The president hasn’t been invited to do too much campaigning for his fellow Democrats this year. In fact, they have pretty much treated the idea of him making an appearance on their behalf like the president was suffering from Ebola.
One of the rare exceptions was Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who’s seeking the governor’s seat in Maryland. He thought it would be a great idea to have the president as a headliner at a campaign event to gin up black turnout. Instead, the largely black crowd in Maryland streamed for the exits while the president was still reading his speech to them off of the teleprompter.
The story was so embarrassing that Facebook actually blocked the link to a Yahoo news story about what happened like this:
And anyone attempting to post the story on their own Facebook account got this message:
This week’s edition gets its title from the variation of the title of an old O’Jay’s tune that was undoubtedly echoing in President Barack Hussein Obama’s head as he watched the crowd walk out on him and remembered happier days. They did usta be his girl (or another word I could think of), after all, but some of them are apparently getting tired of the same old song.
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.
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So, let’s see what we have for you this week…
- The Noisy Room – #Ebola – Blood, vomit and diarrhea-soaked hazardous materials piled to the ceiling…
- Joshuapundit – Cheerleaders, G-d And Civil Disobedience
- The Independent Sentinel – CDC’s Mission: Ban Guns, Promote Bike Lanes, Tell Us What To Eat, Put Helmets On Our Heads
- Simply Jews – Dean Obeidallah on Bill Maher or how to stuff foot in mouth deeper
- VA Right! – Liberals Move from Aids Panic to Ebola Denial
- Rhymes With Right – Houston Mayor Narrows Subpoena – But Appears To Miss The Point
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – MacArthur’s Return!
- The Right Planet – The Strange Silence of Karl Rove
- The Glittering Eye – This Is No Time To Remain Calm
- Nice Deb – Amnesty Begins: Regime Prepares For Millions of New Immigrant IDs
- The Razor – Kick Turkey Out Of NATO
- Bookworm Room – In Idaho, gay marriage is in direct conflict with religious rights under the First Amendment
- Ask Marion – Megyn Kelly Takes On Ward Churchill: How Can You Compare 9/11 Victims to Nazis?
- The MidKnight Review – Obama continues to prep as the coming Leader of the World (??)
- Changing Wind.Org – Climate Change, Democracy, & Slavery
- Blazing Cat Fur – Iran finds another conspiracy: low oil prices
- The Pirate’s Cove – Dildos and Lynchings: Wendy Davis, Kay Hagan Campaigns Go Insane
- Sultan Knish – The Savage Lands Of Islam submitted by The Noisy Room
- Mark Steyn – The Strong Horse submitted by Joshuapundit
- American Thinker – Reza Aslan’s Marxist Account of Islam submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Harry’s Place – Opening night of Klinghoffer faces protests and disruption submitted by Simply Jews
- American Thinker – Surveillance video captures man stuffing ballot box with hundreds of ballots submitted by VA Right!
- Volokh Conspiracy – Can ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? submitted by Rhymes with Right
- CFR.Org – Are U.S. Ground Troops Headed to Syria? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- The Blogmocracy – Debunking Liberal Propaganda, One Lie At A Time submitted by The Right Planet
- Raconteur Report – Ebola: This Is What Science Sounds Like submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Peggy Noonan/WSJ – Who Do They Think We Are? submitted by Nice Deb
- American Interest – Seattle’s Reds Have Minimum Wage Blues submitted by The Razor
- National Review/Jonah Goldberg – Putting the “O” in EbOla submitted by Bookworm Room
- Melanie Phillips/The Jerusalem Post – The false equation of Jew-hatred and Islamophobia submitted by The Watcher
- The Federalist – How Colorado’s Cory Gardner Turned The ‘War On Women’ Against Democrats submitted by The Watcher
- Mona Charon/The Washington Examiner – What women want submitted by The Watcher
By: Larry Correia
Monster Hunter Nation
So my local paper ran a really dumb anti-CCW editorial. It was so riddled with nonsense, distortions, and falsehoods that it was just begging for a fisking. As usual, the original is in italics and my comments are in bold.
