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Embrace Our Beliefs or Be Canceled

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This is a rather mindboggling story:  A mid-Missouri church has taken issue with a local LGBT group for promoting homosexuality and transgenderism and has demanded local businesses cut ties with these sinners immediately. Though the group, which meets weekly at the Main Street Coffeehouse, has been involved in community outreach, volunteering at the nearby food pantry and homeless shelter, and providing transportation for elderly neighborhood residents to doctors’ appointments, the church, through its leadership team, has called and written multiple letters — both to the businesses in question and the local paper — and launched a petition calling for them to sever ties with the group or “pay the eternal consequences.”

Wait. I got that backwards.

According to the Daily Signal, The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, finds itself in the cross-hairs of activists from the LGBT community due to a recent sermon delivered by its Pastor, Keith Simon, addressing sexuality and transgenderism.

But despite Simon’s efforts to discuss the topic from a loving, biblically informed perspective, local LGBT activists immediately cried foul, launching a petition and demanding local businesses cut ties with the church.

Last Thursday, Sager Braudis Gallery, a local art gallery, was the first to cave to activist pressure. Although the church had financially sponsored the gallery for five years, the gallery said it was severing ties to show “solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community” and to register its protest “against institutions who perpetuate and use their powerful platforms for content of this nature.”

That’s right. There’s a change.org petition exhorting others not to participate in/accept donations from a church because it follows biblical teaching.  From the petition itself:

Hate has no home in Columbia, MO. We reject all who preach or practice hate by taking an active role in rebuking it.

The Crossing Church contributes millions of dollars to businesses and organizations. When they give money to and sponsor local businesses and organizations, they receive promotion in exchange. This promotion implies that the businesses support, or at least approve of, The Crossing’s policies and beliefs.

By continuing a partnership with The Crossing, even after it published an incredibly transphobic sermon, T/F and Ragtag continue to lend legitimacy to this organization and its message. Furthermore, by releasing a statement touting the partnership as “creating a dialog,” it also tells people that this message of hate is one worth hearing. It’s not. It’s hate speech, and it’s harmful.

….

This is a call for them to stay true to their values and mission statement by taking the following actions:

1. End their partnership with The Crossing church

2. Release a public statement condemning The Crossing’s intolerance of LGBTQ+  and Non-Binary people, and reaffirming their own support and dedication for inclusion and protections of all people. 

Until they do these things, they will be boycotted.

As the Signal’s post notes,

Just last month, the church garnered national attention when it helped members of its community pay off unpaid medical bills. Through partnership with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that helps people pay off outstanding medical debt, church members donated more than $430,000, which was used to pay off more than $43 million of medical debt by negotiating with debt collectors.

At the time, Pastor Keith Simon explained the motivation behind his congregation’s generosity: “We do this because we feel like God has been incredibly gracious to us. He’s paid our debts. We think those who follow Jesus should be radically generous with their time, their talent, their treasure.”

But whatever you do, do not partner with that church in any way. Condemn it!

Okay, time for some frank talk from me: I’m a Christian. A Bible-believing Christian. I’m also a sinner. Because…duh – human. I am, of course, familiar with biblical teaching on this — and many other — thorny subjects, though this one seems to be one of the thorniest.  It’s an issue I genuinely wrestle with and I know I’m not alone in that. And I totally understand why members of the LGBT community would take issue with the stance and not want to belong to or associate with the church. I also understand that this isn’t about government suppression or a First Amendment question. I believe in free markets and adore capitalism; I fully support the notion of voting with your pocketbook.

But this goes a step further — a step too far, in my view. These activists are demanding that others not partner with the church (or, presumably, any biblically-based church) for any event/in any way. The price for disregarding? A boycott of your business/event. Don’t you dare associate with them or we will make you pay! And why? Because the church espouses traditional Christian, Bible-based beliefs.

