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Blatantly Unconstitutional

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To the past, or to the future. To an age when thought is free. From the Age of Big Brother, from the Age of the Thought Police, from a dead man – greetings!
― George Orwell, 1984   

 

It seems I made a mistake this morning and woke up in a foreign country where it is always 1984:

 

Brad Avakian, Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and acting Minister of Thoughtcrime, wrote that Sweet Cakes owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must “cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.”

The Daily Signal reports that the $135,000 figure took into consideration the couple’s physical, emotional and mental damages:

Examples of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

How about we give you five bucks for the doubt, surprise, uncertainty and worry and call it even? That’s $5 more than the rest of us get for feeling the same feelings.

 

Go here to read the rest.

 

Governments cannot forbid people to speak, at least that used to be the case in the United States of America.  Here is the Freedom of Speech provision of the Oregon Constitution:

No law shall be passed restraining the free expression of opinion, or restricting the right to speak, write, or print freely on any subject whatever; but every person shall be responsible for the abuse of this right.

Of course traditional rights are to be cast to the winds if they stand in the way of new rights, which apparently now includes the right of a gay couple to get $135,000 bucks from a small mom and pop operation politely declining to bake them a wedding cake.

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July.  Our own government increasingly resembles the type of tyranny our forefathers revolted against.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

19 Comments

  1. The following is going to sound as though I want this response. I do not. I hope and pray it doesn’t come to this. But sadly the only response liberal progressive Democrats will respect is the Maccabean response. Further, there is a reason why God nuked Sodom and Gomorrah.
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    I despise the Oregon Soviet Socialist Republic. Ever been there? Portland has a Che Guevara Avenue, that murderous Latin American thug. The largest Mall in Portland is like a small or medium size one in the Carolinas. Towns in the Willamet Valley are run down and dilapitated. The eco-wackoes won’t allow industry to invest. The dope smoking hippie drop outs of the 1960s come out to dance in the streets on Saturdays while pink shirted Planned Parenthood baby murderers pass out their leaflets. The phrase “flying spaghetti monster” came from a liberal addled nit wit out of OSU in one of the small towns to denigrate Christianity and the residents are proud of that. I got proudly told about that when out there. Over half the Catholics I met are die hard Democrats and extoll Jimmy Carter as a great President. By State law you are not allowed to fuel your vehicle, but you have to bring your own bags to the grocery store and bag your groceries yourself. What a backward hipppified enviro-wacko State!

  2. Paul: You and I need to emigrate to America (a red state). A friend recently relocated to Wyoming from the Connecticut SSR.

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    Liberal idiots (I repeat myself, again, and I need to be more charitable to idiots) are so stupid (total lack of self-awareness) they don’t recognize the totalitarianism. Liberalism/progressivism is either a crime or a disease.

  3. When did we, a people born in a free land chartered to govern ourselves, become bored with God’s gift of freedom?

    Perhaps one answer –when we took upon ourselves to decide who lives and who dies in the womb. One cannot respect freedom when you are willing to deny the innocent of life.

  4. People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
    Edmund Burke

    ‘And do not listen to those who keep saying, ‘The voice of the people is the voice of God.’ because the tumult of the crowd is always close to madness.’
    Alcuin

    It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
    George Orwell

    So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.
    George Orwell

    Liberalism is the Transformation of Mankind into Cattle.
    Frederich Nietzsche

  5. This is an artifact of the corruption of a wing of the legal profession (and the problem professional people generally have in understanding where they really stand in the society in which they live). Either the lawyers involved get put in their place by non-lawyers, or it continues. (And do not rely on Addison Mitchell McConnell to be of any assistance).

  6. There was no same sex marriage law in Oregon when the Kleins were prosecuted for discrimination. See the posts at HERITAGE FOUNDATION.ORG. The posts tell of Avakian being in collusion with the gay agenda. The atheists are offended, the homosexuals are offended, but the Christians have no innate ability to self-preservation, no constitutional civil right to self-defense. The Eighth Amendment criminalizes cruel and unusual punishment. $135,000 for an unbaked cake. The state never proved that the Kleins were discriminating and not following their relgious beliefs. The Kleins’ case is in the public domain. The media and the newspapers get to talk about the case. Silencing the Kleins of their freedom of speech is unconstitutional, as unconstitutional as not acknowledging the Kleins freedom to conscientiously object to threatening customers. This lawsuit only provides proof that the Kleins were denied the free exercise of their religion, Get the government out of my soul. Separation of church and state . Get the government out of the Kleins’ soul.

