Threats and legal pressure from homosexual activists have driven a Christian bakery in Oregon to close its doors.
When Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, were approached by a couple of lesbians who wanted them to bake a cake for their wedding, the Kleins made a decision to turn down the job because of their moral conviction that homosexual “marriage” is sinful.
Rather than simply go to a different baker, the couple, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, went to the state and filed a legal complaint of discrimination.
The Kleins say they will sell cakes to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, but they will not bake a wedding cake for a homosexual ceremony because it goes against their beliefs as Christians.
Although Sweet Cakes by Melissa is moving out of the storefront it occupied, it will continue as a home-based business.
The Kleins say that the fallout from their decision not to cater to the lesbian couple has hurt their business. They say that their vendors were harassed by homosexuals and customers have withdrawn previously placed orders.
What’s more, the Kleins have been the targets of a number of serious threats against themselves and their children, including a threat that Aaron Klein should be raped.
One email said, “You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch. I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business.”
Another wished for the Kleins to burn in hell.
Christians are increasingly going to face these kinds of decisions and the repercussions of them as more states legalize the travesty that is homosexual “marriage.”
The movement to change the definition of marriage has never been about the rights of homosexuals. If it were, then activists would have been content to claim it as a religious right. Under the First Amendment, homosexuals are free to form their own churches, with their own ceremonies, and no one legally could stop them.
But by positing homosexual “marriage” as a civil right, it’s made clear that the real intent is to create a legal weapon to use to force everyone to go along with the homosexual agenda.
Treating homosexual “marriage” as a religious right would have limited the homosexual movement because even liberals can see that you can’t rightly force someone to convert to a religion they don’t believe in.
Because homosexual “marriage” is now a “civil right,” you’d better go along or we’ll sic the state and our entire grisly horde of misfits on you, and you won’t be able to do a thing about it because the Rainbow Mafia has been deputized.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you,” Jesus says in John 15:19, and we can see on a daily basis the truth of that statement.
All around the world, Christians are insulted, arrested, driven out of business, tortured and killed because of their beliefs. This is not likely to ever change, but we can still do our best to support each other in making tough decisions to stand against the world’s darkness.