We have heard of totalitarians being called goose-steppers, but now Oregon appears to be raising up some … duck-steppers! The elected labor commissioner of that state has been busy making an example of the Christians who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He fined the owners of the now-closed bakery one hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($ 135,000.00) and ordered them to stop talking to the media about their struggle with the state of Oregon.
The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal has the details:
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.
And then … he ordered them not to express any opinion in public against the Oregon “anti-discrimination” regime because, as the plaintiffs argued:
in making this statement, the Kleins violated an Oregon law banning people from acting on behalf of a place of public accommodation (in this case, the place would be the Kleins’ former bakery) to communicate anything to the effect that the place of public accommodation would discriminate.
Seeing as how the bakery is closed, it by definition can no longer “discriminate” against customers because there are no customers. So what justification can the labor commissioner have for trying to silence the Kleins at this point? Sure sounds like there are some eager duck-steppers in the webfoot state.