Saturday, July 11, 2015

NOBODY WAS SUED FOR DENYING A GAY WEDDING CAKE.

Let’s get that shit straight right here and now. If you care at all about the truth, even if you’re a rightwing asshole who hates gay people yourself, you should be pissed off at the Kleins for lying to you. And to Breitbart. 

The “emotional distress” it turns out is over something far worse than just being denied a cake. It’s because the Kleins terrorized the lesbian couple. 

As reported by John Prager:


‘Persecuted’ Anti-Gay Bakers Lied, Forced To Pay $135,000 For Sharing Lesbian Couple’s Address

For what seems like eternity, we have been hearing the right prattle on about how Oregon bakers were “persecuted” for their religion, because they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. New information, however, tears that narrative to shreds faster than a catnip-covered pillow in a room full of adorable kittens. If you listen to the fine conservative crowd at Breitbart and other right-wing “news” outlets, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, are being railroaded by an evil ‘gaystapo’ hell-bent on punishing them for practicing their faith — by violating a lesbian couple’s civil rights when the Kleins chose to discriminate against them when the pair attempted to obtain a wedding cake from the business.

The Kleins found themselves facing a $135,000 fine as a result of a lawsuit filed by the couple and were ordered not to further discriminate:

“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.

It’s common in civil rights cases to include such language directed at business owners, said Charlie Burr, a spokesman for BOLI. “That’s what this order says.”

“The Kleins are free to voice their disagreement with the ruling or Oregon’s anti-discrimination laws in general,” he added. “The cease and desist order means that they should refrain from discriminating against future customers.”

In an effort to rile up hateful conservatives, Breitbart and other publications have pushed this narrative:

The gag order is meant to stop Aaron and Melissa Klein from publicly speaking out about their desire to not bake cakes for same-sex weddings. The State’s order came after the Kleins were interviewed by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, and after the State fined the Kleins $135,000 for “emotional damages” incurred by a lesbian couple after the Kleins refused to bake their wedding cake.

That this kind of fascist oppression was always the endgame in the Left’s push for same-sex marriage, was apparent to anyone familiar with the Left’s tactics.

The push for same-sex marriage was always nothing more the Left’s sheep’s clothing in a crusade to destroy Christians and the Christian Church.

By adhering to the word of God, the Left will label Christians bigots and haters, and use the power of boycotts and the State to punish and silence us.

“This is intimidation and bullying – that’s exactly what it is,” Aaron Klein told Fox News.“ They are trying to strong-arm me into handing over $135,000 to the two girls and if I win on appeal – they will never pay me back. The Kleins complain that they face a lien on their home if they do not pay up — because that’s how these things work.

Gee, that sounds scary! Unfortunately, the “Christian persecution” story is also a gigantic lie. According to the ruling, the Kleins “brought the case to the media’s attention and kept it there by repeatedly appearing in public to make statements deriding” the couple against whom they discriminated.

“It was foreseeable that this attention would negatively impact (the Bowman-Cryers), making (the Kleins) liable for any resultant emotional suffering experienced by (them),” the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found. In fact, the “emotional distress” referenced in the decision had nothing at all to do with the actual discrimination at all.

Oregon Live reports that the Kleins shared the couple’s personal contact information on their Facebook page — a common right-wing intimidation tactic — which allowed bigots everywhere to send them death threats. The Bowman-Cryers feared that they would lose custody of their foster children thanks to the steady stream of harassment from right-wing bigots who viewed the Kleins as victims of some sort of fascist, anti-Christian sentiment.

According to Raw Story:

“She filed her complaint by smart phone, which prevented her from seeing a disclaimer notifying her that her full name and address would be sent
to the bakery owners – and Aaron Klein shared that information, along with the complaint, on his personal Facebook page.”

The Kleins’ lawyers attempted to point the finger for the harassment and death threats at the Borman-Cryers — because they filed the discrimination complaint. “Isn’t the real reason you felt stress after the media firestorm was that the state threatened to take away your kids,” attorney Tyler Smith asked during cross-examination.

“That was part of the reason for our stress,” Rachel Bowman-Cryer replied. “They told us it was our responsibility to protect them and keep them out of the public eye.”

The Oregon Bureau of Labor found the Kleins liable for the threats and anguish caused by their callous decision to use right-wing media to further harass their victims, ordering them to pay “$60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for emotional suffering.”

Congratulations, Conservatives: you terrorized a couple who has done absolutely nothing wrong. Even if there was some sort of “gay fascist” tactic in play here, the right owns this payout to the couple completely. Because each person who threatened or harassed them as a result of the Kleins’ attempt to cause them harm, by telling hateful bigots exactly where to find the Bowman-Cryers, contributed to the money that the Kleins now must pay their victims.

…Happy?


As usual, the rightwing bigots harm people, then cry and pretend they were the ones harmed. They are always the only ones “playing” victim. While making actual ones.

Fuck you, cake making bigots.

And fuck all of you shitbag rightwingers who always have to be bigoted pieces of shit and then try to make yourselves out to be the ‘real victims’ and us the ‘real bigots.’ It’s a tired fucking tactic. And it’s fooling nobody.