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  • Baker who refused to make cake for gay wedding: 'I don't discriminate'

    06/05/2018 6:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/05/2018 | Adam Edelman
    Jack Phillips maintains he would 'serve everybody that comes in my shop,' but that he wouldn't 'create cakes for every message.' The baker at the center of a Supreme Court ruling that he cannot be forced to make a cake for a same-sex wedding told “Today” on Tuesday that he doesn’t “discriminate” against anybody and that he simply doesn't want to bake cakes “for every message” — saying that he would also refuse to create a dessert that insulted the LGBTQ community. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake in Denver, had argued that his cakes are works of art and...
  • Judge rules California can’t force Christian baker to make same-sex wedding cakes

    02/06/2018 4:33:28 PM PST · by RevelationDavid · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    A California judge refused this week to order a baker to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that to do otherwise would be to trample on the baker’s free speech rights. Superior Court Judge David R. Lampe said in his Monday ruling that wedding cakes run to the core of the First Amendment. “It is an artistic expression by the person making it that is to be used traditionally as a centerpiece in the celebration of a marriage. There could not be a greater form of expressive conduct,” the judge wrote.
  • The Way Back to Religious Liberty

    01/25/2018 9:10:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2018 | Robert Knight
    In early January, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) overturned a longstanding policy that forbade churches from getting federal disaster relief money. The rule change by the Trump Administration affected any houses of worship that were damaged on or after August 23, just before Hurricane Harvey devastated large areas of Texas and especially the Houston area. It was a welcome relief also to congregations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in the path of Hurricane Irma, and to church communities in Puerto Rico that endured Hurricane Maria. What might seem to be a neutral stance – that all damaged buildings...
  • Make 2018 the Year of Religious Freedom

    01/03/2018 2:33:58 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Rebecca Hagelin
    “Religious persecution.” It’s a phrase that conjures up awful scenes of brutality and human rights violations in distant lands. Christians in many countries are routinely locked up, beaten or deprived of their livelihoods simply for attempting to practice their faith. Most of us can’t imagine what it’s like for the government to force us to engage in activities that violate our deeply held faiths or to recant what we believe. We don’t stop to think about it because such things never happen in America. Or do they? While Christians around our nation freely celebrated the Christmas season last week, a...
  • A Baker’s First Amendment Rights

    12/05/2017 10:00:40 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2017 | ROBERT P. GEORGE and SHERIF GIRGIS
    You need the First Amendment precisely when your ideas offend others or flout the majority’s orthodoxies. And then it protects more than your freedom to speak your mind; it guards your freedom not to speak the mind of another. Thus, in classic “compelled speech” rulings, the Supreme Court has protected the right not to be forced to say, do or create anything expressing a message one rejects. Most famously, in West Virginia v. Barnette (1943), it barred a state from denying Jehovah’s Witnesses the right to attend public schools if they refused to salute the flag. In Wooley v. Maynard...
  • The Crux of the Gay Wedding Cake Issue

    12/04/2017 8:16:14 AM PST · by davikkm · 15 replies
    IWB ^ | Mark Angelides
    Once again the story about the baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple is in the ages of our newspapers. We are being asked to look at it as though the baker, Masterpiece Cakeshop, was asking for “the right to discriminate” (LA Times) and that their refusal is akin to a sign saying “No blacks.” But their argument is not only flawed, it is disingenuous and moral cowardice. You see this is not about refusal of service, in fact, Masterpiece did offer the couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig service, just not the service they asked...
  • Trump Administration Sides With Baker In Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

    09/07/2017 3:05:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 73 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 7, 2017 | Chris Geidner and Dominic Holden
    In a surprise move, the Trump administration on Thursday sided with a Colorado bakery whose owner is arguing to the Supreme Court that he should not need to bake a cake for a same-sex couple when their ceremony violates his religious beliefs. Colorado's public accommodation law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, and its courts have ruled that means businesses catering to the public cannot discriminate against same-sex couples seeking services for weddings or other commitment ceremonies. Masterpiece Cakeshop, however, is run by Jack Phillips, a man who incorporates his Christian faith into the way he runs his business. Baking...
  • Christian Baker Must Make Cakes Celebrating Gay Marriage, Appeals Court Rules

    08/14/2015 11:45:28 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 126 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 13, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    A custom cake baker in suburban Denver can’t cite his religious convictions in declining to make a wedding cake for two men, a Colorado appeals court ruled today. “Cake artist” Jack Phillips said he gladly serves gays and lesbians in his family business. But, Phillips said, he could not in good conscience design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple when, as a Christian, he believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. A three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that not doing so amounts to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, the...
  • Franklin Graham Responds: Gov’t to Fine Christian Bakers $135,000 for Declining Gay Wedding Cake

    07/09/2015 6:36:33 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 7, 2015 | Billy Hollowell
    Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of famed preacher Billy Graham, decried a decision by Oregon officials to fine bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, calling it “unbelievable.” “Brad Avakian, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner, upheld the ruling that the Kleins have to pay the lesbian couple $135,000 for a long list of alleged damages including: ‘acute loss of confidence,’ ‘high blood pressure,’ ‘impaired digestion,’ ‘loss of appetite,’ ‘migraine headaches,’ ‘pale and sick at home after work,’ ‘resumption of smoking habit,’ ‘weight gain,’ and ‘worry,’” Graham wrote. “Give me...
  • Same-sex couple in Sweet Cakes controversy should receive $135,000, hearings officer says (Oregon)

    04/24/2015 7:35:43 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 120 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 04/24/2015 | George Rede
    The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says. Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24.
  • This evangelist asked a gay bakery to make a traditional marriage cake. Now he may face charges.

