"After the hearing, Stutzman told the crowd of supporters that her case has bigger implications than her own livelihood.
"The government is telling me there is one choice — either I give up my faith and my freedom or I lose everything I own," Stutzman said. "Rob has the freedom to act on his beliefs and that is all that I am asking, for that same freedom. Our Constitution protects that freedom but it just isn't about my freedom, it is about all of our freedoms."
"When the government can come in and tell you what to do, what to create and what to believe, we do not live in a free America," she added.
"Protecting our beliefs isn't a negative thing like some people say it is. It's good things like justice, reason, fairness and respect. However this court rules, it will not affect my faith and my love for all."
Barronelle Stutzman also said that she was "overwhelmed" and "encouraged" by the amount of support she received.
|Sweet Cakes by Melissa|
"The Oregon public official responsible for shutting down a Christian-owned bakery that refused to cater a gay wedding lost in his bid to become Oregon secretary of state," reports The Daily Caller.
"Brad Avakian has served as commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries since 2008. In that role, he achieved national notoriety for investigating Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery that refused to furnish a wedding cake for two lesbians on the grounds that doing so would violate the owners’ Christian beliefs.
"In 2015, Avakian levied a $135,000 fine on the store’s owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, declaring that their refusal to produce the cake wasn’t protected by the First Amendment and instead was simply illegal discrimination. In October, the bakery shut down entirely.
"It wasn’t the only time Avakian used heavy fines to push gay rights. He also fined a bar owner more than $400,000 for telling a group of cross-dressers and transgender people to stay away, because the owner didn’t want his bar to be characterized as a 'tranny bar.'...
"Notably, [his Christian opponent] Richardson triumphed despite being an outspoken social conservative in a state known for its liberality...
"The defeat doesn’t mean Avakian is out of the public sphere, though. He remains Oregon’s labor commissioner for the next two years."
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, leads the Praying In Jesus Name ministry.
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