I want y’all to remember this date: December 28, 2017. It’s a date we should never forget because on this date, yesterday, the very first individual right enshrined in our Constitution’s First Amendment was destroyed. Yes, your freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof, is officially dead. At least, it appears dead in the state of Oregon.
What Thomas Jefferson most feared when he wrote in his letter to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Convention on the topic of separation of church and state has happened. We addressed this previously when providing an analysis of the Masterpiece Bakery v Colorado Civil Rights Commission case heard before the Supreme Court earlier this month. The state, the government — actually, liberal progressive socialists, aided by the radical LGBT lobby — have created a new religion, a new belief based on their ideological agenda…and it supersedes your established First Amendment right.
As reported by KGW-Portland, “The Oregon Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a ruling — and a $135,000 fine — that two Gresham bakery owners discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake, violating Oregon law.
The courts did reverse a portion of the Bureau of Labor and Industries decision that said Melissa and Aaron Klein violated Oregon law by communicating their intent to discriminate against same-sex couples in the future.
The appeals court decision, released Thursday, came almost nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel. It came years after Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer first stopped at the Klein’s custom-cake bakery. The couple had no idea a simple item on their pre-wedding to-do list would end in such controversy. They decided to order a cake from Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery recommended by a relative, for their upcoming commitment ceremony.
Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother stopped by the shop for a tasting and to order the cake. When Aaron Klein found out the cake was for two brides, he told Bowman-Cryer he and his wife did not make cakes for same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs. According to a brief filed by the civil rights organization Lambda Legal, when Bowman-Cryer’s mother returned to the bakery to reason with Aaron Klein, he called her daughter and her soon-to-be daughter-in-law “abominations.”
The Bowman-Cryers filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Labor and Industries, alleging they were denied public accommodation of the Klein’s business services because of their sexual orientation.
BOLI investigators determined the refusal constituted unlawful discrimination and ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages to the Bowman-Cryers. The Kleins balked at first, then paid the $135,000 and vowed to appeal the case. The money was placed in a government account until the appeals process ends.”
I’ve met Melissa and Aaron Klein. They’re simple, everyday people who’ve had their lives turned upside down, and their small business was forced to shut down. They’ve been the victims of vicious attacks by the oh-so-tolerant folks who say nothing against the religion that executes gays and lesbians.
However, it’s an abject offense, now a criminal one, for anyone to hold a belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. You see, this is why the 2015 Obergefell v Hodges case was so important. It was in that SCOTUS 5-4 decision, that five unelected jurists, two of whom should have recused themselves, declared that same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.”
To say this is unconstitutional is the least of the issues…under Article III of the Constitution, the Supreme Court only interprets law, they do not establish law. Their decision in the 2015 case represents a massive usurpation and overreach of enumerated judicial power. However, it paves the path, under the wrongheaded application of the 14th Amendment, the equal protection clause, to now declare same-sex marriage a protected DEMAND all across the land. And it is a demand by which the government, in a purely tyrannical manner, can impose financial burden upon those deemed in violation. In other words, Christians who do not agree, concur with, and accept same-sex marriage, can now be punished to the full extent of the “law.” Yep, just as Colorado gay multi-millionaire Tim Gill stated as an intent: punish Christians.
And, what prevented the lesbian couple from just taking their request elsewhere? What about allowing the free market to thrive, meaning if the Kleins were producing sub-standard products, then they’d be forced out of business. But, to leverage the immense power of the state, the government, against two everyday Americans, because of their beliefs, is very disconcerting.
So now, what comes next? After all, the Bible in the Books of Leviticus (the Law) and Romans (letters to the Gentiles), written by Moses and Apostle Paul respectively, does speak out against same-sex relationships…shall we soon see a case demanding the Bible be banned? After all, the state, the government, by way of the SCOTUS has made a ruling. Oregon has levied a fine against a couple for their religious belief. It’s not too far-fetched to believe the radical LGBT lobby will attack the Holy Scriptures as not being in keeping with the “law” as unconstitutionally decreed by the SCOTUS in Obergefell v Hodges.
The SCOTUS created a right, not based on the rule of law, but rather on an ideological agenda…one day perhaps, refusal to accept man-made climate change — another leftist religious belief — could result in financial penalty. And please, do not compare this to the Virginia case where interracial marriage was defeated. Race is not a behavior, but the government is making sexual behavior a protected class…for some. I myself support civil unions, which is a contractual agreement between two individuals. I’m one of those traditional Constitutional Conservatives who views marriage as being between one man and one woman. Oops, perhaps the leftist Dallas City Council will fine me for that belief…rascals already tried to fine me for having four bags of leaves lined up at the end of my own driveway.
