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  • Why Religious Liberty Arguments Aren’t Working

    04/17/2015 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    I am a very committed, very public advocate of marriage as a gender-based institution. Many of my fellow proponents of man/woman marriage cite religious liberty as an argument against redefining marriage. While I have great respect for those who promote this view, I must respectfully disagree with their assessment.The uproar over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act demonstrates that religious liberty arguments don’t work anymore. I take no pleasure in saying this. But religious liberty arguments are not compelling enough to induce our fellow citizens to sacrifice something they value, namely, sexual liberty.I can think of three reasons for this.An...
  • A Way Out for Christian Wedding Businesses?

    04/17/2015 10:14:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force gay acceptance from Christians -- making not only their position but also their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry -- the cakemakers, the caterers, the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are headhunting Christians who refuse their business on moral grounds by slapping them with lawsuits or "human rights" complaints. Fascists would appreciate these tactics. Everyone witnessed the national shaming and death threats that came to Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, because the owners declined to cater a gay "wedding" --...
  • Why Same-Sex Marriage Can’t Afford to Be Tolerant

    04/16/2015 1:32:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/15/2015 | Amy K. Hall
    Mere Orthodoxy’s Matt Anderson explains why “an anti-liberal approach toward dissenting views is part of the DNA of the logic of the current gay rights argument”: Imagine, for a moment, that cultural conservatives are right that the family which begins within the union of a man and a woman is a morally unique institution, irreplacable in its role in society and inimitable in its shape by other voluntary associations of free adults, such as gay unions….Then grant this simple premise: that humans are fundamentally and inescapably truth-telling beings, and that falsehoods require an elaborate and complex support structure if they are to take...
  • Marco Rubio Tries to Find the Middle Ground on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/16/2015 1:33:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 16, 2015 | Arit John
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-16/marco-rubio-tries-to-find-the-middle-ground-on-same-sex-marriage
  • Hillary Clinton has a new position on same-sex marriage (guaranteed constitutional right)

    04/15/2015 1:47:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dan Merica
    As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past reticence to discuss the issue and falling well short of full-throated support. Now, in a markedly new position, Clinton is offering just that, calling gay marriage a right afforded by the Constitution. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," said Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, in a statement. This is an entirely new position for Clinton.
  • Rand Paul on gay marriage: “People ought to be treated fairly under the law”

    04/13/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/13/15 | Allahpundit
    My headline makes it sound like he’s endorsing legalizing SSM but he’s not doing that. Or is he? He sort of is, actually — he wants marriage, or “marriage,” to be a matter of purely private contract for gay couples, which would lend legal force to their unions. But what about for straights? If Rand’s taking the pure libertarian position that the state has no place in marriage, period, he should want all marriage laws repealed, including for heterosexual unions. If he’s not taking that position, and I don’t think he is, then I’m not sure why he doesn’t simply...
  • Chile’s Bachelet signs same-sex civil union law

    04/13/2015 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 12:52 PM EDT
    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The law signed Monday takes effect in six months, giving same-sex and unmarried couples many of the rights granted to married couples. Among the changes, it will allow civil union partners to inherit each other’s property, join a partner’s health plan and receive pension benefits. …
  • Catholic Church ‘Will Pay Price’ for Stance on Gay Marriage [Ireland]

    04/13/2015 8:26:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/11/15 | Colin Gleeson
    Bishop tells TCD conference that gay rights is ‘the justice issue of our time’A conference discussing the religious case for marriage equality has heard there will be “a price to be paid” by the Catholic Church for its stance in relation to the upcoming referendum. Marriage Equality: The Religious Case for a Yes Vote took place on Saturday and was hosted by Faith in Marriage Equality at the school of ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. Sociologist Dr Richard O’Leary told the conference there was a danger of a “smaller, more anti-gay” church emerging from the public debate in relation to the...
  • Clinton Announcement Features Historic Representation of LGBT Individuals, Families (Video)

    04/12/2015 9:49:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    Human Rights Campaign ^ | 4-12-2015 | Maureen McCarty
    Today Hillary Clinton officially announced her plans to run for president in the 2016 election with a video featuring Americans talking about their everyday hopes and dreams. HRC members Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who are planning a summer wedding, are included in the video. The ad marks the first time same-sex couples and marriage equality were included in a presidential campaign launch. Clinton first came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013 in an exclusive video for the Human Rights Campaign. Watch her video below.
  • The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won’t Touch It

