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Christian Persecution in America Possibly Costs Christian Her Home and Assets

It’s truly a sad day in America when a Christian is no longer allowed to practice their faith without fear of losing their home, assets and everything they own.

It’s also a clear sign that flaming liberals who preach tolerance are the most intolerant people of all. They don’t want equality or tolerance, rather they want to suppress everyone who holds a different view than they do. They don’t want freedom as they claim, rather they want tyrannical and dictatorial control over everyone.

Several years ago, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, turned down a request from two lesbians who wanted them to make their wedding cake. The Klein’s explained that their Christian faith would not allow them to participate in something the Bible called a sin. They even recommended another bakery in town.

Instead of being as tolerant as they want others to be, the lesbians ran crying to the state and filed a discriminatory lawsuit against them. Once the lawsuit had been filed and made public, homosexuals from all over the area, state and nation began a campaign of harassment against the Kleins for being so intolerant.

Melissa loved her bakery and being part of special occasions in the lives of others, but her Christian faith was more important than her business. Consequently, the Kleins made the hardest decision of their lives and closed their bakery. They said they weren’t forced to close the doors but it was their decision so that they would not be placed in the same situation again, however, they are taking orders online. After closing the doors to their bakery, the Kleins posted a graphic on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page that quotes Joshua 24:15:

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

In February 2015, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that Aaron and Melissa Klein were guilty of discrimination against the lesbian couple and that they will have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in restitution. In their decision, the bureau stated that although religious institutions can be protected by an exemption, the exemption did not cover private businesses.

The bakery was Melissa’s dream and a main source of income, but rather than face further issues with the increased hatred expressed by members of the LGBT community, they opted to close their business and kill Melissa’s dream.

The same type of Christian persecution happened to Phyllis Young, owner of Aloha bed and Breakfast in Hawaii. A pair of lesbians wanted to rent a single room and Young refused. She explained to them that she was a Christian and that her religious beliefs said that homosexuality was wrong and that she would feel uncomfortable with them sleeping together in a room in her home.

Like all intolerant gays, the lesbian pair were not about to accept the fact that someone else had differing views from their own and ran whining and crying to the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. Officials at the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission questioned Young about the incident and she confirmed that in fact she had denied to rent a room to lesbian couple because of her religious beliefs. She also told them that she felt that homosexuality is a ‘detestable’ practice and that it ‘defiles our land’.

A judge finally ruled in the case and said that Young did violate the public accommodations law of the state of Hawaii.  The law states that anyone or any business renting lodging to the public cannot discriminate against the lodgers on the grounds of race, sex, religion, sexual preference or gender identification.

To add to the growing list of Christian persecution here in America, a Washington court just issued a ruling that may cost a Christian her home, assets and everything she owned.

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of a florist shop, told a pair of gay men that she would be happy to sell them flowers, but due to her Christian faith that she could not in a good conscience, arrange the flowers for their wedding.

Like every other intolerant liberal, the gay couple went crying to the courts.

According to the Family Research Council:

“Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom has officially made Stutzman’s house, assets, and life savings fair game in the fierce debate over religious liberty. In a lengthy 60-page opinion, the court argues that Barronelle’s “relationship with Jesus Christ” doesn’t give her the freedom to turn down business — even if that business violates her personal beliefs.”

“‘Religious motivation does not excuse compliance with the law,’ Ekstrom wrote in his decision about the 2013 store flap. When long-time customers approached Arlene’s Flowers about making centerpieces for their same-sex ‘wedding,’ Barronelle politely declined. But here’s the catch. Stutzman didn’t deny the men flowers, as the media wrongly suggests, but arrangements — which would have required Barronelle to use her personal artistry to express what she believes is a sinful message.”

“Despite that compromise, she was hauled in front of a court by — not just the couple, but the State’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, who, in a highly unusual step, went after the grandmother personally. Wednesday, Judge Ekstrom ruled in favor of both cases, dealing a huge blow to Stutzman, who stands to lose everything for exercising the very right our forefathers came to America for.”

Stutzman stated:

“I just want the freedom to live and work faithfully and according to what God says about marriage without fear of punishment. Others have the freedom to say or not what they want to about marriage, and that’s all I’m asking for as well.”

ADF attorney Kristen Waggoner stated:

“The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage… You put your home, your family business, and your life savings at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong.”

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council wrote:

“How will same-sex ‘marriage’ affect your home? A lot, if you don’t have one to come home to. That’s the stunning predicament Barronelle Stutzman finds herself in after a judge found the Christian florist guilty late yesterday. The popular grandmother, who’s been a fixture in her Washington community for 37 years, knows the cost of conviction — and if the state gets its way, she’ll be paying it…”

“If you think Barronelle’s situation is an isolated one, think again. On the same day that Arlene lost her case, tech giant Apple was outed for firing an Alabama lobbyist who had supported natural marriage when he was a state legislator! Like FRC’s Craig James, who never mentioned his views on the job, Jay Love got the boot for voicing his opinion years earlier as a state legislator.”

Christian persecution is alive and well in America and will continue to get worse as long as our courts are ruled by liberals who rule on their warped agendas instead of ruling on the law. President Trump may have the opportunity to nominate and replace up to 38% of the federal judgeships over the next four years. Let’s pray it’s more than 38% and that most of it happen soon. Otherwise more Christians will be forced to kneel to the false idols of perversion or lose everything they own if they stand up for their faith.

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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