Where is the Tolerance and Respect for Diversity?


(This post received the 5th most hits from our readers in 2013)

Aaron and Melissa Klien have been the subject of protests.  Boycotts. And Public outrage.   In fact Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries has launched an official investigation.
“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate.” Presumably in referring to the Klien’s, Avakian also said,  “The goal is to rehabilitate.”

So who are Aaron and Melissa Klien?  And what intolerable offense did they commit?

The Kliens own a bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in Greshem, Oregon. Last January a lesbian couple wanted them to bake a wedding cake.  They Kliens refused.  They call their bakery a “Christian business.”  And felt it was incompatible with their faith to take part in homosexual wedding events.

Aaron Klien says he has nothing against homosexuals.  But adds, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.  I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”

As a result militant homosexual groups launched protests and boycotts. The Kleins said they have received death threats. Some even hoping his children would die.

LGBT protestors then focused other wedding vendors in the community. They threatened to boycott  florists, wedding planners or other vendors that did business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa.

That tipped the scales,” Aaron Klein said. “The LGBT activists inundated them with phone calls and threatened them. They would tell our vendors, ‘If you don’t stop doing business with Sweet Cakes By Melissa, we will shut you down.’”

According to their facebook page the Kleins are now shutting down their store and moving the business they have left into their home.  “Better is a poor man who walks in integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways” reads one of their post from Proverbs 28:6.

Consider these five points.

(1) Is it just my religious bias, or does it seem that the intolerance is on the part of the pro-homosexual crowd that demands everyone cater to them?

The word “tolerance” has changed it’s meaning. It used to mean that we show respect to people with whom we disagree.  That we treat them with dignity. Now “tolerance” means that we must accept every idea, belief and practice as equally valid, true and right.  In fact, we must applaud and celebrate every lifestyle.  No matter how bizarre!

The persecution of the Kliens and their family business exposes the true colors of the far left.  They preach tolerance and diversity. Yet, have no tolerance for the faith of sincere Christians who respectfully disagree with their life style.  So much for diversity!

(2) Christians and churches need to realize we are under attack.  In the past several years the forces evil have been emboldened.  The devil has gotten a foothold in the media, entertainment industry and educational system in this country.  We are in fight “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:11).

(3) We must be willing to say as the apostle Peter, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  Christians in business and even churches may increasingly be called upon to disobey ungodly laws in favor of God’s divine edicts.

(4) We can learn a great lesson from the pro-homosexual forces in our country.  In my life time they have taken a practice that everyone in society knew was abnormal and wrong, and made it acceptable.  Lawful.  And even celebrated.  I wonder what would happen, if we all worked with the same desire, diligence, and dedication to share our faith and preach the gospel of Christ? 

(5) In spite of what the enemies of Truth do, Christians are called upon to live on a higher plane.  Let us not give in to ungodly attitudes or unrighteous actions.  We must practice the old adage that says, “Love the sinner. But hate the sin.”

In an age of relativism and individualism, tolerance is the mantra of our secular society.  Yet, where is the tolerance for Christians? And their Faith?

There will be more folks like the Kliens who suffer intolerance from the “politically correct” crowd.  In the meantime Christians must stay strong. And stand for Truth.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under 2013 Top Posts, Culture, Morality

14 responses to “Where is the Tolerance and Respect for Diversity?

  1. It seems none are so intolerant as those who are intolerant.


  2. Richard Williams, Pine Bluff

    Trying to reason with those who espouse “tolerance” and “acceptance” for the LGBT lifestyle and point out their own hypocrisy is like trying to teach a pig how to sing. You simply waste your time and irritate the pig.

    There is no civil discussion with those who have bought into this “tolerance” lie because they are only focused on their agenda, which is to force everyone in society to accept them as “normal” and “equal” in every respect to long-established social and moral standards. Unfortunately, to incorporate these divergent beliefs and practices into society forces those who believe in God and the scriptures to violate their own beliefs and practices.

    By legitimizing an immoral and deviant lifestyle, we in America are tearing apart the very fabric of society and proceeding down the slippery slope of perversion which will ultimately result in a chaotic mishmash of strife and confusion with good being called evil and evil being called good. In fact, we are already seeing this manifest itself throughout the nation.

    Frankly, I don’t know what is worse, the militant LGBT movement or the radical Islamic movement. But I think it will be our “tolerance” for both that will eventually undo Western society.

    And for this belief I will be called bigoted and intolerant. So be it. At least I will be standing on the Lord’s side.


  3. Janet Hall

    In the last two years I have been running my bakery I have had a handful of requests to create cakes for “commitment” ceremonies. I have refused them all and then prayed that my business and my family and I are not targeted as a result. Please pray for me as I continue to take my stand on this issue the same as this couple has. This is a real fear of persecution for those of faith and we need to stand strong in our convictions and keep the light burning for those in darkness.


  4. Don Bottoms

    Amen  amen  amen to this couple.  I b elieve that and :know: that God will take care of them and their business.


  5. JewLee

    How much you wanna bet that if they were Muslim, the state wouldn’t be using the words “discriminate” or “rehabilitate”, and they would have been protected and still be in business? Liberals and those in the “social justice scene” need to own up – if you aren’t considered a minority, they couldn’t care less about your rights.

    Also, a bazaar can be bizarre and they can sell bizarre things there, but I think you meant bizarre (weird, strange) and not bazaar (open marketplace).


    • Ivan

      If they were Muslims the LGBT wouldn’t even mess with them. They know they get more tolerance from Christians and that’s why the push the issue.


  6. Gail Story

    Ken, I have even heard of a movement that is slowly trying to gain ground, that says the lifestyle of pedophiles is something people are born with and that we need to be tolerant of them as well as the homosexual lifestyle. Where does it end?


  7. Carole Fox

    Satan is having a heyday with all the “tolerance” talk these days. I pray for the Kliens and for their business as they stand tall for their beliefs. They are great examples of living Christian in a worldly society. God bless them!


  8. Reblogged this on ThePreachersWord and commented:

    As we conclude 2013, we are featuring the top 9 posts of 2013. Interestingly, in view of recent events, this one came in at #5.


  9. PaleoSapiens

    I hope this can be forwarded to Aaron & Melissa Klein:
    On ANY hearing or court appearance, fire the attorney, bring your bible, hold it aloft, and ask: “Under what higher LAW are you attempting to accuse me…?”

    Codes, statutes, policy, regulations, etc. ARE NOT LAW. They are opinions masquerading as law. There is no higher law than that of/by the God of Nature.

    Thus, the maxim of law stating ignorance of the law is no excuse. We are all individually responsible for our actions…


  10. Hi I was blessed to watch them on You Tube sharing their points and agree with them % 100 🙂
    I believe they should really take actions and sue the Government for breaking GOD’S LAW and enforcing their own UNGODLY LAW on them to begin with
    Secondly they should insist on and emphasize on the fact that they started it based on God’s word and dedicated the work to God with proofs like letters of confirmation, videos and testimonies from the couples who were blessed by their cakes inspired by God (I believe the work was really inspired by God when Melissa take 2 hours sitting down with the couples finding out many things about their wedding etc … haven’t heard any bakery doing this!)
    I believe they are NOT victims but God’s taking them from VICTORY to VICTORY … SO GO FOR IT 🙂
    And take the OFFENSIVE rather than trying to defend yourself against the charges against them LOL Start speaking of how they have taken away your FREEDOM of religion & Career etc …


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