The story of Melissa and Aaron Klein, the two bakers of “Sweet Cakes” from Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, is enraging conservatives everywhere. First, liberals filed a lawsuit against the couple in order to make an example of them. Then, they demanded that they pay an outrageous fine of $136,927.07, which includes interest for failing to pay the state immediately after the suit was ended.
But what the state did next is making headlines across the country.
Even after levying an enormous fine which the couple was forced to accept donations in order to pay, the state seized all of the money in their bank accounts! On top of that, they seized $7,000 in an account designated solely for tithing, preventing the family from giving to their church as planned.
All of this transpired in spite of the fact that they finally surrendered and opted to pay the nearly $137,000 fine, and the couple is utterly shocked.
Fox News writer Todd Starnes spoke with the couple and detailed the events surrounding this grossly unjust seizure.
Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone – every single penny.
Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein’s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe.
Yes, friends – the state of Oregon stole money meant for our Lord.
Mrs. Klein and her husband, Aaron, are devout evangelical Christians who own a mom-and-pop bakery – Sweet Cakes By Melissa.
In July, they were ordered to pay more than $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake their wedding cake. The Kleins objected because of their religious beliefs.
The judgment was awarded to the lesbians for “emotional suffering.”
Just a few weeks before Christmas, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wiped out the Klein family’s bank accounts – taking nearly $7,000.
Faced with a state-mandated 9 percent interest penalty, the Kleins opted to pay the disputed amount in full – turning over a $136,927.07 check to the government. That money, which was not in their bank account, was acquired through donations the family.
It was the price the Kleins had to pay for following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“It was like my breath was taken away,” Mrs. Klein told me in a telephone conversation. “I panicked. Everything was gone.”
And, as I said before, Commissioner Avakian even seized money set aside for You Know Who.
Granted, Oregon is one of the more liberal states in the union. However, this has to raise questions for conservatives in other states who wish to continue practicing their faith without fear of persecution.
How soon do you think it will be before lawsuits like this one become commonplace across the country.
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