No matter how loud people shout the lie that “it won’t change anything,” there is a cost to subverting the natural design for human sexuality and forcing society to bow to sexuality is plainly unnatural and unhealthy.
The cost is freedom and we are repeatedly finding that out as law suit after law suit targets Christians who refuse to bow to the ideological pressure of the homosexual agenda.
An Oregon judge has ruled that the owners of a Portland-area bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple should pay the couple $135,000 in damages, state officials said Tuesday.
Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough issued a proposed order last week that could mean Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein will have to pay $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer, and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer, for emotional suffering.
In 2013, when the two women were planning their nuptials, the Kleins, citing their religious beliefs, refused to bake the cake. The gay couple married in 2014 after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) contends the bakery owners violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws because the shop is not a registered religious institution.
The promised tolerance is starkly absent as the agenda to normalise homosexuality rolls forward in the West.
Gary DeMar’s description of this fine as “cruel and unusual punishment” is an apt one and his assessment gives us a disturbing though unsurprising insight into the promised totalitarian future for Christians in the West:
By now you know that a bakery has been fined $135,000 for not baking a cake for a lesbian wedding. Let that sink in. It’s not that the bakery refused to bake a cake; it only refused to bake a cake with a particular message on it.
Now we’re learning that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, may end up losing their home. “This is intimidation and bullying — that’s exactly what it is,” Melissa Klein told Todd Starnes of Fox news in a telephone interview. “They are trying to strong-arm me into handing over $135,000 to the two [lesbian] girls, and if I win on appeal — they will never pay me back.”
The court should have told the disgruntled lesbians to (1) find a different baker or (2) bake their own cake, especially since same-sex marriages were not legal in Oregon at the time Melissa Klein refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
As I’ve pointed out in numerous articles, no one should be forced to produce a product for something they do not believe in. You don’t need the Constitution to establish such a principle as a freedom. It’s in inalienable right neither to be conferred nor taken away by a government or its courts. Should a British loyalist that owned a printing company have been forced to print the Declaration of Independence?
Companies refuse business every day in the United States for any number of reasons. A web designing company should not be forced to develop a website that promotes pornography. Such a principle protects everyone no matter what side a person may be on regarding a particular issue.
But when it comes to same-sex marriage, there is no room for disagreement. You will be made to care and comply . . . or else.
While the Supreme Court created a new right based on a sex act not found in the Constitution, there are several items in the Constitution that apply to those who do not want to violate their fundamental beliefs. They aren’t new freedoms; they are inherent freedoms.
The First Amendment protects a person’s beliefs concerning his or her religious beliefs. It also protects their right to free speech. That would include the right not to be forced to speak about what others want them to speak about. No one should be forced to be a mouthpiece for an opinion that is not theirs.
There is another constitutional principle that impacts the $135,000 fine leveled against Aaron and Melissa Klein – the Eighth Amendment:
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
There it is – no excessive fines imposed. “In Waters-Pierce Oil Co. v. Texas, 212 U.S. 86 (1909), the Supreme Court held that excessive fines are those which are ‘so grossly excessive as to amount to a deprivation of property without due process of law.’ . . . In other words, the government must not be able to confiscate such a large amount of property without following an established set of rules created by the legislature.”
The rules in the Sweet Cakes case were made up.
The Sweet Cake’s fine was capricious and punitive well beyond anyone’s definition of punishment — $135,000 for not baking a cake!
Persecution is normal once again for the church that refuses emperor worship and Christians, like our brethren of old, are the atheists in a land where the pantheon of false gods are worshipped.
Our need for the knowledge of Jesus Christ has never been more pressing but as always, what lawless government can seperate us from the love of God?
There is no persecution that trumps the everlasting joy that we have in God’s presence.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)