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Religious Liberty Under Assault in Oregon

Well over a year ago I wrote a post about Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa in Oregon, who decided to close their shop after continual harassment from homosexuals and their supporters. If you’re not familiar with their story, the Kleins declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, citing their Christian beliefs that marriage should be between a man and a woman. In addition to the harassment the Kleins received, their vendors were also harassed into no longer doing business with the Kleins, resulting in a great loss of sales. Their attorney referred to it as “economic terrorism.” The Kleins closed their shop but said they would continue to take orders and operate from their home.

The lesbians who had their feelings hurt filed a discrimination complaint against the Kleins. Last week an administrative law judge with Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that the Kleins were in violation of the […] → Keep reading

Christian Business Owners Bullied Into Closing

Over the Labor Day weekend the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Oregon, decided to close the shop as a result of all the threats, vicious emails and phone calls they have received after refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Aaron and Melissa Klein said their business has suffered after the media firestorm earlier this year when they declined to provide a cake for a lesbian ceremony because it would have violated their Christian beliefs. Emails and phone calls were received by the Kleins saying Aaron should be shot, that he should be raped, and that the couple’s five children should become sick.

“You stupid bible thumping, hypocritical b****. I hope your kids get really, really sick and you go out of business,” said one email. “Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell,” said another.

In addition to the harassment the Kleins have received, their wedding vendors were badgered […] → Keep reading