• Source: First Liberty
  • Aaron And Melissa Klein Head For Big (Money) Leagues With New Attorney

    Bakery Owners Accused of Anti-Gay Discrimination Move to New "Religious Freedom" Legal Firm 

    In 2011 a woman and her mother walked in to Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a local Oregon bakery, to order a cake for the woman's wedding. Aaron Klein, upon learning that Rachel Cryer was engaged to marry Laurel Bowman – a woman – told them they don't bake wedding cakes for same-sex weddings, and the woman and her mother left, distraught. According to court documents, Rachel's mother returned shortly thereafter, and that's when Aaron Klein began citing Leviticus as his rationale for refusing them service.

    Also according to court documents, Klein, after receiving a notice from the State of Oregon that discrimination charges had been filed, posted the document – which included the home address and contact information of the Bowman-Cryers – to Facebook, leading to countless death threats and other forms of harassment against the women and the two foster children they were attempting to adopt.

    None of this will Aaron or Melissa Klein ever admit to in public, nor, likely, will their new attorneys.

    The Kleins have received well over half a million dollars from concerned and supportive conservative Christians outraged that the husband and wife, "good Christians," "lost their business," or so the Kleins claim, and were themselves subjected to harassment.

    The Kleins have also started a new business, of sorts: they are now stars on the religious freedom talk circuit, making the rounds to events sponsored by the likes of the Family Research Council and other anti-gay groups.

    “The past three years have been devastating,” Melissa Klein says in a press release today from First Liberty, formerly the Liberty Institute. “Just because we couldn’t participate in an event that violated our religious beliefs, we lost our business. We were committed to serving everyone regardless of their circumstances at all other times.”

    First Liberty in their press release describes Melissa Klein as the "former owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa," and to show just how much compassion the young couple deserve, First Liberty proudly has placed a photo of the Kleins in front of their van, their van that says, "Sweet Cakes by Melissa," with a web address: SweetCakesWeb.com. If you click on it you might be confused, because the Kleins, as you can see, are still very much in business.

    Here's the top of the press release:


    Notice it breathlessly claims the Kleins "were forced to shut down their bakery." It also claims they "lost their bakery for running their business according to their religious beliefs," and that this is a "high profile case involving religious liberty."

    Which it is not, as the Kleins were ordered to pay the Bowman-Cryers $135,000 in damages, not fines, and not, contrary to what the right wing press and religious groups would like you to believe, because they refused to bake a wedding cake.

    For the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the case, read: 
    Almost Everything You've Heard About The Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Wedding Cake Case Is (Probably) Wrong

    The Kleins have apparently dropped their now-former attorney and, like elected officials who want to make big money after doing their stint of public service, have signed on to a top firm. The only difference is instead of a signing with a speakers firm, they've signed with a law firm. First Liberty, headed by the infamous Kelly Shackleford, says it is the "largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious freedom."

    But just like a speakers' firm, the Kleins have their own page at Fist Liberty, and you can even use it to "Book an interview" with them.

    The Kleins also now have a proper big-name attorney, C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House Counsel under President George H. W. Bush. Gray reportedly sits on the boards of the uber-conservative Federalist Society and the Koch Brothers' Tea Party group FreedomWorks.

    Although it's not in the press release, the far right wing website Breitbart claims the Kleins' new lawyers "add that there is a significant chance that this case may finally end up before the Supreme Court of the United States."



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    'Sweet Cakes' Baker Melissa Klein: The State Took 'God's Money' From Us

    Sweet Cakes Bakers Still Actively Fundraising, Cash Pouring In

    Final Verdict In Oregon Bakers Case Comes To $135,000 – Right Wing Furious Over 'Gay Fascism Tax'


    Images: Screenshots via First Liberty

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    • commented 2016-02-25 16:37:26 -0500
      Jesus must be so proud of these two losers!

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    • commented 2016-02-24 12:02:36 -0500
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    • commented 2016-02-24 10:19:32 -0500
      Why don’t evangelical Christian businesses also refuse service to heterosexual couples who remarry after a no-fault divorce, based on “deeply held” biblical belief? Why aren’t they outraged by divorce? Jesus never spoke against LGBT people or same sex relationships, nor are they condemned in the Ten Commandments, but he did preach against divorce, likening it to adultery, a serious sin in both the Old and New Testaments, and which IS condemned in the Ten Commandments. He also condemned hypocrisy (picking on the peccadilloes of others while committing egregious sin oneself).

      ​​Adultery is the act of a person who has unlawful sexual intercourse with the spouse of another. Jesus said, "I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Matt. 19:9). There was no question in the minds of those who heard him that Jesus was saying it was sin for a man to divorce and marry another woman if there had not been marital unfaithfulness. Everyone knew adultery was sin. “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes … will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

      Please note that Paul specifically included adulterers even though they are also included under sexually immoral. Then Paul reiterated the same to the Galatians: “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21).

      What does it mean that such people “will not inherit the kingdom of God”? Jesus made sure we understood that when he reviewed for the Apostle John those who were condemned: “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -� their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.” (Revelation 21:8).

      Forgiveness is possible but only through devout and sincere repentance. Thus, the only way for a divorced man to repent is to return to his first wife, otherwise to cease all sexual relations until the day he dies. All marriages other than his first are adulterous, and all children conceived therein illegitimate and neither they nor their successors can ever enter God’s church (Deuteronomy 23:2).

      In God’s eyes:
      • The man who wrongfully divorces and remarries is a married man having unlawful intercourse with another; he is committing adultery;
      • The wife who is wrongfully divorced and remarries is a married woman having unlawful intercourse with another; she is committing adultery;
      • The man who marries the wrongfully divorced woman is having unlawful intercourse with a married woman; he is committing adultery; and
      • The woman who marries the wrongfully divorced man is having unlawful intercourse with a married man; she is committing adultery.

      This question is NEVER put to the likes of these two deep pocketed hypocrites on the make.

    • commented 2016-02-24 09:27:37 -0500
      When will these crooks go away? They are just in it for the money obviously!

    • commented 2016-02-23 21:03:25 -0500
      Nothing new in cashing in on ‘faith’.

    • commented 2016-02-23 20:14:15 -0500
      Poor poor Aaron and Melissa..their little pity party netted them more money than they would make in 10 years selling cakes…..they are just the lying hypocrites that the conservative right ring evangelical crowd love…fabricating a war on Christianity and claim that their rights are being taking.

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