In our opinion: Utah gun law that canceled USU speech is an embarrassment
The only embarrassment here is the dreck that passes for writing at the Deseret News now.
The inability of Utah State University to impose reasonable protections for a speaker who had received death threats is more than just an embarrassment to the state. It is alarming.
No. It isn’t, and we’ll get to why later. This is typical breathless editorial speak, used by the willfully manipulative to sway the useful idiots. When you start breaking down the actual facts it is neither alarming nor embarrassing. It is Utah following the rule of law as opposed to the freak out cause of the day.
It should not, however, be surprising, especially to anyone who remembers the struggles a decade ago over Utah’s loose concealed permit carrier law.
I remember the “struggles” rather well. In fact I’m one of the people that testified against the University of Utah’s highly paid lobbyist in front of the Justice Committee at the State Legislature. Like this editorial, all he could do was appeal to raw emotion and wishful thinking.
It’s time to revisit that law and allow schools the freedom to protect the public.
Let’s see… Historically, what has protected the public better? Law abiding types carrying firearms for personal defense, or No Guns Allowed signs? Think hard.
Rather than repeat myself, here is an essay where I broke down in great detail why Utah allowing concealed weapon permit holders to carry firearms inside of schools makes sense. I wrote it after Sandy Hook, and it has become one of the most widely read essays on the topic of gun control there is.
Basically, whenever they start talking about “protecting the public” their ideas usually do the exact opposite.
It’s time Utah law stood up for safety, not the empowerment of bullies.
I’m curious about the definition of “bullies” here. A loaded term. You couldn’t possibly mean the public speaker who demanded a state change its policies to suit her ill-informed opinions on safety, and when she didn’t get her way—even though a suitable work around was readily, legally, available—instead asked for a boycott of the entire state until they gave in to her whims?
A decade ago, the University of Utah decided to continue enforcing a 25-year-old campus ban on firearms despite a new law that made concealed weapons fair game at schools.
A state institution having to obey state law? Crazy.
That resulted in a lawsuit that ended in 2006 when the Utah Supreme Court ruled the university had no authority to impose a policy contrary to state law.
Yep. It was a very sad day when the U discovered that despite wasting tons of tax payer and tuition money on a case that basically consisted of screaming Academic Freedom over and over again, our state constitution still applied to them.
The university — the only institution of higher learning in Utah willing to carry the fight — next tried to lobby and work with lawmakers to craft a compromise.
Their “compromise” was just their same old illegal ban in a fancy new wrapper. We exposed it for what it was and defeated it.
What they ended up with was a 2007 law that allows any student living in a dormitory to specify that he or she does not wish to room with a concealed weapon permit holder — nothing more.
Yep. Because before that their suggestions included things like declaring whatever building they wanted off limits at any time (which quickly turned into All of Them). They had a long wish list of restrictions to make CCW so incredibly cumbersome and difficult to legally comply with that it would have been a de facto ban.
This wasn’t just about students either. It also affected everyone that worked for the university as well. Professors, employees, clerks, didn’t matter. They were out of luck.
Churches, it should be noted, also expressed concern over the law and, unlike schools, were allowed to publicly declare their own no-guns policies.
The finer points of law elude the Deseret News. Our CCW law treats different types of property in different manners. Churches are private property. A private university would be private property. The University of Utah is owned by the state and paid for with tax payer funds.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns this newspaper, subsequently registered its no-gun position.
As a Mormon and a professional writer, it offends me that my church owns a newspaper that sucks this badly.
The church issued a statement asking us not to carry guns at church, but then left it up to the discretion of the local bishops. In the decade since the only time my CCW has ever been of concern to any of my bishops was when one wanted to know if I was prepared to shoot a bear (long story, but yes, obviously).
The issue, both then and now, is not about the wisdom of allowing people who have passed special courses to legally carry a concealed weapon. This makes sense under the Second Amendment to the Constitution, although it should not apply under all circumstances and it is a myth to believe the issuance of such a permit is a guarantee against crime.
