The makers of the popular Irish beer, Guinness, announced over the weekend that they had pulled their sponsorship of the parade due to organizers’ longstanding rule against gay and lesbian groups marching openly.
The move by Guinness follows similar moves by fellow beer companies Heineken and Sam Adams, the latter of which pulled its sponsorship from Sunday’s parade in the traditional Irish stronghold of South Boston. The decision also left Ford Motor Company as the only major U.S. company sponsoring the New York City parade, which dates back to 1762.
Companies aren’t the only ones conspicuous by their absence from city parades. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the march due to the dispute. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh didn’t take part in his city’s parade, either, after talks broke down that would have allowed a gay group to march.
One leader who does plan to march in New York Monday is Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who defended himself against criticism over his decision earlier this week, saying “The St. Patrick’s Day parade (in New York) is a parade about our Irishness and not about sexuality, and I would be happy to participate in it.”
Despite the controversy, New York’s parade is expected to draw more than 1 million spectators and about 200,000 participants Monday.
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Contrary to what many in the mainstream media have claimed, the conservative Christian group that backed and drafted Arizona’s Religious Freedom Law has not been pouting since Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed the measure. In fact, the organization is actually celebrating the fact that 123 of the bills it has supported since its inception in 1995 have been signed into law.
The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) is Arizona’s leading pro-life, pro-family organization. As the Huffington Post pointed out, the day after Brewer vetoed Arizona’s Religious Freedom Law (SB 1062), the state House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 2884), a bill that was also backed and co-drafted by CAP. This bill seeks to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics when, “consistent with standard medical practices,” it is determined that “there is reasonable cause to believe an abortion clinic is not adhering to the licensing requirements… concerning abortion.”
Aaron Baer, Communications Director of CAP, says his organization was taken aback at how their “simple bill was blown up into something else.”
“There’s no doubt that misinformation about SB 1062 came from the left’s PR camp on same-sex marriage,” Baer said in an interview with Breitbart News. “They framed it as something it is not, and the governor vetoed a bill that didn’t actually exist.”
“Some people say government should get out of the marriage business,” Baer said. “ But government is in the business of marriage because marriage enhances society. We’d like to have honest discussions about why marriage matters, and about religious freedom, but, from the left, all we seem to get are personal attacks.”
Read the full story at Breitbart.com.
In Arizona this week, the governor vetoed a bill that would have given legal protection to religious people who declined to participate, through their business dealings, in gay weddings. Actually, the bill was broader than that, so opponents seized the chance to cast it as “anti-gay,” or “Jim Queer.” Once the media agreed, the bill’s fate was sealed, ensuring that abusive lawsuits against religious people and institutions will continue to be filed.
What the entire episode demonstrated is that gay intolerance enjoys a certain degree of legal and political protection. Again, this is not unusual: it is the kind of deference our society often shows towards minority groups. Filmmaker Spike Lee’s rant this week against the white people gentrifying Harlem (hello, Bill Clinton) would have been unthinkable had the races been reversed.
American politics as a whole suffers from this “plantation” politics, not only because it fosters intolerance but also because it means we can never have real debates about the issues that are most important to us. It is far easier to sue a bakery out of existence than to talk to its Christian owners about why gay marriages should be embraced. We abdicate our moral duties as citizens and neighbors in favor of the coercive power of the state.
Because we permit minorities to be intolerant, we weaken freedom for everyone. The irony is that the more that minority groups assimilate, the more intolerance by minorities grows, acting out our insecurities about who we really are. So gay intolerance of Christians only spikes once gays want to be married, too. Fear of evangelicals is more common among Reform than Orthodox Jews. And Spike Lee explodes as Harlem becomes less isolated.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
The state’s attorney report on the horrific murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by shooter Adam Lanza found no “conclusive motive” for his actions but did document unsettling facts about the 20-year-old killer, including computer files he kept on the rights of pedophiles, a movie about man/boy love, instant messages concerning “homosexual fantasies,” numerous mass murder documents, and a computer game entitled “School Shooting.”
In “School Shooting,” an amateur computer game, “the player controls a character who enters a school and shoots at students,” reads an Investigation Report (DPS-302-E) that is among the 1,000-plus pages comprising the state’s attorney report on the shootings.
