The Democrat Party is becoming increasingly hostile to the First Amendment in toto, because it stands in the way of so much of what they want to accomplish.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) says the 1st Amendment’s religious liberty protections don’t apply to individuals. On MSNBC last week, Wisconsin’s junior Senator claimed that the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion extends only to religious institutions, and that individuals do not have a right to the free exercise of their own religion.
An Oregon judge has a similarly Stalinist take on the First Amendment.
[The Judge in the Oregon Wedding Cake Fascist Case has imposed a gag order on the defendants,] He doesn’t want Christian sympathizers to buy cakes from them, and thereby diminish their state-ordered pain.
He is determined that the state of Oregon shall beggar them and they shall remain beggared — so they don’t get to talk about their principled refusal to bake cakes for gay weddings, nor solicit business on that basis.
This is, obviously, anti-American and vengefully Stalinist.
Chris Hughes made several billion dollars through the hard work of… um, being Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate, so he bought out the liberal New Republic publication. His husband ran for Congress on a platform of being married to a rich dude (as a Democrat, of course) and lost handily. The left loved them because they were young, gay, and rich… but that wore off.
Hughes and Eldridge were a golden power couple.
Yet, in the space of two and a half years, the glitter has dulled. The Daily Beast in one article called Hughes and Eldridge “America’s Worst Gay Power Couple.” In another, focusing on Hughes’s recent actions at The New Republic, where he had abruptly replaced the editor, Franklin Foer, and thereby caused most of the top writers and editors to leave, the Daily Beast Photoshopped a picture of Hughes’s face onto the body of Prince Joffrey from Game of Thrones—immature, incompetent, deadly, and a king too young. For his part, Eldridge had run for Congress in upstate New York, losing badly and, in the process, acquiring a reputation as a carpetbagger. Hughes and Eldridge had been lucky beyond any reasonable expectation, and had worked very hard. They had seemed destined to become one of those Washington couples whose dinner table drew a diverse array of the best and the brightest (not that they voiced such an ambition). But inexperience and a high profile are a chancy mix, and the two young men were now widely viewed as entitled brats.
I predict a messy gay divorce in the future and/or an allegation involving the sexual abuse of a minor; because that’s something that seems to go hand-in-glove with being a gay Democrat power broker.
[Yeah, I misread the phrase "golden power couple" the first time through, too.]
Sally Kohn… the lesbian pundit who thinks we shouldn’t be bombing ISIS because that’s what they want us to do, who doesn’t understand that its the job of the legislature to pass laws, who thinks Christians and Jews commit terrorist attacks at the same rate Muslims do, and is just, generally… a very, very stupid person, now says she hopes her daughter grows up to be a vapid, militant lesbian… just like her.
I live in the liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where no yuppie would ever admit to wanting their kid to be anything in particular, other than happy. But more often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat.
I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.
Pretty sure Ms. Kohn would accuse normal parents who hope their kids grow up to be normal of homophobia. So, let’s just let everybody figure out the math here.
Worse than Terry Bean and his Tina-Lovin’ 42-years-younger Boy Toy? I would disagree.
Just three years ago, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge were the toast of the liberal establishment. The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.” In 2012, Hughes bought The New Republic, rescuing the flagship liberal magazine from financial peril and establishing himself as a player in Washington. At the same time, Eldridge was quietly preparing to run for Congress in upstate New York.
How swiftly things change. In just the past two months, one half of this pair managed to single-handedly destroy a storied journalistic institution, while the other suffered a crushing electoral defeat in New York’s 19th Congressional District.
Does this mean that, to the liberal establishment, losing a congressional seat and inspiring a bunch of liberal writers to quit their jobs are worse than child rape?
HT: Peter H.
[From The Federalist] Lesbian Left-Wing FoxNews Contributor Sally Kohn holds all the politically correct opinions of the liberal left:
- Yes, Christian Clergy should be forced to perform gay marriage even if it violates their religious conscience
- Yes, Christian Bakers, Florists, Photographers, and so forth should be forced to participate in gay weddings.