  7. You know, not too long ago these good people of conscience would be able to take their fight all the way to the US Supreme Court for recourse to an unjust fine and punishment.
    That’s all in the past now, isn’t it? The mostly liberal activist judges are as anti-Christian as anybody in this once-Christian country, and they aren’t afraid to mangle to law to prove it. Scary.

  8. If I were a cynical person, I would begin making contacts within the Muslim community and start talking a lot to them about how the “gay” agenda is going to attempt to trample on their rights as American citizens.

    Politics often makes strange bedfellows. As odd as this may sound, the fact of the matter is that American Muslims are our allies on this issue.

    Anyone who does not believe that should try holding a “Gay Pride” parade in Dearborn.

  9. good post.
    Now compare your post to the following:
    “16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”(Revelation 13 v 16-17).
    Now, people, the question?
    Is this what St. John the Evangelist was talking about or not?
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    http://popeleo13.com/pope/2014/11/14/category-archive-message-board-175-jesus-end-time-hints/
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    Its time-up, folks.

  10. How about if law abiding citizens were to organize into specific interest groups with the objective of getting unjust laws, or interpretations thereof, changed. Their war strategy would be massive disobedience to the unjust law. It would probably be necessary to use this approach very selectively, where it would be clearly in the interests of the effected folks to fight it, as most business people are loath to rock for boat for any reason.

    Anyone wish to add to this notion? It worked when our country was formed (Tea Party). Are things that different today?

  11. Like the idea Don. Seems to me we need a big issue or a small but intense issue to focus attention and gather support for creating a Committee of Correspondence.

  12. Art Deco’s critique of lawyers in this drama strikes me as an oft missed piece. The reality of law school when I attended (Temple, 2008) is that the vast majority of teachers and students are intent on making their mark.

    They look back at Loving, Brown, and Roe and see immortality.

    Most will go on to more mundane pursuits. Some will become wealthy. Some will re-discover humility. Most will harbor secret dreams of tyranny that manifest themselves in support for extreme causes.

  13. cthemfly25

    Your assertion is correct in my view.
    The loss of respect for life has desensitized and vandalized the human soul that is indifferent to God, leading the way to continued self loathing as a culture.
    This debauchery is increasing in popularity and acceptance. “What’s fair is foul and what’s foul is fair.” W.S.

  14. We are suffering infallible ignorance ferociously (civil forfeitures, massive fines, lawsuits, taxation/confiscation) forced on us by feral fascism, beginning on the gore-dripping tines of the terrorist trident: the lying media, Obama and his gangsters, and the ideology-enforcing Supreme Court.
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    They are strongest (in Spirit) when Christians are weakest (in the eyes of evil).

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    The rewards of eternal life (which Christ purchased with His Life, Death, and Resurrection) far, far exceed all Earthly joys.
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  15. “IN GOD WE TRUST” , our American motto stands as a beacon for truth and Justice. If a person cannot admit to “IN GOD WE TRUST” , that person need not be trusted either.

  16. With a found hour this afternoon, I went to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Tried to include the cyber people here in a request for fortitude renewal. In thinking of the triplet of colorful mention above, the last part of it wouldn’t surface- what was it? – and now there’s the realization that the depth of the betrayal of justice ‘for all’ is the ‘new normal’. Fast bypass.
    The other day in this crowded neighborhood, two hawks made a symbolic visit. There was a dead chipmunk ( think little and cute, rather than rodent) in the road across the street, courtesy of Tiberius the cat. A hawk flew down for the carrion, but was chased away by another. The first one sat on a service wire with wings remaining spread, a vision of power, and joined by the second after it was chased away by the cat. Later on the chipmunk remained in the road. These predators didn’t have charity for one another, and, no justice for the chipmunk.

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