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Court rules Oregon bakers who refused to
make lesbian couple a wedding cake WILL
have to pay them $135,000 in damages

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 12/28/2017 6:21:48 PM

An appellate court Thursday upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago. The owners of the since-closed Gresham bakery - Aaron and Melissa Klein - argued that state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian violated state and federal laws by forcing them to pay emotional-distress damages of $135,000 to the lesbian couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. (Snip) First Liberty Institute, the legal organization that represents the Kleins, disagreed with the ruling. ´The Oregon Court of Appeals decided that Aaron and Melissa Klein are not entitled to the Constitution´s promises

Here´s the USA in 2017, where shakedowns are the order of the day, provided they are against Christians and other despised parties.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/28/2017 6:29:48 PM     (No. 11493657)

But, but it´s not about the money. It´s the principle of the thing. Thuggery at it´s finest. Is this a great country or what?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northcross, 12/28/2017 6:30:37 PM     (No. 11493658)

This is sickening. There was never any emotional distress, only a carefully orchestrated hit job designed to make an example of Bible-believing Christians.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: columba, 12/28/2017 6:37:29 PM     (No. 11493664)

Only ONE group of people carry their claims of normalcy to extremes like this. Blacks don´t; Disabled don´t; Christians don´t.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 12/28/2017 6:37:47 PM     (No. 11493665)

Unbelievable. Very unfair.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: velirotta, 12/28/2017 6:41:45 PM     (No. 11493668)

I doubt that this typical Oregon ruling is the last word. Appeal, appeal, appeal.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JansGraphix, 12/28/2017 6:43:04 PM     (No. 11493670)

Apparently there are lots of left wing judges leftover from 8 years of Marxist ´rule´. I hope they take this to the Supremes.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: trackman999, 12/28/2017 6:50:56 PM     (No. 11493676)

Govt sanctioned extortion.Disgusting. I want a gay couple to try this in a muslim owned and operated bakery. The outcome would never ever be the same.Never.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: previouslyon24, 12/28/2017 6:56:08 PM     (No. 11493679)

Ok, let´s see a Jewish baker have to bake one for a Nazi celebration. One can come up with lots of examples where it really is absurd that the government can force someone to do business with anyone who walks in the door demanding whatever they wish. Hope they appeal this typically Leftist decision. BTW the super liberal, Brad Avakian is a complete horse´s behind in every way. He was just virtue signaling to the liberals in Oregon who love this kind of thing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jar, 12/28/2017 7:02:23 PM     (No. 11493683)

Talk about emotional distress -- what about the emotional distress caused to the bakers by the gay couple and the courts? That beats any "emotional distress" the bakers caused the gays by refusing to bake their cake.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 12/28/2017 7:02:50 PM     (No. 11493685)

And now you know about Oregon´s judicial system. What a crock.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 12/28/2017 7:12:11 PM     (No. 11493701)

According to the judge, "they have made no showing that other people will necessarily experience any wedding cake that the Kleins create predominantly as ´expression´ rather than as food,´"

Which explains why people pay a premium for a wedding cake as opposed to just buying an ordinary cake for their wedding, because after all it is just food.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ravenhaven, 12/28/2017 7:13:13 PM     (No. 11493704)

It´s Oregon. Tell me why anyone reasonable would live there.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: qwerty, 12/28/2017 7:16:49 PM     (No. 11493708)

This could have all been avoided and yet the bakers could have maintained their belief. I used to be in business for myself. I turned away a number of customers because I did not like them or their life style, and they never knew why. I "suddenly" became much too busy to fill their order, or do the service call they needed. No law says I can´t do that.
I can also so over charge with the initial estimate the customer will go elsewhere. Again no law stopping me.
If I had said I´m not doing it because you´re a particular color or gender or "couple" then they have a leg to stand on.
I feel bad they´re getting "legally" mugged and robbed. There are no thought police yet that can read my mind.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ruhn, 12/28/2017 7:17:25 PM     (No. 11493711)

One way or another, there will be a reckoning.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 12/28/2017 7:34:14 PM     (No. 11493724)

If you’re 4th amendment rights are violated, do you know how much you are entitled to in a lawsuit? Virtually nothing, unless you got the crap kicked out of you in the process. Some rights are more equal than others. Apparently rights that appear nowhere in the constitution are worth a lot more than ones that are clearly enumerated.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lavalette, 12/28/2017 7:36:32 PM     (No. 11493728)

Any judge, appointed by any Democrat, will be a 100% left-wing political actor. And half of them appointed by Republicans too.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rushie, 12/28/2017 7:37:20 PM     (No. 11493729)