At the close of his sermon, Simon explained that the issue of transgenderism boils down to a question of authority. Who has authority when it comes to our bodies and how we use them? Is it contemporary culture or Jesus? Ultimately, Simon explained, “Jesus is Lord over us, culture, and our bodies.” He finished by exhorting his congregation to show love and compassion to those struggling with gender dysphoria. “Speak the truth in love,” he exhorted.

The church could not have been clearer that the Bible affirms that all people are made in God’s image. Speaking of people who identify with different sexual lifestyles, it stated: “[w]e affirm their full personhood, dignity, and worth. We believe that our government bears a responsibility to protect their lives, dignity, welfare, and all other rights afforded to every other person in this country.”

Per the activists, that is hateful. And it must be condemned. Canceled.

What’s the end game here?


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Gay Breakfasts, Indignant Crime, and Rebellious Broccoli: Are We Doomed?

Welcome to Are We Doomed? the weekly column in which I will take the latest news and try to determine if it’s all downhill from here.

It Turns Out Armed Robbery is Dangerous

23 year-old Roosevelt Rappley attempted to commit armed robbery of a Dollar General store recently, and ended up getting shot in the process. His siblings were very  upset about it. They don’t think that it should be dangerous to commit armed robbery.

He’s got some responsibility, but not all,” Rappley’s sister said. “Right and wrong is wrong, that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest.”

“Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh, well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands!” she continued.

 

Verdict: If this is the level of personal responsibility that’s expected in the world, we’re doomed.  Also, if you’re going to commit armed robbery, why would you choose a Dollar General?

Is Your Breakfast Gay Enough?

On GLAAD’s Spirit Day on October 17, Kellogg’s announced a new cereal- All Together. It’s one big cereal box with little boxes of Corn Flakes, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheats, Raisin Bran, and Rice Krispies inside.

Newsbusters reports:

Kellogg’s chief diversity officer (why does a cereal company need such a thing??) Priscilla Koranteng said, “At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to equality and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we work and live.” As part of the Spirit Day partnership, Kellogg’s is donating $50,000 to GLAAD.

Pinksite News says that, with this new offering, you can “start your day with maximum gay.”

Verdict: What does sexuality have to do with cereal? Why does it have to be socially aware? Can’t it just be…breakfast? It’s not like cereal has been historically heterosexual. It hasn’t spoken up for traditional marriage or shared an opinion on what bathroom anyone should use. Cereal having a sexual preference spells doom.

Criminal Broccoli

At an animal rights protest in London, a man was arrested. A man dressed as a giant broccoli, who shouted “give peas a chance” as he was carted away in handcuffs.

Then, there was this super awkward interview.

Verdict: This is more funny than doom to me, but maybe that in and of itself is a sign of doom. This is a tough call.

First Responder Manicures

While medical personnel tended to a woman at the scene of a car accident recently, Utah firefighters Shift Battalion Allen Hadley and Captain Kevin Lloyd noticed that her daughter, though uninjured, was scared. She also happened to have a bottle of nail polish. So, while waiting for her mom to get the medical care she needed, the two men, who both had little girls of their own at home, offered to let her paint their nails.

Before long, she was  calmed down and focused on the task at hand (pun intended). The story of these guys taking such good care of the little girl at the scene quickly went viral.

This is how amazing our firefighters are. Our A shift Battalion Chief and Captain were on the scene of a motor vehicle…

Posted by North Davis Fire District on Saturday, October 12, 2019

Verdict: Zero doom. We’re going to be ok.

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CNN’s “Equality Town Hall” Gets Beaten in Ratings By Fox Coverage of Trump Rally

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Democrats have been doing these forums to showcase the candidates on a variety of issues.

The one on Thursday, fiver hours covered by CNN, was termed the “Equality Town Hall.”

If the reaction to the forum of the ratings is any indication, this isn’t going exactly the way Democrats had hoped it might.

The forum came in dead last. It was beaten out by Fox which came in number one in total viewers as well as the crucial 25-54 demographic. The network was covering mostly President Donald Trump’s rally in Minnesota during that period. Second was MSNBC.

