Tolerance, tolerance, tolerance. We hear it all the time from those on the left. They claim to be the champions of it, but we all know the truth. Liberals are pushing an agenda of “anything goes,” and they are most certainly INTOLERANT of ANY opposing views. Just look at what happened to a Christian bakery for the latest example.
Let there be no confusion. Liberals do not believe in tolerance. Their entire goal is a world in which there are no standards… where everything is considered “normal” and “acceptable,” and if you don’t embrace their view that nothing is wrong, nothing is deviant, then they will come down on you like a load of bricks. Tolerance will certainly NOT be part of their vocabulary.
As reported by the Daily Mail, “A Christian bakery that refused to make a lesbian couple a tiered wedding cake because it would violate their ‘religious beliefs’ has shut down after months of hate-mail and plummeting revenues.”
Melissa and Aaron Klein have been driven out of their shop in Gresham, Oregon – and are taking operations back into their home – after they say they received death- and also rape-threats and saw client numbers fall following their decision not to serve a lesbian couple.
Media reports say they have been hounded by hate mail since January when Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman were refused service and subsequently made a discrimination complaint to authorities about the bakery.
Not only have the Kleins been harassed, but the level to which the venom has risen against both them and their suppliers is despicable. Here’s the report from The Blaze:
“You stupid bible-thumping, hypocritical b**ch. I hope your kids get really, really, sick and you go out of business,” read one e-mail.
“Here’s hoping you go out of business, you bigot. Enjoy hell,” read another.
At the time, they told TheBlaze that their wedding vendors “badgered and harassed” until they refused to do business with Sweet Cakes by Melissa. As a result, the business’ wedding cake orders this summer were down dramatically from the past. Plus, some individuals canceled their previously-planned cakes in the wake of the controversy.
Seeing the blatant hypocrisy of liberals in this case is stunning enough, but there are even more ominous actions to report. Todd Starnes at Fox News writes that the Oregon government is now getting involved:
To make matters worse, the Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries announced last month they had launched a formal discrimination investigation against the Christian family.
Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian that he was committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether the bakery discriminated against the lesbians.
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”
This is a flat out violation of the Kleins’ First Amendment rights! Why isn’t anyone on the left (media or individual) concerned about that? What about tolerance for the Kleins’ religious views? We are talking about Christianity here.
The scariest word in the quote above is “rehabilitate.” If the government can step in and try to change the views of Christians, then we cease to have the ideals upon which America was founded. “Rehabilitation” sure sounds like a license for the government to tell us what to do and think.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. Less than two weeks ago, I wrote about the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling against a Christian photographer for refusing to photograph a lesbian ceremony. These cases need to be brought up to the U.S. Supreme Court. There is no constitutional right to a photograph or a cake, but there certainly is a constitutional right to the government not getting involved in the practice of one’s Christian faith. The left is certainly providing a perfect example of what intolerance is all about.