- Opening a business or performing services for the public amounts to forfeiture of an individual’s Constitutional Rights.
- Don’t ask whether the above rules apply to Muslims.
In short, she is absolutely in love with the idea she can use the power of the State to force Christians and others to bow down before her. She loves that since the left is in control of the apparatus of Government, it can force its values on everybody. And those who disagree will have their livelihoods destroyed. All of this springs from the way the left has cleaved economic rights from individual rights.
This is how the “liberals” got so illiberal, because there is no hard and fast dividing line between regulating “only” our economic lives and regulating everything else. All aspects of human life find an expression in commerce, so if you regulate that, you regulate everything. Which they are now happily proceeding to do.
Exactly, so. Sally Kohn wants to force everybody to participate in gay weddings, and the Democrats want to regulate free speech on the internet. The left has never been warm to the idea of individual rights to begin with; and they have found that attacking economic rights is a potent means of regulating (restricting) individual rights and imposing their views via the Power of the State.
In Houston Texas, where the mayor is a lesbian, the local Democrat leadership is seeking to make the sermons of local church leaders subject to Government oversight, and, as usual, it’s because LGBT feelings got hurt.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a motion in a Texas court to stop an attempt by the city of Houston to subpoena sermons and other communications belonging to several area pastors in a lawsuit in which the pastors are not even involved.
City officials are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms. ADF attorneys say the city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city.
Earlier this year, the IRS – weaponized by Obama into an instrument of political control – was colluding with groups of atheists to subject the content of religious services to State scrutiny.
The Culture War is over; we now live in the era of the Cultural Occupation. The social left… with its agenda of abortion, pornography, and the destruction of traditional moral and social values… occupies the Government, Academia, and Media. Anyone not on board with that agenda is living under occupation (and the Republican Party has gone Vichy). The only refuge left is the church, and the left is coming for that, as well.
Separation of Church and state is not enough; it now has to be subjugation of the church to the state.
The show Sherlock is actually pretty good. The actor playing Sherlock, Benedict Cummerbund, however, seems to be a bit of a thoughtless git, as revealed by an interview with the Daily Beast, in which he claims the USA should elect a women president and then a gay president… not because he could name any outstanding women or gays who would make great presidents … but because Morrissey said so.
Cumberbatch went on to add political advice for the United States saying, “You need to have a female president next, and then after that, a gay president. That’s the full journey from Obama’s legacy onwards.” “There’s a great Morrissey lyric from ‘America Is Not the World’ from You Are the Quarry that goes, ‘In America, the land of the free, they said / And of opportunity, in a just and truthful way / But where the president is never black, female or gay, and until that day / You’ve got nothing to say to me, to help me believe.’ It’s quite an old song from before Obama took office, but you’ve done black, then you need to do female, then the next, gay’,” Cumberbatch insisted.
Hat Tip: Peter H.
Note: I have taken back the entry about the sex ed teacher demonstrating strap-ons pending more verification. Liveleak has generally been pretty trustworthy, but doubts have been raised, I will leave it at that.
Several big name Gay Rights groups — including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights — have decided to drop support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) — because it includes exemptions for religious organizations.
Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin citing objections similar to those that prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case last week…
If they can’t force church to bow to state, then they’re not interested in ending “workplace discrimination.” (To the extent that it even exists any more, but that’s an aside.) This tends to validate certain incendiary critics who have argued that the real energy behind the Gay Left (Inc.) isn’t so much the advancement of Teh Gay Rights as it is smashing Christians in the nose at every legal opportunity.
Sean Eldridge, teh Ghey Dude running for New York’s 19th CD doesn’t seem especially impressed with the level of support he’s getting from the national party.
Things aren’t unfolding that well for him. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, eager to keep Hughes’ money flowing, has played him for a fool, not even giving him a coveted Red-to-Blue slot until Sean went bonkers on him. “Israel doesn’t help at all,” one heartbroken staffer told me.“All he does for this campaign is ship us bagels and cream cheese every week. We’d all rather have local donuts. He can shove his crappy bagels up his ass with the cream cheese.”
