cases, the lawyers work on promise of a portion of the winnings.


38 posted on 09/05/2013 11:01:41 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: rhema

They will work from home and not have to sell their cakes to make believe wedding couples. I hope they do well.


39 posted on 09/05/2013 5:45:05 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: alloysteel

Certain folks are allowed to break the law with impunity. The Oregon political and legal systems are extremely corrupt. Justice and equality before the law depend on what connections you have. There is a clear bias among the power elite against that which is right and good.


40 posted on 09/06/2013 3:22:37 PM PDT by rogator
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