    04/12/2015 3:53:21 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 55 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/11/15 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — The stacks of Supreme Court briefs filed on both sides of the same-sex marriage cases to be heard this month are roughly the same height. But they are nonetheless lopsided: There are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage. Leading law firms are willing to represent tobacco companies accused of lying about their deadly products, factories that spew pollution, and corporations said to be complicit in torture and murder abroad. But standing up for traditional marriage has turned out to be too much for the elite bar. The arguments have been left to...
  • This evangelist asked a gay bakery to make a traditional marriage cake. Now he may face charges.

    04/10/2015 12:33:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 71 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/9/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    April 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joshua Feuerstein was just trying to make a point. Now, he may face legal action, as a bakery that refused to provide him with a cake opposing same-sex “marriage” threatens to sue him for taking their conversation public. The bakery owner is also threatening to press charges related to the recording of the phone call. In the wake of heated national debate over whether business owners should have the right to refuse to participate in same-sex “weddings” that violate their religious beliefs, Feuerstein, an internet evangelist, decided to see if pro-gay business owners would give...
  • First Amendment Rights at Stake in Gay Marriage Case

    04/10/2015 8:41:51 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2015-04-10 | Cliff Kincaid
    With media coverage slanted in favor of gay marriage by a five-to-one ratio, it’s unlikely that the legal documents being filed before the Supreme Court in favor of a traditional one man and one woman marriage will ever be covered in an objective fashion. Yet, some of the legal briefs carry ominous warnings about what could happen to the American system of democratic self-government and its Christian heritage if the Supreme Court unilaterally decides to impose same-sex marriage on the states. They also warn about freedom of the press and religion being threatened by a powerful pro-homosexual movement that requires...
  • Christian churches ‘must be made’ to affirm homosexuality, says New York Times columnist

    04/09/2015 9:34:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches “must” be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an “ossified” doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral. Frank Bruni wrote that traditional Christianity – whether among evangelicals, Catholics, or Orthodox – provides the greatest resistance to normalizing homosexuality in the United States in a recent column in the New York Times. “Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere,” Bruni insisted. “The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a...
  • Michigan AG's legal team defends fight to uphold same-sex marriage ban

    04/09/2015 7:51:53 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 09, 2015 | Matt Vande Bunte
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The lawyer arguing in favor of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court later this month defended the state's pursuit of the case, despite the fact that it runs contrary to a wide swing in public opinion since a 2004 voter-approved definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. "It's the attorney general's job to defend the (Michigan) Constitution whether he thinks it's a good idea or a bad idea," said John Bursch, the special assistant attorney general who will argue the case before the high court. In a March 31 meeting with...
  • Church braces for same-sex marriage decision (from SCOTUS)

    04/09/2015 2:32:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    OSV ^ | April 9, 2015 | RUSSELL SHAW
    Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at the March for Marriage near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last June. CNS photo Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states — or 37, depending on the outcome of a dispute between state and federal courts in Alabama. But in only 11 of those states was it legalized by referendums or legislation. In the others, it was imposed by courts.It is generally expected, though not certain, that the Supreme Court soon will follow this pattern and impose same-sex marriage nationwide. The court on April 28 will devote two...
  • Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey Law or Face Prison

    04/09/2015 1:18:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2015-04-09 | Michael W. Chapman
    FULL TITLE: Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey ‘Unjust’ Law or ‘Obey God and Face Prison’ If gay marriage is legally viewed as a “civil rights issue,” as may happen with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject in June, then it becomes a broader religious liberty concern, not just a marriage issue, said Reverend Rafael Cruz, adding that then pastors will have to choose between obeying an “unjust” law and obeying God and potentially going to prison. Pastor Cruz, who is the father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), made his remarks...
  • ‘A Bonhoeffer moment’: Evangelical leaders vow civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage

    04/08/2015 11:52:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage.The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely, where an unelected judge has forcibly determined – to redefine marriage.“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating...
  • Don't Draft Us!

