After not paying state-ordered damages since July, the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakers claim the government cleaned out their bank accounts.
Sweet Cakes By Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein in July were ordered by the State of Oregon to pay $135,000 in damages to a same-sex couple who had tried to buy a wedding cake from them. The damages were ordered by the state’sÂ Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), which is in charge of administering and enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
The Kleins, in short, refused.
(The case is rather complex, and NCRM explains it all in our report: “Almost Everything You’ve Heard About The Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Wedding Cake Case Is (Probably) Wrong.”)
They claimed at first that since they were appealing the decision, the shouldn’t have to pay the couple, then grew even more defiant, saying they did not recognize the BOLI’s authority. Aaron Klein said, “I didnâ€™t get due process, I donâ€™t call it legally binding.”
It wasn’t that the Klein’s couldn’t afford it. Right wing religious zealots angered that a same-sex couple’s rights were being legally upheld donated over a half-million dollars to the Kleins, so cash wasn’t a problem.
But the Kleins have been enjoying the attention and notoriety they gained by positioning themselves as victims. They milked that for all it was worth, appearing at right wing political conferences, telling their side of the story, and gaining sympathy while fueling the right’s anti-gay hate.
It wasn’t long before the Klein’s drew the attention of Fox NewsÂ religion reporter and opinion writerÂ Todd Starnes, one of the most factually-challenged reporters in the cable news network’s conglomerate.
Back in February, Starnes wrote a piece on the KleinsÂ so riddled with errors it was amazing he wasn’t rebuked by his Fox News editorsÂ â€“ if he actually has any. He was, however, rebuked by the BOLI for his false reporting.
One week in July Starnes wrote three articles about his “dear friends” the Kleins. One of those articles was titled, “Bakers who refused to make lesbian wedding cake told to pay $135K by Monday — or else.”
So it should not have come as a surprise to Starnes, or the Kleins, that the State of Oregon, after waiting many months for them to pay their bill, came and took the money from them. At least, that’s what Starnes reported today,Â claiming “Oregonâ€™s Bureau of Labor and Industries … confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Kleinâ€™s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe.”
“Yes, friends â€“ the state of Oregon stole money meant for our Lord,” Starnes accuses.
Starnes says Melissa Klein told him her family “had three accounts.”Â
â€œI have one account thatâ€™s labeled, â€˜Godâ€™s moneyâ€™ â€“ our tithing. They just took it.â€
Starnes writes that he “predicted that once gay marriage was legalized, LGBTQIA supporters would attempt to silence all dissent.”
Pity he didn’t realize the LGBT community is not “silencing dissent,” as he puts it. As in every state, Oregon voters elected lawmakers who created Oregon’s laws, among them, that the people believe discriminating against LGBT people because they are LGBT is wrong.
And it’s equally a pity that Starnes doesn’t understand that the same laws prohibit people of faith â€“Â including the Christians Starnes has appointed himself to defendÂ â€“ from being discriminated againstÂ also.
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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