Christian Baker States Willingness to go to Jail Rather Than Bake Care for Gay Weddings, Plus How This Might be Avoided

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Back in June, I covered the story of Jack Phillips, a Christian Baker being sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for same-sex wedding.  Mr. Phillips was recently ordered by a judge to service same-sex weddings, or face punishing fines, or possible imprisonment. The now well-known case, that’s what I believe to be a to radical aspect of the gay-rights movement. It seems, that all over the country, Christian owned businesses are being targeted by case in an effort to silence them or force them to close. Here’s some more on Mr. Phillips’s case by Life Site News.

DENVER, December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex “weddings” or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials.

In an interview with Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cake maker Jack Phillips said, “You know, [I’ll serve jail time if] that’s what it takes.  It’s not like I have chosen this team or that team. This is who I am, it’s what I believe.”

“Does becoming a business owner mean you have to check your convictions at the door?” Hasselbeck asked. “Why is it important for you to have a business and not have to abandon personal religious beliefs just to make a buck?”

“I don’t plan on giving up my religious beliefs … I don’t feel that I should participate in their wedding, and when I do a cake, I feel like I’m participating in the ceremony or the event or the celebration that the cake is for,” Phillips said. “My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security.”

Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, has been under fire since July 2012, when David Mullins and Charlie Craig filed a discrimination complaint after Phillips refused to sell them a wedding cake.

I have to applaud Mr. Phillips for making a principled stand and placing his beliefs and faith above the world. However, that is not going to stop evil people from attempting to destroy the livelihoods, or even the lives of Christians. We are living in a time where good is being put up as evil, and evil is being put up as good. Sadly, we are going to see more and more of this– it’s not going to get better; it’s going to get worse.

However, I think there are some things that we can do to help protect Christian businesses and prevent them from being shut down.  I covered that back in September of this year, at the following post…

Christian Bakery Closed by Gay Mafia Threats/Intimidation, and How to Fight Back

And now, in light of this case, I have some other suggestions that perhaps Christian business owners can consider in protecting themselves from what I’ve identified as the quotation mark Gay Mafia.”  in the event that someone is a Christian business owner that serves weddings, for example a baker, like Jack Phillips, here’s a possible scenario that might protect the business.

  1. Cease being a public business.  Instead of advertising publicly for your services, operate on a referral only basis.
  2. Connect with local churches, Christian wedding planners, as well as other Christian businesses that cater to weddings.
  3. Coordinate with one another and prevent yourself from being put in the position of being forced to choose between your faith in performing something that is unethical.
  4. If you are a baker, you can sell any other baked good to anyone, just as you always do. However, do wedding cakes only on a referral basis.

In the long run, I think that Christians are going to need to band together, professionally and personally.  We know that this is only going to get worse, and the more we support each other, the longer we can hang on.

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Pastor Prays for PA AG Kathleen Kane, Get’s Arrested: With Bonus Right of Conscience Analysis

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Imagine this:  A pastor went to Harrisburg to pray for the Pennsylvania  AG, Kathleen Kane.  For his trouble, he is arrested. 

A Pennsylvania pastor was arrested while praying for State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who supports same-sex marriage.

Pastor Bill Devlin, co-chair of Right to Worship, was arrested in Harrisburg Friday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

“This is the first of many arrests,” Devlin told The Inquirer in a phone interview after his arrest. “We’re going to have many pastors out here.”

On Thursday Kane said she could not ethically defend Pennsylvania against a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Holly Lubart, a spokesperson for the Department of General Services, which oversees the Pennsylvania Capitol Police, confirmed the pastor was arrested, according to the Inquirer. Lubart said Devlin failed to sign in at the building’s entrance and went past a capitol officer before getting on the elevator.

A representative from Kane’s office came to meet Devlin and told him he could not see Kane.

“I said, ‘I’m here to pray. I know you’re not going to give me permission, but I’m going to pray in front of the elevator.’”

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Devlin said the elevator doors opened as he knelt on the floor, and he crawled in. Police officers stopped the doors from closing and arrested him.

Devlin was cited for disorderly conduct.

OK, if it is true, the man should not have entered without going through security.  It is a simple matter.   However, to arrest a man for praying?  Yeah, that’s menacing and threatening.  Come to think of it, considering whom someone serves, it might just be threatening.

But, this isn’t the most interesting part of this story.  the real part of the story is how Kathleen Kane can claim “conscience” when Regressives really hate that whole idea.  I’ve covered many circumstances in which Christians are not able to have “good conscience.”

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In all of these cases, Christians were denied the means to act ethically, as Ms. Kane puts it.  So, in the world of “you must obey,” how does Kathleen Kane get away with invoking the same sort of ethical claim that Christians are denied?  Is it because she’s a liberal, and reserves for herself which laws she’ll support and not support?  In reality it’s because she’s a hypocrite, like most, if not all, liberals.

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Nurses Fight to Not Take Lives, Win Suit to not Participate in Abortion

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The story is nearly two years old, but increasingly relevant in the age of ObamaCare.  Imagine that you are a nurse, and your employer mandates that you take part in abortions, and kill babies.  And, if you refuse to kill babies, you will be fired.  And, they persist, even though state and federal law protect you from being forced to kill babies.

Laws are not, Christians are going to be facing more and persecution such as this.   And frankly, look for the laws protecting conscience to be repealed.  Whenever God and the secular world meet, the secular world, and it’s boss, is going to try and punish anyone who is devoutly following Jesus.  As it is said, what is good will be put up as evil, and what is evil will be put up as being good.  It’s only going to get worse.

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