    04/08/2015 11:19:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    There is a “Back to the Future” quality to the current culture clash going on in Indiana, in the country at large, and throughout the Western democracies over marriage and over the gay lobby’s insatiable demands. End-of-Marriage activist Chai Feldblum famously told an audience at Family Research Council, my organization, that in any conflict between religious freedom and gay rights, she could notimagine an instance where the religious freedom side could win. Or should win. It was not despite that oft-expressed radical belief that President Obama named her to the powerful Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but because of it.Is...
  • Barry Manilow Reportedly ‘Marries’ Longtime Male Lover

    04/08/2015 11:17:50 AM PDT · by drewh · 108 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Apr 8, 2015 @ 4:17AM
    Barry Manilow has secretly married his longtime partner.The “Copacabana” crooner said “I do” to Garry Kief, his manager and the president of Barry Manilow Productions, an insider has revealed. Around 50 guests attended the intimate ceremony after they were led to believe they were invited to lunch at the couple’s multi-million dollar Palm Springs mansion. “It was a total surprise. When they arrived they were told it was a wedding!” a source close to the 71-year-old said. “Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different. Barry and Garry did not tell friends or family that...
  • BIGOTS! Native Americans BAN same-sex marriage!

    04/08/2015 9:37:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    Of course I don’t think Native Americans are bigots. I agree with them! But if liberals aren’t just out to get Christianity, I’m sure they’ll begin attacking Native Americans any day now, showing up at their bakeries and calling them bigots: CBN NEWS – Months before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue of gay marriage, Native American tribes have taken steps to defend traditional marriage. Eleven tribes with a total membership approaching a million people will not recognize same-sex marriages. Just weeks after North Carolina began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, the state’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
  • PCUSA Stalling Korean Church's Effort to Leave Denomination?

    04/08/2015 8:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill. Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality. Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. Despite that, the PCUSA Presbytery of San Gabriel has not apparently finalized the dismissal as of this month, according to the Korean-American Christian publication Christianity Daily. Rachael Lee...
  • The Homosexual Agenda: CNN Reporter Ambushes Christian Florist

    04/08/2015 7:17:11 AM PDT · by detective · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | April 7, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    You know, the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery; it says you need to honor your father and mother. If someone didn’t honor their parents or commit adultery, would you serve them?” This question was posed by CNN reporter Gary Tuchman to Georgia florist Melissa Jeffcoat, who had previously said she’d refuse to service a homosexual commitment ceremony. When she answered affirmatively and was pressed on why (supposedly) she’d serve adulterers and those dishonoring their parents but not homosexuals, she replied, “It’s just a different kind of sin to me. I just don’t believe in it.” Tuchman surely...
  • Supremes warned: 'God's judgment' now looming

    04/07/2015 7:50:10 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    In a stunningly blunt brief, a team of lawyers acting on behalf of a number of Christian and liberty-focused organizations has told the U.S. Supreme Court that to mandate same-sex marriage is to invite God’s judgment. And that’s probably not going to turn out well. The brief was filed by the William J. Olson law firm and the U.S. Justice Foundation on behalf of Public Advocate of the U.S., Joyce Meyer Ministries, the Lincoln Institute, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Institute on the Constitution, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund and pastor Chuck Baldwin. The Supreme Court is to hear arguments...
  • Same-sex marriage won't be legal on reservations

    04/07/2015 8:28:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | 04/07/2015 | Associated Press
    Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn't likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation's two largest. Since 2011, as the number of states recognizing such unions spiked to 37, at least six smaller tribes have revisited and let stand laws that define marriage as being between a man and a woman, according to an Associated Press review of tribal records. In all, tribes with a total membership approaching 1 million...
  • What Will the Court Do to Marriage?

    04/07/2015 4:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling. A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable. The first of those...
  • Involuntary Servitude

    04/07/2015 12:09:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Mike Adams
    My liberal friends, all three of them, are up in arms over the Indiana RFRA controversy. As usual, their views on the issue are driven by emotion, not reason. That is because liberalism is not really a political philosophy. It is a stage of arrested emotional development. Since the Indiana RFRA controversy revolves around their core religion, which is the so-called gay rights movement, their emotionally laden “political” observations are not likely to subside in the near future. Until then, it helps to understand what the current crisis in Indiana is really all about. Hint: It’s the same thing we...
  • “Who Will Resist the Lynch Mob?”: Robert George’s Rousing Call to Action

