Indiana has passed a religious freedom bill to guarantee that business owners have as much right to choose with whom to do business as their customers do.
In a statement, Pence said the bill “is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.”
Proponents have argued the bill doesn’t target gays and lesbians specifically — but that it does protect businesses that don’t support same-sex marriage from having to provide services for those ceremonies.
Which is as it should be.
If the wedding cake fascists on the left don’t like that such-and-such a business does not wish to service such-and-such a customer, then they have the option of not using that business, and encouraging others not to as well.
You either believe in freedom or you don’t; and freedom means that sometimes you have to tolerate people having the right to make choices you don’t agree with.
Should a Jewish bakery be forced by the State to bake this cake?
By the way, the left still supports and encourages state-sanctioned discrimination against Christians.
Is this real? This can’t be real. No, this can’t be real. I refuse to believe that this is real. Not even gay lefties can be this creepy and deranged. This seems like something a serial killer would do, as one commenter put it.
It’s the “the world’s first and only gay object.”
Meet the Gay Sweater, an apparel item knitted from the hairs of more than 100 LGBT kids.
I also don’t think it was the world’s first gay object. It was preceded by, among other things: the Princess Phone, Doc Martens, the Water Tower at Eastern Michigan University, Zima, and the Mazda Miata.
Brown University allowed a debate on campus between shrill feminist Jessica Valenti (a loathsome misandrist known for wearing a T-shirt bragging that she “bathes in men’s tears.”) and Wendy McElroy, a libertarian on the subject of whether college campuses are really the dangerous rape zones feminists make them out to be. The campus feminists and administrators became hysterical, thinking about all the trauma that would be inflicted on college chicks when they heard a woman express skepticism toward feminist “Rape Culture” dogma. How could they comfort the poor dears?
This is what they came up with:
[S]tudent volunteers put up posters advertising that a “safe space” would be available for anyone who found the debate too upsetting.
The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. Emma Hall, a junior, rape survivor and “sexual assault peer educator” who helped set up the room and worked in it during the debate, estimates that a couple of dozen people used it. At one point she went to the lecture hall — it was packed — but after a while, she had to return to the safe space. “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs,” Ms. Hall said.
Poor feminists, they really are not emotionally equipped to deal with the big scary world. Maybe they should stay at home in the kitchen… where no one can hurt them.
Professional gay activists in Atlanta are raising funds to set up a private school for gay children and the children of (well-to-do) gay parents. Per Daily Caller via Weasel Zips:
The full-time school will be called Pride School Atlanta, local NBC affiliate WXIA reports.
Organizers are still trying to raise sufficient funds, but they hope to open the school’s doors in the fall of 2015. Tuition is projected to be $12,000 per year for each student.
“I want a place where queer and trans families can bring their kids and not have to worry about being the token lesbian family or the token gay family,” Christian Zsilavetz, a chief founder, said.
I guess they might as well learn early on how to live in the Gay Ghetto.
It is for occasions like this that the phrase “That is so ducking gay!” was invented.
A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
Even if there were a hypothetical little boy who thought he was a little girl, why would ‘boys and girls’ offend him? He would just assume he was covered by ‘and girls.’
This isn’t about protecting transgendered kids.
It’s about adults trying to prove who can be most PC.
Facebook has been cracking down on people who don’t use their real names on their Facebook accounts because of bullying (or possibly because it interferes with their data gathering). This crackdown has had a disproportionate effect on drag queens.
According to the views expressed on their Twitter and Tumblr, RealNamePolice appears to have an ideological interest in disrupting the accounts of whoever they deem to be a “secular sodomite.” But their greater mission is to report any and all accounts with “fake names,” and drag queens and the broader LGBT community made for an natural starting place. “Their names are simply the easiest to spot… [there are] massive amounts of real name violators… They are the ones with the most obvious fake names and hundreds of friends with fake names.”
From the article, it sounds like the Real Name Police are just busybodies with way too much time on their hands who get off on causing hassle for other people. Any number of Federal Bureaucracies… EPA, FDA, TSA … would probably love to hire such motivated people.
A male feminist Huffington Post writer had a complete meltdown because Julia Pierson resigned as head of the Secret Service after a series of incidents such as letting a guy jump the fence and make it all the way into the White House and letting the president share an elevator with a criminal who was carrying a gun.
Now, granted, the USSS’s problem wasn’t that it was run by a woman, per se, but that it is a huge overfunded Government bureaucracy and part of the Federal culture of rewarding incompetence: See also, the EPA employee who spent his entire workday watching porn on Government computers and is still drawing a taxpayer-provided paycheck. But Clymer, being a progressive, cannot offer a critique of bureaucratic centralized Government because progressivism teaches that all-powerful Government is the solution to all problems. So, if a woman fails, it must be the fault of male privilege and the oppressive patriarchy of the penis-bearers.
Maybe he’ll feel better after putting on some lavender-scented candles, taking a long hot bath, and binge-watching Girls while eating Ben & Jerry’s directly out of the container.
