It’s going to be familiar refrain, if the gay rights crowd has their way…
Christians need not apply.
As I see it, there is a pattern of attack used by gay rights groups in response to the very existence of a Christian business.
1. The gay rights crowd sends someone to that business with a request that will cause the business owner to violate their beliefs.
2. Since the Christian business owner actually has a core morality to guide him/her, they will refuse the the request.
3. The gay rights crowd then begins a typical leftist campaign of terror against the Christian business owner. Legal action might be taken, death threats will come, and boycotts will be threatened.
4. The Christian business closes.
Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways,” read a posting from Proverbs on the bakery’s Facebook page.
“The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
– Aaron Klein, owner, Sweet Cakes By Melissa
“It’s a sad day for Christian business owners and it’s a sad day for the First Amendment,” owner Aaron Klein told me. “The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop. They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
Last January, Aaron and Melissa Klein made national headlines when they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Klein tells me he has nothing against homosexuals — but because of their religious faith, the family simply cannot take part in gay wedding events.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
The lesbian couple filed a discrimination with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and told their story to local newspapers and television statements.
Within days, militant homosexuals groups launched protests and boycotts. Klein told me he received messages threatening to kill his family. They hoped his children would die.
The LGBT protestors then turned on other wedding vendors around the community. They threatened to boycott any florists, wedding planners or other vendors that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.
“That tipped the scales,” Klein said. “The LGBT activists inundated them with phone calls and threatened them. They would tell our vendors, ‘If you don’t stop doing business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa, we will shut you down.’”
Of course, the lesbian couple could go to any other baker out there. I would suggest that this bakery, and other businesses like it, are being targeted in this manner. It is an effort to shut down Christian businesses. You see, the gay rights crowd doesn’t want “tolerance.” They don’t want to be jus a part part of a pluralistic society. They want to dominate society by crushing anyone that gets in their way-except Muslims. (For some reason, Muslims, who do actually kill gays, are not being attacked-go figure) Like any other “tolerant” regressive group, the gay rights crowd is very “tolerant” of anyone that agrees with them entirely. However, if you love God, and his son, you must be attacked, and you will be driven from the marketplace, and eventually, society as a whole.
But, there may be a way to fight back. If you recall, during the 2011 effort to combat the excesses of public sector unions in Wisconsin, union thugs (in addition to beating up women) were going from business to business in Madison, demanding that each sign a petition and post a sign in their window stating support for the union. I covered this at the time…
Charlie Sykes, of AM 620, WTMJ, is reporting that local businesses in Wisconsin are being threatened by labor unions. Apparently, to make the threats go away, the businesses had to sign a petition condemning Governor Walker. Here is a screencap, via Michelle Malkin…
Nice business you have here… be a shame if something were to happen to it.
The problem for the unions in Madison was their efforts were very, very illegal. And, they backed off quickly once that was pointed out. You see, most states included this kind of stuff in their statutes to protect businesses from the mob- you know, the mafia! I covered that aspect as well…
Now there is another development underway in the case of the union shakedown of local businesses. Several bloggers, including Da Tech Guy, have pointed out that threatening the boycott of businesses might be a felony…
So let’s take a look at what Wisconsin law states, specifically Wisconsin Statutes > Criminal Code > Chapter 943 > Subchapter III > § 943.30 – Threats to injure or accuse of crime:
943.30 Threats to injure or accuse of crime.
943.30(1) 1) Whoever, either verbally or by any written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse or accuses another of any crime or offense, or threatens or commits any injury to the person, property, business, profession, calling or trade, or the profits and income of any business, profession, calling or trade of another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened to do any act against the person’s will or omit to do any lawful act emphasis mine, is guilty of a Class H felony.
Note that since according to the letter sent out to businesses a “neutral” stance is not allowed, the union is COMPELLING the person to act against their will or suffer the consequences. That makes this section active and makes the union letter written proof of a class H felony.
A class H felony in Wisconsin carries a max of 6 years a fine of $10k or both.
And the second section is even more interesting:
(2) Whoever violates sub. (1) by obstructing, delaying or affecting commerce or business or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce or business is guilty of a Class H felony.
So that means that if you are a protester as part of the promised boycotts or picket of a business based on the above letter: Presto! You are subject to this same penalty!
So, if you are a Christian businessman in Wisconsin, you are protected by these laws. I checked in PA, and I found the following…
§ 3923. Theft by extortion. (a) Offense defined.--A person is guilty of theft if he intentionally obtains or withholds property of another by threatening to: (1) commit another criminal offense; (2) accuse anyone of a criminal offense; (3) expose any secret tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule; (4) take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action; (5) bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective unofficial action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act; (6) testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to the legal claim or defense of another; or (7) inflict any other harm which would not benefit the actor. (b) Defenses.--It is a defense to prosecution based on paragraphs (a)(2), (a)(3) or (a)(4) of this section that the property obtained by threat of accusation, exposure, lawsuit or other invocation of official action was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances to which such accusation, exposure, lawsuit or other official action relates, or as compensation for property or lawful services. (June 24, 1976, P.L.425, No.102, eff. imd.)
So, if you are own a business, and you are a Christian, you may have a legal means of defense. You will have to check your state’s statutes, but fighting the mafia happened everywhere, so I would guess that all states have something like this. Of course, if your local prosecutor is gay, or a democrat, or a regressive (but I repeat myself), you may not get much help. But, it’s on the books.
Does this mean that we’ve identified the “gay mafia?”