EXCLUSIVE: Christian bakers Say Govt. Cleaned Out Their Bank Accounts

by Todd Starnes / Fox News |

(FOX News)

GRESHAM, Ore. (Christian Examiner) -- Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone – every single penny.

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein's checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe.

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Yes, friends – the state of Oregon stole money meant for our Lord.

Mrs. Klein and her husband, Aaron, are devout evangelical Christians who own a mom-and-pop bakery – Sweet Cakes By Melissa.

In July, they were ordered to pay more than $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple after they refused to bake their wedding cake. The Kleins objected because of their religious beliefs.

The judgment was awarded to the lesbians for "emotional suffering."

Just a few weeks before Christmas, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wiped out the Klein family's bank accounts – taking nearly $7,000.

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