American Family Association Calls for Immediate Resignation of Commissioner Brad Avakian in Oregon
to The Oregonian, a Christian-run bakery in Oregon, Sweet Cakes by Melissa,
is now under fire from the state’s labor commission for making a
conscience-driven decision not to participate in a lesbian wedding ceremony.
The lesbian couple involved filed a formal
complaint with the Oregon Labor Commission, which has launched an official
investigation, which in turn could lead to the prosecution of Aaron and Melissa
Klein, the Christian couple which runs this bakery.
Most egregiously, Labor Commissioner Brad
Avakian said, “Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn't
mean that folks have the right to discriminate. The goal is never to shut down
a business. The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we
want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in
Said AFA president Tim Wildmon:
“This is an unconscionable and
unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. The Constitution doesn’t just
guarantee a right to religious belief, it guarantees a right to the free
exercise of religion. That’s what Oregon is trying to deny.
“To say that this couple needs to be
rehabilitated for believing and practicing the values on which this nation was
founded is entirely beyond the pale. This sounds like Stalinist Russia or China
under Mao, where those who thought for themselves were forced under government
coercion into re-education camps. This is not the America that was given to us
by our Founders.
“The natural question to ask is what
happens if the Kleins refuse to be ‘rehabilitated?’ What happens if they
maintain their faith and their values, and refuse to convert to political
correctness? The next logical step would be for the government to shut down
their business altogether, which would be an act of Nazi-esque tyranny.
“The AFA is calling for the immediate
resignation of Commissioner Avakian. A government official who is so
fundamentally ignorant of the Constitution and its protections has no business
in public office.”
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Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has
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ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family
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