A Christian bridal shop in Pennsylvania has stood up twice to the LGBT for refusing to sell wedding garments to homosexuals. Both times the owners have faced continual harassment, death threat, and threats to their business. The owners are not shutting down the store in light of a new law that the LGBT is going to pass which will force all businesses to accommodate to the demands of the LGBT even if it violates their religious beliefs:
A Christian bridal shop in Pennsylvania that has faced death threats will shut its doors permanently due to the strong likelihood that a local town council will pass a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, which made headlines in 2014 and again in 2017 because of the Christian owners’ refusal to sell wedding dresses to same-sex couples, has announced that it will close down officially on March 30.
Co-owner Lisa Boucher, who owns the store along with her mother and two sisters, told The Christian Post on Monday that there are multiple reasons for the family’s decision to close the shop.
Chief among them is the high probability that the Bloomsburg Town Council will pass an ordinance banning stores and other places of public accommodation from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation no matter what their religious beliefs might be.
Boucher said that the potential ordinance is similar to an initiative that failed to clear the council in 2014.
“So what they (the LGBT community) did was got enough people to run for town council and they had a lot of the kids from [Bloomsburg University] vote those members in so a law could be passed,” Boucher explained to CP. “We actually have a document from the Democratic Committee here pretty much saying that there is going to be a fight with W.W. Bridal.”
Boucher assured that there will be no religious exemption provided in the ordinance.
“I guess what would happen is that a customer would come in and once we deny them, they would sue us,” she stated. “You know how that goes with other [businesses].”
In other states, Christian business owners have faced crippling fines that have forced them out of business for refusing service to same-sex weddings. In Oregon, a Christian bakery couple was fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Rather than violate the convictions of their faith by selling wedding dresses to same-sex couples, Boucher and her family made the preemptive move to close down and place the future in God’s hands.
In a Facebook post Monday morning, the shop cited Matthew 19:4 to justify its decision to stay true to traditional biblical principles.
“This is the reason we only participate in biblical marriage,” the post explains. “We have the right given to us by God and the Constitution to live our lives according to our faith. We will not be forced by government, local ordinances or bullies to participate in something that goes against our faith.”
Another reason for the closure is the fact that so many false reviews on websites like Yelp have made it hard for the shop to advertise and promote the business.
“What they say to do is they go into Google or Yelp and they post false reviews. We have been a 1-star since 2014 because they hide all of our positive reviews and they only lift up the negative reviews,” Boucher said. “These people have not even come into our store. It is really hard to promote the business when there is false allegations out there.”
“They will even say that they have been here and lie about the fact that they have been here when we have no record of them even being here,” she added. “They don’t just say, ‘They’re bigots!’ They will do it in a way that makes it look like they have been here and we have denied them or were rude to them or whatever. It’s kind of hard to promote a business when you are being attacked.”
Because of the store’s refusal to sell dresses for same-sex weddings, Boucher and her family have faced a variety of different threats through social media, email and telephone since 2014. People have not only threatened to burn down their place of business but have also threatened to shoot them in the head.
Last summer, the shop closed down temporarily to the public and was only accepting appointments because the harassment got so bad.
Boucher explained that her family does not have any plans for the next stage of their lives.
“We are closing and this is our livelihood,” she said. “At this point, we don’t have any plans of what to do in the future. We are kind of just resting on God’s Word and hoping that He is going to pull us through it and open some sort of doors. I am sure He has blessings and will take us to wherever He wants us to serve, whether it be in our church or volunteer locally.”
An online crowdfunding page has been launched to support the employees of W.W. Bridal during this time of uncertainty in their lives. (source)
Not even two days ago, we reported that the LGBT threatened to murder a Christian pastor and kill his entire family for offering a Bible study to “sexually confused” teenagers, and that instead of receiving protection when he reported the matter, the state of Michigan responded by siding with the LGBT, drafting a law to ban preachers from talking to teenagers about the problems of homosexuality, and then launching a “fraud” investigation into his church.
