Is America on the verge of Facism?

When the government can FORCE businesses to provide goods or services AGAINST the wishes of the business owners…………

The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is taking a step many opponents of same-sex marriage feared would come – forcing those with religious objections to perform same-sex marriages or risk facing prosecution for violating non-discrimination laws.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who oppose gay marriage, own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene. Early in 2014, a federal judge in Idaho ruled that the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, but the ruling was put on hold while the case was appealed. When the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, the ruling stood and went into effect.

The city of Coeur d’Alene has an ordinance that prohibits discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, in public accommodations. It does have a religious exemption, but the Hitching Post is a for-profit company, not technically a religious organization, in spite of the Knapp’s deeply held personal beliefs.

Clearly this is also a case of the freedom of association being trampled as well as the common sense American principle that businesses reserve a right to refuse service, but, that is not what Totalitarian leftists say

“On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.” Note that jail time and the fine is per day, not per offense, The Daily Signal reports.

So, there you are folks, the death of personal liberty, religious freedom, and yes, the freedom to associate with whom we please is dead if this stands! This is where the road that “banning discrimination” leads to.  This is what it ends in, giving a government the power to ban “discrimination” means giving government the power to trample essential liberties.

Oh drat! The Rainbow Shirts have their panties in a bunch, AGAIN!!

The Left likes to claim free speech as their issue, until someone dares disagree with them, or dares say something they disapprove of. Matt at Conservative Hideout has the latest outrageous outrage the Rainbow Shirts AKA Gay Mafia is flipping their lids over

The forces of tolerance are once again on the offensive.  Focus on the family has a movie coming out with the topic of traditional marriage.  The gay mafia doesn’t like it, so they have decided that no one is allowed to see it.  You know, tolerance!

The Christian organization Focus on the Family is releasing a movie in theaters May 6 called “Irreplaceable” about the value of traditional families, the importance of fathers being engaged in their children’s lives and the healing power of forgiveness.

But apparently to some advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community, that’s a cardinal sin.

LGBT advocates have launched an effort to disparage themovie onlinepetition against it and work to make sure“Irreplaceable” isn’t seen in your local theater.

Focus President Jim Daly reports in a blog post that some of the more than 700 theaters nationwide scheduled to showthe film in a one-night-only event are starting to back out, intimidated by homosexual activists.

“Some of those who disagree with us are calling ‘Irreplaceable’ ‘anti-gay propaganda,’” Daly writes, “and demanding that theaters refuse to show the film.”

Efforts to shut down the movie are being coordinated through Facebook, Twitter and a Change.org petition begun by Shalom Rosenberg, a homosexual middle school teacher from Belmont, Calif.

The rise of the Rainbow Shirts?

Rainbow Shirts? Hmmm, I guess someone has to coin a name for the Gay Gestapo

According to Oregon Live, a farmer who is opening a store in Sellwood, had the unmitigated gall to twice post her personal opposition to gay marriage on her private, personal FaceBook page.  That means the Gay and Tolerance Gestapo have to spring into action to make sure the store owner knows she is being watched, and she might not find this tolerant community so welcoming. No kidding. Here’s a quote from the story from a Disingenuous White Progressive:

“They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood,” said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. “I think their personal views are going to hurt.”

Open-minded? Sure, and tolerant too. Well, as long as you toe the line and express only thoughts that are pre-approved by the “open-minded”. Donald Douglas has more

Now get this, the neighborhood homosexual Torquemada Sean O’Riordan made a seven-minute YouTube clip attacking Ms. Childs for her opinions, in what essentially worked as a shakedown racket. He removed the video once Ms. Chauncy made her contribution to the homosexual foundation. At KGW Portland, “Man takes down video that sparked gay rights controversy.”

O’Riordan’s statement is here.

