Conservative leader Morton Blackwell keeps a picture of Leonardo's model of a bicycle on the wall of his Leadership Institute. It's his site gag--and a sight gag.
Leonardo's bike is a reminder that the great conservative philosophical insight—Ideas Have Consequences—is true only if people act upon it. You can sketch a bicycle and perhaps even build a working model. But we know it took four hundred years for people to start riding bicycles.
Progressives don't ever wait that long. They start acting upon their ideas immediately. The only trouble is: the ideas they believe in are not true.rogre Among the lies they believe, here are three of the most prominent: more >>
Two Christian colleges located in states that had their same-sex marriage bans struck down by the United States Supreme Court's June 26 decision that nationally legalized same-sex marriage are offering employment benefits to legally recognized same-sex spouses of school employees.
The employment practices of Hope College, a small Reformed liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan, and the nondenominational Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will both comply with their states' new legal definitions on marriage after the high court's ruling.
On Monday, Hope College President John Knapp sent an email to the Hope community explaining that while Hope will continue to offer benefits to spouses of employees recognized by the state, the Supreme Court's ruling has effectively changed the definition of marriages recognized by the state of Michigan to include same-sex couples. more >>
Republicans in Virginia's legislature are considering measures meant to protect religious groups and individuals from having to perform gay weddings due to the Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
While the beginning of the next session of the General Assembly is still months away, GOP legislators are mulling various possible religious liberty measures.
"Republicans have not specified what proposals they plan to offer, but House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has asked Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, deputy majority leader and a former prosecutor, to review what other states have done before they decide what action to take in Virginia," reported Jenna Portnoy of The Washington Post. more >>
More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions.
Although an online fundraiser established on GoFundMe.com to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law."
After removing the Kleins' fundraiser, GoFundMe later revised its user policy to state that the site can't be used to raise money in "defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts." The website additionally shut down the fundraiser for Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington florist who's also facing heavy fines for not working a gay wedding. more >>
Same-sex "marriage" isn't about building homes -- it's about destroying them. Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein. The Christian bakers just learned that they stand to lose a lot more than their business for following their faith on marriage. According to the state, it could cost them their house too.
In another sickening twist, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries is ordering the family to pay their $135,000 fine by next Monday or the state will put a lien on their home.
Apparently, Commissioner Brad Avakian is so fiercely committed to his agenda that he's willing to put five kids on the street to prove it. Conform or go homeless. Sounds like tolerance to me! Like florist Barronelle Stutzman, whose home also hangs in the court's balance, the Klein's are finding out how low the Left is willing to sink to demand conformity on their redefinition of marriage. more >>
We've been told that people who want to maintain the man-woman definition of marriage are "on the wrong side of history." Perhaps so. Maybe "history," which is determined largely by how people behave, will continue to move toward making marriage genderless in the 90 percent of governments that still maintain the natural definition.
But remember, Moses was on the wrong side of the golden calf. And Lincoln's emancipation proclamation was on the wrong side of Dred Scott—the 1857 Supreme Court decision that declared blacks were "so far inferior that they had no rights." Thus, being on the wrong side of some popular moral assertion doesn't necessarily mean that your position is wrong.
Now that five judges say that same sex marriage is a new "right", I would like to ask a more foundational question. Where do rights come from? Specifically, where does the right to same sex marriage come from? more >>