From Townhall:

Fox News was in first place for the entirety of CNN’s nearly five-hour long town hall from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. by averaging 3.7 million viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo.

CNN was in last place by having an average of 1.1 million total viewers and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo, meaning Fox News had a triple-digit advantage over CNN.

The forum was interrupted repeatedly by trans activists, including Blossom Brown who interrupted the question of a nine year old child talking about being transgender and chastised CNN for not giving adequate voice to black transwomen.

“Let me tell you something, black transwomen are being killed in this country, and CNN, you have erased black transwomen for the last time. Let me tell you something, black transwomen are dying! Our lives matter! I am an extraordinary black transwoman, and I deserve to be here!” said activist Blossom Brown.

Even after moderator Don Lemon asked for the microphone, Brown continued her rant,”Black trans women are being killed in this country! Black trans women are dying and our lives matter! Not one black trans woman or man has been given the mic tonight.”

There were other moments such as this one with Beto O’Rourke saying that churches, schools and charities should lose their tax exempt status if they didn’t support gay marriage.

Then there was Joe Biden recalling the time of “gay bath houses” and it being about “round the clock sex.”

From NRO:

“Remember, Anderson? Back 15, 20 years ago when we talked about this in San Francisco, it was all about, well, gay bath houses. It was all about round-the-clock sex. Come on, man. Gay couples are more likely to stay together longer than heterosexual couples.”

Let’s not leave out Elizabeth Warren who mocked religious people who might not support gay marriage.

Elizabeth Warren, the other co-frontrunner in the Democratic primary, apologized for opposing taxpayer-funding of sex-change operations for prisoners during her 2012 Senate campaign. One questioner asked Warren what she would say to a religious supporter of hers who opposes same-sex marriage: “A supporter approaches you and says, ‘Senator, I’m old-fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.’ What is your response?”

“Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that and I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that.’” The audience laughed and applauded. “Assuming you can find one,” she added. Zing!

Remember that question started with the person being a supporter, she assumed his gender. Like as not, he/she wouldn’t be a supporter after being mocked. Way to convince people to your point of view. But folks on the left on social media cheered her response. Warren is now for tax-payer funding for sex change operations for prisoners.

What these forums have shown is how little respect Democrats have for individual rights and different beliefs, and how ready they are to trample them over in the interest of pandering for votes.

Once upon a time, Democrats used to be considered by some to be the party of the worker, desirous of reaching out to middle America. No longer. It’s the Republican Party who’s reaching out to that forgotten worker and to help improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of who they are. That’s what Trump is appealing to as he did again in Minnesota on Thursday.

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This Groveling Apology Shows Why Chris Cuomo Owns the Nickname Fredo

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We have reached a stage where mental illness and wokeness have combined to create a perfect storm of utterly stupid behavior. The mental illness here is the wave of transgenderism that has gone from being nuts to being fashionable within the lifecycle of a fruit fly. The wokeness part of it is the notion that you can demand other people use whatever pronouns you wish to describe you. The perfect storm of stupid behavior hit Fredo Cuomo last night like a ballpeen hammer on the forehead.

At the Democrat forum on exotic sexual proclivities, Kamala Harris was interviewed by Fredo about her views on adultery…sorry, that was a joke…about her policies in regards to the alphabet folks should the nation have the misfortune to elect her as president. This is her intro:

Actually, that’s pretty funny. You’ve heard the saying that the cop never thinks it is as funny as you do? Well,the people who said that had never encountered angry alphabet people.

[Raises hand]

[uhhhh…yeah they are]

Instead of powering through it with a ‘lighten up, Francis’ moment–it isn’t like CNN’s ratings could be hurt and Cuomo’s job wouldn’t be in jeopardy due to his family name–Cuomo acted just like Fredo after Mo Greene whipped his a**.

This is both sad and pathetic. But it is a metophor for the current age and I suppose we just have to deal with it.

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NC Democratic Rep. Wins ‘Breakthrough’ Award Based on Something She Didn’t Do at Infamous 9/11 House Session

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Last month, I wrote about how the Washington Post and a number of other mainstream media news outlets were responsible for spreading fake news about a North Carolina House session that took place on 9/11 in which the Republican majority overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto.

The national news outlets erroneously reported that the vote was deliberately held while numerous Democratic state legislators were at 9/11 remembrance ceremonies. The reality of it was that only one House Democrat is on record as not being at the General Assembly due to attendance at a 9/11 memorial.

What was also widely reported at the time was how one Democratic state legislator – Deb Butler – erupted on the House floor, claiming Republicans had tricked Democrats into not attending the session, which allowed for the veto override to take place (Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in either chamber). While on the House floor angrily clutching the microphone, Butler yelled “I will not yield!”

It became a rallying cry for Democrats.

While it’s not true that Republicans “lied” about legislative business that was to take place that morning, Butler was applauded in Democratic circles and rose to national fame thanks to appearances on and interviews with news outlets like MSNBC.

Because of this, the Victory Institute, which is an LGBTQ PAC, nominated Butler for the Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award. Baldwin, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, is the first openly gay Senator, according to the group. Here’s what the Victory Institute said about Butler’s nomination:

As the Democratic Whip of the North Carolina House, Deb Butler is a warrior for North Carolina’s LGBTQ community. Under the rallying cry of “I Will Not Yield,” Butler recently derided Republicans’ underhanded voting tactics, even resisting arrest to pursue justice. During her time in the House, she has fought for causes ranging from fair districts to common sense gun reform.

It was announced Wednesday that Butler won the award (hat tip: A.P. Dillon).

But here’s the kicker: Butler did not “resist arrest.” There were claims that some of her fellow House Democrats were surrounding her to “protect” her from the police, but the claims are both laughable and absurd. You can see law enforcement in the background of the below video, but they were there in case a fight broke out, because things were pretty tense that day. Watch:

I pointed this out to Victory Institute:

Democrats who are reading this don’t just have to take my word for it, either. Journalist Colin Campbell, who covers state politics for the NC Insider and the Raleigh News and Observer, pointed out at the time of her nomination that at no point did she face arrest:

Not only did she not “resist arrest”, but her attempt at “resisting” a veto override ultimately backfired, as North Carolina radio talk show host Pete Kaliner points out:

Fact check: True, according to the News and Observer.

Butler might be a leader in the LGBTQ community, but her “resist” moment (which she won the award for) failed spectacularly because Democrats on the House floor did not know the rules. As a result, Republicans in the House overrode the veto.

Rep. Butler has not acknowledged this inconvenient fact, nor has she corrected the false “resisted arrest” claim for the record. As a result, I was left with no choice but to correct it for her.

Sorry not sorry, Deb.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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NC Democratic Rep. Wins ‘Breakthrough’ Award Based on Something She Didn’t Do at Infamous 9/11 House Session

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North Carolina State Rep. Deb Butler (D-New Hanover) erupts during a House session on 9/11/19. Screen grab via the Associated Press.

Last month, I wrote about how the Washington Post and a number of other mainstream media news outlets were responsible for spreading fake news about a North Carolina House session that took place on 9/11 in which the Republican majority overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto.

The national news outlets erroneously reported that the vote was deliberately held while numerous Democratic state legislators were at 9/11 remembrance ceremonies. The reality of it was that only one House Democrat is on record as not being at the General Assembly due to attendance at a 9/11 memorial.

What was also widely reported at the time was how one Democratic state legislator – Deb Butler – erupted on the House floor, claiming Republicans had tricked Democrats into not attending the session, which allowed for the veto override to take place (Republicans do not have a veto-proof majority in either chamber). While on the House floor angrily clutching the microphone, Butler yelled “I will not yield!”

It became a rallying cry for Democrats.

