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Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

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Another Judicial Blow to Freedom

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New Mexico Supreme Court justicesThe New Mexico Supreme Court struck a blow to personal and religious freedom in the name of tolerance and the idea that “compromise is the price of citizenship”.

A photography shop refused to provide services to photograph a commitment ceremony for a same-sex couple.  Their refusal was based on their personal religious convictions regarding marriage.

Rather than go find another photographer, the couple decided to file a discrimination claim.  The claim made its way up to the New Mexico Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the same-sex couple and against the photographers.

The Court in essence has ruled that Christians, Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and others must surrender the faithful practice of their religion in the name of citizenship.

Justice Richard Bosson wrote in his concurring opinion:

At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others…. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people…. In short, I would say to the Huguenins [Photography shop owners], with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.

But as Erick Erickson of Red State points out:

…the tolerance is one way. In the name of tolerance, Mrs. Huguenin can be compelled by state power on pain of punishment to provide her services to Ms. Willock [couple member] against Mrs. Huguenin’s several thousand-year old orthodox religious beliefs, but Ms. Willock is under no obligation to simply tolerate those who disagree with her and find someone who is happy to provide the service.

Now let’s look at the unintended consequences (or perhaps not so unintended) that are sure to come if this ruling is not struck down by the SCOTUS which most assuredly will be asked to hear this case.  Imagine now, other couples or any one that is LGBT and equally as vindictive as this one in New Mexico, who decides to make it a point to seek out Christian establishments which may feel equally strong about their religious convictions and when services are refused, WHAM the precedent is in place to sue them into submission or out of business.

85% of the American public, men, women, black, white, hispanic, conservatives, moderates, and even liberals agree that Christians should not be forced to provide goods and services to couples seeking gay marriages.  This isn’t a divided topic.

One sided tolerance isn’t tolerance at all.

It’s prejudice.

Anti-Bullying Campaign Co-Founder is a Bully

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What happens when the editorial director of an alternative news weekly out of Seattle, Washington speaks in front of more than 2000 high school students at a national high school journalism convention?

He turns into a high school student.

But it gets even more ridiculous.

Dan SavageDan Savage is also the co-founder of the anti-bullying It Gets Better Project, but as he falls into his teenage relapse he morphs directly into that class bully we all knew picking on those he doesn’t like.  In this case it happened to be Christians and their “Bible”.

Savage, who was invited to the convention to speak on bullying, and we would hope, denounce it and suggest ways for students to eliminate it, and overcome it, instead took the opportunity to go on a profanity-laced tirade against the Bible (via his interpretation of it’s teachings), and those who follow it.

“We can learn to ignore the bullsh– in the Bible about gay people,” Savage said, “the same way we have learned to ignore the bullsh– about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bullsh– in the Bible about all sorts of things. The Bible is a radically pro-slavery document. Slave owners waved Bibles over their heads in the Civil War and justified it,” Savage preached.

And as one might expect from a crowd of immature 15 to 18 year-old adolescents with little concept of Biblical context or acumen, Savage received a shower of “Duuuude that dude just swore! Sweeeeeeet”, cheers and applause.

But not every student thought the assault on a book of scripture and the thinly veiled knock on those who believe it to be the word of God was appropriate, funny, or worth cheering and applauding.  Dozens of students and their advisers stood and walked out on the speaker.  To which Savage let loose this bullyfied gem, “You can tell the Bible guys in the hall, they can come back now because I’m done beating up the Bible.  It’s funny when someone is on the receiving end of “beatings” that are justified by the Bible, how “pansy-assed” some people react.”

Today Savage joined the long line of leftist elites in the apology parade as he “tried” to convince us that he wasn’t bullying the students and advisers who walked out on him.

“I wasn’t calling the handful of students who left pansies (2,800+ students, most of them Christian, stayed and listened), just the walkout itself,” he said.

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised,” he added. “I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against—and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying “motivated by faith”)—because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.”

Here again we have someone on the left defining the argument so as to justify his own bigoted bully pulpit tactics.  I don’t know of a single Bible believing, practicing Christian who thinks it’s OK to bully anyone, period.  That is not what Christ taught nor what the Bible teaches and Savage, the adult, knows it.

Savage, the teenager, however saw an opportunity to become part of the “cool” crowd and with the punch of a few well-timed expletives he succeeded.

His parents must be so proud!

Written by DCL

April 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm