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Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman explains what it is like to face persecution

18 May

Almost every time I hear of one of these cases, as with this one, it’s someone who the business owner had known for years, and gotten along fine with until then, who suddenly backstabbed them, siccing the ‘Human Rights’ commissions, etc. on them, rather than simply taking their business elsewhere.

Such is very revealing, about the character of our opponents. They ARE bigots, filled with hatred towards us, which can be uncovered the moment our beliefs are perceived to have an impact on them. (And they only hate us; I don’t see them visiting Muslim bakeries, or Orthodox Jewish bakeries, etc., and making the same demands.)

Let us remember that, and be accordingly wary.

WINTERY KNIGHT

Barronelle Stutzman vs Washington state Barronelle Stutzman vs Washington state

This article appeared in the Washington Post, and I though it might be good for us to find out what it is like when big government comes after you for taking the Bible seriously.

Barronelle writes:

I’ve been a florist in Richmond, Wash., for more than 30 years. In that time, I’ve developed close relationships with many of my clients.

One of my favorites was Rob Ingersoll. Ingersoll came in often and we’d talk. Like me, he had an artistic eye. I’d try to create really special arrangements for him. I knew he was gay, but it didn’t matter — I enjoyed his company and his creativity.

Then he asked me to create the floral arrangements for his wedding. I love Rob, and I’d always been happy to design for his special days. But there’s something different about a wedding.

Every person in the creative professions regularly…

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22 responses to “Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman explains what it is like to face persecution

  1. Mark Citadel

    May 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This is in effect (because of the law changes put into place by politicians) a government sponsored reign of soft intimidation and terrorism, where sympathetic citizens are used to carry out the leftist agenda, an assault on decent virtuous people.

    Nicolás Gómez Dávila said regarding tolerance that we must always bear in mind, those whom we tolerate are tolerated precisely because they are not deserving of anything else. Certainly not compulsory service for their deviancy.

     
  2. Will S.

    May 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Spot on.

     
  3. Eric

    May 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    The media discreetly sweeps under the rug any and all examples of fag intolerance. Here in Seattle, fags desecrate churches and beat up anti-gay activists, but the press never reports it. Of course, in the story, the local media is completely biased on the side of the fags, too.

     
  4. Will S.

    May 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Incredible. The MSM is therefore equally wicked, in their complicity with violence against Christians.

     
  5. Smithy

    May 19, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I wouldn’t expect otherwise considering the media is mostly owned by those who shall remain unspoken.

     
  6. Will S.

    May 19, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Well, of course. They’ve always had big media power and influence, disproportionate to their numbers, because of ownership / editorialship, etc.

    Ditto Hollywood, which they more or less started, D.W. Griffith and the like notwithstanding; all the big studios were started by various central and eastern European arrivals.

     
  7. feeriker

    May 20, 2015 at 6:56 am

    On the one hand, I really feel for anyone who is trying to own and continue to run a business in any of the Left Coast People’s Democratic Socialist Republics. On the other hand, I wonder why ANYBODY of a capitalist and/or Christian bent continues to live there (which I frequently ask my mother, who lives in the PDSR of Kalifornia, even as she routinely complains of how intolerably dysfunctional life has become there in recent years).

     
  8. Will S.

    May 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I can’t imagine why any would want to, either.

     
  9. Eric

    May 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    The answer is that they’ve made it so expensive that we can’t afford to leave. LOL

     
  10. Will S.

    May 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Yikes. 🙂

     
  11. Eric

    May 21, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Yep. There’s nothing more satisfying than having to live under Prog stupidity and subsidize it at the same time.

     
  12. Will S.

    May 21, 2015 at 5:49 am

    You could always commit ‘hate speech’, get yourself jailed, live off them! 😉

     
  13. ray

    May 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I enjoy seeing her push their buttons. Boom! lol

    But…. floral arrangements for weddings are part of the ‘creative professions’?

    In Barronelle Babylon, maybe. :O)

    Cheers.

     
  14. Will S.

    May 23, 2015 at 7:21 am

    🙂

    Hey, I’ve seen people arrange vegetables as if they were flowers; maybe that’s a creative profession, too! 😉

     
  15. ray

    May 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I appreciate the folks who arrange the vegetables! Tell them so occasionally. Not sure it’s art tho. But if they’re diligent arranging vegetables, probly be diligent in bigger fields.

    Now and then I will pray in the vegetable aisle. If it’s quiet. But don’t tell nobody. :O)

    The bounty always shocks me a little. The unappreciated bounty from Mr. Bread hisself.

    Cheers.

     
  16. bluebird of bitterness

    May 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I really admire this woman’s courage. And it’s no wonder her enemies want to destroy her, pour encourager les autres.

    In similar fashion, a friend of mine lost her job at a retail establishment whose name everyone would recognize. Some coworkers who knew she was a Christian, and who suspected her of lacking enthusiasm for redefining marriage, just kept badgering her with questions on the subject until she finally came out and said what she believed about marriage. That was all they needed. They reported her to their superior, who chewed her out, ordered her to go to sensitivity training, and made keeping her job conditional on signing a form stating that she would never again say anything at all that might possibly hurt the feelings of a gay person. She wouldn’t sign the form, so she was dismissed.

     
  17. Will S.

    May 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I admire her, too.

    Wow. A pity your friend didn’t simply refuse to answer; I know the pressure must have been high, but I know if ever I find myself in such a situation, I will simply refuse to discuss the subject – let them try to fire me for not answering a question not directly relevant to my job (it won’t be), and I’m sure a case could be made for wrongful dismissal, if they did so.

     
  18. Eric

    May 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Will:
    I don’t know if a case could be made for it or not: it hasn’t saved CEOs and stockholders in big corporations let alone employees. The Bluebird points out exactly where this is designed to go: to purge Christians from the mainstream.

    I don’t doubt either that firings and blacklistings are where this will end. Anybody who reads some the fag/prog comments on mainstream news blogs can see they’d be delighted to have an Auschwitz of their own for us.

     
  19. Will S.

    May 26, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Eric, those CEOs like the Mozilla one let their views be known; if you simply refuse to discuss a particular subject, surely they can’t force you to discuss something. (At least, not for now.)

    We have the right to remain silent; even accused criminals have that under their Miranda rights, when arrested.

    Yes, true, as Christians, there may be times, when we cannot be silent – such as if and when someone asks, “Are you, or have you ever been, a Christian?”. If it comes to that, God grant us the courage to answer truthfully, rather than deny as Peter did thrice, for which he wept bitterly, afterwards (Christ did forgive him, though).

    But, so long as the question is, “What do you think of” (X issue, e.g. ‘gay’ ‘marriage’), surely, one can refuse to answer, and just say, “I refuse to talk about political matters.”. Surely, they can’t, until they ask us about our faith, force us to answer such things.

    Let us force them to ask us, “Are you a Christian?”; let it be for His name alone, that we end up affirming, “Yes I am!”, regardless of the consequences. If we honour God before men, even men that hate Him, surely God will reward us.

     
  20. Will S.

    May 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    (In the next life, at least, if not in this one.)

     

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