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Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) asked about Indiana;s RFRA - replies "hamina hamina hamina."

Really? - Indiana's New 'Religious Liberty' Law. Why Jesus Weeps.

“Don't hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you're against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet 'H' on your shirt, and say, 'I am a homophobe!” ― Henry Rollins. As soon as Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, signed that state's 'don't have to serve gays' act into law, ...

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Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen

Really? 3.27.15 State Politicians Say the Darnedest Things. A Walk with God, Rape, Homophobia, and More God.

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap” ― Napoléon Bonaparte. You can rely on state politicians for some crazy stuff. Like Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen. She has a problem because in her imagining there is a God deficit in America. Her remedy? Make church attendance mandatory. Specifically, she says, "Probably we should ...

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For-Profit Punishment. Making Money From Misery.

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men” ― George Bernard Shaw One of the best-known - and most misunderstood - legal admonishments in the Bible is Matthew 5:38 "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." Law ...

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Can Ted Cruz Win the Presidency?

Can Ted Cruz Win the Presidency?

"No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes" - Psalm 101:7. As Ted Cruz announced his availability for the presidency, he also raised the question, "Can he win?" As polarizing as Cruz is the answers were divided. The establishment ...

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Let Your Religion Be Your Guide - Not Mine.

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable” ― Salman Rushdie. O.J. Brigance is an accomplished man. An exceptional athlete, he was a member of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens shut-down defence - which notably kicked the crap out of the NY Giants in the Superbowl. He has had a ...

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“Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you’re against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet ‘H’ on your shirt, and say, ‘I am a homophobe!” ― Henry Rollins.

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) asked about Indiana;s RFRA - replies "hamina hamina hamina."

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) asked about Indiana;s RFRA – replies “hamina hamina hamina.”

As soon as Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, signed that state’s ‘don’t have to serve gays’ act into law, he has been roundly attacked for bigotry. He denies the charge, instead insisting that the bill promoted religious freedom and isn’t discriminatory. I suppose he had to say something – even if it was absurd.

What is the difference between refusing service to gays and refusing it to blacks – or women? After all, past discrimination against those persecuted groups was biblically justified. I will only believe that this law is something beyond a license to bigotry if the so-called ‘people of faith’ refuse service to the divorced or adulterers. And unmarried people cohabitating or just having sex.

In short, all the other biblical sinners.

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This also raises the question – how do you decide if someone is gay? Not all effeminate guys are gay – not all gays are effeminate. And some straight women wear lumberjack shirts and no make-up. Surely the law isn’t going to require some sort of identifying mark or symbol?

And what of suspected trans folk? Will they have to display their genitalia? And what of masculine looking women – or girl-like men – will they have to carry a doctor’s note attesting that they were born the way they present today?

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How will gays know which businesses won’t serve them because of ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’? I think businesses that restrict service should be required to post notices saying so. That would save everybody the embarrassment of misunderstandings.

And it would also allow people, whose religion promotes tolerance, to shop elsewhere. Win win.

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Mike Huckabee defended this kind of legal unpleasantness by claiming that mandating a Christian business to cater to gays is like mandating a Jewish business to sell bacon-wrapped shrimp. His argument is specious.

Laws protecting civil rights address who a business must serve, not what a business must serve. A Jewish deli can observe Jewish dietary laws – just as a vegan restaurant isn’t required to sell meat products.

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Angie’s List is putting an Indiana expansion on hold. The NCAA is debating further championships in Indiana. Apple and other corporate behemoths are reacting negatively to Indiana’s ‘religious right to bigotry’ law.

It’s a sad day for your religion when big business acts more morally, and with greater respect for people, than you do.

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Supporters of Indiana’s bigotry laws accuse people, who argue against the law, of discriminating against Christians. Codswallop. Only people who refuse to serve Christians are discriminating against Christians.

 

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Really? 3.27.15 State Politicians Say the Darnedest Things. A Walk with God, Rape, Homophobia, and More God.

March 27, 2015

“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap” ― Napoléon Bonaparte. You can rely on state politicians for some crazy stuff. Like Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen. She has a problem because in her imagining there is a God deficit in America. Her remedy? Make church attendance mandatory. Specifically, she says, “Probably we should be debating a […]

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For-Profit Punishment. Making Money From Misery.

March 26, 2015

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men” ― George Bernard Shaw One of the best-known – and most misunderstood – legal admonishments in the Bible is Matthew 5:38 “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” Law and order types take […]

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Can Ted Cruz Win the Presidency?

March 25, 2015

“No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes” – Psalm 101:7. As Ted Cruz announced his availability for the presidency, he also raised the question, “Can he win?” As polarizing as Cruz is the answers were divided. The establishment says no. Cruz’s zealots […]

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Ted Cruz Announces His Vanity Campaign.

March 24, 2015

“No egoism is so insufferable as the Christian with regard to his soul” ― W. Somerset Maugham. Ted Cruz announced this week that America needed him to unite conservatives in a biblical struggle to wrest the Constitution back. In other words, he declared his candidacy for the presidency. From whom he is taking the constitution back […]

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Let Your Religion Be Your Guide – Not Mine.

March 21, 2015

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable” ― Salman Rushdie. O.J. Brigance is an accomplished man. An exceptional athlete, he was a member of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens shut-down defence – which notably kicked the crap out of the NY Giants in the Superbowl. He has had a distinguished post-football career, particularly […]

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If English Was Good Enough for Jesus, it’s Good Enough for America.

March 19, 2015

“You will generally observe that, of all Americans, your foreign-born citizens are the most patriotic – especially toward the Fourth of July” ― Herman Melville. A school in upstate New York caused considerable consternation by reading – as part of its celebration of ‘National Foreign Language Week’ – the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. As […]

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Just How Dumb Is it to Pay for Something that Can Be Had for Free?

March 18, 2015

“You can fool yourself, you know. You’d think it’s impossible, but it turns out it’s the easiest thing of all.” ― Jodi Picoult People used to drink water from a tap. But now they hand over $12 billion to the bottled water cartels every year. Why? It started with ‘mineral’ waters. These exotic waters from […]

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Fighting to Die with Dignity.

March 16, 2015

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle” ― Plato. Religion is inspired by a need to find life’s meaning, a desire to find community and a guide to moral living. Of course, some can find all of that without a God. But let’s talk about religious folk. They can be divided […]

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