A baker who closed her store afterÂ deciding she could not follow the law that mandated same-sexcouples not be discriminated against brook down in front of cameras at a conservative anti-gay conference.
Melissa Klein ownsÂ Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The Christian baker lost her case earlier this year, when Oregon’sÂ Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that she hadÂ unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex Portland couple, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, because they are gay.
Klein last year refused to bake the couple a cake, citing her religious beliefs. Ultimately, she chose to move her business to the web, and her home,Â and close her Oregon storefront.
“For me personally,” Klein told the largely over-50 crowd, “when I would sit down with them I just would want to know everything about her wedding.”
“I’d want to know about the flowers, her dress, the centerpieces, her colors, the way her hair is going to be. I would even want to talk about ‘where are you going on your honeymoon?'” Klein said, describing her process ofÂ deciding what a cake should look like.
“I would just feel so honored to be part of such an amazing, special day,” Klein added, as she broke into tears.
Klein and her husband Aaron insist theÂ decision to not serve same-sex couples isn’t anti-gay, merely their First Amendment right.
The courts vastly disagreed with them.Â
Since they were unable to reach a compromise, the Kleins will have to pay about $150,000 in state fines.
In the original complaint, Klein is accused of calling the lesbian couple “abominations,” which she denies.
What’s important to remember is that every business is licensed by the state. When a business is granted a license it agrees to follow the laws of the state. Klein could have kept her business open but she made the decision to close and move to the web.
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‘Friendster for Bigots’: Devin Nunes Mocked After Announcing He’s Quitting Congress to Head Trump’s ‘Media’ Company
U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, the far right wing California Republican infamously known for accepting propaganda from the Trump White House then breathlessly calling a press conference to claim he had just shared information from “whistleblowers” with the White House, is quitting Congress to head Donald Trump’s new “media” company, Trump Media & Technology Group.
The news, which comes from The Hollywood Reporter’s media and business writer Alex Weprin, comes on the same day news broke that two federal government securities agencies are investigating that same Trump company. CNN also reported the news.
“Congressman Devin Nunes will be CEO of Donald Trump’s media and tech company. He retires from congress and starts at TMTG in January,” Weprin writes.
Nunes, who in 2018 alleged an FBI conspiracy to hurt Trump, was in line to become Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, under the assumption Democrats will loose control of the House.
Many were quick to mock Nunes.
MSNBC political analyst Tim Miller, an editor-t-large for The Bulwark, calls Trump’s “media” company, TMTG, Friendster for bigots.
Growing up every story I was told about politics treated the W&M chairmanship as if it were the height of power and influence. Nunes is taking a pass on it to run Friendster for bigots. Congress’ decline in miniature. https://t.co/Q66WyJBQ3g
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) December 6, 2021
Others are questioning the timing of the announcement:
So Devin Nunes has opted out of running in ‘22 and he’s planning to take a job at the start-up that’s already under federal investigation?
We got a twofer today!
— 𝐁𝐞𝐤𝐬 (@antifaoperative) December 6, 2021
Hmm… anyone want to guess why Devin Nunes decided to ABRUPTLY RETIRE from the House by the end of this month?? 🧐
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) December 6, 2021
And others just had a good time with the news, focusong on the Congressman’s penchant for suing social media users like “Devin Nunes’ Cow.”
Breaking news- Devin Nunes is putting himself out to pasture.
— KD 📚🌎🌊🇺🇸 (@kdnerak33) December 6, 2021
Homophobe With ‘Hundreds’ of Rounds Threatened NYC LGBTQ Pride Parade: ‘Make 2016 Pulse Shooting Look Like a Cakewalk’
An anti-LGBTQ extremist with “hundreds” of rounds of ammunition, two loaded shotguns, and two stun guns was arrested Monday by agents of the FBI and the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force after threatening the NYC Pride Parade, wanting to “make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting look like a cakewalk.”
But it wasn’t just NYC Pride he was allegedly targeting.
NBC News reports “Robert Fehring, 74, was charged with mailing dozens of letters threatening to assault, shoot and bomb LGBTQ-affiliated individuals, organizations and businesses, including New York City’s annual Pride festival.”
Fehring allegedly also had photographs from a Long Island, New York pride parade in his Bayport, New York home. He was “charged with mailing dozens of letters threatening to assault, shoot and bomb LGBTQ-affiliated individuals, organizations and businesses, including New York City’s annual Pride festival.”
Agents last month executed a search warrant and also found a “stamped envelope addressed to an LGBTQ-affiliated attorney containing the remains of a dead bird, federal prosecutors said.”
The criminal complaint also states that since 2013, Fehring “has sent organizations and businesses associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (‘LGBTQ+’) community, as well as government agencies, numerous letters via the USPS in which he has threatened violence, including through the use of firearms and explosives.”
[Caution: Disturbing language below.]
A May 2021 letter to the head of an NYC LGBTQ organization reads:
The following month a letter addressed to a Sag Harbor, NY LGBTQ organization read:
A third letter contained a photograph apparently of one of the people he was targeting at the Eisenhower Pride event, saying in part:
“[W]e were right there you fudge-packing, scum-sucking, disgusting, fucking animal…FREAK!!! They couldn’t get
a shot off at you, slithering around the back stage area like a snake. Too many cops. Very disappointed. But your time has come. . . . They are out to KILL you….and your boyfriend. You are being watched. No matter how long it takes, you will be taken out….high-powered bullet….bomb…..knife…. whatever it takes.”
And still another letter included this:
“As alleged, the defendant’s hate-filled invective and threats of violence directed at members of the LGBTQ+ community have no place in our society and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace. “This Office is firmly committed to protecting the civil rights of all members of every community in this district, including the LGBTQ+ community and other minority communities.”
Josh Duggar Confessed to Molesting Multiple Minor Girls Close Family Friend Tells Jury Under Oath
Josh Duggar allegedly confessed to a close family friend he had molested young girls, that friend told jurors on Monday, day four of the child pornography trial of the former “19 Kids and Counting” conservative reality TV star.
“Fighting back tears, Bobye Holt testified about a 2003 conversation in which Duggar confessed to molesting multiple minor girls,” local Fayetteville, Arkansas Fox affiliate KNWA reports. Holt is “a close family friend that has known the Duggars since before Josh was born.”
“Holt described in detail how Duggar had told both sets of parents about touching girls, some as much as ten years younger than him, in their ‘private areas,’ under their ‘pantaloons and underwear.'”
Fox News adds that the “family friend alleged Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle were also present during the conversation.”
Duggar is a former top executive at the activist arm of the Family Research Council, a far right wing anti-LGBTQ hate group. On trial now for receiving and possessing child pornography, he is accused of having in his computer images of children as young as 5 years old.
Earlier this year the website Radar had reported Homeland Security Special Agent Gerald Faulkner “claimed Josh had one two-minute video on his computer of two underage females and a male who performed sexual acts on the children.”
“Also found were 65 images of a female ‘consistent with child pornography.'”
“Josh used one of the programs [on his computer] to view porn including rape and child porn,” Radar also reported, citing Agent Faulkner.
“The agent mentioned how downloads from a specific file were made. The agent said the file ‘is in the top five worst I have ever had to examine,’ as the specific file has been known to include children as young as 18 months old. The agent did not say if Josh downloaded the photos involving an 18 month old.”
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