People in Oregon are having the understanding of discrimination redefined for them by the state. To discriminate used to mean that you would treat others differently or deny them something based on their race, nationality, gender, and or age. Now, the state is stretching this definition to include “sexual orientation.” This means that those who are self-proclaimed homosexuals can not be denied the same status as sny other.
Christiannews.net is reporting:
A judge with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled that the Christian owners of a bakery in the state are guilty of discrimination for declining to make a “wedding” cake for a lesbian couple, thus moving them to the sentencing phase where heavy fines could bankrupt their business.
This is over the baking of a cake for a lesbian union. The report continues:
Aaron and Melissa Klein operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, which is now operated from the couple’s home after the Kleins’ shut their doors due to harassment. In January 2013, Aaron was approached by a mother and her daughter as the two were interested in a cake for the daughter’s upcoming wedding—to her lesbian partner.
“My first question was what’s the wedding date,” Klein told television station KTW in Portland. “My next question was [the] bride and groom’s name. … The girl giggled a little bit and said, ‘It’s two brides.’”
He stated that he then informed the women that the bakery does not make cakes for homosexual events.
“I apologized for wasting their time and said that unfortunately, we do not do same-sex marriages,” Klein explained.
One of the ladies went and reported the bakery to the state and charges were filed. Now that they have been convicted of breaking the law they face fines. These fines will likely bankrupt the couple, who is currently working out of their home.
The problem is not that they refused to serve sodomites at all. They regularly sold their products to them and have no problem in continuing to do so. They simply did not feel that their consciences would allow them to participate in this wedding.
“We were being asked to participate in something that we could not participate in,” Klein’s wife, Melissa, noted.
But state spokesman Charlie Burr wrote in a statement:
“The law provides an exemption for religious organizations and schools, but does not allow private businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot legally deny service based on race, sex, age, disability or religion,” he said. “The bakery is not a religious institution under the law.”
And this is the rub for the bakery. If you are not a church organization, you cannot refuse to take part. At least not without paying a hefty fine. A fine some are saying could be as high as $150,000.
We are living in a society that says that it will cost too much to disagree. You not only have to allow sodomite unions, you have to say they are good. It is as I have said many times before, thought control. May God protect this couple as they pay for their faith.