Along with the summary report is a “Review of Electronic Evidence” Investigation Report based upon an analysis of a USB hard drive that belonged to Adam Lanza. Among the numerous folders and sub-folders, investigators found a Text document entitled “pbear,” a document “written advocating pedophiles’ rights and the liberation of children.”
There also was a “writing” document entitled “Lovebound,” which is described as a “screenplay or script describing a relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man.” This manuscript was apparently written by Lanza, according to the report.
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
Jack Phillips is a baker who declined to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because his Christian belief is that marriage exists only between a man and woman. Now a Colorado judge has ordered him to bake cakes for same-sex marriages, and if Phillips refuses, he could go to jail.
Phillips owns a small business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado. A homosexual couple—Charlie Craig and David Mullins—visited Phillips’s store on July 19, 2012, asking him to bake them a cake to celebrate their wedding. Although the Colorado Constitution defines marriage as between only one man and one woman, these men claimed to have been already married in Massachusetts and wanted to celebrate the wedding in Colorado.
Phillips is an Evangelical Christian who holds to the belief that marriage is between a man and woman. When Phillips bakes a wedding cake, he interprets it as participating in the wedding celebration, and he explained that, therefore, he does not make cakes for gay marriages.
Craig and Mullins complained to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. On Dec. 6, 2013, an administrative law judge—Robert Spencer—ruled that Masterpiece Cakeshop and Jack Phillips violated Colorado’s antidiscrimination law. Spencer ordered Phillips to bake cakes celebrating gay marriage for any other parties that ask for such a cake in the future.
Jack Phillips is currently under a court order to bake same-sex wedding cakes if asked to do so. Under a Colorado law in effect in 2012, Phillips could be sent to jail for up to 12 months for his decision.
Read the full story at Breitbart.com.
A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Friday that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, will face fines if he continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy wedding cakes.
“The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage,” Spencer wrote.
Mullins and Craig wanted to buy a cake last year, but when one of the shop owners, Jack Phillips, found out the cake was to celebrate a gay wedding, he turned the couple of away and cited his religious faith.
“(His) faith, whatever it may have to say about marriage for same-sex couples or the expressive power of a wedding cake, does not give the respondents a license to discriminate,” Amanda Goad, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told an administrative judge in Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission.
Phillips’ attorney, Nicolle Martin, said her client shouldn’t be forced to ignore his Christian faith while running the business he’s had for nearly 40 years. She said Phillips feels “privileged to design and create the cakes that celebrate the joyous events of people’s lives.”
“He believes this is a vocation chosen for him by God, and as a man of God, Jack Phillips lives by certain biblical principles,” Martin said.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says…
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
More evidence that Liberals, especially Liberal judges see the Constitution as meaningless paper.
The horrifying ordeal began in July of 2012, when the pregnant woman–whose name has been withheld–traveled to Essex, England to attend a job training seminar. It was there that she suffered a panic attack attributed to withdrawal from medication she was taking to treat her bipolar disorder, according to The Telegraph.
Worried about her condition, she called the police herself. She was soon locked away in a mental health facility and barred from returning to her hotel.
In August, Essex social services sought and received a court order to force the woman to undergo c-section surgery to have the baby. Upon awaking from heavy sedation, the woman discovered that the surgery had already happened–without her permission. Her baby girl was now in state custody.
The woman returned to Italy and resumed her regular medication. In February, she came back to Britain to obtain her child. The court found her to be in stable condition, but refused to release the child to her out of fear that she could relapse.
So far, British courts have refused to grant the woman custody–something her lawyers consider to be an outrage.
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
On Monday, ABC News decided to publicize a movement known as polyamory, meaning people bedding down with multiple romantic and sexual partners as a legitimate relationship. Co-anchor Dan Harris said, “Just for a minute, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s set aside all of the emotion and consider whether the evangelists for open marriage might have a point.”
Later, he added, “More couples opting to become triples or fourples. Live-in lovers spicing up the marital bed, even helping raise the children.”
Nick Watt, reporting for ABC, interviewed Michael, Kamela and Rachel, a threesome that sleeps with others and still finds the time to raise a child. Watt breathlessly gasped, “They’re spreading the gospel of polyamory, hoping to speed up societal acceptance of this kind of set-up.”
ABC has tried pushing the polyamory meme before; on January 4, 2012, Good Morning America triumphantly reported the sex games of a “modern” family who sleep with others within their “species.”
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.