Wow. There’s a lot of BS in that paragraph. He pays lip service to the Second Amendment, then immediately says to infringe the one that says it shouldn’t be infringed. Also, nobody believes that a permit is a guarantee against crime. That’s a straw man. Trust me, I taught the Utah CCW course to thousands, and nobody thinks of their handgun as a cross that wards off vampires.
No, the issue is common sense.
Common sense suggests that it is a lot harder to commit mass murder when your targets can shoot back.
Anita Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak about how women are portrayed in popular media, and especially in video games.
I’ve never gotten into GamerGate here on the blog, but basically Anita Sarkeesian is a professional victim, Social Justice Warrior, who thinks you are enjoying yourself wrong, and if you disagree you are a racist, homophobic, misogynist.
If you are a regular blog reader who followed Sad Puppies at all, same thing, same crusaders, same song, different industry.
Late Monday, someone sent an email to about a dozen USU offices threatening a deadly massacre if she were allowed to speak. It threatened “the deadliest school shooting in American history.”
As somebody who has gotten lots of death threats, anybody who sends a death threat is scum. They are vermin.
However, they are also a fact of life on the internet, and if you have enough of an audience and take a stand for anything, you will receive threats against your life. That big gun control blog post I linked above? That one had a million readers in the first month and got me on Huckabee. I had several “caring liberals” threaten to murder my entire family over that one.
Any moron with an internet connection can send a threat. The last thing you want to do is publicize these things. The people sending the threats are losers seeking attention. By publishing their threats far and wide and cancelling events, you’ve given them power.
School officials and law enforcement said they determined the threat was not credible, but that really didn’t matter.
Hold on… The TRUTH didn’t matter?
It wasn’t just the USU police, but the FBI that specialize in internet crimes that said this threat was bunk. Hell, I’m not exactly a cybercrimes expert, but I read it and scoffed. It was written like it came from somebody whose knowledge of weapons and violence came from reading the newspaper (hint, actual gun experts don’t talk about their “semi-automatic” weapons).
Not to mention they tracked it back to originating in Brazil, so he’d have to fly to another continent, catch another flight to Utah, and last time I looked the TSA frowns on pipe bombs in your carry-on luggage. So logistically after he comes to another hemisphere, he could try to illegally procure weapons as a non-resident or procure bomb materials on unfamiliar territory, without attracting attention, all while planning an attack on new ground in a very short period of time, and then pull it off in a place where the audience can shoot him.
Since I’m guessing this guy isn’t Frank Castle, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it.
Under Utah law, Utah State University had no choice but to let people with permits carry guns into the hall, and they had no mechanism for determining who had such a permit and who was, in fact, carrying a weapon.
Wow… No. Does anybody fact check anything in these things? There are several mistakes here.
First off, USU did have a choice because there is a provision in the law for a normally open to the public establishment to temporarily become a Secure Facility. The legislature worked this out with the US Secret Service prior to presidential and vice presidential visits. The facility may be secured, and CCW prohibited, provided that admission is controlled, and lockers are provided for any guests who are carrying firearms so that they can safely store their weapons. Then they control the entrance and exits. That usually means guards and metal detectors.
USU chose not to go this route because the FBI said the threat was bunk.
Next error, there is no mechanism for determining who had a permit? Uh… It is a little laminated red card with your picture on it you carry in your wallet like a driver’s license or any other state issued ID. If you want to make sure a permit is legit, you can call the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification and they can tell you if a permit is valid or not in a couple of seconds. Gun dealers do this every time they sell a gun in Utah to a permit holder when the buyer fills out a 4473 form for the BATF. Hell, the database is online! Police can access it whenever they want.
And another problem, he says there is no mechanism for determining who is in fact carrying a weapon… Think about that critically for a moment. There is no way to know if the hypothetical mass murderer is carrying a weapon either, because he sure as hell isn’t going to tell you, and he’s certainly not going to decide to call it a day and not go commit the couple hundred felonies he had planned because of your No Guns Allowed sign.
News flash, the people who get permits aren’t the ones you need to worry about.
Sarkeesian, who said she has spoken in the face of death threats elsewhere, canceled her speech, citing concern over that law.
And then Sarkeesian called for all of her followers to boycott the state of Utah.