The true intent of separation of church and state was to ensure that the head of state, the government, was unable to make itself head of church by establishing a state religion. But for the liberal progressive left, their ideology is their religion; it drives them and defines their mere existence. And therefore, when their ideological agenda is inconsistent with our established rule of law, guess what wins? The religion of illegal immigration is beloved by the left, resulting in their declarations, unlawfully so, of sanctuary cities and states.
During the Obama administration, man-made climate change was their religion, and any person or business rejecting such was fined, penalized. The left also embraces the killing of our unborn children as their religion. Hence why Steve Green of Hobby Lobby, along with the Little Sisters of the Poor, had to go to the highest court of the land to fight against the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. You see, the Obama administration did not respect faith, the religious belief that upholds the sanctity of life. No, only the left can determine the parameters of life, and they’ll use the power and influence of the state to impose their will…their religion.
That’s why yesterday, December 28th, 2017, is a date that will also live in infamy for America. Yes, Pearl Harbor took the physical lives of thousands of Americans….but yesterday, the Oregon Appeals Court took the spiritual lives of millions of Americans. They’ve established a precedent, and what shall be the SCOTUS decision on the fate of Masterpiece Bakery owner, Jack Phillips?
The Oregon Appeals Court made it clear: no other individual right shall stand against the imposition of their religion, their ideological agenda. The left has now demonized Christians, and has sanctioned making Christian beliefs unlawful. So, when will we have the subpoenaing of sermons by Christian pastors and ministers if their faith is in opposition of the left’s ideological agenda? Oh boy, I forgot, that already happened in Houston, Texas, when openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker demanded such of local Christians pastors.
And so it has fully begun, the open castigation of Christian beliefs as criminal. That is what this is all about. It’s not about cakes, floral arrangements, or portraits not being done for same-sex marriages. This is a concerted effort, well planned and executed, to undermine the Judeo-Christian faith heritage in America.
Consider the recent Trump administration re-nomination of one Chai Feldblum to the EEOC. “Feldblum has little more use for religious freedom than she does for biology, when it stands in the way of her radical LGBT agenda. She told NRO’s Maggie Gallagher that when religious liberty and sexual liberty conflict, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.” (Later in the same interview, she said “in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner”).
As written by Powerline, “In 2009, President Obama nominated Chai Feldblum, a leading gay rights activist, for a spot on the five-person Equal Employment Commission. Her nomination inflamed social conservatives. As a result, in March 2010, Obama placed her on the EEOC without Senate confirmation, through a recess appointment. In December of that year, the Senate finally confirmed her for a term ending in 2013. In 2013, the Senate confirmed her for a second term. This time, Harry Reid relied on the abolition of the filibuster for presidential nominees, and Feldblum was approved by a vote of 54-41.”
Ms. Feldblum was placed into position and confirmed by a Democrat-controlled US Senate. She has stood for every single position in what we thought would be opposition to the Trump administration – but maybe it’s not opposition after all. “Feldblum used her position at the EEOC to promote a radical LBGT agenda. First, she succeeded in having the Commission take the position that Title VII protects gays and lesbians from employment discrimination. Next, Feldblum focused on the transgender bathroom wars. She cast the deciding vote in a case where the EEOC decided that the Department of the Army discriminated against Todd Lusardi when it denied him equal access to female restroom facilities. Feldblum and two other commissioners viewed the denial as both disparate treatment on the basis of sex and creation of a hostile work environment.”
The ruling against the Kleins in Oregon and the Colorado case heard before the Supreme Court are only the beginning. And sadly, President Trump is enabling this with the renomination of Chai Feldblum. How is it that we’re going to have someone sitting on the EEOC who has openly stated that in matters of confrontation between religious liberty and sexual liberty, sexual liberty should win?
What is the future for Christians in America, based on the Oregon Appeals Court decision against the Kleins? It’s gonna be damn hard for Christians to own and operate a business…unless they do so from the below ground catacombs and hide their faith.
To say this is disturbing would be a gross understatement. May God bless Melissa and Aaron Klein, along with Jack Phillips, and the Christian community in America. It’s about to get real ugly tough. Then again, there is consolation in words from the Prophet Isaiah 54:17 (NIV), “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD”.
There’s a storm brewing, and I hate to tell Ms. Feldblum this, but we all know truly who wins when religious liberty is confronted by sexual liberty…
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]