And then there’s this guy….
Yeah, racial tolerance is good and everything, but not when it results in a lesbian’s trophy baby being the wrong color.
A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community.
According to the lawsuit, the lesbian herself isn’t racist… no… not at all… it’s all those *other* white people she lives around who are racist, and that’s why she has to sue.
Jennifer acknowledges her limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans and steep learning curve, particularly in small, homogenous Uniontown, which she regards as too racially intolerant,” the lawsuit states.
Most of America has moved on from the Chik-Fil-A controversy, but to be gay and leftist is to be perpetually aggrieved. Hence, the latest tantrum from the spoiled brats of the gay left.
Local members of the LGBT community are questioning an Iowa City festival’s partnership with Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that drew national protests in 2012 after its CEO spoke out against gay marriage.
Chick-fil-A is among the nearly dozen corporate sponsors for Iowa Soul Festival, an Iowa City Summer of the Arts event that runs Friday and Saturday on the Pentacrest and Clinton Street. The restaurant, through a donation from its Coralville location, is sponsoring Soul Fest’s culinary row.
Janelle Rettig, a Johnson County Supervisor who has been in a same-sex marriage for nearly 26 years, said Chick-fil-A’s sponsorship makes her question whether LGBT people — those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — are welcome at Soul Fest.
“When they’re a sponsor in a city that prides itself in celebrating diversity, I think we do have to question that,” Rettig said Tuesday. “It’s eyebrow raising, and it makes me wonder if I should even go to Soul Fest because I’m uncomfortable with it.”[...]
Gaia forbid anyone should make a special gay snowflake feel “uncomfortable.”
The director of the Arts Festival proposes a radical solution: If you don’t like Chik-Fil-A, don’t buy their food.
“Festival goers may choose which sponsors and vendors to patronize or visit while attending an event as there are many options available.”
Freedom of choice; what a dangerous and radical concept.
From Time via Weezy.
“Many in the LGBT community are lashing out at the NFL today, claiming homophobia. It’s understandable. Gay men have been told for decades they’re not good enough to play football, they’re not welcome in the locker rooms. Some of those messages have even reverberated in 2014. While the Rams’ decision wasn’t based on homophobia, it’s hard not to afford gay men a little foot-stomping at this latest rejection.”
So, what? The Rams should have kept him on the roster to keep gay people from stomping their pedicured little feet? When did “not hurting gay people’s feelers” become the most important goal in society?
I would also be interested to know exactly has been telling gay men they’re not good enough to play football. Is there a citation for this. or is it under the rubric of ‘things leftists believe which therefore must be true?’ There have probably always been gheys playing football at the college and professional level. Michael Sam was the first one to make a big deal out of it.
GLAAD doesn’t think Hollywood movies are gay enough. They are asking that they may be made much much gayer. (Demands and boycotts to follow.)
GLAAD is asking studios to give their movies a “Vito Russo Test. It’s modeled after the “Bechdel Test,” a concept popularized by “Fun Home” memoirist Alison Bechdel that asks if a work of fiction has two women in it who at some point talk to one another about a topic other than a man. (Some movies said to pass: “Die Hard,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Gone With the Wind.”)
To pass GLAAD’s version of the test, a movie must have an LGBT character who is not “solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity” and who “must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect.” It’s named for Vito Russo, the author of “The Celluloid Closet,” considered a classic text in LGBT entertainment analysis.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy recently did the worst thing you can do in Obama’s America: He made a commonsense statement that accurately reflected reality.
“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.
Predictably, the left responded with hate, outrage, and f-word-laced commentary.
Tony Dungy didn’t say anything about Michael Sam’s sexuality; just that the media circus surrounding him wad disruptive and that the symbol he represented to the gay activist left would make it impossible to treat him like any other player.
And, by going absolutely nanners because Dungy didn’t say Michael Sam is the greatest athlete ever … the left is pretty much proving Dungy right.
At the Nutroots Nation Convention in 2014, the attendees are wearing name-tags that also announce the attendee’s “preferred gender“… because that’s how silly they have become.
And Gaia help you if you use the wrong pronoun with these people.
The media are hyping a “scientific study” that claimed that children raised in same-sex couples were healthier, smarter, and more well-adjusted than kids raised in heteronormative families. An examination of the methodology of the study both debunks it and determines it to be bunk.
The so-called study does not use random sampling — the gold standard of any type of research — but rather self-selected subjects who knew the purpose of the study beforehand! Furthermore, the same-sex parents in the study self-reported all the information, including the answers to how their children were faring — in other words, the children themselves were not consulted.
In other words, the “scientific study” was about as realistic as taking a poll on Obama’s job performance in the MSNBC cafeteria at lunchtime.
But one can be sure that ignorant people will glom onto this “scientific study” the same way they glom onto the myth that Hobby Lobby makes it illegal for their employees to purchase contraceptives. Unfortunately, lying has so far proven to be a highly-effective means of advancing an agenda, especially when backed up by the mainstream media.