So give into the demands of a professional victim, or continue to protect our children from mass murder… tough call.
Common sense would dictate that a university could prohibit weapons and set up metal detectors at an event that has been targeted with death threats.
USU actually had the option of doing just that and creating a legal Secure Facility, but they chose to listen to the FBI, save their money, and not hassle their students and faculty instead. Go Aggies.
If an armed officer were present, this would be a much more effective counter to any attack than the crossfire of multiple weapons carriers.
Oh bull crap. So in the last decade of us allowing guns in schools, do you have any examples of these terrible Wild West style crossfire shootouts between multiple permit holders in Utah? Heck, expand it beyond Utah. Of the millions and millions of permit holders out there, do you have any examples of these hypothetical mistaken identity crossfires?
Not that any of this would actually matter, because come on… why the hell would somebody smart, capable, and wise enough to take the necessary steps to carry a gun to provide for their own safety want to listen to a professional victim feminist whine about gamers for an hour? I’ve got a gut feeling that hall would be the closest thing to a gun free zone on campus that day regardless.
As far as armed officers being present, I would suspect that the USU police would have an officer present at any large speaking engagement, especially one with any sort of potential for conflict of any sort.
But common sense has been brushed aside.
You keep using the term, but last time I checked “wishful thinking” and “emotionally laden nonsense” weren’t synonyms with “common sense”. If you say something stupid and then call it common sense, that doesn’t make it sensible. It is still stupid. Sort of like “social justice” or “economic fairness”.
For whatever reason, the gaming community has attracted an element that threatens to kill feminists.
And Social Justice Warriors have attracted an element that threaten to kill conservative authors. Cry me a river.
Such threats should not be taken lightly,
I’m doing a book signing at the U of U bookstore on Halloween day. Since these are Larry Correia fans, I’m assuming there will be so many concealed weapons there that it will be like the opposite of a gun free zone, and probably the safest place on campus.
nor should arguments that a room full of people with concealed weapons is a deterrent to a deranged criminal be given credence.
A room full of people with concealed weapons isn’t a deterrent to committing violent crime? Maybe if your bad guy is on a kamikaze mission. And hate to break it to you, but if that’s what you’re up against, he isn’t going to give a crap about your cops or metal detectors either. For anybody else not trying to commit suicide, getting shot a couple dozen times by bystanders is usually a pretty strong deterrent. That’s why mass shooters keep attacking gun free zones instead of shooting ranges or police stations. I go into great detail on that point in the above link, so basically let me say that paragraph is one of the most willfully ignorant piles of dreck I’ve ever had the displeasure of fisking.
Utah lawmakers need to change this silly and potentially dangerous law.
That’s the beauty of having fifty states. If you don’t like this one, feel free to pack your stuff and go to one of the other ones more to your liking. Utah actually loves our kids, so we don’t feel like making it easier for psychopaths to kill large numbers of them to placate your angst.
QATAR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Josep M. Bartomeu i Floreta
FC Barcelona (Press Office)
Avenida Arístides Maillol, s/n
Dear Mr. Bartomeu i Floreta:
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of the Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition. The purpose is to inform you and the public of the activities of Qatar. Qatar Airways is the sponsor of FC Barcelona. Not only has Qatar Airways been reported to be involved with significant narcotics trafficking, but the State of Qatar is a bona fide state sponsor of terror spanning at least three continents. They are in part responsible for the ISIS genocide that is targeting Middle Eastern Christian populations.
Of all the shirts in professional football, none is more recognizable than FC Barcelona’s “Qatar Airways” jersey. The red and blue striped advertisement for Qatar Airways, with its gold collar, is worn by men, women and children the world around. Yet given Qatar’s proven financing of mass murder and terror, one wonders who would wear this shirt if they understood that it was Qatar who financed and trained the Islamic State?
As the atrocities and bodies of innocents stack up in Syria and Iraq, it is tantamount to wearing a swastika emblazoned on one’s chest. This sponsorship and corruption is destroying soccer’s good name and brand, and is an embarrassment to fans around the world!
