Support for owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa
One of America’s core characteristics is freedom of religion. Since our founding, our nation has been committed to safeguarding and protecting the ability of all Americans to worship and honor God in the way that they see fit. At many points during out history, we supported the rights of fringe religious groups to practice their religions because our nation has always been committed to that first freedom of religious expression.
However, today, more and more Americans of faith are seeing their religious liberty chipped away at. In 21st century American, being a person who is committed to upholding what the Bible teaches can be reason for an employer to fire you or a city council to fine you.
Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled against Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa for declining to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In 2013, when the couple declined, they were issued an extremely heavy fine that cost them their business. Now on appeal, Judge Chris Garrett compared the Kleins’ wish to abstain from participating in a gay wedding to racism.
Please stand in solitary with Aaron and Melissa during this difficult time.
The Kleins’ situation is similar to the situation of Jack Phillips.
Jack Phillips is a Christian baker in Colorado who has been fined, harassed and defamed for his Christian conviction. He creates magnificent cakes that can only accurately be described as works of art. He declined to create a cake for a gay wedding ceremony because, as a Christian, he believes that marriage is only between one man and one woman. He was found guilty of discrimination by the state court in Colorado. The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in his case.
Across the country Christians are being told by courts and the culture to participate in celebrating same sex marriages or else. Basically, a Christian cannot conscientiously object to same-sex marriage.
This is simply religious expression –which is protected by the United States Constitution. It is unbelievable that we live in an age where Christians could be so strongly persecuted for their sincere religious convictions.
We need to start standing together as a unified voice in order to protect our ability to live as people of faith. Issue your support for the Aaron and Melissa.
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