Christian bakers who refused cake order for gay wedding forced to close shop
By Cheryl K. Chumley
The Washington Times
September 2, 2013
A husband-and-wife bakery shop team in Oregon were forced to close their shop doors and move to cheaper digs - their home - after gay-rights activists hounded them and drove away contract business because they refused for Christian reasons to bake for a same-sex wedding.
Aaron and Melissa Klein own and operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In the past few months, they've faced heated scrutiny - some in the form of physical threats - from those in the gay-rights crowd who decried their May refusal to bake for a lesbian couple who wanted to marry.
The Kleins cited their Christian beliefs of traditional marriage when they turned down that business gig, The Blaze reported. But the lesbian couple filed a complaint with the state, accusing the shop owners of discrimination.
Since, they've been hounded by vicious telephone calls and emails.
Some of those threats were shocking. One emailer wished for the couple's children to fall ill. Another expressed hope that Mr. Klein should be shot and even raped, The Blaze reported.
And yet another wrote: "Here's hoping you go out of business, you bigot."
The couple said on top of that, their vendors were "badgered and harassed" into stopping all associations with the bakery.
The Kleins say they're now closing up their doors and moving their operations to their home. Their business, they say, has suffered a serious revenue hit from the unexpected activism and backlash.
Mr. Hughs, the work you've done for OCC in the past does not make your opinion more valid, nor does it give you the right to determine what is or isn't built in this neighborhood. I welcome your voice, but you aren't more important than anyone else in this debate.
Interesting, but I believe you are incorrect Stacy in Woodland Park in total of your therory with Darwinism and homosexuality, and there are proven studies that you are ignoring. It is a biologically and horomonally caused fact in our human bodies that causes homosexuality, transsexuality and intersexuality. It has also been proven in Human Sexuality studies that with an increase in population will get you more homosexuality in a given society to counter over-population. And the homosexual of today is very different from historical societies where you couldn't be open in public and populating the world and for working the family farm were the incentives for having children.
"one's sexuality is an inborn trait, not something one selects after birth like one's religious and/or political affiliation" - okay Bob Armintor, prove it. I got Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel proving you wrong. According to the rules of natural selection any genetic trait that discourages breeding will disappear in 10 generations. And while genetic traits can skip a generation, said trait could not skip 5. There were gay people thousands of years ago, and they are still around. Clearly homosexuality is not a genetic trait, it just isn't possible according to Darwin. That leaves us with the fact that it is a preference, some people like sour cream on a baked potato and some like butter, but this preference is not genetic. In fact, the "B" in LGBT proves Darwin, Mendel and myself correct. Something to think about. It seems that some people have actually read "On the Origin of Species" and some people just put fish/Darwin stickers on their car because they believe it upsets religious people and have absolutely no idea of what Darwin wrote. Sadly, the latter is all around these days.
" It is a serious abuse of the political process to go after a sitting state senator based on disagreement with policy positions." - Roger Butts
WRONG! It is EXACTLY what our democratic process is all about ... using one of our checks and balances to redress grievances.
"We want our senators to keep an eye on the big picture and to vote their conscience. That is how our bicameral system was designed."
I am not sure you understand what "bicameral" means. It has nothing to do with officials voting their conscience.
"For a group to manufacture a recall effort based on his votes around gun control provisions (and then manufacture a whole host of faulty and disingenuous reasons for the recall) "
How about you try refuting some of those so-called "faulty and disingenuous reasons" instead of just accusing. Chances are you don't understand them half as well as you imagine.
Right at you Pat Hill: Yes they are taking people's guns. Also we are talking about the Bill of Rights yet your small group of anti- Rights insists on saying "gun control". Give up your Rights if you wish, mine are not for you or anyone else to toy with. Can it be any more clear or are you all just pinheads?
I can safely say that most people in this area (from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean) do not care one iota about Colorado Springs' "westside" and "westsiders". If there is group of people that are more puffed up with themselves I would dread to have to know them. I will fill you in: you are just people like everybody else and banging on your own drum thinking you are special is embarrassing and insulting to the rest of the populace. The "westside" is just an old neighborhood and if you "westsiders" think it is something else, fine, just keep it to yourselves for change. If you do not want some "ugly" business on your street then don't wish it on somewhere and someone else. If you do not want your garbage what makes you think anyone else does? By the way I have yet to hear what is "historic" about that area. Is it that a couple blocks of crappy little shops selling overpriced crap still exists and nobody really knows why? Maybe it is the world-renowned "Territory Days" wherein the wild and wooly days of tubercular patients are recreated. Events including the Hack Off and the Loogie Spit draw folks from blocks away, even as far as "Mine Tailings Hill" and "Cyanide Gulch" where no development was allowed or risked for 100 years yet magically townhouses sprang up from the ground recently. I should say that "Landfill Covered Over Park" is really green and is just like a miniature "Garden of Someone's God Park" except without the bright light on a rock called "Two Camels Gettin' It On". So what's wrong with a bright light on a "Kum and Go"? Rabid racoons and skunks in the streets at night, inbred deer in the cemetery and a bear in every dumpster... What a special place...