    04/07/2015 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | April 4, 2015 | Robert P. George
    Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and co-author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, recently made a spirited call to action for all those willing to refuse to be bullied into submission. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook: The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich. The lynch mob came for the elderly florist Baronelle Stutzman. The lynch mob came for Eastern Michigan University counseling student Julea Ward. The lynch mob came for the African-American Fire Chief of once segregated Atlanta Kelvin Cochran. The lynch mob came for the owners of...
  • This is How Religious Liberty Dies — The New Rules of the Secular Left

    04/07/2015 8:28:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    albertmohler.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Al Mohler
    The vast high-velocity moral revolution that is reshaping modern cultures at warp speed is leaving almost no aspect of the culture untouched and untransformed. The advocates of same-sex marriage and the more comprehensive goals of the LGBT movement assured the nation that nothing would be fundamentally changed if people of the same gender were allowed to marry one another. We knew that could not be true, and now the entire nation knows. The latest Ground Zero for the moral revolution is the state of Indiana, where legislators passed a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Gov. Mike...
  • What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None!

    04/07/2015 7:48:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None! By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week was Holy Week, so sure enough there were many critical issues in the news that needed attention but we in the Church were off doing more important things like worshipping God and pondering our need for salvation. Permit a brief summary and some predictions from me based on the latest unpleasantness in Indiana last week.I am not a lawyer and neither know nor understand all the legal implications of the law signed by the Indiana governor and then later...
  • A Civilization Steeped in Dishonesty

    04/06/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | April 2, 2015 | John Derbyshire
    [Scene: A bakery store somewhere in the U.S.A.]Customer: “Good morning!” Store clerk: “Hello. How may I help you?” Customer: “Do you do wedding cakes?” Clerk: “Yes, we do.” Customer: “Great. My partner and I are getting married. We need a cake for the reception.” Clerk: “OK, but I have to ask: Are you and your partner the same sex?” Customer: “You mean ‘gender’? Yes, same gender.” Clerk: “Then I’m sorry, we can’t do it. We belong to a religious group that teaches it’s wrong to promote homosexuality.” Customer: “Oh. Is there another baker nearby I could try?” Clerk: “Sure. Foster’s...
  • Precursor to the Mark of the Beast?

    04/04/2015 11:00:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    A few years ago, while visiting family in Maryland, I attended church with my brother. It was a very hip contemporary church. The pastor, who looked in his early forties, wore a shirt and jeans. I saw a parishioner with a Mohawk haircut and others with tattoos. This is not a judgment, merely an observation that the congregation was very racially diverse, as well as in their attire. The topic of the pastor's sermon was homosexuality. He disclosed that his sister is a homosexual. Folks, filled with national statistics and documented facts, the pastor delivered the most loving and compassionate...
  • The 3 percent’s definition of morality mirrors communism, Islamic State

    04/03/2015 8:39:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Bethany Blankley
    The hullabaloo over false information being propagated about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) reveals a much more serious underlying problem in America. Morality according to the 3 Percent (the gay community in America) is defined by imposing conformity, control, coercion, and oppression over those who disagree with their definition of equality, fairness, tolerance, or even love. The 3 Percent’s “outrage” cannot be about equal rights, as same-sex couples already benefit from civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption and fostering children, in addition to receiving health benefits and other legal rights. Nor can it be about fairness. I recently...
  • Christian Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake (Short title)

    04/02/2015 7:52:37 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 93 replies
    Closedpress.com ^ | 4/2/15 | Closedpress
    Say that "Bestiality Is Wrong" or "Polygamy Is Wrong" and it's not considered hate speech, but if you have the opinion that "Gay Marriage Is Wrong" the whole world jumps up and down screaming "racism" "bigotry" and "hatred". This is becoming the politically-correct norm, but no matter what one argues, this is suppressing free speech. No one targeted pro-gay bakeries, but gay activists target Christian bakeries. "Support Gay Marriage" is one Christian bakery was sued for refusing to put that slogan on a cake for an event to support the gay agenda. Yet Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual...
  • HIDDEN CAMERA: Muslim Bakeries Asked to Make Gay Wedding Cake

