A Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple has been given an ultimatum by a judge; serve gay weddings or face fines.
Administrative law judge Robert N. Spence found Friday that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colo. violated the law when he turned away David Mullins, 29, and Charlie Craig, 33, from his shop last year.
In his written decision, Spence ordered that Phillips "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples, or face financial penalties, and cited Colorado state law that prohibits businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation.
"At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses," Spence wrote. "This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they are."
Mullins and Craig married in Massachussets and had originally gone to Masterpiece in July 2012 because they wanted to a cake for their wedding reception in Colorado. When Phillips refused, the pair went to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) on their behalf.
According to the complaint, Phillips told the couple that the store policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods for a same-sex wedding, based on his religious beliefs.
Phillips told the men, "I'll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just don't make cakes for same-sex weddings."
The judge's decision states in its Finding of Facts that Phillips believes creating same-sex wedding cakes would be "displeasing God and acting contrary to the teachings of the Bible."
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I would just make the worst cake ever and have them pay upfront. I wouldn't be surprised if people went for this bakery intentionally to have a judge especially a liberal judge like Robert Spence order people with religious beliefs to violate them.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
If you wonder why comic book sales are in the dump, just look at yet another politically correct move for diversity without merit sakes from Marvel comics.
No exploding planet, death of a relative or irradiated spider led to Kamala’s creation. Her genesis began more mundanely, in a conversation between Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker, two editors at Marvel. “I was telling him some crazy anecdote about my childhood, growing up as a Muslim-American,” Ms. Amanat said. “He found it hilarious.” Ms. Amanat and Mr. Wacker noted the dearth of female superhero series and, even more so, of comics with cultural specificity.
When they told G. Willow Wilson, an author, comic book writer and convert to Islam, about their idea, she was eager to come on board as the series’ writer. “Any time you do something like this, it is a bit of a risk,” Ms. Wilson said. “You’re trying to bring the audience on board and they are used to seeing something else in the pages of a comic book.”
Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.
“Captain Marvel represents an ideal that Kamala pines for,” Ms. Wilson said. “She’s strong, beautiful and doesn’t have any of the baggage of being Pakistani and ‘different.’ ”
Ms. Amanat said, “It’s also sort of like when I was a little girl and wanted to be Tiffani-Amber Thiessen,” from “Saved by the Bell.”
Kamala will face struggles outside her own head, including conflicts close to home. “Her brother is extremely conservative,” Ms. Amanat said. “Her mom is paranoid that she’s going to touch a boy and get pregnant. Her father wants her to concentrate on her studies and become a doctor.” Next to those challenges, fighting supervillains may be a respite.
The creative team is braced for all possible reactions. “I do expect some negativity,” Ms. Amanat said, “not only from people who are anti-Muslim, but people who are Muslim and might want the character portrayed in a particular light.”
But “this is not evangelism,” Ms. Wilson said. “It was really important for me to portray Kamala as someone who is struggling with her faith.” The series, Ms. Wilson said, would deal with how familial and religious edicts mesh with super-heroics, which can require rules to be broken.
Most of his supporters are ready because (s)he has promised a plundering and pillaging of anyone who makes any sort of money to give to the less well off in the forms of "free" shit. It will be a glorious reign of crime and taxes.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Malmo has been in and out of the news over the last decade as the influx of well meaning swedes have let in jew hating Muslims who have turned Malmo into a running morbid joke. When you have politicians saying no one should hide who they are, you have a problem.
A fortnight has passed since The Local published ‘Fear and giggles: A day as a Jew in Malmö.’ Since then the story has been picked up by media around the world but what has the reaction been in Malmö itself? Patrick Reilly spoke to the city’s new mayor amongst others to find out.
The original article chronicled the experiences of The Local’s Malmö reporter as he went about town wearing a kippah. Stares, giggles and verbal abuse were just some of the things Reilly reported.
Malmö’s new mayor, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, reacted strongly to the report. Jammeh gave a wide-ranging interview to The Local in September where she promised to get tough on hate crime.
“It is completely unacceptable that anyone feels insecure when they walk on the streets of Malmö, whatever the reason. No one should have to hide who they are or what they believe in. Everybody has the same rights to the public space,” she told The Local.Many though weren’t so surprised at what Reilly encountered. In the latter part of his experiment a man mouthed “fucking Jew” at him while the reporter added that he felt a general sense of unease throughout the day.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Positive stories about killing your unborn babies. What a society we live in where irresponsible behavior is now praised.
I mean she doesn't get naked in her videos but this is like the top stripper at King of Diamonds saying others are going too far to make a buck.
SIMON: You're so big among kids. You are, you know, to the 10-, 17-year-olds, I guess, what Bob Dylan was doing to, you know, a previous generation.
PERRY: I'll take that comparison.
SIMON: Do you want to be something for them? Does it make you...
PERRY: Well, I think I like to be an inspiration. I think when you set out to be an artist, first and foremost - a musician, a rock 'n' roller - you don't come with this kind of, like, hey, I also want to be a role model that, obviously, will let you down because I'm a human being. And a lot of people see me as a role model but I'd like to kind of turn that around and say I appreciate that but I'd like to be seen as an inspiration. Because a role model, I think, will fail you. I mean, I couldn't tell kids when it's time for them to try things or do things. I mean, that's not my role. But, you know, it's funny. I do see myself becoming this, whatever, inspiration out of default right now, 'cause it's such a strange world. Like females in pop - everybody's getting naked. I mean, I've been naked before but I don't feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed. But it's interesting to see...
SIMON: Are you talking about anyone in particular or we can fill in the blank?
PERRY: I'm not talking about anyone in particular. I'm talking about all of them. I mean, it's like everybody's so naked. It's like put it away. We know you've got it. I got it too. I've taken it off for - I've taken it out here and there. And I'm not necessarily judging. I'm just saying sometimes it's nice to play that card but also it's nice to play other cards. And I know I have that sexy card in my deck but I don't always have to use that card. And especially like with this new song called "Unconditionally" that's on the record.