And here’s Ms. Childs’ confession and apology for her thought crimes, “A MESSAGE FROM THE OWNERS OF THE MORELAND FARMERS PANTRY“:

You may be aware that the media has been asking questions about the personal opinions of the owners regarding gay marriage and freedom of expression. We understand that this is a sensitive topic for many. We would like to reiterate our position that we will not discriminate against anyone in any form. We support diversity and anti-discrimination in all business practices. As a gesture of goodwill we donated $1,000 to the LGBTQ Youth program of the Equity Foundation in Portland. This program supports safe communities for LGBTQ individuals where sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for social alienation or legal discrimination. We encourage others to make additional donations to this worthy cause at: Equity Foundation…

I hope this lady is smart enough to realize she can not buy respect for her right to have a view different from the Rainbow Shirts. So, what exactly did this lady say on Facebook? Here you go

From the Oregonian‘s story yesterday:

Childs said she is religious and has a libertarian view that government should not be allowed to dictate whom a business does or doesn’t serve.

“We’re not going to refuse to serve anybody,” she said. “But we believe a private business should have the right to live their conscience.”

Predictably, this set off calls to boycott the soon-to-be-opened market. It’s also inspired an interesting discussion about how much a business owner’s personal beliefs should affect how we patronize them.

Perhaps the most-vociferous voice in the “business owners are allowed to think how they want” camp: Local restaurateur Nick Zukin, owner of Mi Mero Mole and co-owner co-founder of Kenny and Zuke’s.

 

And now: Maybe the ol’ Portland Boycott Train is swinging in Zukin’s direction? Conversation has been lively on Facebook today, after local culture maven Byron Beck took issue with the restaurateur’s response. That led to Zukin defending himself in a still-going comment thread, asking individual people why they’ll now be boycotting his eateries, and accusing the lot of Portlanders of being no better than Childs if we’d seek to ruin her for not having the same views.

Yep, it is all about enforcing conformity now isn’t it?. The Rainbow Shirts are proving that with the Left, all “rights” are totally self-centered. Again, conform or be targeted by the Rainbow Shirts. But, in the end, the “Gay Rights” folks are dooming their own cause. People who might support Gay marriage are seeing exactly how militant these self-proclaimed champions of equality are. Matt Walsh predicts a big fat L for these miscreants

Dear gay rights militants, dear progressive tyrants, dear liberal fascists, dear haters of free speech, dear crusaders for ideological conformity, dear left wing bullies:

You will lose.

I know you’ve got legions of sycophants kowtowing to you these days, and the rest you’ve set out to destroy — but you will lose.

So, you’ve tracked another dissident and skinned him alive. You’ve made an example ofBrendan Eich, and now you dance joyously around his disemboweled carcass. You have his head on a spike, and you consider this a conquest in your eternal crusade to eradicate diversity and punish differing opinions. You launched your millionth campaign of intimidation, and now another good man has been dragged through the mud, to the sounds of taunting and jeering and death threats.

You found out that the CEO of Mozilla gave a few dollars to support a pro-traditional marriage ballot measure several years ago, and you proceeded to publicly tar and feather him until he was forced to ‘resign’ in disgrace.

You again chose to forgo debate, in favor of coercion and bullying.

You again attempted to end the ‘gay rights’ argument by defrocking your opponent.

Hey, good for you.

Enjoy the spoils of your cowardice.

It won’t last.

Go read it all

I do not often agree with Andrew Sullivan, but…………

….he is right in what he says about the Mozilla CEO dust up

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 bullies who came before us.

Sullivan is correct here. Persecuting people for speaking their minds, or for supporting a ballot measure is despicable. If Gay activists demand tolerance, let them practice some tolerance of their own.

You might also read some of the comments Sullivan has received on this, and read his retorts, including this gem

When people’s lives and careers are subject to litmus tests, and fired if they do not publicly renounce what may well be their sincere conviction, we have crossed a line. This is McCarthyism applied by civil actors. This is the definition of intolerance. If a socially conservative private entity fired someone because they discovered he had donated against Prop 8, how would you feel? It’s staggering to me that a minority long persecuted for holding unpopular views can now turn around and persecute others for the exact same reason. If we cannot live and work alongside people with whom we deeply disagree, we are finished as a liberal society.

Bravo!