    04/02/2015 5:15:15 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 94 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 04/02/15 | Steven Crowder
    What do you think happens when a gay, like SUPER gay Crowder (me) tries to get a super gay wedding cake baked at a Muslim bakery? I’m pretty sure you can guess, but you might as well watch this week’s adventure to Dearborn, MI to find out... Reactions and intolerance ahoy!
  • Ted Cruz is attacking the Fortune 500, and that’s smart politics

    04/02/2015 4:34:55 PM PDT · by VinL · 36 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 2, 2015 | T.Newmyer
    Corporate support for same-sex rights presents Cruz a chance to blast two movement conservative enemies at once. Credit Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with this: He’s doing what he can to lock down first-mover advantage in the Republican presidential sweepstakes. Last week, he was first in what promises to be a crowded GOP field to officially announce his White House bid. Yesterday, he launched what Politico has already termed the backlash to the corporate backlash to Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law. Addressing a crowd of 300 in Sioux City, Iowa, Cruz laced into the big business leaders who have jumped into...
  • Ted Cruz lashes out over gay marriage fight, and some targets might be surprising

    04/02/2015 11:12:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 2, 2015 | Joe Saunders, editor & staff writer
    No one can have a doubt about where Ted Cruz stands on the controversy swirling around Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act. He made it crystal clear Wednesday night.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)And in the process the Texas senator called out Republican politicians and the executives of Fortune 500 companies that he said have been running scared from the issue of religious freedom in the face of relentless attacks from the left under the guise of gay rights. “Religious liberty is not some fringe view. It is the basis of this country,” Cruz said during a town hall meeting in Sioux City, Iowa, a...
  • MSNBC 'Debate' on Indiana Law: 'Cut His Mic Off!'

    04/01/2015 2:10:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4/1/15 | Guy Benson
    The Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson (with whom I happen to disagree on same-sex marriage) appeared on Ed Schultz's MSNBC program (cough) last night to discuss Indiana's religious freedom law, and the resulting conversation culminated with the host instructing producers to silence Anderson's microphone. End of Discussion: Schultz advances one false or misleading narrative after another, then loses his composure when Anderson (or "Mr. Ryan," as Schultz calls him at one point) replies with rapid-fire factual corrections. Schultz interrupts Anderson's first answer almost immediately to contest the statement that Indiana's law is effectively the same as other RFRAs, including the federal...
  • After same-sex ‘marriage,’ then what?

    04/01/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 74 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/31/15 | Michael Cook
    March 31, 2015 (MercatorNet.com) -- March 29 marked the first anniversary of legal same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Look around, say the twitterati – no plagues of locusts and frogs have blighted the land; no fire and brimstone have rained down upon Westminster; no earthquake has swallowed up Sir Elton. All is well.Well, actually not.In an article in The Conversation, an academic at the University of Kent, Dr Mike Thomas, reported on how happy gay couples in the UK, the United States and Canada feel after tying the knot. He found that most of them welcomed the benefits that legal...
  • Levin: "Intolerant" Left Forcing Position They Adopted Only Three Years Ago

    04/01/2015 7:56:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 1,2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin argued that the left is being “intolerant” and making everyone adopt their newfound support of same-sex marriage on Tuesday.
  • Tolerance is over

    03/31/2015 9:18:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 31, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world is going nuts. I have often felt a bit like Cassandra, but … Cassandra was right.Here is another take.From the pen of John Zmirak at The Stream with my emphases and comments: The expected Supreme Court decision imposing on 50 states an entirely newunderstanding of marriage, and the frenzy of hatred that gay activists have stoked against Indiana for trying to shelter religious believers from crippling lawsuits should wake us to a cold and stark reality: The age of tolerance in America is vanishing before your eyes. The question is how Christians and other people of faith and good will...
  • Religious Freedom & The Gay Vendetta Of Amnesia

    03/31/2015 11:49:40 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 24 replies
    Self | 3/31/15 | Me
    Rabid liberals are organizing protests and boycotts against Indiana claiming the Governor's new Religious Freedom Law will discriminate against gays - not that LGBT activists are purposely trying to entrap Christian businesses into being sued and losing their livelihoods - only to have no recollection of the "bigot" who signed the national Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law in 1993: one very proud Bill Clinton! And guess who voted for it as a Illinois state senator? That's right...Barack Obama! Nineteen states have passed similar laws with the help of or at the behest of Democrats. This is how disconnected today's...
  • Rubio: Constitutionally ‘Valid’ For People to Refuse Service to Gay Marriages