Moreover, in 2011, it is alleged that Mr. Mohammed bin Hamman, the former head of the Qatar Football Association, had deposited £2 million into the bank account of the daughter of a Brazilian FIFA official. The money is believed to have been transferred into the 10 year-old’s account by the then-president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell. This amounted to a bribe and Qatar was subsequently awarded the 2022 World Cup.
Here are some pertinent additional facts regarding FC Barcelona, Qatar Airways and terrorism:
- The football club and Qatar Airways have been in partnership since July 2013. In February 2014, Qatar Airways announced it would fly a Boeing 777 “kitted out in FC Barcelona colors.”
- In August 2013, it was announced that FC Barcelona would receive Eur 30.5 million from Qatar Airways, as part of football’s “biggest shirt deal ever.”
- Qatar Airways has been the central airline implicated in a narcotics smuggling route that has “exploded” from Argentina to Doha.
- Across the Middle East, Christian minority communities have been targeted by ISIS for horrific, genocidal elimination. A German minister stated in August, “A story like this always has a history… Who is financing these troops [i.e. ISIS]? Hint: Qatar.”
Additionally, Qatar it is involved in Taliban narcotics trafficking through a relationship with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell and profits from operating a virtual slave state. A recent press report explained how a Qatari citizen was the money man for an Al Qaeda group in Syria. His alias? Umar al-Qatari.
The QAC Coalition and petitioners ask that you consider the attached sourced report on Qatar’s activities. The links cited are vetted and credible sources. We hope you take the time to verify the truth of the statements for yourself.
After doing so, the Coalition of the Qatar Awareness Campaign calls on you to exert due influence on the Qatari government to cease any type of involvement in all forms of Islamic terrorism, slavery, and drug trafficking!
Lt. Col. Allen B. West (US Army, Ret)
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Center for Security Policy
Paul E Vallely, US Army (Ret)
Chairman, Stand Up America
New Zeal **
& the entire Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition.
Qatar Research Report: http://www.stopqatarnow.com/p/research-report.html
Sign the Petition! Visit www.stopqatarnow.com
Facebook: Stop Qatar Now
** Select signatures as of 9/27. The Qatar Awareness Campaign Coalition is comprised of more than 25 journalists, national security experts, publishers, and independent researchers. To view all Coalition participants, please visit the Campaign’s website.
CC: Press contacts, FC Barcelona.
I’m dreaming dreams, I’m scheming schemes,
I’m building castles high.
They’re born anew, their days are few,
Just like a sweet butterfly.
And as the daylight is dawning,
They come again in the morning!
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die.
Fortune’s always hiding,
I’ve looked everywhere,
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.
When shadows creep, when I’m asleep,
To lands of hope I stray!
Then at daybreak, when I awake,
My bluebird flutters away.
Happiness, you seem so near me,
Happiness, come forth and cheer me!
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die.
Fortune’s always hiding,
I’ve looked everywhere,
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.
This is a very big political, economic, and moral problem. Rather it is a very big aspect of the overall monstrous leviathan constantly debilitating Americans and the peoples of the world. Even more titanic crises also concomitant with this global monstrosity include governmental tax extortion for power, redistribution, and graft, along with central banksters’ vast, parasitic profiteering – and the debauching of our own wealth through the inflation of prices of goods and services. And all that centralized, kleptocratic wealth is ever more set against us, by means of the vast array of collectivist “movements” and operations this money, stolen from us, feeds. – AW
How Central Banks Printing Money Turns into Stock Bubbles
Japan’s $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund will increase its allocation target for local shares to about 25 percent from 12 percent, the Nikkei newspaper reported without attribution. GPIF will also boost its holdings of foreign bonds and stocks to about a combined 30 percent from 23 percent, while reducing domestic debt to the 40 percent level from 60 percent, the Nikkei said Oct. 18.
- The Bank of Japan (BoJ) prints money.
- It uses the money to buy government bonds (domestic debt, above).
- The Government Pension Investment Fund sells its government bonds to the BoJ.
- The Government Pension Investment Fund uses that money to buy Japanese stocks.
- Stock prices rise and everyone feels wealthier.
