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A same-sex couple, not the Kleins, were the victims in the Sweet Cakes By Melissa case. The couple has not received a penny, the Kleins are still raking in the dough.

When Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, then followed up that illegal act by posting the couple’s home address on Facebook – leading to death threats and attacks so heinous the same-sex couple almost lost their foster children – no one imagined that the Kleins would be viewed as the “victims” and the recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And yet, they are.

Oregon’s decision against the Kleins stated its “Final Order awards $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for emotional suffering stemming directly from unlawful discrimination.”

Not for refusing to bake a cake, as many right wing and even mainstream media sites falsely state.

The Kleins’ actions caused a nightmare for one family, and a boondoggle for themselves so lucrative it might reach one million dollars.

On Monday, the Sweet Cakes By Melissa owners finally paid the damages ordered by the State of Oregon, but the victims who were to receive the $135,000 won’t see a penny of it until the Kleins exhaust all appeals. That could be years. 

LOOK: Almost Everything You’ve Heard About The Anti-Gay Sweet Cakes Wedding Cake Case Is (Probably) Wrong

Meanwhile, the Kleins continue to play the victim, and continue their lucrative fundraising efforts.

In July, NCRM looked at all the various fundraising efforts the Kleins had created, and conservatively estimated they had raked in over $400,000. Many estimates today put that at about $500,000, but they haven’t been updated, nor could they include the donations the Kleins received via their P.O. Box address and from at least two other religious charities.

On one donations page alone, at Continue To Give, 61 people on Tuesday donated to the Kleins. Some of the donations are anonymous, and some of the dollar amounts are concealed, but just that one fundraising page has earned the Kleins about $411,000 from 8857 donors. That’s an impressive average of about $46 per person.

One donor, a businessman, yesterday wrote that his “companies unequivocally oppose the sin of being gay or lesbian.”

“I do however respect their right to be who they are and do what they want to do,” he added. “God gives us all choice and will not violate that. But he does that we love our neighbor and I love all people. This is an important step. Hopefully the first step in the fight for Christians to take their freedom back.”

Another wrote, “I pray that others who believe in the Freedom of Religion will continue to give to help this family out. First it will be Christians who will be targeted by LGBT organizations ( who support pederasts ) then it will be the Jews, Muslims and anyone else who refuses to bow to the homosexual agenda. It’s not about equality folks, its about power !! God bless the Kleins.”

And another from yesterday said, “Keep the faith… your not alone…we will retake our nation…you have waken many people up to the fact of the takeover… Now it is our turn to take what has been taken and more..”

The Kleins’ GoFundMe page, before the company closed it down, netted the bakers about $60,000. 

Christian evangelical activist Franklin Graham has been hosting a fundraising campaign for the Kleins via his Samaritan’s Purse charity, although he has not revealed how much he’s raised for them.

The Kleins, via their Facebook page, are promoting other fundraisers too, like one by the Lynchwood Church of God, and their P.O. box address for those who wish to send them cash or checks directly. 

At this point there’s no way to calculate the vast fortune the Klein’s anti-gay hate has netted them. They say, “we are having to be cautious and wise in our use of the funds raised on our behalf because of potential tax liability and other variables over which we have no control.”

One week ago today on their Facebook page – from which supporters can directly donate to their Continue To Give account – the Melissa Klein wrote,

“Im not able to share what all is going on with our case. But I will share that its getting harder and harder. I never imagined going through a struggle this hard. Im doing my best to keep my eyes on Jesus and trust in Him. Please be praying for us. Please pray for trust, strength, wisdom, and peace. I know that He is only molding us. I thank you all that have lifted our family in prayer ♡♡♡.”

 

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Watch: Oregon Bakers Mock, Laugh At And ‘Pray For’ Their ‘Ignorant’ Critics By Reading Mean Tweets

Bakers Who Allegedly Quoted Leviticus When Refusing To Sell Wedding Cake To Same-Sex Couple Finally Pay Bill

Same-Sex Couple In Sweet Cakes By Melissa Case Received Death Threats

GoFundMe Cancels Sweet Cakes By Melissa Fundraising Campaign, Bakers Blame ‘Satan’

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

 

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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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.

“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.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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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 theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, 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.

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“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..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

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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