All your choice and all your labor are belong to us (or some identity group of our choosing)
You know your “free” country is headed in a dubious direction when government combines with organized mob identity politics warriors to engage in religious persecution under the phony rationale that, in a supposedly free and market based country, denial of baking services is a civil rights crime, there being but one bakery to choose from, and no takers anywhere ever for gay and lesbian money.
Whereas hectoring and boycotting Christian businesses into closing because they adhere to their beliefs? Why, that’s just like Dr King’s march on Washington!
WE ARE INTOLERANT OF INTOLERANCE! And we are not ashamed to say that WE HOPE ALL THE HATERS DIE, AND TAKE THEIR HATEFUL SPAWN WITH THEM!
Because only then can we stop the hate.
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.
“Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways,” read a posting from Proverbs on the bakery’s Facebook page.
“It’s a sad day for Christian business owners and it’s a sad day for the First Amendment,” owner Aaron Klein told me. “The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
Last January, Aaron and Melissa Klein made national headlines when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Klein tells me he has nothing against homosexuals — but because of their religious faith, the family simply cannot take part in gay wedding events.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
The lesbian couple filed a discrimination with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and told their story to local newspapers and television statements.
Within days, militant homosexuals groups launched protests and boycotts. Klein told me he received messages threatening to kill his family. They hoped his children would die.
The LGBT protestors then turned on other wedding vendors around the community. They threatened to boycott any florists, wedding planners or other vendors that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.
“That tipped the scales,” Klein said. “The LGBT activists inundated them with phone calls and threatened them. They would tell our vendors, ‘If you don’t stop doing business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa, we will shut you down.’”
To make matters worse, the Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries announced last month they had launched a formal discrimination investigation against the Christian family.
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.”
There is but one God and He is the State. In this instance, he has dispatched one of His bureaucratic angels, a Mr Brad Avakian, to teach these “free citizens” that, should they wish the government’s licensing to earn a living (and here you though you had a right to pursue sustenance on your own!), they most use their labor in a way determined by the State.
Because failure to design and bake wedding cakes for gay and lesbian couples, or make “coming out” cupcakes for people who demand them — given that you don’t recognize same sex marriage or homosexuality as legitimate as part of your faith — is almost like turning dogs and fire hoses on these poor put upon victims of hateful hatred. Because, like, where in the hell else is a gay or lesbian couple going to find someone who specializes in high end pastries, what with all the homosexuals who have been unfairly frozen out of, say, the boutique bakery business, or the floral business, or the wedding gown business, etc?
The libertarian in me says that when you own a business, you should have the right to refuse service based on your beliefs. If those beliefs are noxious to others, the market will eventually close you down.
Having the state step in to demand you bake cakes for functions that go against your religious beliefs replaces your religious liberty with the State’s demands over your labor and time.
This only happens in a country that has watched “tolerance” become inverted to mean “government sanctioned and approved beliefs that you must appear to follow.”
I almost can’t wait for the pendulum to swing back. And I hope it’s one of them Poe-type numbers, too.
(h/t Dennis D)