I can hear (some?) Tea Partiers and family values activists screaming bloody murder already. "Quislings! Sellouts! Cowards! You've betrayed us! You've defected to the pole-smoking/carpet munching enemy by subsidizing them! This means WAR!" To which my reply is, "Ideologically and philosophically, I agree with you - and you know what? So do the Kleins. But until you've lived the nightmare that they have for the past two years, you can just keep your callous condemnations to yourselves and try a little compassion instead. And they did hold off the State of Oregon for six months on principle, since the crowdfunding raised the cash they needed to cover the unjust, repressive, punitive, First Amendment-eviscerating fine. And kudos to the rightwing brethren who chose to do something helpful, constructive, and supportive. As for the rest of you, feel free to "pay any price, bear any burden, and always FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! with your own blood and treasure.
There is another contrast I want you all to take away from this story, though:
Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a [homosexual] "couple" have paid $135,000 in State-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months.
The Bureau of Labor & Industries says Aaron Klein, co-owner of the Portland-area bakery, dropped off a check Monday for $136,927.07. That includes accrued interest. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.
Damages were awarded in July for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. The bakers said their refusal was prompted by religious beliefs. [emphases added]
A single, deliberately targeted bakery denied them service in a major metropolitan area that has dozens of bakeries that would have been happy to serve up the cake they wanted. At most, "Laurel and Rachel" "suffered" mild inconvenience and passing irritation. Whereas Aaron and Melissa Klein have had their lives turned upside down, been viciously persecuted, and if not for the crowdfunding the publicity of their case attracted, would have been bankrupted, ruined, and financially and economically destroyed and left destitute. All because they refused to renounce Jesus Christ and bow to Sodom as Lord, which is now evidently the twenty-first century "mark of the Beast".
But it was the Kleins who "victimized" "Laurel and Rachel".