Sick and tired

It’s been quite awhile since I posted once again. I keep this domain so that I can rant when I feel the need. Well, I feel the need once again.

After all this is ‘merica, and I have that right. At least for now.
I also thought that as a small business owner, that I had the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
Apparently I am wrong.

you see, a bakery in Oregon, owned and operated by devout Christians, was hired by a client to bake a cake. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Somewhere along the way the owners realized that this particular cake was for a same sex couple who were tying the knot. They decided not to bake the cake, citing religious objections, as is their right as the owners of that business. Now you would think that the story would stop there, the couple would go to a different bakery and get a cake for their special day. But HELL NO, this is the land of government oversight.  I bet you can’t guess what happened next!

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple whom they refused to serve (in 2013).

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) awarded $60,000 to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for “emotional suffering.” That must have been one hell of a cake for that amount, either that or there was a lot of “suffering”.

Still not the end of the story. Check this out, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian laced 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. So now, they aren’t even allowed to talk about the decision they made that got them fined, and ultimately cost them their business.

Aren’t you glad that you live in the “land of the free?”

In their Facebook post, the Kleins signaled their intention to appeal Avakian’s ruling, writing, “We will not give up this fight and we will not be silenced”.

As much as I disagree with their decision not to bake the cake, I support them making that decision because it was their right to do so.

At least we thought it was.

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