A family owned bakery has been ordered to make wedding cakes for gay couples and guarantee that its staff be given comprehensive training on Colorado's anti-discrimination laws after the state's Civil Rights Commission determined the Christian baker violated the law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in Lakewood, Colorado was directed to change his store policies immediately and force his staff to attend the training sessions. For the next two years, Phillips will also be required to submit quarterly reports to the commission to confirm that he has not turned away customers based on their sexual orientation.
Think of it as reverse conversion therapy (or straight man's rehab) so that the state can mandate diversity through conformity. more >>
Marie Antoinette may never have said "Let them eat cake," but, in Colorado the seven-member Civil Rights Commission recently declared their intention to make them bake cake, ordering a Christian baker to design and prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples – or else suffer the consequences.
Two years ago, Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, politely declined to make a wedding cake signifying a union between two men. Phillips said he would sell them any baked good in his shop, and would appreciate the business, but he could not craft a cake promoting a same-sex wedding due to his faith and beliefs about marriage.
The couple was not pleased, unwilling to accept anything other than a cake demonstrating full, unequivocal support for same-sex marriages. Enlisting the aid of the ACLU, they brought charges, and an administrative judge ruled that Phillips violated civil rights law by discriminating against the couple. more >>
Nicolle Martin, lawyer for Jack Phillips, a Christian Baker and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, has called a ruling by the state's Civil Rights Commission last Friday telling her client he cannot refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings "offensive and un-American."
An earlier report explained that the ruling, the culmination of a two year legal row, says Phillips, is prevented from refusing to make wedding cakes for gays due to Colorado's Anti-Discrimination Act, despite his deeply held Christian beliefs on homosexuality.
Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for two gay men, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, due to his faith in 2012, but the seven-member Civil Rights Commission concluded on Friday that it was unacceptable. more >>
Renowned neurosurgeon and conservative star Benjamin Carson was up to his common sense ways again on Wednesday when he taught former Democratic Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland the importance of reading.
During an appearance on CNN's "Crossfire," host Stephanie Cutter asked Dr. Carson to clarify a comparison he made in his new book "One Nation" between modern day America and Nazi Germany, and tried to make an issue of it.
"To me, it doesn't sound like a complex statement at all," said Carson before reiterating his original comments. more >>
Some, but certainly not all conservatives have elevated themselves to the status of "jerk" in both their words and actions. Here are some tips that may help alleviate the problem.
1) Stop talking about how the "crazy liberals" are trying to destroy America. Those "crazy liberals" live in America, so I sort of have a hard time believing that they are trying to sabotage their haven of safety, freedom and well-being. You can talk all day about how you think their views are destructive (and some of them are), but please, don't blast your social media with how they are intentionally trying to destroy their own homeland.
2) Quit acting like you know more than what you actually do. If you're going to talk about how Obama's latest speech was a whole bunch of hogwash, at least be able to communicate why. If you're going to blow up your Facebook friend's news feeds about how "communistic" the healthcare reform is, please be able to tell us all why and how that is. Acquiring and expressing a vast conservative-vocabulary after a few hours of soaking up Fox News programs doesn't make you knowledgeable. Some birds have the mental capacity to parrot things they hear; it doesn't mean they know what they're talking about. Get educated before you get vocal so that you can really contribute to the conversation. more >>
Some faculty members of Louisiana Tech recently walked out of the school's commencement ceremony in protest of an award being given to Phil Robertson, star of the A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty."
The three faculty members who chose to walk out of the commencement ceremony did so due to remarks Robertson made regarding homosexuality in a December 2013 interview with GQ Magazine. The small protest happened after members of the LGBT student group Prism organized a social media campaign once they were made aware of Robertson's award on Friday, one day before the commencement ceremony was to take place.
Although Robertson did not attend Saturday's graduation event, his wife, Miss Kay, and son, Alan, received the award in his place. The award, known as the Tower Medallion, was meant to recognize Robertson as a distinguished alumnus of the university. more >>