For years, there was talk of the ‘culture war’ and the ‘battles’ that Christians fought. The fact though, is that the culture war is over- Christians lost. Not just did Christians lose, but they are CONTINUING to suffer and lose ground in American society that never had been lost before. Within a mere 30 years of the publication of the “Gay Manifesto,” in which homosexuals said they would take over society and destroy anybody who opposed them while proceeding to institutionalize their perverse behaviors is coming true:
We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.
“Women, you cry for freedom. You say you are no longer satisfied with men; they make you unhappy. We, connoisseurs of the masculine face, the masculine physique, shall take your men from you then. We will amuse them; we will instruct them; we will embrace them when they weep. Women, you say you wish to live with each other instead of with men. Then go and be with each other. We shall give your men pleasures they have never known because we are foremost men too, and only one man knows how to truly please another man; only one man can understand the depth and feeling, the mind and body of another man. (source)
Christians do not seem to understand at this point we are looking at an all out war just without the open use of weapons MOST of the time, and NOT by Christians, but the LGBT and the government is on the side of the LGBT because as a government often times reflects the people in a society, most of the people love and support the LGBT. I say MOST of the time with weapons because as this story and the previous one about the pastor I referred to show, it is rarely ever Christians who are attacking the LGBT with weapons, but rather the LGBT who are openly and boastfully threatening the use of violence with weapons and they are being allowed to do so without the enforcement of serious legal reprocussions.
What is happening with the LGBT mirrors, in an interesting way, the situation with pornography.
Most people are not aware, but pornography is (outside of child pornography) regulated in many states. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Okalhoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia all prohibit the “reproduction” or “distribution” of “obscene” pornography, which is pornography considered to have no purpose other than to be disgusting, lacking any “artistic value”, and in inherently disgusting. California bans pornography that simulates minors (but is not actually minors) having sex.
I bring this up because these laws are nothing more than words on paper as they are rarely, if ever enforced. One can quickly search for any number of pornography companies, websites, or “talent agencies” and if one looks at the “material” that is produced, a great deal of the pornography being produced today is obscene at the very least. Owing to the influence of the LGBT, it is an openly admitted fact that anal sex is a veritable prerequisite for all women who even want to produce their first “film.” This does not go into the particular perversions being pushed as well as demanded by a public accustomed to heavy does of pornography and needed “harder” types to receive stimulation and as such accounts for the rise in “genres” such as emetophilia (a.k.a. “vomit porn”), “gangbangs” (one woman and 4+ men at at time), drinking large amounts of semen from sometimes dozens of men at the same time, “facef*cking”, “ATM” (as* to mouth), and drinking urine or even eating feces.
Why is almost nobody prosecuted for these genres of porn, save a rare case or two when such pornography is available EVERYWHERE now? It is because the laws are in effect, but nobody wants to enforce them. A law can only be as good as the will to enforce it, and the force of a law depends on the will of the people.
This is the concern with the LGBT, for there are laws that regulate threats, violence, and harassment. These laws will be applied if a person were to engage in such activity towards a homosexual (i.e. a “straight” man threatening a homosexual), but are clearly not being enforced or selectively enforced when it is homosexuals committing the crime against a “straight” person. This is doubly evidenced by how in both cases, the local governments are siding with the LGBT against the people being harassed and threatened by the passing of laws that will prohibit further criticism of the LGBT and their actions.
The danger of this is clear. Christians who profess the Biblical teaching about homosexuality already face “white martyrdom” in that they can be barred from job opportunities, lose friends, be shunned by family, and face long-term economic consequences. Now that governments are passing laws that favor the LGBT in response to bouts of threatening and physical violence being carried out by the LGBT against Christians, and given the widespread popularity of the LGBT around the nation, it is likely a simple a matter of time before crimes against Christians for criticizing homosexuality will not be regarded as “crimes” and, just like the pornography laws, will be rarely if ever enforced except in select cases. On the other hand, any Christian who even goes so much as to express an opinion against the LGBT may find himself not just socially ostracized, buy physically imprisoned for the “crime” of professing Biblical truth.
As we have warned, the coliseum is returning…