Printed money has become real wealth. Well, it’s real only so long as you can get yours out of the market and run away to some place where they don’t print money out of thin air to inflate stock prices.
Is there such a place any more?
By: Arlen Williams
America’s “progressive” paternalist plantation for blacks is causing their relative depopulation, through the racially targeted holocaust of abortion, gang violence and imprisonment, poor conditions, poor health care, and poor behavior. Check the numbers if that about abortion sounds harsh. Check Twitter for some of the rest.
The desperate slide into dependence, degradation, and death started with Lyndon Johnson’s “great society” paying mothers to be unmarried and the ensuing breakdown of the family. Some “welfare.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party, being the anti-American saboteurs for globalist Marxofascism they are (collectivism, or communitarianism, if you prefer) strives for its permanent majority in the style of Marx, Trotsky, and Gramsci – as in the dictatorship of the proletariat.
Since the black slave-vote is not keeping pace, Democrats need a fresh supply of reflexive ballot markers and, it is said, Barack Obama is working on supplying them by the millions without any help from the anachronistic notion of an “act of Congress.”
It may seem silly to think up to eleven million illegal aliens would very quickly be stepped along en masse to illegally become voting citizens, but not necessarily so great a feat in a nation whose agent saboteur in the Oval Office is making this preparation for this next giant leap against mankind:
Obama’s DHS secretly preparing millions of illegal alien ID cards
While with the above excerpt and link I prompt you to read that brief Jim Kouri article, here is its central sentence:
According to an expert in immigration policy, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has already directed officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to notify companies that they must be able to handle creating at least 9 million identification cards in one year since eventually the majority of illegal aliens will be “legalized.”
For more about Obama and the Democrats’ exploitation of Hispanics for “fundamentally changing the United States of America,” let us simply see this article from the National Council of La Raza (The Race) featuring his speech to them, last year. Wait, no, apparently they don’t want us to hear what he told them – and that sounds suitably bad.
(The title seems to skip a word, by the way.)
Yesterday, President Obama gave a speech in San Francisco further expressing his support for immigration reform and outlining what needs to happen for us to get there. During the speech, Mr. Obama also gave a shoutout to the Fast for Families protest happening on the National Mall, telling them to stay strong in the fight.
We thank the presdident [sic] for his enduring support of this important fast and for his committment [sic] to see immigration through. We especially thank Eliseo Medina of SEIU and the other fasters who have made this great sacrifice in the name of families and immigration reform.
Watch the full video of the president’s speech below:
Collectivist evil must be stopped in America, now, understanding what it did in Russia in the 1910’s and Germany in the 1930’s.
How have inner city blacks become so duped? How have union members been so influenced to vote against their true interests, for that matter? And here we thought Lincoln and his Republicans ended slavery in the United States.
God save America from it’s foolishness, thinking Democrats are viable options to run this nation’s governments. God save us from those who think voting for nearly any Republican against them is beneath their status, or against their “group.” Red, brown, yellow, black, and white, all need to see with the eyesight He gave them.
When people are duped by others to vote for the alleged interests of a portion of the people, against the interests of all the people, they vote against themselves. When people vote against themselves, they vote against God, himself.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Never in my wildest nightmares would I have believed this could happen in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where I lived for five years until recently and where I spent part of my childhood. Idaho, is for the most part, a bastion of conservatism. Now, pastors are facing 180 days in jail if they refuse to perform a gay marriage ceremony:
(Alliance Defending Freedom) Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly. The city is on seriously flawed legal ground, and our lawsuit intends to ensure that this couple’s freedom to adhere to their own faith as pastors is protected just as the First Amendment intended.”
We were told this could never happen, except it just did in Houston, Texas and now in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This horrifically violates our freedom of religion as Christians. As I write this, many pastors have decided to stand their ground and go to jail over this if it is pursued. If they follow their faith, they have very little in the way of alternative choices here.
This mandate by these fascist city officials is against the law, including Idaho’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as the 1st Amendment of the US Bill of Rights.