Because Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John F. Kerry have done such a smashing job with US foreign policy and solved all the problems in the world… putting Al Qaeda on the run, restoring global respect for the United States, keeping Russia and China in check, containing Islamist terror, bringing peace throughout the Middle East … Senate Democrats are proposing that the Administration move on to other matters of great importance.
The bill would establish a Special Envoy within the State Department, appointed by the President, to carry out the bill’s mandate. The Special Envoy would “direct all activities, policies, programs and funding relating to the human rights of LGBT people… for all bureaus and offices of the Department of State and in the international programs for all other Federal agencies….”
Under the law there would be a “global strategy requirement” such that within 180 days after enactment the Special Envoy must create a five-year global plan that will first “fully implement” President Obama’s 2011 Presidential Memorandum that first made LGBT the president’s foreign policy priority.
All other problems have been solved. So, let’s get on with the very important work of making American gays feel important so they’ll donate more money to the DNC.
BTW, if LGBT rights are such a big deal to the president, why is arming anti-gay Islamist rebels in Syria? Why does he treat the only country in the Middle East where gay people can enjoy the basic human right of not being put to death by the state for being gay — Israel — so shabbily? Why does he support the anti-gay Islamist Hamas regime?
Something’s not right about this. It’s almost like his rhetoric doesn’t match his actions at all.
MSDNC — a network that is trusted by an amazing 5% of Americans (which is about the same as the percentage of Americans with serious mental illness [6%] which I am sure is just a coincidence)— is shouting that “Rick Perry thinks being a homersexual is exactly the same as being an alcoholic.”
No. He didn’t say that. What Rick Perry [who’s the Republican Governor of the state that’s created by itself more than a third of all the new jobs in the United States over the last decade) actually said is much less… incendiary.
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
People in control of their own sexuality; what a radical and bigoted concept. /sarc
The ironic part is, he is echoing exactly what the gay left has been shrieking for years, “Gayness is genetic.” But suddenly it’s bigoted to say that; or, more like, politically useful to call that observation (Homosexuality is genetic, just as many other things are genetic, bigotry.)
But the left will continue with these smears because they work well on their low-information voter target audience. They managed to make millions of idiot leftists think Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my house,” and believe Mitt Romney was going to outlaw tampons, so it’s pretty much that all the idiot lefty blogs will be running with “Rick Perry said homosexuality is like alcoholism,” and all the left-wing mouth-breathers will be saying, “Yup, rightwingnutjobs claimin’ homersexuals is all alcoholics, or somethin’ I hates me some rightwingnutjobs.”
Follow-up to V’s post on Seattle, last week the California Senate voted to destroy entry-level jobs:
The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would gradually raise the minimum wage in California from the current $8 an hour to $13 in 2017, despite warnings from the California Chamber of Commerce that the bill is a “job killer.”
Warning: Gay Left politicians at work!
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said his bill is necessary to help lift many of the 7.9 million Californians being paid minimum wage out of poverty. “Income inequality has been spoken of by our president as the defining challenge of our time,” Leno told his colleagues.
He said the current minimum wage is so low it allows many who receive it to get public assistance. “It is our tax dollars that are subsidizing the largest corporations paying these poverty wages.” Leno said. No other state has a minimum wage of $13 an hour…
Related: Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine
The “Related” was added by the LA Times (when I pasted the text). Fitting, isn’t it? Because the measure would actually keep poor Californians in poverty, increase inequality, and push more people onto public assistance. Is that Leno’s real goal?
And Chicago also wants a $15/hr minimum wage. It’s trendy.
But not trendy enough for the Swiss: in May, they rejected a high minimum wage by a huge margin. (The Swiss proposal would have been $25/hr by exchange rates, or $14 by PPP adjustment.)
Students at the University of Minnesota in St. Thomas wanted to bring a camel onto campus to acknowledge “hump” day (not to be confused with “Sex Week.“) But the event was canceled after some students — I am not making this up – objected because the presence of a camel might offend students from the Middle East.
Students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.
So, if the sight of a camel is said to offend Middle Easterners… what other types of animals are too offensive to have on a college campus?
Ban Buffalo –Might offend American Indians
Ban Elephants — Might offend Africans
Ban Pandas — Might offend Asians
Ban Siamese Cats — Might offend Thais.
Ban Turkeys — Might offend the Turkish
Ban Moose — Might offend Canadians
Below the jump is the response of the college administration; notable mainly for its tone of “Oh, you guys are so great and all of opinions are valid and you’re all special snowflakes whose opinions really matter a lot.” Calling out stupid, ignorant people on their ignorance and stupidity is just not done.
Oh, Good Lord,
Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network announced Wednesday it’s creating a docuseries that will follow Michael Sam, the first openly gay man drafted to the National Football League, as he starts his career with the St. Louis Rams.
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” said Winfrey.
All because of his awesome achievement of being gay.
Do you think he’ll be Time’s Person of the Year? Nobel Peace Prize, maybe? They’ve been given away for less.