Nonsequitur: Oregon Restricts Free Speech?

July 7, 2015

Apparently.

“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.” (Brad Avakian, BOLI, State of Oregon)

The fine against the Klein’s ($135,000) may be warranted under Oregon’s Public Accommodations law. (The constitutionality of the law will be tested in Appeals court.) But the Klein’s argument that participating in a wedding of same-sex couples would violate their religious beliefs is also a matter of Free Speech. If they feel that the government is violating their First Amendment right to practice their religion, they should be allowed to say so publically. Right or wrong, if we cannot criticize our government and laws, we cannot participate in the democratic process.

Read more about this case here.

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