Free speech apparently doesn’t count if one expresses Christian values in business. That is the message that is being taken away from a decision handed down by the Oregon Court of Appeals against the Kleins, the couple who once owned a bakery that was bankrupted thanks to a homosexual couple throwing a hissy fit about the Kleins refusing to bake them a wedding cake.
The Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision that forced two Christian bakers to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who said they felt “mentally raped” when the bakers declined to make a wedding cake.
“Freedom of expression for ourselves should require freedom of expression for others,” First Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said.
First Liberty, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, represented the Kleins.
“The Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution’s promise of religious liberty and free speech,” Shackelford said.
Since when are business owners not allowed to be choosy about who they take as clients or what their reasons are for refusing to work with certain people?
Oh, that’s right, since the moral relativism people have decided that the rest of us have to swallow their brand of morality whether we believe in it or not.
Most Christians don’t swallow the idea of homosexual “marriage.” Asking openly Christian people to violate their consciences by requesting a cake for a ceremony that so many consider an abomination was an “in your face” meant to provoke a reaction. That the refusal invoked feelings of “mental rape” speaks more to a disturbance in gray matter than anything else.
Since the Kleins repealed the initial ruling and penalty of $135,000 for speaking their minds in a country with free speech, there’s a good chance this one is not over. Good luck to them.