How about a Muslim baker making a bacon scone in honor of National Bacon Day! Ha!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/28/2017 7:53:28 PM     (No. 11493738)

The court;´s definition of ´art" is badly flawed. If their definition was accurate, then the NEA would not have been able to define the crucifix in a jar of urine as art. Or do they expect a majority of people have to define cake decorating and sculpting an art- or just one person? What part of the word ´decorating and sculpting´ does not fit the definition of the word ´art´? Is religion, as protected in the Constitution subordinate to some arbitrary State law that defines ´sexual orientation" as a protected clause? The SCOTUS will have to decide this, I suppose, when the bully tyranny of the State is able to trample an individual´s so protected rights. This is wrong- and it should not have to be decided by the SCOTUS. It is wrong on face value.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: FunOne, 12/28/2017 8:14:43 PM     (No. 11493751)

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." --Thomas Jefferson

Thinking of you, Oregon Court of Appeals Justices.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hotcorner, 12/28/2017 8:20:03 PM     (No. 11493755)

Oregon, like California and New York, is a cesspool of thug fascist democrats.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: hamrman, 12/28/2017 8:44:18 PM     (No. 11493772)

Emotional distress my big toe, the state of Oreogone should being paying the bakers $135,000.00 NOT to bake the cake. This takes the Cake and is insane!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: velirotta, 12/28/2017 8:51:27 PM     (No. 11493779)

#8 and #20: Most Oregon counties are conservative, but we have our own "Left Coast." Three populated counties, which is insufferably liberal, basically control the whole state. Same situation in Washington.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Harlowe, 12/28/2017 9:00:47 PM     (No. 11493784)

Unconscionable litigation/judgment/penalty.

#9- Indeed, emotional distress for the bakery owners that is far beyond the alleged emotional distress of the lesbians; two women whose feelings were allegedly hurt, but seemingly lack feelings for the livelihood of a Christian couple--subjecting Aaron/Melissa Klein to emotional and financial stress appears to be inconsequential in their minds. It would be interesting to follow the money: Aaron/Melissa Klein quite likely must use and possibly deplete their life savings to cover litigation costs; what is the financial source for legal expenses on behalf of the lesbians? ACLU?

#14- Absolutely. Sow and reap (Galatians 6:7-8).

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Reply 24 - Posted by: FelineFine, 12/28/2017 9:11:55 PM     (No. 11493789)

Hope they set up a Go Fund Me account. They’ll get the $135,00 (and probably much more) in a matter of hours.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: ginadee, 12/28/2017 9:26:36 PM     (No. 11493793)

that is a bunch of hooey. why didn´t the lesbian couple just go to another baker? this sounds like ´give them an inch and they take a mile.´
stupid judge!
I hope the baker countersues the happily married couple.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 12/28/2017 9:34:23 PM     (No. 11493794)

In Progressive enclaves far and wide across our nation, the Constitution is dead. First conceived by the Founding Fathers as a limited central government whose existence served only to enhance the security and commerce of the States united and secure the liberty of individual citizens, the document has been twisted, beaten, and finally torched mostly in the courts of our land.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/28/2017 9:49:19 PM     (No. 11493800)

I don´t believe OJ Simpson ever paid anything.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Penney, 12/28/2017 9:52:17 PM     (No. 11493804)

This punitive judicial decision is not justice but is instead persecution. Who would ever think that in this country such a miscarriage of justice could EVER occur?!! This sort of attack against Christian business owners will no doubt go to the Supreme Court where the Bill of Rights will be respected.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nerdowell, 12/28/2017 10:01:57 PM     (No. 11493810)

While we wait for this case to get to the Supremes, shouldn´t we be able to walk into a Halal butcher shop (no pun intended) and order pork barbecue? It´s just food after all.

Imagine using this ruling to shut those places down and hound those ghouls back to where they came from. Maybe the leftists would think twice.

Am I oversimplifying the ruling in making this analogy?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 12/28/2017 10:18:58 PM     (No. 11493820)

So many excellent points, but #11 really hits the mark:

If skill and artistry were not the key reasons for choosing a bakery then why not whip up a cake from a cake mix? I wouldn´t even say go to your grocery store bakery; they, too, attempt to decorate and embellish their food product!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 12/28/2017 10:19:12 PM     (No. 11493821)

Do these people have a "Go Fund Me" site, or did GFM kick them off because they were regarded as "controversial"? Anyone know?

And IMO poster #2 goes to the heart of it.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MissMann, 12/28/2017 10:51:19 PM     (No. 11493847)

#22: all full of California refugees. They destroy one state and move on to the next, bringing failed orthodoxy with them....

