By Rebekah Maxwell – BarbWire guest contributor
Weekend News and Views
Bakers win right to refuse to serve…Christians: Amid the tornado of folly and misinformation about religious freedom in America, the opposing team claims repeatedly that business owners must be forced to bake cakes or sell flowers for gay weddings, because no one is allowed to discriminate. A noble-sounding sentiment. Also, a blatant lie.
They do think business owners can discriminate…as long as it’s against you.
Last week, the Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled that Denver’s Azucar Bakery did not discriminate against William Jack, a Christian from Castle Rock, by refusing to make two cakes with anti-gay messages and imagery that he requested last year.
Jack requested two cakes with Bible verses defining homosexuality as a sin, as well as Romans 5:8 (and the text, “God loves sinners”). The baker refused to make the cakes, calling them “hate.” Jack claimed her refusal was a violation of his rights. The Civil Rights Division ruled that the baker was allowed to refuse his order because she deemed the requested message “derogatory.”
However, the same Colorado Civil Rights Division ruled last year that another bakery could not refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, calling it discriminatory.
To sum up, a business owner who wants to obey the Bible instead of man = criminal. A business owner who prefers to please man instead of the Bible = government approved example of tolerance.
CBS Employee tweets her bogus fraud report against funding page for Memories Pizza: A general rule when imposing your new morality…don’t tweet with pride that you falsely accused someone of fraud, and then act shocked that people doubt your integrity.
When she saw that over $700,000 had been raised online for Memories Pizza (a family-owned business forced to shut down from a storm of rainbow jihad harassment), Alix Bryan, an employee with the CBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, decided that such an outpouring of support was just intolerable.
Bryan posted that she filed a fraud report on the funding page “just in case.”
She didn’t believe that so many people would support the right of a business owner to live their convictions…and she didn’t care to wait for the facts. So proud was she of a false report, that she tweeted her hubris…and Twitter-responded in record time with a backlash swift and severe.
After first defending her spiteful fraud report, Bryan tried to distance herself from her occupation, saying her job with the TV station had “nothing to do with this.”
Because no one’s livelihood should be threatened because of their opinions, right? The irony.
Now, Bryan’s employer is “looking into the situation,” and the crowd-funding for Memories Pizza topped $800,000 in less than a week.
Republican Governor still hasn’t signed private property act in New Mexico: You may not know her very well, but Governor Susanna Martinez has repeatedly been mentioned as an example of the GOP’s future (and more than once as a choice pick for a potential 2016 VP). However, the governor seems to be holding back on signing a new private property protection act in her state that severely restricts civil forfeiture…for no real reason.
The newly passed bill would virtually eliminate the practice of civil asset forfeiture and on this issue leave New Mexico as “the most Fifth Amendment-friendly state in the country.”
The bill would basically require a criminal conviction before police can take property associated with a crime. “Civil” asset forfeiture, by definition, allows law enforcement to seize and keep property without a criminal conviction. It often puts the onus on the property owner to “prove” that he or she obtained the property legitimately, or that it wasn’t used for criminal activity.
The bill passed the state legislature unanimously and is waiting to be signed by Gov. Martinez…and the window to sign the bill is closing fast. Any issue that Constitutional conservatarians and the ACLU can agree on seems like a no-brainer to support…but it would mean standing up against the Federal government and asserting the rights of her people and her state first. Let us hope this delay is for dramatic effect, and not a sign of more Republican executive gutlessness.
Rebekah Maxwell, producer of the Steve Deace Show, began reporting and producing at WHO Radio in 2007, with on-air work recognized by the official alphabet soup: the AP, IBNA, NBNA, RTDNA, NAB (all the while staying far from the TSA and UFOs). She delights in debating religion, politics, and all other subjects impolite at the dinner table. Her favorite time of year is Caucus season, and she’s an accomplished slam poet, ready to spit the truth…in mad rhymes, if necessary.
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