Christian Bakers Must Pay Up for Refusing Gay Customers

Administrative law judge Alan McCullough has ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein – the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa – to pay $135,000 to the same-sex couple whose wedding cake they refused to make.

“The forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards,” wrote McCullough, who works for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. The Kleins say that a fine of that significance would be enough to put them and their family into bankruptcy.

The controversy began in 2013, when Sweet Cakes declined to provide customer Rachel Cryer with a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. The Kleins did not know that in LGBT America, it was not okay to believe in the traditional definition of marriage. They soon found out, however. Cryer and her partner filed a legal complaint against the bakery and the Oregon BOL pursued charges against the Kleins.

How did McCullough arrive at $135,000? Well, the lesbian plaintiffs helped him along by providing a litany of symptoms they had experienced in the wake of the “discrimination.” Among these were high blood pressure, loss of confidence, and “resumption of smoking habit.” It’s not clear what standard of proof was required for these claims, if any.

Destruction of a Dream

This is why Indiana’s religious freedom law was so important. Gays can claim all day long that it gives business owners the right to discriminate, but they don’t have anything to say about the other side of the coin. Assuming that the list of “symptoms” Rachel Cryer and her partner provided the Bureau is as ridiculous as it sounds, is the judgment against the Kleins really justice? You couldn’t order one specific cake from one specific bakery, so the owners must be pushed out of business and forced into bankruptcy? Should they be jailed? Executed? How much retribution is enough?

The sad thing is that, despite what many of the movement’s fanatical adherents think, this really isn’t about gay marriage. It isn’t about discrimination. It isn’t about LGBT rights. It’s about taking steps towards limiting free expression and freedom of religion. It’s about chipping away at the last walls standing between liberals and a new America. They want to put an asterisk next to the First Amendment, and they are using the gay movement to get it done.

Look at the precedent set by this case. Gay couples hard up for cash now have the perfect racket. Go trolling for Christian business owners, order a service from them that betrays their beliefs, and wait for the money to come rolling in. Cottage industries have been built on less, and there are lawyers all across the U.S. licking their lips about the potential windfall.

But while gays are celebrating their freedoms and counting their settlements, the real powers-that-be are changing this country to suit their ideology. Once they have successfully modified the Bill of Rights, there’s nothing they can’t do. They can remake America into the socialist wonderland they always wanted it to be. And the crazy thing is that we’re going to cheer them on. We’re going to dance merrily while they destroy everything this country has ever stood for. And by the time enough people wake up to the truth, it will be too late.

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