Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Behind Move to Support Religious Rights of Colorado Baker

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In response to Colorado’s penalizing of a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a non-traditional marriage ceremony, the Manhattan based National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the baker on behalf of The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, andAgudath Israel of America, National Council of Young Israel, Rabbinical Council of America and the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada. 

The briefwritten by leading constitutional attorney Nathan Lewinnotes that “Jewish religious law evaluates and, in certain circumstances, forbids an observing Jew from assisting, in a meaningfully participatory manner, in the commission of violations of Torah law–even violations by non-Jews.” According to the brief, at the very least, the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause protects religious believers from being compelled by law to engage in conduct that their religion prohibits in order to enhance the ceremonies of individuals who can obtain equivalent participation from other sources but choose to force the believers to breach their religious commitments.”

“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce is firmly committed to support the rights of Americans to conduct their business activities in accordance with their values and constitutional rights,” says Duvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. “I laud the diverse organizations who have joined in this effort. The power of our achdus is strong, and empowers us to be heard loud and clear.”   

{Matzav.com}

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  1. Immoral liberals cannot force others to do something against their values whether for religious belief or personal. These intolerant liberals should have their unethical friends cook and bake for them and leave others out of their sinful life.

    • You are quite interesting. The words immoral, force and intolerance are not often associated with minds that read to find more advantage in work and future human conduct. We often call that idea liberal.

      In truth, you are looking further to your own fears of what we do not want. Abominations. Liberalism is not “let the abomination go”. Tolerable words are spoken before a rightful prayer is designed.

      Therefore, we do not claim that we must remove any liberal interest. Other minds can find that an intolerant approach to humane thought is often a hate directed paradigm. We must not use paced blame to stigmatize the safety of a social worth of human religion.

      • Dear Incoherent Anonymous, apparently you took some ESL courses, and have improved your grammar enough to be classified as semi illiterate. Your logic, though, is still as incoherent as ever.

      • THIS ATTITUDE OF “WHAT DO WE CARE WHAT ‘THEY’ DO?????” AND “WHAT DOES WHAT ‘THEY’ DO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ‘US’?????” REALLY ENRAGES ME!!!!!!!!!

        For one, in view of what has been occurring in many areas of the country, it is very likely that at some time in the near future, this is what will happen: Two Jewish Toeiva men will enter either a Kosher bakery or/and a Kosher meat market or/and a Kosher wine store or/and the office of a Kosher caterer or/and a frum Jewish owned flower shop or/and a frum Jewish owned party decorations shop or/and a frum Jewish owned formal wear shop or/and the studio of a frum Jewish professional photographer.

        These two Jewish Toeiva men will proudly announce that they are getting — TOEIVA — “married.”

        They thus “request” that this Kosher bakery will make for them the “wedding” cake and provide the Challah loaves and the Challah rolls and the desert cakes of the Viennese Table for the reception meal, or/and that this Kosher meat market will provide the meat for the reception meal, or/and that this Kosher wine store will provide the wine for the reception meal, or/and that this Kosher caterer will cater the entire reception meal, or/and that this frum Jewish owned flower shop will provide all the floral arrangements for the entire affair, or/and that this frum Jewish owned party decorations shop will provide all the decorations for the entire affair, or/and that this frum Jewish owned formal wear shop will provide all the formal suits & tuxedos for the entire affair, or/and that this frum Jewish professional photographer will take the pictures of the entire affair and produce for them their “wedding” album.

        Now, IF this frum Jewish bakery owner or/and this frum Jewish meat market owner or/and this frum Jewish wine store owner or/and this frum Jewish caterer or/and this frum Jewish flower shop owner or/and this frum Jewish party decorations shop owner or/and this frum Jewish formal wear shop owner or/and this frum Jewish professional photographer were to BALK at these two Jewish Toeiva men’s “requests” — if any of them were to DECLINE to exactly fulfill these two Jewish Toeiva men’s demands, they can well “look forward to” receiving text messages and/or telephone messages and/or written-on-paper messages that their lives will be ending very soon. And until it is that “very soon,” they can well also “look forward to” seeing their businesses shut down and their business licenses revoked and summons for lawsuits and notices of fines of $100,000 or $500,000 or even $1,000,000!! And they can well further “look forward to” many hours of sitting in a courtroom, and many, many more hours of sitting in a diversity sensitivity training classroom, and many, many, many more hours of sitting in a cell of a state or federal penitentiary!!