The cold hard truth about the hijacking of the St. Patricks Day Parade

First some background from Donald Douglas

And at the New York Times, “Guinness Withdraws Sponsorship of St. Patrick’s Day Parade“: 

Guinness USA has dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, joining protests of a ban on public expression of gay pride.

“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the brewer, based in Norwalk, Conn., said on Sunday in a statement.

“We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”

The parade is expected to proceed as planned along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday despite the withdrawals of major sponsors like Guinness, the Dublin brewer known for its stout, and of city leaders, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, over the issue of inclusiveness.

Organizers of the annual parade have said gay groups could march in the procession but could not carry signs or identify their sexuality. Organizers could not be immediately reached by telephone Sunday night.

Guinness’s decision was applauded by gay rights groups that had threatened to boycott its products. The Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, canceled plans to cease selling Guinness starting on Monday.

More at Memeorandum.

Basically, you’re going to support LGBT “equality,” and you’re going to like it — or else.

Douglas nails it. It is not about tolerance. It is, rather about forced acceptance. The fact is any Homosexual can march in that parade, the organizers likely care little. BUT, it is a St. Patrick’s Day parade, not a Gay parade, or anything else. The problem is not that Homosexuals are not welcome, it is the way those that are trying to force their way into the parade act. And the Irish, like me, would have the very SAME issue with any group, or any person that dressed, or acted in some explicit fashion. In short, if you wish to take part in some one ELSE’s parade, then you need to RESPECT their rules of conduct! If you cannot, then YOU are the problem!

Why does Gay marriage mean I have to celebrate a Gay wedding?

The debate over Gay marriage is fairly simple, or should be fairly simple. But, the activists, no matter what issue, tend to screw up any chance at compromise, and in this case the Gay activists are using Gay marriage, and “equality” as tools not to achieve a better society, or to bring more understanding. Instead, they are using the issue to push THEIR agenda, which serves THEIR purpose. And what is that purpose you might ask. Well, to put it bluntly, I believe that the ultimate goal is much like the goal of any Leftist activist. To hijack the “equality for Homosexuals” cause, and use that issue to push the country farther Left.

Think of it like this, the Left has a history of hijacking causes and then twisting them into attacks on Capitalism, individual liberty, the Constitutional principles that made America great. The Left has hijacked the civil rights movement. They hijacked the women’s suffrage movement. They hijacked the anti-slavery movement to destroy State sovereignty. The labor movement? Yep, they hijacked that too to form powerful unions that are nothing more than Communist cells. Name an issue the Left has embraced and championed and observe how they use that issue to further their Marxist agenda. Ans so it is with Gay marriage. Stacy McCain, has it right

Betsy Childs at First Things:

In a column called “Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate,” Kirsten Powers and Jonathan Merritt accuse Christians who refuse to provide goods and services for gay weddings of being hypocritical cherry pickers. According to their argument, consistency dictates that vendors who refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings should also boycott “unbiblical” heterosexual weddings. . . .

The fact is this, every business owner should have the right to NOT do business with anyone. You or I may disagree with the reasons a business gives for refusing service. We might even ourselves choose not to shop at that business any more. Freedom of association does cut both ways after all. But, something is very wrong with the idea of a government, be it local, state or federal forcing businesses to buy from, or sell to anyone, or any other company they would rather not be involved with. To be very specific, if a Gay couple owns a bakery and chooses to ONLY cater to Gay couples, that is their perfect right.

A same-sex wedding is the ceremonial blessing of behavior the Bible condemns. Affirmation of homosexual practice is intrinsic to gay nuptials. There is no need to ask the history of the couple or their reasons for marrying in order to figure out whether or not the marriage is one that God would approve. In contrast, while two heterosexuals wishing to marry may or may not be obeying God’s commands, the institution itself is one that God has affirmed.

Let me add here that if said bakery chose not to bake a cake for a couple whose behavior and morals offended them, that ought to be their right. Believe it or not, in a free country, there is freedom of association, and ought to be a right for a business to refuse service based on whatever they choose.