Tracey Wright: We "entered into a new, ugly age of politics" locally in 2006 when two duly elected school board members were recalled at a steeper cost than this current recall is estimated to cost taxpayers. Those two board members had committed no crime. They hadn't broken any ethics rules. They were removed for "causing chaos". Pretty vague charge. Can't the same be said about Morse's diddling with the testifying procedure during the legislative process? (For what purpose? To gain national attention by having an out of state retired astronaut unlimited time to pontificate while Coloradans were limited to two minutes?) How many Coloradans were prevented from being heard because Mark Kelly absorbed so much time? Ironically, many of the heavy hitters involved in removing those two are deeply involved in keeping Morse in office today. Further irony, the recalled board members had a year remaining on THEIR terms too, recalled in 2006 when their terms expired in 2007. If my memory serves me correctly, John Morse contributed to the recall committee fund in 2006. Where I come from we call that hypocrisy.
We are not anti-Kum&Go or anti-business. We simply believe that this is the wrong LOCATION for this business. They are planning on building one on 21st and Broadway as well, which is about 1/4 mile from the OCC location, and that is a GREAT location!
If you agree, please consider signing the petition. And you don't have to be a Westsider to sign it; OCC belongs to us ALL!
Amanda...when the gay and lesbian fund self-identifies themselves in their groups name by their sexual expression, then people are going to free associate you all with sex. Why should it be otherwise?
If short people don;t want to be perceived and foremost as short, they would name their group something other than the gang under five...do likewise and people will stop thinking of you all as a gay and lesbian organization.
Dear Mr Mc Milan, unfortunately Kum and Go isn't just a name. It is a 10 pump gas station at the Gateway of a historic district and an invasion into those residences within a 4 block radius. As if the name wasn't a bad thing, the elevated levels of Ozone, Benzene, VOC's that impact those of us in the neighborhood with Asthma and other respiratory ailments, the extra noise, dust, and litter generated by an additional stop and rob, and the light pollution by same in an attempt to not be a "stop and Rob" are additional impacts. The need for airtight and soundproof windows, extra curtains and air purification systems, as well as the decreased property values for all of us, should add up to a tidy takings sum for a lawyer willing to represent the neighborhood if this zoning change and building goes through. AS far as I know only one deluded little old man who may well be worm food by the time the real negatives begin to affect the neighborhood is in favor of same; most neighbors are upset, in sensed and ready to fight for our lovely homes and way of life.
We have lived through Goodwill's impact on parking in areas near by with few complaints, have put up with the extra foot traffic and trash in our neighborhood as we are good and mostly charitable neighbors. However, given the underhanded unneighborly behavior of same on selling out to a non conforming business, my patience, donations and politeness about a charity are now gone. Goodwill and Kum and Go are earning a black eye in the community and one that has already impacted where family members and friends spend their thrift dollars and buy gas. Surely Good Will Industries can find the heart to actually give back to the local community they have asked and taken so much from.
H. Lea Gaydos: Once again, I find myself in agreement with a letter writer. However, I must point out (see above) that Dastardly Dick the Ranger is NOT a reporter. He simply writes what he hopes are humorous observations. These observations become markedly less humorous the more political he makes them.
Miz Stoddard: Well written letter and I pretty much agree. However, I must point out (Why must I? Because Sister Verona made me a madman.) that your overuse of the "cage" analogy detracted from your intent.
Larimore Nicholl has not a clue. Throwing money at schools is what has been done for decades and has been proven to have no positive effect. Actually it has had the opposite effect. Talk to some young people and you will see and hear the product of government run school systems. Or ask proud dad Brad Baum about his bored brainless brats. He says they need to go back to school because they are bored! I hope that is a joke letter. If not then Brad and Mrs. Brad are unaware that raising their children is THEIR job. We have idiots in process at the Brad household. He is demanding teachers!
I have to get out of here before my head explodes...
Really lar-i-more, really. Schools can only fail "...if voters who 'hate taxes' fail to vote for the funds...". So, in your 'enlightened' estimation, schools can't fail because unions siphon off all the aforementioned "funds" for their own greedy purposes? Schools can't fail because unions protect the worst and most incompetent teachers? Schools can't fail because teachers are more interested in liberal indoctrination than the three Rs?
Really lar-i-more, really?
Its because of all the military heros who signed their lives away to protect american freedom. Thats why we can't have recreational marijuana. Admit it, Colorado Springs is dominated by military. If we have rec'l MJ use here, the farmy and the chair force would have an alarming increase in hot drugscreens, cause man the weed is that GOOD!
right on cue stigma... get a life, you might find some happiness at some point.
Bobbie, now you can kick back and relax because you have the dimwitted "happy" as your defender and protector.
Robert, you are wasting your time trying to reason with stigma. he posts multiple times on every indy story with nothing but insults, grammar nazisms and never anything substantial or on topic to contribute... the definition of a troll. i'm sure he will have a wonderfully rational substantial contribution for this post... stigma the troll, you're on.
gosh Bobbie, were you being cynical? I couldn't tell since you neglected to include smiley faces and lols.
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