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Businesses, Gun Rights and Gay Marriage

The beheading of a woman last week in Moore, Oklahoma by a Muslim could have been much, much worse were it not for chief operating officer Mark Vaughan. When Alton Nolen beheaded one woman and began stabbing another, the chief operating officer of the business, Mark Vaughan, retrieved his weapon and shot Nolen to end the attack. Vaughan is also an Oklahoma County reserve sheriff’s deputy. Law enforcement officials have said there is no doubt that Vaughan’s quick action saved the lives of several other employees.

This is a prime example of a violent attack at a business that was ended by someone with a firearm. What if the policy of this business had been that firearms are not allowed on the premises? How many more employees would have been killed before police officers arrived and entered the business to confront Nolen?

Here in Oklahoma we have thousands of people with concealed carry permits. In this day and age […] → Keep reading

The Gaystapo Assault On Freedom of Religion

The gaystapo strikes again. Political Realities recently posted about two Christians in New York who own the Liberty Ridge Farm and host events such as weddings and receptions. When two lesbians contacted them about holding their gay wedding on the premises the farm owners declined, based on their Christian convictions against same-sex marriage. The lesbians filed a complaint with the New York Human Rights Commission, which ruled against the Christians and said since the farm is a public accommodation they are not allowed to discriminate against homosexuals. They further ordered the owners, Robert and Cynthia Gifford, to pay a $10,000 fine, give $1,500 to each lesbian and send all their staff to anti-discrimination re-education classes.

And now the Giffords have announced they will “no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property.” They would rather do that and stay true to their convictions than be compelled by the government to violate their religious principles and host homosexual weddings.

The Blaze […] → Keep reading

Own A Business? Say Goodbye to Freedom of Religion

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Elane Photography of Albuquerque, meaning that the legal case of the photographer who refused to take photos at a gay wedding is now over. The refusal to hear the appeal means the decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court will stand and that court ruled against the photographer, Elaine Huguenin. If you aren’t familiar with this case, Huguenin refused to take pictures for a gay wedding because doing so would violate her religious beliefs. The gay couple was offended and sued her for discrimination.

Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court wrote in the ruling that “when Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.”

Bosson further wrote that although the studio owners may object on religious grounds to […] → Keep reading

Mozilla: Leftist Hypocrisy On Display

Mozilla’s dumping of now-former CEO Brendan Eich has brought about a slew of negative attention to the Mozilla Corporation, which is being slammed by conservatives as well as some on the left. It appears Mozilla underestimated the backlash they would receive for their action against Eich, whose high-crime was making a private $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8, which was to have prevented gay marriage. Even gay journalist Andrew Sullivan jumped into the fray, berating Mozilla for their actions.

The Dish – Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay […] → Keep reading

Three Types of Leftist – Evil, Stupid, Bleeding Heart

I saw an article recently that described two different types of left – evil and stupid – and said that all leftists fall into one of those two categories. I’m of the opinion there is a third type – bleeding heart. While the evil left has sinister and secret motives for what they do and the stupid blindly believe whatever lies they are told, the bleeding hearts know the truth, or at least most of it, but support leftist ideals anyway because they believe it’s governments job to ‘help’ people. While these three types of leftists have differing reasons for the mutual things they support, they work together in harmony against their common enemies – conservatives, freedom, capitalism and the liberty on which our country was founded.

The evil left knows Obamacare is designed to destroy the health care insurance industry and bring about single-payer, giving government total control over the country’s health care. The stupid left believes the lies […] → Keep reading

Homosexuals vs. Religious Business Owners

I have hesitated before writing about the homosexual vs. religious business owners debate again, but it is getting far too much attention for me to not weigh in one more time. I’m referring to the debate over the Arizona bill that would expand the rights of businesses to refuse to provide services when doing so would be a violation of religious beliefs. Senate Bill 1062, or the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” was prompted by homosexuals in New Mexico filing a complaint against a photographer who refused to take photos of their same-sex wedding because of her religious beliefs. Naturally, Democrats, civil rights groups, homosexuals and Hollywood celebrities who think their opinions matter are all up in arms about the bill and making ridiculous claims that it would legalize denying gay people service at restaurants, refusing them medical treatment or even allow people to break nearly any law and claim religious freedom as a defense. As LD Jackson said over at […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma Homosexual Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Yesterday a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on homosexual marriage as unconstitutional. Judge Terrence Kern, appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, said that “moral disapproval of homosexuals as a class, or same-sex marriage as a practice, is not permissible justification.” He also noted that protecting the sanctity of marriage wasn’t a valid reason for the ban due to Oklahoma’s high divorce rate and that encouraging procreation was also invalid since opposite-sex couples aren’t required to promise to procreate in order to get married. I take umbrage with the divorce argument, so often used by supporters of homosexual marriage. The fact that there are many opposite-sex couples who do not value their marriage enough to not seek a divorce is no reason to further erode the sanctity of marriage. But, destroying the sanctity of marriage has been on the liberal agenda for years and this is just one more battle to fight.

Judge Kern also issued a stay preventing […] → Keep reading

Polygamy Law Found Unconstitutional. What’s Next?

Key parts of Utah’s polygamy law have been declared unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge. Judge Clark Waddoups issued a 91 page ruling in which he declared the “cohabitation prong of the Statute unconstitutional on numerous grounds.” To clarify, polygamous marriage is still illegal, but Utah had also made it illegal to cohabitate with an adult who is not your legal spouse. The ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by Kody Brown, who lives with four women and has a reality television show called “Sister Wives” on TLC. Brown filed the lawsuit in July 2011 and argued that Utah’s law violated their right to privacy. The lawsuit’s argument relied heavily on the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas law banning sodomy, based on the right to privacy. The law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head again. After the ruling, Brown issued a statement through his attorney and said, “While we know that many people do […] → Keep reading

The Commonality of Gay Marriage and Obamacare

The State of Hawaii is about to put their churches in an untenable position. The State Senate’s Judiciary and Labor Committee has just approved a bill to be voted on by the full Senate that would make same-sex marriage legal in Hawaii. With only one Republican in the Senate, the bill is expected to be easily passed and sent to the House for consideration. Governor Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat who is up for reelection next year, is the driving force behind this and even called a special session to specifically deal with gay marriage. He said that a special session allows legislators to “focus squarely on this important issue, without having to divert attention to the hundreds of other bills introduced during a regular session.” The Governor claims to have one more vote than is needed for the bill to be passed in the House. He hopes to have same-sex weddings in the state beginning next month.

The moment this […] → Keep reading

Judicial Hostility, Churches & Gay Marriage

It’s appearing more likely every day that courts in the United States will eventually be telling churches that opposition to homosexuals and gay marriage is no longer allowed. Recent decisions by judges are hostile towards those who believe homosexuality is a sin and such occurrences are becoming all too common. The homosexual push for normalization will not cease until they have total acceptance and all who believe their behavior is wrong are forced to either be silent or to capitulate. This includes churches. Some churches have recognized what is coming and have changed their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman in an attempt to stave off lawsuits. Who would have thought the day would come when a church would feel the need to do this?

There have not yet been any lawsuits against churches that I’m aware of but there have been many, many lawsuits against wedding industry businesses. […] → Keep reading