Eldridge’s partner, Chris Hughes, made over a billion dollars from the Facebook IPO. So, you just know that they can understand and relate to the struggles of the American Middle Class.
Clay Aiken is certainly turning into a handsome middle-aged lesbian.
As pissed as I am at the GOP right now, I’m kind of hoping he wins.
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.
Traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning is an Honorary Grand Martial of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade; but the National Guard is, as Elizabeth Warren would say, “Heap unwelcome.”
The board of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee rejected a request from the Guard to set up an informational booth at Civic Center Plaza during Pride Weekend.
The military’s current ban on transgender service members serving openly, minority recruitment tactics, and sexual assault scandals were factors in the board’s decision, Pride Executive Director George Ridgely told LGBT news weekly Bay Area Reporter.
Maybe the Guard will be more welcome at the Folsom Street Fair.
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.”
The Texas GOP passed a resolution vowing to keep “Gay Reparative Therapy” legal in Texas, and the leftists are throwing their daily all-day hissy fit about it. As usual, the left, who were clearly the cultural aggressors in this (after New Jersey and California made sexuality choice therapy illegal) are now playing the victim.
It’s easy to imagine they would be equally outraged had banned sex change operations and cheered if a blue state vowed to keep them legal. Apparently, the right to undergo chemical and surgical mutilation to change one’s sexual identity is a sacrosanct right. But the right to change one’s sexual orientation, if that’s what one wants, not so much.
I’m not sure such therapy is even very effective, but I think people ought to have the right to pursue it if that’s what they want.
One wonders, if there were therapy that could make a straight person gay, would the left be against it, or would they demand that it receive federal subsidies, like Sandy Fluke’s birth control?
Those of us on the conservative/right-wing/libertarian side tend to believe that people generally have a right to make their own decisions so long as those decisions don’t hurt anyone else.
The progressive left, on the other hand, believe that people have a right to make choices so long as the progressive left approves of those choices. And, furthermore, choices the progressive left approves of should be mandatory and/or subsidized. Those the left disapproves of should be illegal.
Recently, Log Cabin Republicans were denied a booth at the Texas GOP convention. I’ve debated with myself (a little) if I should even mention it.
Why the disinterest? As longtime readers know, GP is a group blog. Bruce and Dan are Republicans; and more than that, Republicans who have had past dealings with LCR. One of them might want to cover this topic. But they seem to be busy these days. Posts lately have been written mainly by V the K (who has been awesome! – if a little incendiary at times ), and to a lesser extent by me.
And I have been an Independent for years. I believe V is too. In other words, as committed non-Republicans (presently doing the posts), we may often just not care about LCR-related news. The more so because, over the years and at the national level, LCR has so often abandoned the conservative and/or small-government principles that we believe in.
Speaking purely for myself (and with no knowledge of whether the Texas LCR group is better than national LCR), I can hardly blame any Republican group for wanting to exclude LCR from anything, since LCR so often seem to be barely-Republicans. I believe very much in freedom of association.
But it turns out that anti-gay animus could be at work, in this case, because the Texas GOP platform claims that “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.” And that is worthy of comment. I find it silly, for the following reasons.
First, the Texas GOP may be inadvertently serving the interests of LCR: dignifying them with controversy (thus, publicity) that they may not deserve. Second, I do think it would be much more accurate to say that -the extreme Gay Left- tears at the fabric of society, as does the Left in general.
Democrat (correction not a Democrat) candidate for District Attorney in Sacramento is being attacked by gay leftists for not demonstrating sufficient fanatical loyalty to the cause.
Gay and lesbian activist groups are working hard to defeat a Democrat who is running for District Attorney in Sacramento–despite the fact that she herself is a lesbian with a stack of law enforcement endorsements. The reason: they want to punish her for not speaking out against Proposition 8, the now-defunct constitutional amendment enshrining traditional marriage in California, when it was an active issue on the ballot in 2008.
After Prop 8 passed, she continued to decline to comment on it, partly because she was running for judge, and California discourages judges from expressing political opinions. That is not good enough for gay and lesbian political organizations. They believe she should have “held a news conference with her then-partner and their two children denouncing the [Prop 8] initiative,”
What a silly woman for thinking she had independence and for abiding by the ethics of her profession. She should have known that she belonged to the Collective, and owed her loyalty always to the Collective.
Thanks Juan for the Tip.
Clay Aiken will be the Democrat nominee for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District after a narrow win in the primary and the sudden, unexpected death of his primary opponent. Aiken will direct his campaign of Koch-brothers derangement, War-on-Women rhetoric, spurious accusations of racism, and promises of Free-Stuff-from-the-Government against pro-Amnesty Republican Renee Ellmers in a race about which I do not care very much.
Speaking of Amnesty, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce — the puppetmasters of the GOP
Establishment Aristocracy — has warned Republicans: Don’t even bother to run a candidate in 2016 unless you grant Amnesty to the millions of units of cheap foreign labor my crony capitalist friends want to replace American workers with. (Stupid, lazy American workers and their desire to for jobs with decent wages to raise their families with.)
Have you ever seen the “Unimatrix Zero” episode of Star Trek
Estrogen Voyager in which the Borg Queen goes nanners because some of her drones have developed independent consciousnesses outside the Borg hivemind? The Queen is so desperate to stamp out any independent thought that she starts blowing up her own ships (beginning at about 2:20 in the video) just to destroy the handful of drones who are thinking independently.
Apparently, being a gay dude in New York City who eats at Chik-Fil-A is a lot like that.
Like many people, Josh Hune loves the succulent taste of Chick-fil-A menu item No. 1, the classic chicken sandwich. Like far fewer fans, Hune also happens to be gay.
“[My best friend] told me I was the worst gay in NYC,” says Hune, 23. “But I personally don’t think my money or my going there is me saying I hate gays as well. I don’t think about it like that $7 is going to some foundation to stop gay marriage. For me, it’s just food.”
The worst gay in New York City… for eating a politically incorrect sandwich.
“I have a healthy fear of the gay mafia,” says William, a gay 26-year-old digital strategist living in Hell’s Kitchen who asked that his last name not be used due to anxiety over backlash to his choice. “But the crispy chicken is orgasmic. This sounds terrible because it’s fast food, but it’s the most tender chicken I’ve ever had.”
If he were using “most tender chicken I’ve ever had” to describe an encounter with an underage boy he picked up in a bus station, the Gay Borg would have no problem with that.
I think Juan tipped this story.
Carl DeMaio is an openly gay Republican running for Congress in southern California. His campaign literature features pictures of himself with his longtime partner. He has been subject to increasingly homophobic attacks from lefty supporters of his Democrat opponent.
One false attack drew the attention of the San Diego Ethics Commission. An anonymous left-wing group funded a SuperPac and sent mailers of DeMaio Photoshopped next to a drag queen to neighborhoods with a majority of elderly and African-American voters, knowing that such a photo would depress support for DeMaio.
That was so egregious and false that the group was fined by the city’s Ethics Commission, but even after that, and with his 100 percent voting record with the LGBT community, the Left still didn’t speak up to defend him. They told DeMaio, “It’s complicated.”
“I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican,” DeMaio said.
This reminds me of another gay-baiting advertisement, this one made for the 2006 Campaign of Democrat Senator Max Baucus.
Renowned in political circles, the ad set porno music to 20-year-old footage of a video from Taylor’s cosmetics business. The video showed Taylor in a leisure suit rubbing cream into another man’s face. As the spot faded to black, it showed Taylor then seeming to reach for the man’s crotch as a voice-over said “Mike Taylor — not the way we do business in Montana.”
The campaign operative behind that homophobic, gay-baiting ad was a certain Mr. Jim Messina. Far from being repudiated by the Democrat Party, Mr. Messina went on to run Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; a campaign that featured allegations that his opponent had given a woman cancer, wanted to outlaw contraceptives, put black people in chains, and outlaw tampons.
The gutter tactics worked, and gutter politics will continue to be practiced for so long as voters reward gutter politicians. Voting for a politician who uses gutter tactics is tacit endorsement of gutter tactics.