    03/30/2015 4:45:43 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/30/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that he believes people who don’t want to provide services for same-sex marriages on religious grounds have “a valid constitutional concern,” and that it shouldn’t be legal “to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of their sexual orientation” on Monday’s broadcast of “The Five” on the Fox News Channel.Rubio was initially asked if he would support adding sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act, to which he responded “I haven’t heard that proposal before, and therefore don’t fully understand how something like that would work.”
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • 34,000 Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA

    03/28/2015 4:54:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | March 27, 2015 | by ANTHONY EVANS
    The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-Americans, has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text. Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI President noted: "NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word...
  • If Yelp doesn’t like religious freedom laws they should stop reviewing restaurants

    03/28/2015 12:23:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    By now you’ve already heard about the “backlash” being directed toward the entire state of Indiana over the recent passage of their new religious freedom law. The NCAA is hinting about moving their basketball tournament away. They might even lose their comic book convention. (How much of a “loss” that would be is subjective.) But one of the more interesting threats being made comes from the CEO of online review site Yelp. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman isn’t happy. He penned an open letter on Thursday bashing Indiana’s new religious freedom bill, railing against “laws that would allow for business to...
  • My fear of a right-wing kid: I won’t let my child become a Ted Cruz-voting wing-nut

    03/23/2015 7:50:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Salon ^ | March 23, 2015 | Sue Sanders
    Ted Cruz? Lizzie is a liberal like me now. But what if one day she embraces the Tea Party, like her grandparents? My parents are Tea Party. I’m a liberal. My husband is to the left of your average communist. Dinners together walk a tightrope of small talk — none of us wanting to veer too far in either direction, frightened we’ll go careening into a political abyss. Our daughter, Lizzie, is always a safe topic. She’s our Switzerland. But I’m not sure how much longer that will last. Lizzie, at 12, is becoming politically aware. She’s always been well...
  • Confusion in Ireland as 'Marriage Equality' Referendum Approaches

    03/23/2015 7:11:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/22/15 | Michael Kelly
    Changes in ambiguous wording, tepid warnings from Catholic bishops, and deep concerns about children are part of the tense lead-up to May 22nd vote Just two months before a May 22nd 'Marriage Equality' referendum, many commentators predict Ireland will become the first country in the world to insert a constitutional amendment permitting civil marriage between two people of the same gender. A distinctive feature of Irish democracy has been frequent recourse to constitutional referendums. May’s referendum will be the 35th time voters have been asked to amend the constitution in less than 80 years. The origin of this state of...
  • Christian Videographer Faces Legal Action After Refusing to Work Lesbian Wedding

    03/19/2015 8:15:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A wedding videographer in Ohio could face legal action after she declined to shoot a lesbian couples' wedding ceremony because it would have conflicted with her biblical understanding that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. When Jenn Moffitt and her partner Jerra Kincely were searching in February for a videographer to film their wedding, they sent an email inquiry to a local video production company called Next Door Stories in Bexley, Ohio, a town in the Columbus suburbs. CNN reports that the couple got an email back from the company's owner, Courtney Schmackers, on Feb. 4...
  • Corporations are the Enemy (Scotus case that would impose same-sex “marriage”)

    03/13/2015 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A man I know was a top executive at a major American media company, one of the biggest and most influential in the world. A young man came into his office one day asking to display a rainbow sticker with the words “safe space.” This was a decade ago and this man, a faithful Catholic, felt confident he could demur without reprisal though he could see the veiled threat of being “outed” as less than gay friendly, as a homophobe.But, in these post-Brendan Eich days, it is doubtful my friend would feel as safe to say no because things...
  • Their argument: ‘We must marry the same sex to each other because gays can’t control their feelings’

    03/10/2015 9:17:20 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 69 replies
    me | 3/10/2015 | SOL
    Why are so many conservatives, not just Republicans but I mean social-conservatives, unable to form communicate a coherent argument against this logic in interviews and debates? The latest was Ben Carson’s meltdown where he was asked on CNN if being gay was ‘a choice’ and he replied absolutely, then he offered up prisoners who engage in same sex as his example, then later repudiated and apologized for his response, Ben Carson :” I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For...