(Video) Justice Neil Gorsuch finally told the truth about wedding cakes during a contentious argument about a Christian baker’s refusal to create a custom wedding cake for a gay couple planning their nuptials. Gorsuch admitted that wedding cakes just aren’t good. “In fact, I have yet to have a wedding cake that I would say tastes great,” he said, to laughter in the courtroom. (Snip) Gorsuch’s broader point was that some creation serves both utilitarian and speech interests. The primary purpose of cake is consumption, but it might also convey creative expression. This is true of other businesses involved in a wedding
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Rush noted on his program today that the baker had offered to sell these people an off the shelf cake. The baker did not want to create a ´special´ cake for the event - i. e. work with them to make a cake that was an expression of their ´union´. Obviously for a ´regular´ wedding the baker would feel that his cake would be commemorating something sacred. Not so for a gay ´marriage´. I would not either, as a Baha´i, want to [in agreement with most other religious faiths] celebrate sinful behavior. This would not be an option for me. In the past I have refused printing t-shirts with dirty words. To me it is the same thing. By creating a special dirty word t-shirt or a cake for a sinful event one would be participating in and condoning the corruption.
When I was a young prison Guard, I had to escort the inmates to church services. I had to go inside the chapel with them and watch that they behaved themselves. Now, I will not go into my particular and personal religion (Yes, many here may be surprised, but I do have a faith that is very deep in my soul). Some of the churches I had to enter, to me, were the same as walking into Satan´s living room. I absolutely detested entering those churches and listening to their "Priests" or "pastors" or otherwise ululate their gibberish nonsense. But, my job was to supervise those inmates. I stayed focused on that and nothing else. Yet, even so, afterward, each time I had to do that duty, I felt totally drained, and my inner conscience was in turmoil. What kind of faithful am I to my own beliefs if i violate my conscience like that. I had options. I did not have to keep that job! I could make a living doing other jobs. I could flat out refuse the duty and take the consequences. I did not. I kept on doing it. And to this day, I deeply regret it. I keep thinking about Nazi concentration camp guards, doing their duty- forcing people into death chambers, brutalizing them, - It was their duty also, wasn´t it? Their State would have shot them if they had followed their conscience and refused the duty. Our consciences are funny little things aren´t they? I only wish I had been as strong as this cake man is.I wish I had simply said, "No." Should the state take this man´s right to obey his conscience and simply say, "No."
#1 - If I were a T-shirt silk-screener, there´s no way I would design a T-shirt that said "Celebrate Pederasty" or "F*** Trump" or "Support ISIS" or "Happy Birthday Adolph Hitler." I don´t have to design a message I happen to abhor --- religion or no religion.
A wedding cake is a message. (C´mon. What is the first word in "wedding cake"?) I don´t hate the people who asked for this message, I am simply free to decline to be the messenger.
For any reason, or what you might call no reason at all: simply because it´s my labor.
It´s about choosing free enterprise, not involuntary servitude.
Some of this brings to mind the case of two New Jersey parents who had named their children "Adolf Hitler Campbell" and "Joycelynn Aryan Nation" and had their children taken away from them by the state after a store refused to decorate a birthday cake reading "Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler". The state insisted the children were removed after investigating claims of abuse. This happened in 2009. Does the refusal of the store to supply the cake in this instance infringe on someone´s rights or do some special groups have more rights than latter-day Nazi´s?
Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, believes that the law comes directly from God. In 2003, he was removed as chief justice of the state´s Supreme Court for refusing to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments he´d installed there. (Snip)But while his Democratic opponent, former prosecutor Doug Jones, is hoping to get a boost from female voters in Alabama, plenty of women are standing by Moore. According to a Washington Post poll, nearly 6 in 10 white women will likely vote for him in Tuesday´s special election. Here´s why five women in Alabama are voting
Have you seen the footage of that dying polar bear yet? It’s sad. Very sad. You can see why it has gone viral and been all over the media from the Mail (“soul-crushing footage”) to CBC to the Washington Post (“we stood there crying”). (Snip) Here is how SeaLegacy is exploiting its ursine tragedy porn. Though it wasn’t possible for scientists to tell us exactly what was causing this bear to starve to death, we do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. What we do know for certain is that an increasing number of
The terror suspect who allegedly attempted to detonate a suicide-bomb in New York came to the United States from Bangladesh as a “chain migration” relative of an individual who had immigrated earlier into the United States. In October, President Donald Trump called for an end to this “chain migration” process in his immigration principles. On Monday 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national, injured three individuals when he allegedly tried to detonate a suicide bomb in New York City in a planned terrorist attack. Ullah, as confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), entered the U.S. in 2011 as a chain migrant. Under
Well, CNN stepped on a rake again. Last week, they totally botched a story about Donald Trump, his son, and his inner circle receiving an email from Michael Erickson that contained a decryption key to a trove of Wikileaks emails from John Podesta and the DNC. The insinuation was that these documents weren’t public when in fact, they were. They also got the dates wrong. Getting dates wrong is what landed ABC News’ Brian Ross in hot water (Snip)Now, the network is backtracking its reports on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his foreign contacts. Contrary to their original story, Sessions
When the United States recognized the Jewish state of Israel, it sent shockwaves throughout the international system. Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is as historic as Harry Truman’s move in 1948. In fact, the announcement last week is probably the most consequential foreign policy decision of the young Trump Administration. Of course, there is significant opposition to the decision—not least because it was Trump who made it. The United States effectively served as midwife to the modern state of Israel during the Truman Administration. President Truman’s decision to recognize Israel as an independent state was met with
Reveling in my freedom in our Age of Communications Revolution, I found myself rummaging through the bowels of YouTube (best not to say for what). In the process, I discovered an exotic foreign past time: “mudlarking.” Pursued in a nation purporting to be a United Kingdom, properly licensed royal subjects amble along the banks of the Thames at low tide and scavenge through the aquatic detritus and muck to find historical and literal gold. Usually, though, the mudlarkers cull lesser treasures from the foreshore’s mire—animal bones, buttons, and pipes. (Snip)Watching a gaggle of mudlarkers combing through the muck, I experienced
Dick Clark had a game show called The $10,000 Pyramid. It was so successful that eventually it became The $100,000 Pyramid. Contestants guessed at the category by hearing examples of things in the category. For example, "bats, baseballs, gloves" were clues for Things You Would Use In A Ballgame. Easy as pi. Using tweets on Twitter, can you guess the Hashtag? "Joe Biden at a Girl Scout event." No? How about: "Lawrence O´Donnell´s psychiatrist." Nope, that´s not it. Try: "Bottled water from Chernobyl." Hmm.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Frank Luntz, a GOP establishment messaging consultant, was visibly flabbergasted as every single one of his focus group participants in a Birmingham area Vice News-produced panel backed Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. Titled “Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore,” Luntz’s Vice News focus group aired on Vice News Tonight on Dec. 8 on HBO. “Are you all Christians here?” Luntz opens the seven-and-a-half-minute long segment. “Yes,” all of the focus group participants, who joined Luntz in a Birmingham area restaurant, replied. “Is Roy Moore a good Christian?” he followed up. “Yes,” one woman replied. “Absolutely,” another said. “Absolutely?”
California´s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ´the new normal´, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ´new reality´ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and
An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work,
There are times in life when the institutional ground underneath you begins to crumble — and with it, longstanding attachments. Such is the case for me when it comes to the Republican Party and evangelicalism. I’ve been a part of both for my entire adult life. These days, though, in many important ways they are having harmful effects on our society. The latest example is in Alabama, where Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate, stands accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by nine women, including one who was 14 years old at the time. Mr. Moore leads in most
The NFL protests have been lucrative for social justice charities — they´ll receive a whopping $89 million in "settlement" money, redirected from veterans and breast cancer charity funds — but they´re also becoming a boon for cash-strapped football fans. It turns out, if you can still stomach a professional football game, you can now get tickets for about the same price as a couple of Starbucks lattes. According to Vivid Seats, an NFL ticket reselling site, seat prices at most NFL stadiums have bottomed out, leaving fans able to snag a lower level seat for a Buffalo Bills game for
Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn’t vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election. The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate. “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I’d rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore,” Shelby told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. In some
In 1990, when liberal journalists still had some sense of obligation to the truth, Michael Kelly wrote the following for GQ: As [Carla] Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound [Sen. Ted] Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on [Sen. Chris] Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. (snip) Here is what McCaskill had to say about Kennedy´s behavior upon his death