Sweet Cakes By Melissa Refuses to Comply With Gag Order

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As you might have heard, the state of Oregon has decreed that Sweet Cakes by Melissa  must pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple whom they (apparently) “mentally raped” by refusing to bake their wedding cake.

Via Rachel Lu at the Federalist:

 

The final judgment, which came last Thursday, came with another twist. Aaron and Melissa Klein have also been given a “cease and desist” order, which effectively decrees they must refrain from stating their continued intention to abide by their moral beliefs.

Let’s be clear on why this is so sinister. There are times when speech rights conflict with other legitimate social goods. The public’s right to know can conflict with individual privacy rights. Sometimes threats to public safety warrant keeping secrets. There can be interesting debates about intellectual property rights. These cases can get tricky, and we should all understand that speech rights necessarily do have certain pragmatic limits.

 None of those concerns apply here. The Kleins did not threaten public safety. They violated no one’s privacy or property rights. Rather, the Oregon labor commissioner, Brad Avakian, wanted to silence them because the content of their speech. Presumably he was angry that the Kleins’ defiant stance had earned them a potentially profitable reputation as heroes for religious freedom. They were meant to be humiliated and cowed; instead there was a real chance they would land on their feet. So they had to be gagged to prevent that from happening.

If the First Amendment doesn’t apply to a case like this, it is meaningless.

This is spiteful, vindictive bullying — straight-up. The idea is to prevent them from getting public support like other victims of the Gaystapo have (in the form of donations and business and even words of encouragement.)

The good news is – the Kleins have decided to fight the gag order:

‘I refuse to comply’: Owner of bakery fined $135,000 not intimidated by accompanying gag order

The order was signed by Brad Avakian, the commissioner of the BOLI and a vocal supporter of the LGBTQIA community.

“Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society,” the ruling states. “The ability to enter public places, to shop and dine, to move about unfettered by bigotry.”

On a side note here – I predicted that once gay marriage was legalized, LGBTQIA supporters would attempt to silence all dissent.

Avakian has publicly stated his intentions to target Christian business owners who do not comply with his way of thinking. Here’s what he told The Oregonian about Sweet Cakes By Melissa in 2013:

“The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate.”

Here we have a government employee who wants to “rehabilitate” Christian business owners like the Kleins. How exactly does Avakian plan on purging their religious beliefs? Is the state of Oregon running a reeducation camp? Or maybe they prefer to use shock therapy.

I’m truly interested to know what sort of conversion therapy treatments Avakian uses. However, he won’t return my telephone calls.

The Kleins did not seem all that concerned about Avakian’s order to remain silent. The first thing they did after reading his edict was to call me.

“I don’t really care,” Mr. Klein told me. “This man has no power over me. He seems to think he can tell me to be quiet. That doesn’t sit well with me – and I refuse to comply.”

The Kleins tell me they have been ordered not to speak to any news organizations or speak publicly – an order they violated when they called me.

“They picked the wrong guy,” Mr. Klein said. “When my constitutional freedoms have been violated by the state, I’m going to speak out. That’s the way it is.”

You can now buy cakes on the Klein’s carefully worded website. 

I’ve also added a link to their website on my right sidebar.

 

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Memories Pizza Reopens To A Full House After National Uproar (Video)

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Memories Pizza reopened to a packed house, Thursday, after a torrent of left-wing threats and intimidation forced them to shut down.

Earlier this month, the owner of the northern Indiana pizzeria had said his religious beliefs wouldn’t allow him to cater a gay wedding – spurring  a manufactured 2-minutes-of-hate campaign that ended up backfiring badly.

Via Washington Times:

A crowdfunding campaign started by supporters raised more than $842,000 with donations from 29,160 contributors in 48 hours. O’Connor said he hasn’t received the money yet, but said he plans to give some to charity and use some money to make improvements to the restaurant.

The family reopened Thursday “to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support.”

“It’s a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,” said Kevin O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.

Jeanne and Ken Gumm from outside LaPorte, about 20 miles northwest of Walkerton, said they had been waiting for the pizzeria to reopen so they could show their support.

“We couldn’t wait to get down here,” said Ken Gumm, 66, a tank truck driver. “To us this whole thing isn’t about gay marriage. It’s mostly about freedom of religion.”

The Washington Times reports that there were no protests as of 7 p.m. Crystal O’Conner told Sean Hannity, Thursday night, that other than a couple of (presumably harassing) phone calls she had just received and hung up on, there have been no other threats.

It would seem that the Gaystapo finally realized that they were hurting their cause more than helping it.

Meanwhile, another crowd-funding campaign has managed to collect nearly $4,ooo in five days…

Saturday Movie Matinee: Pizza, Flowers, Outrage Mobs and Christian Charity

The Blaze: Family Owned Pizza Restaurant Falls Victim to Culture War | “Dana”:

The Blaze: The Memories Pizza Family Is Back!:

Support Memories Pizza GoFundMe: $842,637 and counting…

Neil Cavuto: In Pizza Shop Owner Responds To Threats Over Refusal To Cater Gay Wedding:

Alliance Defending Freedom: The Barronelle Stutzman Story

Help Barronelle! (Arlene’s Flowers) GoFundMe $52,519 and counting…

A “journalist” for CBS 6 reported the Memories Pizza GoFundMe for fraud – (rather than pick up the phone and make a couple of calls.)

She claims that her concern was sincere and well intentioned. Like this tweet.

Another GoFundMe account was started for Alix, which – go figure! – appeared to be genuine fraud.

Steven Crowder: HIDDEN CAM: #GayWeddingCakes at Muslim Bakeries?

Go get ’em gay outrage mob. Oh– what’s that I hear? *Crickets* (Not that I think anyone should be punished for following their conscience on SSM. But the media double standard here is disgusting.)

Ed Schultz yells at guest Ryan Anderson, then cuts his mic:

“Genius envy” Big Ed tries to debate RFRA with a wonk from Heritage and gets his ass handed to him. The only way this unarmed player can win a battle of wits against someone armed with facts? Cut his mic.

Speaking of MSNBC fails……

Washington Free Beacon: Questions So Stupid Only MSNBC Would Ask | SUPERcuts! #179:

Who else but MSNBC would ask whether ISIS went a step too far in burning alive a pilot, consider disarming police officers or request Liz Warren’s autograph during an interview?

Hear the Shocking Thing Rock Star Bob Geldof Said This Week… | Trifecta:

Bob Geldof, the former organizer of Band-Aid, the relief event for Ethiopia, says capitalism might be the key for helping underdeveloped countries…?!?

Krauthammer ➠ There Are A Dozen Reasons Why The Iran Nuke Deal Will Not Work:

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: “SIR, I WILL NOT OBEY THAT ORDER:”

If you were raised to despise the US military as a source or repression and injustice, and then, say, happened to get elected as its Commander-in-Chief — what would you do? As Bill Whittle shows in his latest FIREWALL, you don’t need to destroy the weapons and you don’t even need to fire the warriors. There’s another way…

And finally an Easter palette cleanser…

J.S. Bach – St. Matthew Passion, 1971:

Conducted By: Karl Richter. Performed By: Münchener Bach Orchestra & Choir.