Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Closure of the Sweet Cakes Bakery

I had recently posted about the threat to religious freedom posed by so-called "anti-discrimination" statutes protecting homosexuals and "gay marriage." Here is another example of the law attempting to compel a couple to act contrary to their religious beliefs:
A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists. 
Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Ore. retail store would be shut down after months of harassment from pro-gay marriage forces.
But that isn't all that was going on. A discrimination complaint had been filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. In an Orwellian statement:
Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian that he was committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether the bakery discriminated against the lesbians. 
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
(Underline). The article goes on to note:
Just last month, New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that two Christian photographers who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state’s Human Rights Act. One justice said the photographers were “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.” 
Denver baker Jack Phillips is facing possible jail time for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. 
The Colorado Attorney General’s office filed a formal complaint against Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop. A hearing before the state’s civil rights commission is set for later this month. 
In Indianapolis, a family-owned cookie shop faced a discrimination investigation after they refused to make rainbow cookies for National Coming Out Day. 
A T-shirt company in Lexington, Ky. found itself at the center of a Human Rights Commission investigation after they refused to make T-shirts for a local gay rights organization. 
Klein said it’s becoming clear that Christians do not have the “right to believe what we believe.”
Well, Christians are allowed their beliefs (for now), just not the right to act, or not act, according to those beliefs.

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