        So yes, this issue does directly affect us frum Jews!!

  2. Yes, you pointed out this fact perfectly: That these exceedingly severely wicked people are “Liberal” IS AN ABSOLUTE TOTAL LIE!!!!!!!!!! They are “liberal” ONLY when you completely agree with them!! But the second you want to have a belief that is not exactly in line with their evil agenda, they are not “liberal” in any way at all!!

  3. We need to realize that especially recently, especially under the previous wicked “King Obama,” our country of the United States was RAPIDLY loosing its status of a “free country,” Chas V’Shalom! For it was quickly being turned into a terrible tyranny that would FORCE its citizens to actively support the worst Aveira of Toeiva, and not just Toeiva (itself), but the worst level of Toeiva, of Toeiva (so-called) “marriage,” Rachmana Litzlan! The problem came to a head almost exactly two years ago in September, 2015, in the small town of Morehead in the State of Kentuckey, when the County Clerk there, a Mrs. Kim Davis, refused to issue marriage licenses for what would obviously be Toeiva “marriages.” Threats were made to her that SHE WOULD BE KILLED, and then, the wicked U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning, Yimach Shemo V’Zichro, had her arrested and THROWN IN JAIL!!

    (See https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/us/same-sex-marriage-kentucky-kim-davis.html and 
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/defiant-kentucky-clerk-could-be-found-in-contempt-thursday/2015/09/03/34e50f08-51af-11e5-9812-92d5948a40f8_story.html?utm_term=.67449d85886a)

  4. (Continuation of my previous comment)

    In the State of Oregon in the Portland suburb of Gresham, there was a bakery case almost identical to this one in Colorado. A man and his wife there, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owned an individual bakery they called “Sweet Cakes by Melissa.” In January, 2013, two Toeiva women requested the bakery to make a wedding cake for their (so-called) “wedding,” but, understandably, Aaron and Melissa refused to do that. Upon that, their whole family was severely condemned and abused by the government, the media, and other Toeiva activists. Their five young children were threatened with being killed. Picket line demonstrations were staged in front of the bakery. Activists threatened to form a massive boycott of any wedding related operation that did business with the Kleins.

    As a result of this excessive coercion and intimidation, the Kleins were forced to totally shut down their bakery. Mrs. Klein continued to make and sell from her house a small number of cakes, but to arrange a new way to get Parnassa – a financial income, they had great difficulty. The only employment Mr. Klein was able to find was a job as A GARBAGE COLLECTOR!!

    The state government made an official legal investigation and there were a number of court hearings and the Kleins were declared “guilty” of doing discrimination. Then, in June 2015:

    THEY WERE ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION — TO THE TWO TOEIVA WOMEN — $135,000, FOR “DAMAGES”!!!!!!!!!!

    (See http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/09/sweet_cakes_by_melissa_owners_make_case_to_christian_voters_summit_as_discrimination_case_proceeds.html, and http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/07/03/christian-bakers-fined-135000-for-refusing-to-make-wedding-cake-for-lesbians.html)

  5. (Continuation of my previous comment)

    At http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/06/03/baker-forced-to-make-gay-wedding-cakes-undergo-sensitivity-training-after.html is a write up of the story (that we are dealing with here) of the bakery in the town of Lakewood that is a suburb of Denver in the State of Colorado. It relates the earlier developments of the case where the state government was AGAINST the baker. At http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/07/doj-files-brief-on-behalf-baker-who-refused-to-make-wedding-cake-for-gay-couple.html is a write up of the current developments of the case where the Executive Branch of the Federal Government is SUPPORTING the baker and helping him take his case to the United States Supreme Court.

    Needless to say, BORUCH HASHEM, it is a wonderful development that the major section of the Federal Government, the Department of Justice, led by the current Attorney General of the United States, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, is supporting the baker. We must be Mispallel that the Supreme Court too will support the baker, and that this will thus be a tiny beginning of the country pulling back from the very terrible tyranny that it had embarked on. And, of course, we must be Mispallel for Be’as HaMoshiach, Bimhayra B’Yamaynu, when all tyranny and evil rule will be totally removed, V’Haya L’Hashem HaM’lucha!! Omein! 

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