I first wrote about the travails of Christian Bakers, Melissa and Aaron Klein in July of 2015 in The Mental Rape and Sadness Of Wedding Cakes.
In that article, I spoke of a complaint filed against the Kleins, who declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, whose complaint to the Oregon State LGBTQWERTY Enforcement Police included this partial litany of horrors suffered after they were so cruelly denied the opportunity to bend the Kleins to their will:
‘Felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful’
‘Dislike of going to work’
‘Pale and sick at home after work’
‘Loss of sleep’
Amazingly, the Kliens were not the only wedding cake bakers available. The State Labor Commissar, one Brad Avakian, fined the Kleins $135,000. I concluded with this:
One can only hope Mr. Avakian won’t feel “mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” dislike going to work, feel ”pale and sick at home after work,” or feel sad. One can also only hope that Mr. Avakian feels substantial doubt, and that he feels profoundly stupid. For buying and reselling this load of abusive, unconstitutional, militant gay bovine excrement, he more than deserves it.
Later that month, I updated the case in Gay Cake Wars: Episode II, and noted:
LGBQTQWERTY cracktivists are all about diversity, tolerance, dignity and individual rights and integrity, unless, of course, you’re a Christian. Related is one of the most venerable axioms about individual rights, which asserts that one man’s rights cannot compel others to fulfill them.
My right to free speech does not compel the local newspaper to give me a full page to express that speech. My right to keep and bear arms does not compel my local gun store to provide me arms at no cost. Oh, but what about the 4th Amendment? That right compels nothing, except that the government, absent probable cause and in most cases, a warrant, leave me alone. In other words, the government is compelled to do nothing. Of course, government has powers, not rights.
How is it then that Christians exercising their First Amendment rights may be compelled to provide goods for gay weddings?
A short time later, I reported again in Bernie Goldberg: The Right To Gay Wedding Cakes. Goldberg wrote:
And should the Christian bakers in Portland, Oregon be the arbiter of what laws they will follow and which one’s they won’t.
The sanctimony of true believers is understandable. But at times it is also exhausting.
To which I replied:
Sanctimony?’ We’ve established that this is not about the sexual orientation of the lesbian couple. The Kleins willingly served them in the past. They were repeat customers. They only refused to serve them, with regret, when their sincere religious beliefs were implicated and they felt to do as the lesbian couple asked would require their own sin. It is difficult to imagine a more obvious example of conduct protected under the First Amendment.
Obviously, the law applies to all, unless that law violates the Constitution, particularly the inalienable rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Enumerated rights must take precedence over “rights” discovered hiding under the unicorns and fairies dancing in the penumbras and emanations therein. I speak, of course, of the “right” to gay marriage, and any other “right” emanating from it.
Is there a constitutional right to force others to provide cakes for gay weddings? The Oregon Bureau of Labor, the lesbian couple, and Bernard Goldberg apparently think so.
That Avakian and Goldberg have chosen to elevate Oregon labor law above the Constitution certainly does not speak to their understanding of Christian theology or the Constitution. For Avakian, the evidence is that his bias and malice have caused him to ignore the highest law of the land in favor of sexual preference and progressive whim. Goldberg? He’s simply wrong.
I next mentioned the Kleins in June of 2018 in Cake Wars: A Temporary, Small Victory. This article was about Jack Phillips, a baker in Colorado who also ran afoul of LGBTQWERTY cracktivists and the Leftist commissars in state government–this time in Colorado–who support them. Phillips remains in business, though he is being sued a third time for not being sufficiently supportive of the sexually confused. The Kliens have long been out of business.
Over the last several years, the Klein’s case has wound its way, slowly, to the US Supreme Court, and praise the Lord, they won a sort of victory, as Fox News reports:
The couple, Melissa and Aaron Klein, cited religious beliefs as their reason for not providing services for a gay wedding. This touched off the latest in a series of such cases making headlines in recent years. During the court’s last term, justices ruled in favor of a Colorado baker in a similar situation, stating that a state body demonstrated improper hostility toward the baker’s religion in finding that he violated a state anti-discrimination law.
On Monday, the Supreme Court sent the Klein case back down to a lower court ‘for further consideration in light of’ their Colorado decision.
They’re referring to their decision in the case of Phillips, which has not prevented another sexually confused person, this time a trans something or other, from suing him again. And here’s the problem:
The central disputes in the case — which pits LGBT rights against religious freedom considerations — have yet to be addressed by the Supreme Court.
This does not mean the Klein’s troubles are over or that religious liberty has been vindicated. The Oregon court could rule again them again on some legal slight of hand, and then it’s back to the Supreme Court.
“This is a victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein and for religious liberty for all Americans,’ First Liberty president Kelly Shackelford said in a statement. “The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the Court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”
Actually, it likely will be, in this case, and over and over again, as Jack Phillips knows, unless and until the Supreme Court makes a definitive ruling on the sanctity of the First Amendment. Thus, gentle readers, do we see the importance of a second Trump term, with the hope he’ll be able to appoint a substantial majority of honest judges that will uphold the Constitution.
Notice that I did not say a conservative majority. It’s leftists that see the high court as a super legislature that will impose their desires when they can’t get them through the legislatures. Mr. Trump, and normal Americans, want judges that are non-partisan, and that will rule based on the Constitution and the law, not preferred political principles.
Americans, as I’ve often noted, are tolerant people. Normal Americans simply want to be left alone to live their lives. LGBTQWERTY folk are, for the most part, not present in their conscious–or subconscious–thoughts. They’re willing to let such people alone to live their lives. The problem is the LGBTQWERTY “community” not only wants rights no one else enjoys, they want normal Americans to proclaim them normal, to support their sexual/gender indoctrination of the young and society in general, and to praise them for their virtue. By the way, visit this related article from my pal Bookworm. If you’re not reading her daily, you’re missing brilliance and real humanity. She a recovering Leftist–well recovered–and has a unique perspective on such issues.
For the moment, the Klein’s religious beliefs have been, to at least a small degree, vindicated. In that, all normal, rational Americans can take pleasure. But the battle is far from over. A Democrat victory in 2020 will surely see a massive court packing scheme to ensure the Constitution, and the religious freedoms of all, are merely fading ink on yellowing paper rather than meaningful, unalienable rights Americans can count on.