Of course, I can hear the Liberals, and some Conservatives now. What if a business refuses to serve people based on race, or religion, or gender? What then? Well, in those cases I would say that  if you run a business that ought to be your choice. Of course it would be terrible business management, and most people would avoid your store after word got out that you were such a bigot. And, frankly, I would never darken the door to your business if you had such policies. In short the marketplace would decide your fate, and I doubt you would be in business very long. Now back to the piece

Things that are obvious from a common-sense perspective — if somebody’s asking for two grooms on a wedding cake, this is not a “marriage” that any Bible-believer could be expected to endorse — are obscure to those blinded by ideological abstractions. Chief among these is the Left’s idolatrous devotion to Equality:

Gay activists do not construe their “rights” in terms of liberty, but in terms of radical and absolute equality. They insist that same-sex relationships are identical to — entirely analogous to and fungible with — traditional marriage.
Common sense resists this assertion, perceiving something fundamentally false in the gay marriage argument. Yet it seems common-sense resistance can only be justified by resort to religious faith, through the understanding that men are “endowed by their Creator” with rights. Eliminate the Creator from discussion, and it becomes impossible to refute the activists’ indignant demand for equality.

In closing, I must say the religious nature of the opposition to Gay marriage is not one I tend to get into. I am more concerned with the Homosexual activists that are pushing to take choice AWAY from individuals and business owners. The writing on that wall is very clear. If left unchecked this activism will result in churches being forced to host Gay weddings. Again, if a church wants to, fine with me, it is about liberty and free choice to me. But, I can scarcely think of a more egregious violation of liberty than to force one person, or business, or church, to associate with, or do business with someone they do not wish to. Yes, such exclusions might result in hurt feelings, and bruised egos. And it might not fit the Left’s perverse definition of equality. But that happens sometimes when we have liberty. And let me say, I will take liberty over some government forced “equality” any day!

 

 

Why I struggle with the issue of Gay marriage

To start let me be very clear, I do not give a flip about anyone’s sex life, that is their own business I have always defined marriage as one man and one woman, to me that is what marriage is. But, I have always thought that states should decide that definition for themselves, and I still do, it is Federalism at its best. But, I also recognize that allowing state legislatures to decide will never be enough for the activists on the Left. Neither will allowing the voters of a state to decide for themselves. Neither would a federal law enshrining civil unions. As always with the Left nothing is enough.

So, I find myself in a strange place here. Thinking on one hand that allowing States to decide this issue is right. And, knowing on the other hand that the Left will only use that to push their agenda even harder. Knowing that leaving it to the States will only lead to lawsuit after lawsuit, eventually forcing upon those states the definition of marriage they rejected. Knowing that eventually no business will be allowed to refuse service to a Gay wedding lest they be sued into oblivion, or charged under some inane “human rights” law. Knowing the one day even churches would be forced to perform Gay weddings against their wishes.

I hate this feeling, having to weigh principles against practicality. But, I understand the nature of the Left. So, will I let go of a long-held principle? Or embrace that principle knowing the eventual cost will be very high? 

Stacy McCain has his thoughts on the Left’s constant push towards Totalitarianism, it is worth the read

One of the things we must understand about the Left is the essentially totalitarian nature of their ambitions. There is no logical stopping point on the progressive road to the Utopia of Equality that they insist is always ahead of us, a destination never reached.

Grant all their demands today, and they will return tomorrow with a new list of demands. What do they want? More, always more.

Yesterday, a federal judge struck down Virginia’s state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, because obviously (a) the Fourteenth Amendment was intended for such a purpose, and (b) never mind the will of voters expressed in a referendum

That, in the end is my problem. I know how evil, yes, I said evil, the Left is. I know their end game, and I have resolved to fighting that as well as I can. I know they latch onto even just causes, eventually hijacking and perverting those causes to push for more Statism. I know there is no compromise with them. There are only two options, fight or be crushed. To me, the issue of Gay marriage is simple, but to the Left it is merely a tool, another step towards their “Utopia”. Well, no Utopia for me, and no surrendering my principles either. I understand many things about the Left, and chief amongst those things is this. Surrendering your principles is a recipe for disaster. That is what the Left wants, and I will never give that to them!