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Monday, April 25, 2016

Oregon Bakers Take Step Forward In Legal Process, File Formal Brief

Oregon Bakers Take Step Forward In Legal Process, File Formal BriefAn Oregon couple who lost their business and life savings because of their faith took a major step forward in their quest for justice Monday.

Attorneys representing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the married, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, filed a formal brief with the Oregon Court of Appeals, which argues that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries violated the couple’s constitutional rights to religious freedom, free speech, and due process when it levied a $135,000 penalty—among other actions—after the couple refused to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony by baking a cake.
“BOLI’s misapplication of Oregon law violates both the Oregon and United States constitutions,” reads a summary of the brief obtained by CR. “It unlawfully compels two law-abiding Oregon citizens, the Kleins, to devote their time and talents to create art destined for use in an expressive event conveying messages that contradict their deeply and sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“In America, you’re protected by the Constitution and you’re also innocent until proven guilty”
Kelly Shackleford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute
The brief was filed on the Kleins’ behalf by the Texas-based First Liberty Institute and Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, and alleges that BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian statements about the case “reveal that before the Kleins had any opportunity to create a factual record or argue their view of the law, the Commissioner had already decided” their fate.
“In America, you’re protected by the Constitution and you’re also innocent until proven guilty,” said Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute in a press release. “Commissioner Brad Avakian decided the Kleins were guilty before he even heard their case. This is an egregious violation of the Kleins’ rights to due process. We hope the Oregon Court of Appeals will remedy this by reversing or dismissing the government’s case against the Kleins.”
Aaron and Melissa Klein first made national news in 2013 when they told a lesbian couple they could not materially contribute to their same sex wedding ceremony by providing a cake. The couple sued, and the State of Oregon condemned the Klein’s actions with a massive fine.
Subsequently, the Kleins were forced to shut down their bakery, “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” and had all of their savings forcibly seized by the state. In a disturbingly symbolic act, the state of Oregon even cleaned out a special bank account that the Kleins had set up specifically for their church tithe.
“The Constitution guarantees the rights of free exercise of religion, free speech, and due process for every American,” said Boyden Gray, former ambassador to the European Union and founding partner of Boyden Gray and Associates in the same release. “We hope the Oregon Court of Appeals will defend the Kleins’ rights in accordance with state and federal law.”
To prove that their actions were driven by religious conviction, rather than “anti-gay” animus, the Kleins even went so far as to send cakes that said, “We really do love you” to pro-LGBT organizations last August. Nonetheless, the message from the left towards the Kleins has been riddled with intolerancevitriol and hate.
“The past three years have been devastating,” said Melissa Klein in a press release. “Just because we couldn’t participate in an event that violated our religious beliefs, we lost our business. We were committed to serving everyone regardless of their circumstances at all other times.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sanders: 'We're in this race to California' | TheHill

Sanders: 'We're in this race to California' | TheHill





"We are in this race. We are not writing our obituary. We're in this race to California, and we're proud of the campaign we ran," he said on NBC's "Meet The Press" in an interview Sunday.




18-year-old Teenager Dies While Unplugging His Phone At Internet Cafe

18-year-old Teenager Dies While Unplugging His Phone At Internet Cafe




Liz Hayes and 60 Minutes team attacked in Sweden in shocking video | Daily Mail Online

Liz Hayes and 60 Minutes team attacked in Sweden in shocking video | Daily Mail Online

Report: Children of refugees get more federal benefits than poor U.S. kids | Washington Examiner

Report: Children of refugees get more federal benefits than poor U.S. kids | Washington ExaminerAmong recipients of food stamps, welfare cash and Social Security payments, refugee children receive more in taxpayer-funded aid than children of citizens, according to a new report on federal spending from the pro-immigration Migration Policy Institute.

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