While it’s not true that Republicans “lied” about legislative business that was to take place that morning, Butler was applauded in Democratic circles and rose to national fame thanks to appearances on and interviews with news outlets like MSNBC.

Because of this, the Victory Institute, which is an LGBTQ PAC, nominated Butler for the Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award. Baldwin, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, is the first openly gay Senator, according to the group. Here’s what the Victory Institute said about Butler’s nomination:

As the Democratic Whip of the North Carolina House, Deb Butler is a warrior for North Carolina’s LGBTQ community. Under the rallying cry of “I Will Not Yield,” Butler recently derided Republicans’ underhanded voting tactics, even resisting arrest to pursue justice. During her time in the House, she has fought for causes ranging from fair districts to common sense gun reform.

It was announced Wednesday that Butler won the award (hat tip: A.P. Dillon).

But here’s the kicker: Butler did not “resist arrest.” There were claims that some of her fellow House Democrats were surrounding her to “protect” her from the police, but the claims are both laughable and absurd. You can see law enforcement in the background of the below video, but they were there in case a fight broke out, because things were pretty tense that day. Watch:

I pointed this out to Victory Institute:

Democrats who are reading this don’t just have to take my word for it, either. Journalist Colin Campbell, who covers state politics for the NC Insider and the Raleigh News and Observer, pointed out at the time of her nomination that at no point did she face arrest:

Not only did she not “resist arrest”, but her attempt at “resisting” a veto override ultimately backfired, as North Carolina radio talk show host Pete Kaliner points out:

Fact check: True, according to the News and Observer.

Butler might be a leader in the LGBTQ community, but her “resist” moment (which she won the award for) failed spectacularly because Democrats on the House floor did not know the rules. As a result, Republicans in the House overrode the veto.

Rep. Butler has not acknowledged this inconvenient fact, nor has she corrected the false “resisted arrest” claim for the record. As a result, I was left with no choice but to correct it for her.

Sorry not sorry, Deb.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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The Court Is in Session – Part II

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Earlier, we highlighted the cases heard by the Supreme Court on Monday of this week (as well as the many delights of October!) Three more cases were heard by the Court yesterday, all on very “hot button” issues.  (READ: The Court Is in Session – Part I.)

First up was Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia. This case examines the applicability of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to claims of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The pertinent portion of the Act prohibits discrimination in the employment context “because of [an] individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”  The law was first passed in 1964 and has not, to date, been construed (by SCOTUS) to encompass sexual orientation or transgenderism. Plaintiff Gerald Bostock was a coordinator for child welfare services in Clayton County, Georgia, for a number of years.  In 2013, he joined a gay recreational softball league and, according to Bostock, “from that point on, my life changed, ” he says. “Within months, I was fired for being gay. I lost my livelihood. I lost my medical insurance and at the time I was fighting prostate cancer. It was devastating.” Bostock filed suit in federal court in Georgia, alleging that his termination violated Title VII, in that his termination (ostensibly for being gay) was prohibited by the “because of sex” provision.

Bostock’s case was consolidated for oral argument with Altitude Express v. Zarda, a case filed in federal court in New York by Donald Zarda following his 2010 termination by his skydiving company employer.  Zarda had informed a customer that he was gay in order to allay her concerns about being strapped together with him during the jump.  The customer complained and Zarda was terminated. He asserted this was due to the customer’s homophobia (though the customer also contended that he had touched her inappropriately during the jump.) Zarda died in a base jumping accident in Switzerland in 2014 and his family continued the litigation in his name.  Similar to BostockZarda involves the question of whether discrimination based on sexual orientation is encompassed within the language of Title VII.

The consolidated cases were then followed by the case of Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC. This was another employment discrimination case, only Harris involves the question of whether the provisions of Title VII also prohibit discrimination based on an individual being transgender. In that case, Aimee Stephens, a Michigan funeral director, was terminated following her declaration in 2013 that she intended to live and dress as a woman. (Prior to 2013, Stephens was known as “Anthony” and dressed and lived as a man.) Stephens made a claim for discrimination with the EEOC, which then sued the funeral home, asserting that firing Stephens for being transgender violated Title VII.