From William Teach at Right Wing News:
Oh, and just to be truly clear, here’s Section I, Article 4 of the Idaho Constitution:
Guaranty of religious liberty. The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege, or capacity on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, or excuse acts of licentiousness or justify polygamous or other pernicious practices, inconsistent with morality or the peace or safety of the state; nor to permit any person, organization, or association to directly or indirectly aid or abet, counsel or advise any person to commit the crime of bigamy or polygamy, or any other crime. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination, or pay tithes against his consent; nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. Bigamy and polygamy are forever prohibited in the state, and the legislature shall provide by law for the punishment of such crimes.
Not only do the Knapps face 180 days in jail, they face fines of $1000 a day for defying these city officials. I have a sincere urge to say something very un-Christian right now, but will refrain. That’s more jail time than they give some child molesters. What happened to freedom of choice? Freedom of religion? Freedom, period? I guess separation of Church and the so-called State only applies when the powers-that-be want it to apply.
We have now started skidding down that slippery slope that the Progressives set up over gay marriage. Tolerance for thee, but not for me if I’m a Christian.
The Daily Signal had this to say about government coercion:
The Knapps have been married to each other for 47 years and are both ordained ministers of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. They are “evangelical Christians who hold to historic Christian beliefs” that “God created two distinct genders in His image” and “that God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman.”
But as a result of the courts redefining marriage and a city ordinance that creates special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Knapps are facing government coercion.
Governmental recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages need not and should not require any third party to recognize a same-sex relationship as a marriage. Government should respect the rights of all citizens. Indeed, a form of government respectful of free association, free contracts, free speech and free exercise of religion should protect citizens’ rights to live according to their beliefs about marriage.
The Knapps have been celebrating weddings in their chapel since 1989. Government should not now force them to shut down or violate their beliefs.
After all, protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms. No one has a right to have the government force a particular minister to marry them. Some citizens may conclude that they cannot in good conscience participate in same-sex ceremonies, from priests and pastors to bakers and florists. They should not be forced to choose between strongly held religious beliefs and their livelihood.
I don’t see how the city of Coeur d’Alene can claim that forcing the Knapps to perform a same-sex wedding is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way. There are numerous other ways where a same-sex couple could tie the knot. Indeed, there is a county clerks office directly across the street from the chapel.
CDA is taking a step many opponents of same-sex marriage feared would come – forcing those with religious objections to perform same-sex marriages or risk facing prosecution for violating non-discrimination laws. That day is now here and upon us. Christians and pastors must stand tough and together on this and not budge, for the sake of our churches, Christians and our faith.
My friend Bookworm Room perhaps put it best:
It’s important to add here that the Knapps, like my hypothetical Catholic priest, aren’t crazy people who came up with their religion yesterday, while shopping at the Piggly Wiggly, and included in their brand new faith core doctrines demanding ritual Barbie doll dismemberment, mandatory bestiality, and 100% tithing. The Knapps, like my hypothetical priest, are interpreting Christian religious doctrine as it has been interpreted for 2,000 years. They are interpreting Christian religious doctrine as it existed when the Founders enacted the First Amendment. They are interpreting Christian religious doctrine in a way that meshes with most religion’s core doctrinal points right up until the last 40 years, when a bunch of churches and synagogues ran off into the far reaches Leftist swamp lands.
Under the First Amendment, those faiths that wish to marry same-sex partners should be allowed to do so. And those churches that hew to traditional religious interpretations about marriage and do not wish to marry same-sex partners, should be left entirely alone — and that’s true whether they perform the marriage ritual for free or on a fee-for-service basis. The issue isn’t money; it’s faith.
When Queen Elizabeth I of England came to the throne after decades of religious strife, she famously refused to resume religious inquisitions, saying, instead, “I would not open windows into men’s souls.” What’s happening in Coeur d’Alene isn’t just opening a window into men’s souls, it’s interpretation of its own ordinance is a rock thrown directly through that window in an effort to destroy men’s faith entirely.
This is about principle and faith. Not only should the pastors tell the officials in Houston in regards to their sermons, “Come and take them!” The pastors in CDA need to tell their officials that they are making a stand and this is our Alamo.