Cathy Miller is a Christian woman who owns Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California. | (Photo: Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund)
The Christian belief system has been a problem for modern laws that tries hard to crack down on religious freedom. Here comes another disturbing news from the camp of a devout Christian woman called Cathy Miller who owns Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California. Miller refused to bake a cake for some local lesbian wedding couple. Because of this, she had to face a lawsuit. This religious discrimination proved futile in the long run when justice was served.
She refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding way back in the past 5 years. That is from 2017 – and this resulted in a lawsuit against her. Miller faced a lot of criticism from the public, this even forced her to take down her business’s website and Facebook page temporarily.
On Friday, October 21st, precedence arrived at another decision. It was a piece of good news for Miller when a Kern County judge ruled that the Rosedale Highway business owner acted lawfully 5 years ago when she refused to bake a cake for a local lesbian wedding couple —hence referring them to a different bakery.
Cathy Miller cited her religious beliefs respectively to the couples and later explained that she never had any intention to hurt anyone. Her sincere religious beliefs state that marriage is intended to be between one man and one woman. And as a matter of fact, she couldn’t comprise her Christian beliefs by having her hands in what goes against her faith.
Reports say the verdict, Kern County Judge Eric Bradshaw wrote that Cathy Miller’s “only motivation, at all times is centered on the Bible. She is known to act consistently with her sincere Christian beliefs about what the Bible teaches regarding marriage.”
“That motivation was not unreasonable, or arbitrary, nor did it emphasize irrelevant differences or perpetuate stereotypes,” the judge added, concluding that the state’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment failed to prove Miller intentionally discriminated against Eileen and Mireya Rodriguez-Del Rio five years ago in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
“It’s been a long five years,” Miller was quoted as saying. “I’m hoping that in our community we can grow together … and we should understand that we shouldn’t push any agenda against anyone else.”
The Thomas More Society supported Miller in the lawsuit throughout the ups and downs. They described the victory as “a First Amendment victory.”
Paul Jonna, Thomas More Society Special Counsel and partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP said:
“There’s a certain irony there, that a law intended to protect individuals from religious discrimination was used to discriminate against Cathy for her religious beliefs.”
The accuser’s defendants went ahead to level three conditions against Miller’s Bakery of which one says if Miller herself wouldn’t bake the cake, then her employees must do that.
Again, The state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing petitioned the court to issue a restraining order that Miller’s bakery company must make cakes for same-sex weddings or stop making wedding cakes at all if she stands on her supposed decision backed by her beliefs.
This court issue got heated up but Miller got vindicated. On Friday the Chicago-based Thomas More Society declared that Miller had been vindicated in court for practicing her Christian faith through Biblical principles. She said her conscience doesn’t allow her to partake in things that go against her Christian faith.
Miller’s lawyer Charles LiMandri, added that the freedom to practice religion is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and that the U.S. Supreme Court “has long upheld the freedom of artistic expression.”
After going through some level of harassment for practicing her Christian beliefs, Miller has finally been vindicated.
In a Facebook post, she thanked her fans and customers for their prayers and support. And has also promised them successful future business.