    04/10/2015 12:33:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 72 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/9/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    April 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joshua Feuerstein was just trying to make a point. Now, he may face legal action, as a bakery that refused to provide him with a cake opposing same-sex “marriage” threatens to sue him for taking their conversation public. The bakery owner is also threatening to press charges related to the recording of the phone call. In the wake of heated national debate over whether business owners should have the right to refuse to participate in same-sex “weddings” that violate their religious beliefs, Feuerstein, an internet evangelist, decided to see if pro-gay business owners would give...
  • Christian Grandma-Florist Fined $1,001, Ordered to Work Gay Weddings but Refuses

    04/04/2015 6:56:34 PM PDT · by Falcon28 · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 30 2015 | Samuel Smith ,
    A Christian florist and grandmother who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because of her Christian belief in traditional marriage has been fined $1,001 by a Washington court and will be held liable to pay the legal fees incurred by the gay couple, which could "devastate" her financially. As previously reported by The Christian Post, 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was found guilty of violating the state's non-discrimination law in February, after referring Rob Ingersoll and Curt Feed to another florist when they asked her to provide the floral arrangements for their...
  • A Guy Walked Into a Muslim Bakery and Ordered a Gay Wedding Cake… What do you think happened?

    04/03/2015 7:24:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/30/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Is anyone surprised by this? Steven Crowder went into a bunch of Muslim bakeries in Dearborn, Michigan, and tried to order a “gay” wedding cake. Many of the bakers politely declined and sent him to other bakeries, including one man who tried to send him up the street to Kroger. Oddly enough, we haven’t seen any mainstream media reporters ambushing unsuspecting Muslim bakers and demanding in McCarthyesque fashion, “Are you now, or have you ever been a homosexual hater?” Could it be because, as Crowder notes in the video, “You’re still killed in virtually every Muslim country for being gay.”...
  • How I Predict Divorce Based on the Wedding Cake

    05/30/2014 7:00:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 67 replies
    Kevin A. Thompson ^ | Apr 12, 2013 | Kevin A. Thompson
    As a pastor who regularly performs weddings, I can tell that some couples are more likely to divorce than others. It’s not most evident in pre-marital counseling or private comments made before the service. I can’t see it as the vows are said or rings exchanged. It’s not even in the kiss. As a pastor, I can predict the likelihood of divorce based on how the wedding cake is exchanged. I’ve been performing wedding ceremonies since I was 18. One of the first ceremonies I performed was pretty routine. Everything went without a hitch until it came time for the...
  • Colo. gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

    06/06/2013 2:33:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    AP ^ | 6/6/2013 | IVAN MORENO
    A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a Colorado bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honor their Massachusetts ceremony, and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples. As more states move to legalize same-sex marriage and civil unions, the case highlights a growing tension between gay rights advocates and supporters of religious freedom. "Religious freedom is a fundamental right in America and it's something that we champion at the ACLU," said Mark Silverstein, the legal director of the group in Colorado, which filed the complaint on behalf of the...
  • No fine for Oregon baker who refused service to gay couple

    03/21/2013 5:35:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 37 replies
    MyNorthWest ^ | 20 March 2013 | Linda Thomas
    After all the fuss about an Oregon baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, the state says there is "not an investigation into this issue." The dispute involves a Portland woman, her fiancee and fiancee's mother. In February, the mom and one of the brides-to-be went to Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, who runs the bakery with his wife, says same-sex marriage goes against his Christian faith so he would not make a wedding cake for the couple. After that, the small bakery gained international attention with...
  • Refusal brings reward ... and retribution

    11/22/2011 1:12:49 PM PST · by massmike · 6 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 11/22/2011 | Charlie Butts
    Business is booming for a Des Moines cake-maker who took a stand for her faith when she was approached by a lesbian couple for a wedding cake. Victoria Childress, owner of Victoria's Cake Cottage, tells OneNewsNow the couple arrived for a taste testing. "But at that point I just said, I have to tell you that I'm a Christian, and because of my Christian convictions I cannot do your cake," she says. Childress has stated she did not belittle the couple. In fact, she tells OneNewsNow that she provided the lesbians names of some bakeries that might be willing to...
  • Michelle Obama's Dream Wedding Cake

    08/22/2011 12:36:02 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 8-22-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Given her known preference when it comes to putting her dietary hypocrisy on display, this would make a lot of sense...
  • FBI raid Queens, NY home in terror investigation

    09/14/2009 12:50:55 PM PDT · by Fali_G · 650 replies · 21,606+ views
    BULLETIN -- NEW YORK POLICE AND FBI RAID HOMES IN QUEENS IN TERRORISM INVESTIGATION.6 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
  • "Terror Suspect's Computer Said to Show Sports Stadiums, Fashion Sites"

    09/19/2009 2:23:40 PM PDT · by kozanne · 15 replies · 1,557+ views
    ABC News "The Blotter" ^ | 9-19-2009 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and CLAYTON SANDELL
    Terror Suspect's Computer Said to Show Sports Stadiums, Fashion Sites Officials Report Denver Man Sent Texts Suggesting Attack Coming; 'Wedding Cake' Is Ready By RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and CLAYTON SANDELL Sept. 19, 2009— --snip-- A computer belonging to alleged al Qaeda suspect Najibullah Zazi showed he had researched baseball and football stadiums and sites used in the recent Fashion Week event in New York City, law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com. Zazi, 24, had been scheduled to spend a fourth day today being questioned by the FBI but his lawyer, Arthur Folsom, canceled the session. "He has taken the day...