Oregon Orders Christian Bakery Business to “Cease and Desist” Talking About Their Beliefs

They say that the idea of legalized same-sex marriage doesn’t harm anyone. Tell that to the Kleins, who because of a lawsuit and subsequent loss of business, had to shut their business down. Now, the owner’s had to take up a job being a garbage man. To homosexuals, this man, his wife and kids all got what they deserved.

This is the same business that was fined $135,000 for “mentally raping” a lesbian couple who wanted cakes made for their wedding. Sweet Cakes very politely declined the order. They had served homosexuals before with no problem, but when it came to catering a same-sex wedding, and in effect endorsing the idea in violation of what they believed, that’s where they drew the line.

Now, the Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is telling them to keep their mouths shut about what they believe. The Daily Signal reported:

In the ruling, Avakian placed 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.

“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

The cease and desist came about after Aaron and Melissa Klein participated in an interview with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. During the interview, Aaron said among other things, “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong.”

Lawyers for plaintiffs, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, argued that in making this statement, the Kleins violated an Oregon law banning people from acting on behalf of a place of public accommodation (in this case, the place would be the Kleins’ former bakery) to communicate anything to the effect that the place of public accommodation would discriminate.

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“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” Avakian wrote.

Hasn’t the state taken away enough already? They’ve lost their business, they’re on the hook to pay $135,000 fine to a couple of complainants, and in the process, they’ve lost a large chunk of their livelihood. Now they’re being ordered to shut up.

The lesbian couple claimed to have experienced some 88 mental, physical, and emotional “damages” following being turned down by Sweet Cakes. That’s all they had to do, and they won the lawsuit. Whatever they say they felt, it pales in comparison to what they put the Kleins through.

But the Kleins don’t matter. These days, if you don’t publicly praise and put homosexuality on the moral pedestal, you’re deemed a bigot and deserving of any and all suffering.