ACLU attorney David Cole presented an interesting argument on behalf of Stephens:

Cole described the case in simple terms. Stephens is being treated differently because of the sex she was assigned at birth. If she had been assigned a female sex at birth, he argued, she would not have been fired for wanting to come to work dressed as a woman. But instead she was assigned a male sex, Cole continued, and so she was fired because she failed to conform to the sex stereotypes of her employer. It can’t be the case, Cole asserted, that Ann Hopkins – the plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s original case on sex stereotyping – couldn’t be fired or denied a promotion for being insufficiently feminine, but Stephens could be fired for being insufficiently masculine.

Once again, SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe provides an excellent analysis of Tuesday’s arguments.  The transcripts of the arguments can be found here and here.

We’ll provide additional overviews as to upcoming arguments, as well as some in-depth analysis, in the coming days. However, I also want to point out that the Court granted certiorari this past Friday on several more cases of interest: June Medical Serv., et al. v. Gee, Sec., LA Dept. of Health (consolidated with) Gee, Sec., LA Dept. of Healthv. June Medical Serv., et al. – cases involving a challenge to the Louisiana law which requires admitting privileges for doctors who perform abortions; United States v. Sineneng-Smith (reviewing a 9th Circuit decision which found a federal law making it a felony to encourage or induce illegal immigration for financial gain unconstitutionally broad).  Look for these cases to be heard early in 2020. Additionally, on Monday, the Court opted to move forward with oral argument in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, New York, a case involving New York City’s since-repealed ban on transporting guns outside the city limits, despite the fact that the ban was subsequently changed.  This one is now scheduled to be heard in December.

 


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Video: Liberal Comedian Teaches Twitter Mob a Lesson After Criticism for Being Friends With President Bush

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Comedian Ellen DeGeneres was at the Green Bay Packers/Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday at the invitation of Charlotte Jones, the daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

During the game, the cameras panned to Jones’ suite and showed DeGeneres seated next to former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush:

Here’s video of them standing for the national anthem:

Predictably, the liberal Twitter fauxtrage mob was incensed that a gay liberal like Ellen DeGeneres would stoop so low as to sit next to a conservative Republican like Bush. Some of the tweets have since been deleted, but Vox’s Aaron Rupar was one of those who said it was a “bad look” for Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi to sit next to Bush:

Here are some others who were none too pleased with the seating arrangements:

DeGeneres, who has had Bush and some of his family members on her television show in the past, was not interested in playing the shame game. Here’s what she said Monday on her show in response to the haters:

“People were upset,” DeGeneres said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?… A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”
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“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”
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“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

Watch the segment below:

Having the ability to break bread with someone you disagree with politically isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it could lead to changed minds depending on the types of conversations you may have. At the very least, it could lead to the other person at least being able to understand someone’s point of view from a different perspective, even if they still end up disagreeing with it.

In the rough and tumble of politics, there’s nothing wrong with fighting tooth and nail for what you believe. There’s also nothing wrong with being able to share a beer with your political opponents at the end of the day. Because although there are indeed people in positions of power who do not have the best interests of our country at heart, not everyone you disagree with is The Enemy.

That was Ellen’s lesson and though I disagree with her more often than not, I applaud her for pointing this out.

By the way, the Packers won 34-24.

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Ellen DeGeneres sat next to George W. Bush, the left lost its mind

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Ellen DeGeneres sat next to former President George W. Bush Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers game in Dallas. A photo was taken by DeGeneres of the two and it went viral. The Twitter mob came for her.

The very people who virtue shame anyone within earshot about civility to justify hatred toward President Trump are the first to jump ugly when their delicate sensibilities are offended. Nothing threatens ideologues more than a friendship between a liberal and a conservative. In the real world, though, it is the norm, not the exception. Any person going through life with only those who agree with him or her politically is traveling in a rare circle.

