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Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Full House" Star Defends Christian Bakers: "I Don't Think This Is Discrimination"

By Rick Pearcey • July 9, 2015, 10:33 AM

Samantha Reinis reports at The Daily Signal:

The talk show The View pitted two childhood stars against each other to discuss the controversial issue of Christian bakers receiving a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a lesbian wedding cake. Candace Cameron Bure of Full House and Raven-Symoné of That’s So Raven went head to head discussing the hot topic issue, coming down on different sides of the argument.

While Raven-Symoné began the conversation by comparing the issue to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Bure quickly stopped her, claiming that was comparing apples and oranges. "I don’t think this is discrimination at all. This is about freedom of association," Bure said, speaking about Aaron and Melissa Klein, who received the fine after they declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

"It’s about constitutional rights. It’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with," Burr stated, according Reinis. "It’s in the Constitution."

Comment: As I have argued elsewhere, "In a free country, a business would be able to sell and cater to whomever it desires -- and to reject service or products to whomever it or whatever it desires.

"Here's an example: I despise racism but would acknowledge that a black racist is within his human rights to choose to refuse to bake cakes for Caucasians (when living on Capitol Hill in DC, I was once told certain events were for Black folks only). I would take my business elsewhere and encourage others to do so -- as an ethical repudiation of his or her poor ethical choice.

"The state denial of ontological human givens (to choose, to express one's creativity via one's property) creates a bigger problem than that of specific acts of bigotry. Using the opportunity of a moral failing (bigotry) to liquidate ontological givens (human choice in the area of property) creates massive structural oppression.

"This oppression is compounded and metastasized when state power is used to impose that mistake on all people and all property. It ends with gulags and gas chambers, not just for some, but in principle for everyone.

"By denying the bakers their human free speech rights, what Oregon is now doing is attacking humanity per se, not bigotry (which it also ill-defines and then misapplies).

"No matter how pervasive the PR or how many votes might agree, or court decisions might support, state-sponsored attacks on human foundations signal collapse, not liberation.

"If you want to empower a relativistic dictatorial elite to run your lives, this is the way to go. Freedom and intelligence resists."

Update: But is it "discrimination"? No. Do you think money counterfeiters would get far by shrieking, "Discrimination!"? Well, neither should the marriage counterfeiters get far shrieking, "Discrimination!" Their crusade isn't about love of marriage, but about the end of it. More here.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Shame! Fascist Oregon Fines Christian Bakery, Then Tells Them to Shut Up

By Rick Pearcey • July 3, 2015, 02:07 PM

From the Right Scoop:

Christian Persecution is alive and well in the fascist state of Oregon, where the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa [have] just been fined $135,000 for not making a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding.

But not only that, now the state of Oregon is trying to silence them from even talking about it, using Oregon law as their justification.

Here is the what an Oregon Overseer, by name of Brad Avakian, occupying the office of Oregon Labor Commissioner, handed down upon dangerous bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein: 

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders (the Kleins) 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."

Why, how dare these people -- the Kleins -- think outside the tiny secular box imposed by Oregon fanatics holding state office. And, my word, we can't let renegade bakers actually express themselves in public! So, shut up, dangerous bakers.

"Fortunately, Aaron and Melissa Klein aren’t going to be silenced and aren’t giving up the fight," the Right Scoop writes, and then quotes this from the Kleins' Facebook page:

The final ruling has been made today. We have been charged with $135,000 in emotional damages, But also now Aaron has been charged with advertising. (Basically talking about not wanting to participate in a same-sex wedding)

This effectively strips us of all our first amendment rights. According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.

We will NOT give up this fight, and we will NOT be silenced.

We stand for God’s truth, God’s word and freedom for ALL americans. We are here to obey God not man, and we will not conform to this world. If we were to lose everything it would be totally worth it for our Lord who gave his one and only son, Jesus, for us! God will win this fight!

The Kleins are correct to reject Oregon fascism paraded and laundered as law. To be human is to act into history in both word and deed, across the whole of life, both public and private.

This is the Kleins' moral, legal, constitutional, human, and existential right. But an ugly dictate stands in the way.

Why stand in the way? Because elements within the state of Oregon are at war with the Creator who has endowed human beings with certain unalienable rights, among them "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Homosex "marriage" is a counterfeit as phony as Monopoly money. The Kleins are to be praised for refusing to bow to homosex phoniness and for resisting Oregon state fascism.

Shame on you, official Oregon. For your hate, bigotry, and fascism.

Bravo to Aaron and Melissa Klein. For your love, tolerance, and freedom.

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Accepting Homosex Marriage Opens Door to Unlimited Statism, by Nancy Pearcey

The Revolt of Intelligence Against "Marriage Equality," by J. Richard Pearcey