Ballot Initiative In Oregon To Protect Christian Business Owners

For the past two years, it seems that the national pastime for homosexuals is finding a Christian business owner who lives by his faith and then suing him for declining to accept their orders for same-sex unions, marriages or any other gay celebration.

I can think of several prominent cases like that of Elaine Photography in New Mexico who declined the request to photograph the commitment ceremony of a pair of lesbians.  Arlene’s Flowers in Washington was sued earlier this year for declining to provide flowers for a gay wedding.  Sweet Cakes bakery in Oregon ended up closing their doors this year because of threats and legal pressure from homosexual activists.

In response to what happened to Sweet Cakes, a group of activists have proposed a ballot initiative to protect Christian business owners and religious organizations from being charged with discrimination for conducting their business according to the faith.  Friends of Religious Freedom say they are concerned about the growing trend among homosexuals who are targeting and silencing Christian business owners.  According to the group:

“Oregonians will have the opportunity in 2014 to protect religious freedom and individual conscience rights now and for future generations of Oregonians.  We are confident that Oregonians will rally behind this cause to protect religious freedom and individual conscience rights.”

Teresa Harke, spokeswoman for Friends of Religious Freedom added:

“We are deeply concerned that even Oregon elected officials are becoming hostile toward religious freedom.  In comments related to a business owner that declined to participate in arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony because of conscientious objections, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said, ‘The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate.’ It is very troubling that Oregon elected officials believe people of faith or with conscientious objections need to be ‘rehabilitated.’”

Harke points out the same type discriminatory laws do not apply to other situations that could be equally repulsive to one’s faith.  She explains.

“Would you expect a Jewish bakery to serve a neo-Nazi who wanted a cake with a swastika on it?”

In other words, according to Oregon officials, if you are a Christian who wants to live and run your business according to your faith and that offends a homosexual, you need to be rehabilitated or rather you need to change your beliefs to conform with those of the whining sexual perverts.  No one else has to change their beliefs, just Christians.

However, I don’t give the initiative much of a chance of passing, since Oregon citizens have voted more for liberal ideas such as assisted suicide than they do for issues like protecting Christians’ rights.  If for some reason it does pass, all it will take is one liberal judge to rule the initiative unconstitutional.  Such is the state of America’s moral decay.