I remember seeing the photo on Twitter Sunday and shrugging. Frankly, it’s pretty normal behavior for George W. Bush. The dirty little secret in politics is that conservatives bend more and quicker than liberals do when it comes to everyday life. In culture, this is especially true. Just sitting there and watching that game meant that Bush was turning a blind eye to the current social justice warrior behavior of professional NFL players. It’s his choice to make but it must have given him pause at some point when the kneeling on the sidelines began.

Ellen’s Twitter feed is a mess. A quick glance shows why she felt the need to address the reaction from the outrage mob. She posted a tweet with a video from her pre-recorded Tuesday show.

Ellen explains that she and her wife were invited to be guests of owner Jerry Jones by his daughter, Charlotte. They were in his “fancy” owners suite, along with George and Laura Bush. Ellen did what anyone would do if sitting next to a former president at a public event – she took video footage of the two of them. It went downhill from there, even from the entertainment industry.

Ah, yes. The party of tolerance is still calling Bush a war criminal. He shouldn’t be attending a football game, he should be locked up in jail. Got it. Hey, he “created ICE”, too. He must be shunned for protecting our borders and wanting to know who is in our country.

This “Voice of Social Justice” spoke up, too:

There are good responses, too. Mostly, this is Ellen DeGeneres being Ellen DeGeneres. She once was as strong a critic of Bush as the rest of the Hollywood elite. Then she got really successful and really wealthy and now she’s friends with ex-presidents and other public figures so it’s all kumbaya now.

She knew what she was doing. See how tolerant I am? She still zings Republicans but just the ones she doesn’t know in real life. If a conservative is a friend, she’s just being tolerant. DeGeneres now wants you to know she can be friends with conservatives, at least the wealthy and well-known ones. She’s into a different kind of virtue-shaming now.

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.”

What she is doing, though, is simply being an adult. Grown-ass people know that in order to live in civil society, interactions will happen and we are expected to be mature enough to handle it. It is silly to pat yourself on the back for acting like an adult, which she is doing if we are being honest here. A true test of how magnanimous she is would be to be sitting next to someone from Trump World. During the two terms of George W. Bush, she was as vocal as anyone else against him.

This week the Supreme Court is taking up a case of particular interest of the LGBTQ community. The timing of DeGeneres’s interaction with Bush was noted ironically. The left is nothing if not predictable.

The “be kind” mantra is the politically correct way of saying “be a decent human being”. The left needs that lesson as much as any of those they criticize. To call this gesture a moment of restoring faith in humankind is hyperbole, to put it kindly.

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A Case That Is Being Portrayed as a Win for Religious Freedom Is Actually a Road Map for Our Perpetual Defeat

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There is a major struggle going on right now over the fate of religious freedom in this country. It is safe to say that the left is actively hostile to religion once it leaves the doors of the church (many are hostile even before then but I’ll give the entire mob of them the benefit of the doubt) and they have adopted FDR’s obscene Freedom of Worship as their catchphrase. The lay of the land isn’t much more favorable elsewhere. Many people who style themselves as conservative are actually worshippers at the idol or “tolerance” and are perfectly willing to see religious freedom made subservient to that goal. Some are even claiming that religion is on par with homosexual marriage and telling us that is a good thing.

On Thursday, US District Court Judge Robert Jonker (a Bush appointee) ruled that Catholic Charities could not be barred from acting as an adoption agency in Michigan because it refused to place children in homes of homosexual couples. The decision did not look at the suitability of homosexuals to be adoptive parents, but rather on the process that was used to exclude Catholic Charities and the actions of rabidly anti-Christian Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who has made a career out of castigating orthodox Christians as hatemongers. Here’s how she described the Trump administration policy which shields Catholic hospitals from performing abortions, assisted suicides, and genital mutilations…I’m sorry, I meant “gender reassignment surgery.”

