Having Their Cake and Eating the First Amendment, Too

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding in Oregon, are continuing to learn what happens when you cross the gay mafia.

As the rest of the country was preparing to celebrate its independence from a tyrannical government, the Kleins were being ordered by Brad Avakian, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner, to pay $135,000 in damages to Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, the lesbians who didn’t get their cake.

As if punishing the couple for their religious beliefs wasn’t enough, Avakian also issued a gag order to prevent the Kleins from talking about the case or their reasons for not baking the cake.

Evangelist Franklin Graham was quick to criticize the ruling, calling Avakian’s actions “unbelievable.”

He also expressed skepticism about the lesbians’ so-called pain and suffering, “a long list of alleged damages including: ‘acute loss of confidence,’ ‘high blood pressure,’ ‘impaired digestion,’ ‘loss of appetite,’ ‘migraine headaches,’ ‘pale and sick at home after work,’ ‘resumption of smoking habit,’ ‘weight gain,’ and ‘worry,'” Graham tweeted. “Give me a break.”

It’s clearly a lot of baloney. Any reasonable person would have just gone to a different bakery, not a lawyer’s office.

But people who support gay “marriage” can’t seem to see the forest for the trees. Trampling on other people’s religious feelings doesn’t matter, so long as they get their way.

In this case, the lesbians obviously saw an opportunity to force their views on some staunch Christians and make some big money doing it.

Graham said it’s the lesbians who should be paying a fine for all they’ve put the Kleins through.

The Kleins, however, intend to keep fighting the attempt to destroy their lives.

Aaron Klein told The Blaze that Avakian “wants to silence anyone who opposes his point of view. Unfortunately, he’s doing this with the wrong Christian, because I fight back.”

He also said that he believes this case is important for Christians across the country. “For years, we’ve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody,” he said. “I’m here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience.”

In conversations on this topic, one thing has become clear. Even people who innocently support gay “marriage” because of some notion of “equality” have a tendency to disdain the Kleins’ position. “They could have just baked the cake” seems to be the thinking.

The idea that the baking of the cake would have involved the Kleins in endorsing a religious ceremony that they believe is a direct affront to God seems to escape the grasp of people who can only see their own immediate desire.

The arguments for gay marriage themselves seem to carry with them the implied rejection of others’ religious freedoms. That makes sense since the idea that the coupling of two women or two men can be a “marriage” is itself essentially a religious belief representing a certain worldview — one which rejects the Bible or at least any standard interpretation of it.

The Bible is explicit and very clear on the subject of homosexuality being a grave sin. That’s why any acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual “marriage” as normal entails rejecting the Bible. There simply is no honest way to read the Bible and come away thinking it is in favor of the homosexual lifestyle.

Klein is right in saying Christians need to prepare for civil disobedience, because now that homosexual “marriage” is federal law, the government will be wielded as a hammer against believers.