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Reply 33 - Posted by: SALady, 12/29/2017 1:26:54 AM     (No. 11493894)

This is exactly the type of blatant attack on our Constitutional rights that will spark Civil War II!!!!!!!!

The Supreme Court needs to take this case on immediately and bring some sanity back to this nation!!!!!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 12/29/2017 6:50:32 AM     (No. 11493951)

The Supreme Court has a very similar case right now involving bakers in Colorado. If that case is decided in favor of the bakers in Colorado the case against the Oregon bakers will be moot.

Failing that I think #19 may have the only remaining option.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Muguy, 12/29/2017 7:09:25 AM     (No. 11493965)

The case currently under consideration by the Supreme Court has a baker who was obviously being TARGETED for his beliefs.

The person wanting the gay cake could have chosen over 60 other places but didn´t. They drove over 100 miles out of the way in fact.

The Oregon case is about wanting to FINANCIALLY RUIN the bakers instead of protecting their 1st amendment rights of conscience. Certainly, there are other places that could have baked the cake.

This would have stood under Nobama, but the court is supposed to be above party agendas and driven by the Constitution and State laws. The idea that they should just accept it and pay the fine is repugnant to most.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/29/2017 7:10:47 AM     (No. 11493968)

File bankruptcy, start a new company. Courts, stuff your ruling!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Smart11344, 12/30/2017 1:27:46 PM     (No. 11495091)

Correct spelling: OREGONE.

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Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2018 1:21:29 AM     Post Reply
According to Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH14) the House Intelligence Committee will hold a vote on the release of the four-page Nunes memo that reveals systemic corruption within the DOJ and FBI; including the unlawful use of FISA-702(16)(17) data searches which were part of an elaborate DOJ-FBI surveillance program on the political campaign of Donald Trump. (Tweet) Additionally, Chad Pergram reported that Chairman Devin Nunes met with Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte to discuss the best process to release the memo. There are generally two ways it could be done, the HPSCI vote is the most likely.As more people have become aware

Every GLAAD-Nominated Marvel
Comic Book Has Been Axed

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Daily Caller, by Ian Miles Cheong    Original Article
Posted By: konocti95- 1/20/2018 2:15:55 PM     Post Reply
Comic book readers are apparently not fans of progressive politics—a fact no more evident in Marvel’s decision to cancel every single one of its comics that has been nominated by the LGBTQ advocacy group, GLAAD. In December, the publisher announced its decision to cancel many of its comics, citing poor sales. LGBTQ, feminist, and social justice-themed comics involving stories that revolved around Black Lives Matter, illegal immigration, and LGBTQ issues were among those to end up on the chopping block.

Adam Schiff: Keep the #Releasethememo secret
because Americans wouldn´t understand

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American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/21/2018 11:17:16 AM     Post Reply
Adam Schiff, reputedly a champion leaker from the House Intelligence Committee when it came to Russiagate material, suddenly thinks Ignorance is Bliss when it comes to the FISA warrant used to spy on the Trump campaign. Appearing on CNN, he tried to justify keep the 4 page memo that reportedly exposes the individuals who acted as part of a cabal to undermine the Trump campaign with help from NSA spying, and then pushed the “Russia collusion” conspiracy theory as part of the “insurance policy.” Americans are too ignorant, you see. Do you think Democrats are starting to panic? (Video) Rush

Schumer: GOP Has ´Forgotten
the Lessons of the Founding
Fathers´ by Not Compromising

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PJ Media, by Nicholas Ballasy    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/21/2018 9:00:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the government shutdown a “manufactured crisis” created by Democrats who want a permanent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fix, which he referred to as a “non-emergency” issue that does not belong in the short-term spending bill to continue federal government operations. “The one non-emergency issue our friends on the other side of the aisle are trying to shoehorn into this discussion doesn’t reach that status of emergency until March. This is pure folly. The American people know so, that´s why in a recent survey a majority said keeping the government open

California´s bullet train (and biggest
boondoggle) is over budget by billions

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Fox News, by Barnini Chakraborty    Original Article
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It’s billions of dollars over budget and seven years behind schedule, and appears to have no plausible way of living up to its goal of getting riders across the state in three hours or less. Welcome to what’s arguably the nation’s largest infrastructure project and California’s biggest boondoggle. The highly hyped bullet train has been a challenge from the start. No one thought it would be technically, financially and politically easy, but the way the project has been mishandled has some Californians fed up and demanding answers. Just this week, the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the organization charged with overseeing

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