“This display of contempt for the doctrine of separation between church and state is alarming and terrifying,” said Nessel. “According to our federal government, healthcare providers, from doctors to clerical staff, can decide who deserves medical care ranging from the most routine check-ups to lifesaving medical treatment – all based upon the purported religious, moral, or ethical beliefs of the provider. Healthcare treatment should be dictated by approved medical standards and a patient’s decisions about the type of care he or she wishes to receive, not the personal beliefs of those who hold themselves out as medical professionals. The imposition of this rule catapults our nation further toward America devolving into a virtual theocracy.”

The state social services agency tried to have any mention of Nessel removed from the case on the grounds that they, not the state attorney general, made the decision to bar Catholic Charities. Judge Jonker called bullsh** on this ploy. This is from Judge Jonker’s ruling:

The State Defendants seek dismissal of Defendant Nessel from the case. They contend that she is simply the State’s chief legal counsel, is not responsible for Michigan’s change in policy, and does not belong in the case. The record undercuts the claim. Based on the record to date, Defendant Nessel is at the very heart of the case. She referred to proponents of the 2015 law as hate-mongers” and said the only purpose of the 2015 law was “discriminatory animus.” She described the 2015 law as “indefensible” during her campaign. These statements raise a strong inference of a hostility toward a religious viewpoint. Based on the present record, she was also a pivotal player in the State’s total reversal of position in the Dumont litigation. It was her assessment of risk that led the State to move from defending St. Vincent’s position to abandoning it in the first month of her term – and this despite the 2015 law, the language of the contracts, and well- established practice. All of this supports a strong inference that St. Vincent was targeted based on its religious belief, and that it was Defendant Nessel who targeted it. See Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n, 138 S. Ct. 1719, 1729-31 (2018) (detailing disparaging statements of government decision-makers regarding particular religious beliefs and emphasizing the “State’s duty under the First Amendment not to base laws or regulations on hostility to a religion or religious viewpoint”). On this record, dismissal of Defendant Nessel from the case is not warranted.

In other words, just like in the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, the case was decided on the overt record of animus both the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan attorney general had shown towards religious people and organizations.

This is how National Review’s David French describes the ruling:

The last point is key. As stated above, there was no evidence that St. Vincent prevented any qualified couple from adopting. In fact, if the state forced St. Vincent’s to choose between upholding the teachings of its faith or maintaining its contractual relationship with the state, then it risked shrinking the available foster or adoption options in the state of Michigan. The state demonstrated that it was more interested in taking punitive action against people of faith than it was in maintaining broader access to foster and adoption services for its most vulnerable citizens.

The judge rightly called the state’s actions a “targeted attack on a sincerely held religious belief.” Once again, Masterpiece Cakeshop pays religious-liberty dividends. Once again, a court declares — in no uncertain terms — that in the conflict between private faith and public bigotry, religious liberty will prevail.

This is the kind of whistling past the graveyard that drives me nuts. This decision was not a victory for religious liberty, rather it simply ratified a roadmap for zealous anti-Christians to stamp out religious liberty. A better ruling would have hammered home that an organization cannot be forced from the public square because of its beliefs. What this ruling did was put the bigots on notice that they have to find other reasons, that they have to keep their meetings private with no minutes taken, that they can’t actively appeal to anti-religious bias.

Rod Dreher covers the story in a story called Why Federal Judges Matter. They do. It would have been horrible to lose a ruling such as this. But timid, half-measures judges don’t make things better. They just delay the reckoning.

In short, rulings like this simply point people like Nessel to how white politicians in the South after Brown vs. Board of Education worked to keep black Americans from voting, from holding jobs in certain professions, and to keep schools segregated despite the Supreme Court rulings. We’re not done here. Not by a long damned shot. We’ll have to fight this battle again and again and eventually we’ll face people who aren’t idiots and judge who isn’t sympathetic.

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