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By Anugrah Kumar for The Christian Post
July 18, 2015|
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record on a crowdfunding site by raising $352,500 in two months, after their campaign was shut down by another site.
The campaign by “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” has raised more than any previous campaign by individuals in the three-year history of the crowdfunding site Continue to Give, site founder Jesse Wellhoefer told The Washington Times.
The bakery has received $352,500 through 7,651 donations, and thousands of messages with wishes, such as “Keep on fighting,” “God bless you,” and “Don’t back down!! We are standing with you.”
Celebrities, public officials, and other leaders in the public eye have gone on record that the question of unconditional acceptance of same sex marriage by those with religious convictions is an absolute reality; they insist that anyone that disagrees with Obergefell v. Hodges—the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States—is on the wrong side of history and will simply evolve to a higher more progressive understanding or eventually die wallowing in their hate and bigotry.
To that statement I wish to comment; first, to disagree with one regarding what has been held as human nature and traditional for eons is simply not a sign of hate and bigotry. To exposit that this disagreement over morality is hate and bigotry is a faux or false argument often referred to as ad hominem, or an attempt to discredit the opponent’s character in a debate or argument rather than to argue the validity of his opinion or case. In this instance rather than to debate the arguments pro and con surrounding same sex marriage they characterize their opposition as evil, backward, and intolerant.
Second, I would remind every one of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade in that yes, many opponents of abortion have gone to their grave, but in the forty three years that have passed there is now two generations of Pro-Life activists—those people born in time in which abortion has always been available—who are taking the place of their aging and in some cases departed mentors, in the fight to protect the unborn. I ask you—realistically—does it look like the objectors of abortion are just fading away and going silently into the night?
I would also remind you that the proponents of abortion have characterized Pro-Life activists as close minded oppressor of women and their reproductive rights; conveniently hiding behind ad hominem attacks as they also very conveniently disregard the right to life of the unborn. The fact that even though one crowdfunding site closed down the efforts to raise money to aid the Kleins, those with disposable income rushed to another such site and not only met the necessary amount to pay the unconstitutional fines levied against the couple, but out of the kindness of their hearts and a sense of solidarity with the couple persecuted for their convictions, they raised almost three times as much. This event early in the post Obergefell v. Hodges era demonstrates that objectors to Same Sex Marriage are not going anywhere, but rather just getting started on a path to passive resistance.
If we as a society continue on a path of moral relativism—as we have done since, say the time of the 1953 Kinsey report https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports#Criticism–we will in all probability within another two generations realize the profound negative effect that Obergefell v. Hodges has had on our country.