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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian bakers in Oregon


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The US Supreme Court has just issued a decision  favoring two former Christian bakers based in Oregon. In 2013, a lesbian couple had asked Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, owned by a Christian couple Aaron and Melissa Klein, to create a wedding cake.

The Kleins refused, stating because of their faith they could not create a cake for a marriage they did not agree with. According to reports, the Kleins had previously made a cake for one of the members of this lesbian couple but balked at using their artistic skill to create one promoting same sex marriage.

The Lesbian couple took the Kleins before Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries that fined the bakery $135,000 for the emotional damage inflicted on the Lesbian couple for not creating a cake worth about $400. The commissioner at the time allegedly took to social media reporting on his disdain for the Kleins before even coming down with his decision.

This fine eventually led to the closing of the bakery.

The Kleins appealed the case to an Oregon court that upheld the decision and then to the Oregon Supreme Court which refused to review the case basically upholding the fine.

However, the couple, with the help of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal organization defending religious freedom in America, appealed the decision to the US Supreme Court that had recently ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado facing a similar accusation. In this instance, the Supreme Court ruled that Jack Philip’s religious rights had been infringed by Colorado’s human rights commission and even issued a rebuke stating:

“The commission’s treatment of Phillips’ case … showed elements of a clear impermissible hostily toward the sincere religious beliefs motivating his objection.?

After appealing the Oregon decision to the US Supreme Court, the Kleins were victorious when it told the Oregon Supreme Court to review the case in light of the US Supreme Court’s Colorado ruling.

Speaking on behalf of First Liberty, CEO Kelly Shackelford stated:

“The Constitution protects speech, popular or not, from condemnation by the government. The message from the court is clear, government hostility toward religious Americans will not be tolerated.”

Though the U.S. Constitution does not allow the government to be hostile to Christians, the same rules apparently don’t apply to pop stars. According to Charisma News, Taylor Swift released a music video on June 17, 2019, openly mocking Christians:

“The video, while claiming to be inclusive, openly mocks Christians who protest homosexuality. Christians in the video are presented as country hicks with bad style and rotting teeth. They also misspell “homosexuality” on their protest signs.”

Swift produced the video in response to Christian’s opposing the equality act recently passed by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives, that many believe will infringe on the religious freedoms in the US. However, it is expected that the Senate will not pass the Equality Act.

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