By Jack from Manhattan
As much as it pains me to write this on the eve of Independence Day, we need to come to grips with the fact that we are no longer a free country.
The catalyst for this was a story from the Daily Signal on Thursday dealing with the on-going saga of Aaron and Melissa Klein. It’s official: for the crime of living their lives by the Bible and using God’s Word to govern the affairs of their business, they are sentenced to pay $135,000.
From the Daily Signal:
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”
In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
This should not happen in a free country. To recap, the Kleins wouldn’t make a cake for a lesbian wedding because God’s Word says that marriage is between a man and a woman. For this, their business has been ruined, they’ve received death threats, and now they are being forced to pay through the nose for “emotional damages” incurred by people who think they are entitled to a cake.
These facts are insidious enough. But to add insult to injury, this Avakian character is a liar, to put it bluntly. He claims that the case was not about a wedding cake or a marriage, but that it was about “a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation.”
This is an out and out lie and he knows it. The couple in question had been served many times over many years. The Kleins knew of their sexual preference and treated them like family. The only qualm was participating in an event that is unbiblical.
But thanks to neo-fascists like Avakian and the rest of the freedom-hating Stalinists of the Left, refusing to participate in a same-sex union on Biblical grounds is tantamount to bigotry. It’s not only bigotry, it’s a crime that’s punishable by the State, to the tune of losing your business and paying restitution for “mental rape.”
This decision rapes the First Amendment not only on religious grounds, but also on free speech grounds. Notice the “cease and desist” order on referring to their Christian faith in objection to same-sex “weddings.”
The day has arrived when publicly practicing Christianity is a crime.
There is no other way to put it. Our government along with many of our fellow citizens are standing against God’s law and making it a crime to do otherwise. The “enlightened” and “tolerant” among us are cheering the new fascism because many of them despise Christianity to begin with.
And removal of Christianity and its transcendent truths, friends, has always been the goal. The Left’s push for normalization of homosexuality has always been about criminalizing dissent, especially Christian dissent. They can’t have people believing in God and following the Bible because if they do so, they aren’t following the government.
As it says in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
With the Supreme Court’s decision to disregard God’s law and the dictionary by overturning 32 states and their provisions that marriage is between one man and one woman, it’s now open season on Christianity. Anthony Kennedy just codified into law that opposition to this radical uprooting of God’s sacred institution is bigotry (as he did when he wrote the opinion to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act).
And now all of the “tolerant” Leftists are acting accordingly. LGBT activist and unrepentant racist George Takei has gone out to denounce the only black Supreme Court justice by saying that Justice Thomas is “a clown in blackface” and that he has “abdicated his African-American heritage.” All this because he dissented in the same-sex marriage case and said government does not confer or deny dignity.
It’s official: with this decision by Brad Avakian and the state of Oregon, the culture war just went nuclear, ending any pretense of a free society. Unless we fight back twice as hard and smash those who hate America and the freedoms endowed by our Creator and enshrined in our Constitution, we will have to tell our children of the days when we used to be free.
It’s time for those of us who love God and love liberty to stand up to take our country back (Is that phrase still racist?).
My message to the Stalinists and totalitarians of the Left: “This is our country. We believe in individual liberty, which includes the right to live our lives as our God commands without having to answer to a bunch of Stalinist know-nothings. Simply put, you can’t have this country. Too many people of all races, creeds, and backgrounds have shed their blood to preserve our free and democratic society to have it taken away by a bunch of fringe lunatic busybodies who traffic in their own sanctimonious stew. America belongs to those who believe in liberty and personal responsibility and not those who want to build up government to destroy those whom they disagree with.”
I suggest the rest of you on the Right take up this cause because if we don’t hang together, we will all hang separately.
Because whether you like it or not, whether you believe in God or not, we are all Aaron and Melissa Klein now.