The state not only emptied their checking and savings, including an account that was set aside for the business owner’s tithe money. They paid their nearly $137,000 to the state for damages already awarded to the lesbian couple who sued Sweet Cakes for discrimination. But apparently, that wasn’t enough. The Blaze reported:
According to Fox News writer Todd Starnes, who spoke with [Sweet Cakes owner] Melissa Klein a few weeks before Christmas, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries confiscated all of the money in her checking and savings accounts, including one that had money set aside for her church tithe. They totaled nearly $7,000.
“It was like my breath was taken away,” Klein told Starnes. “I panicked. Everything was gone.”
“We had three accounts,” she added. “I have one account that’s labeled, ‘God’s money’ – our tithing. They just took it.”
It is not directly clear why the $7,000 was confiscated by the state prior to Christmas. Monday’s check of nearly $137,000 included interest accrued for not paying the state on time. According to Starnes, the check was for the full amount owed to the state’s government and was raised through donations to the family.
The damages were awarded in July for “emotional suffering” caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa for refusing to make a wedding cake two years ago for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. The bakers said their refusal was prompted by religious beliefs.
Now, if it had been a bakery owned by a homosexual who refused to serve a Christian couple, that would be totally different. I mean, we wouldn’t want to force that homosexual-owned business to cater to a couple whom the business owner considered to be bigots on the basis of their Christian faith.
Blogger Theodore Shoebat demonstrated that when he called some 13 different bakeries, all pro-homosexual, and tried ordering a cake with this inscription on top: “Gay marriage is wrong.” All the bakeries he called flat-out denied his request and hurled insults and expletives at him for even suggesting such a thing. Did anything happen as a result of their discrimination against a customer? Of course not. It’s not wrong or even newsworthy if a homosexual refuses to serve a Christian. It’s only relevant if a Christian refuses to cater or endorse homosexual marriage.