This is a BIG one!
America was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Christianity is protected in the Constitution for a reason.
As Senator Cruz said a year ago, “These threats have been growing, they have been growing for decades but never have the threats been greater to religious liberty than they are right here and now today.
As the Supreme Court considers a monumental religious freedom versus gay rights case involving a Colorado bakery, a Superior Court judge in California recently dealt a huge blow to the state government trying to force a local bakery to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.
Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe denied the state of California a temporary restraining order against Tastries Bakery, whose owner refused to bake cakes for certain occasions that violated her sincerely-held religious beliefs, according to The Bakersfield Californian.
Lampe issued the ruling on Dec. 14, saying that he didn’t have enough information to make the call and scheduled the case for a hearing on Feb. 2.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing initiated the case by petitioning the court to issue the restraining order against Tastries and its owner, Cathy Miller, which, if successful, would force her to either provide wedding cakes for same-sex weddings, or not make them for anyone.
The bakery initially came under fire in August after Miller reportedly refused to make a wedding cake for Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio, a gay couple.
Miller explained that her decision wasn’t because she didn’t like homosexual people, but because supporting their union would violate her conscious, according to KERO.
In fact, she has refused to make other types of cakes before, such as those depicting marijuana, alcohol and divorce.
She even went so far as to refer the homosexual couple to a competing bakery who she knew would be willing to bake the cake.
The state, nevertheless, went after Miller and her small business, forcing her into a potentially tough position — do something that violates her religious beliefs or give up her livelihood.
Miller, who was being defended by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, was required to respond to the state’s complaint with detailed personal and employment information.
Judge Lampe said he wanted to see the answers to those questions before ruling on the restraining order.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of Colorado bakery owner Jack Phillips who was sued by a gay couple after they were denied Phillips’ wedding cake services.
Similar to California, Colorado has a law protecting homosexuals from discrimination by business establishments, such as restaurants. Phillips and Miller have essentially the same argument — the freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment trump those laws.
A ruling on the issue from the nations highest court is expected by mid-2018.
Charles LiMandri, president and chief counsel of the firm representing Miller, compared the two cases, explaining how important the issue has become.
“It’s no coincidence that the DFEH’s new attack on Cathy comes as the Supreme Court weighs the similar case of cake artist Jack Phillips in Colorado,” LiMandri said in a statement. “The assault on religious liberty and the freedom of conscience is simply astounding. But neither Cathy nor we are backing down—the freedom of all Americans is at stake.”
“As Christians we have a love for everyone,” Miller earlier told The Californian. “We want to embrace everyone. We are all God’s children. We are happy to make birthday cakes and cupcakes and cookies and brownies for everyone. We want to celebrate each individual regardless.”
But, she said, she has to follow her beliefs.
“My conscience doesn’t allow me to participate in certain activities that are contrary to my Biblical beliefs,” Miller said. “I pray that we can all come to an understanding so that we can continue to get along.
Several posts exploded into long critiques of Miller’s decision and debates with supporters of Tastries who urged people to leave the bakery alone and questioned why Miller should have to compromise her beliefs to run a business.
“She didn’t want to do it!! Okay, that’s her beliefs. It doesn’t mean you’re going to trash her name (or) her business. She did it in a manner where she recommended a different bakery. She didn’t bash you and kick you out! Today (I’ve) seen the true colors of the gay community, lol. Disappointed. She’s a business let her move on,” wrote Kyle Gaucher on Facebook.
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