It seems that despite their cloaking themselves in choice, they wish to deny us most choices in life. Like who we do business with
Thought crimes vs. the First Amendment in Oregon (via The Blaze)
(KGW) The Oregon Department of Justice is looking into a complaint that a Gresham bakery refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.
It started on Jan. 17 when a mother and daughter showed up at Sweet Cakes by Melissa looking for the perfect wedding cake.
“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” said owner Aaron Klein. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.”
Klein apologized to the women and told them he and his wife do not make cakes for same-sex marriages. Klein said the women were disgusted and walked out.
“I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” said Klein. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”
The charge would be for discrimination in a public place under ORS 659a.403. Looking at the entire portion of ORS 659a, civil penalites can be assessed at up to $1,000 (659a.855). The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries can also forced the defendant to cease and desist. Furthermore, the defendant isn’t entitled to a trial by jury in front of his/her peers, but instead must face a tribunal of Bureau of Labor employees.
My first thought is this. If a business snubs you, leave and do not go back. You have every right to not shop anywhere you choose. But, businesses also should possess the right to REFUSE to do business with you.
My second thought is that this is a trend we will see increased. The goal here is not acceptance or tolerance. It is Statism and control of thought and speech.
My third thought is that if this were my bakery, I would have taken the business and baked them whatever cake they wanted, but that is me. In a free country we should all be able to make the choice for ourselves. But, of course, to the Left, freedom is a bad thing because some people use their freedom to do or say things the Left disagrees with. And that is something the tolerant Left simply cannot tolerate.