‘SEX CULT!’ New York Post Cover for April 21, 2018Posted: April 22, 2018 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Religion, U.S. News | Tags: Cult, media, New York, New York Post, news, Newspaper, NYC, Sex, Sexuality, Slavery, Tabloid Leave a comment
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Sweden attack: ‘Masked Men Attack Gothenburg Synagogue with Petrol Bombs’Posted: December 11, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Foreign Policy, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Israel Defense Forces, Jerusalem, Molotov cocktail, Palestinians, Positions on Jerusalem, President of the United States, Twitter, United States 1 Comment
A synagogue was attacked by around 20 masked men while hosting a youth party in Gothenburg, Sweden, local media have reported.
Police arrived at the scene, where Jewish students had taken refuge in the basement.A police spokesman said: “There are several molotov cocktails that have been thrown against the synagogue.”It’s about bottles and gasoline.”A fire broke out between vehicles in the car park, fire fighter Kristoffer Wahter told local news.
No injuries were caused and the building did not catch fire, Police inspector Peter Nordengard said.Initial local media reports suggest the group was around 20 men wearing masks carried out the attack.
He said: “We are in place with a number of units.”Online police have said: “We do not know much more than there are several molotov cocktails that have been thrown against the synagogue.”
Authorities have asked for asked for information on possible suspects from the local community. Security forces arrived at the scene around 10.10pm local time (9.10pm GMT).
The incident comes after protests in nearby Malmo were reported to by shout anti-Semitic chants while protests Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Police were at the scene at 10.10pm local time
There is no suggestion the incidents are linked.
The US President’s decision was greeted by international condemnation as his fellow world leaders spoke out against the move.A “Day of Rage” was called in Palestine with protests held across the world, including the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
‘ACT OF TERROR:’ Mayor, NYPD Commissioner Say EIGHT Dead In Manhattan Attack, Suspect Alive But InjuredPosted: November 1, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Habibillaevic Saipov, Manhattan, New York, Truck, World Trade Center Leave a comment
Suspect identified as 29-year old Sayfullo Habibillaevic Saipov.
Medieval Gospel Made of Sheep, Calves, Deer … and Goat?Posted: August 11, 2017 Filed under: History, Religion, Science & Technology | Tags: Andrew Warren, Bible, Gospel of Luke, Northwestern University, University of Oxford Leave a comment
Laura Geggel reports: During medieval times, bookmakers fashioned the pages and cover of a rare copy of the Gospel of Luke out of five different types of animals: calves, two species of deer, sheep and goat, according to new research.
In addition, one more type of animal left its mark on the cover of this 12th-century book: Beetle larvae likely chewed holes into the leather binding, the researchers said.
Now, researchers are learning unexpected secrets about the manuscript by noninvasively testing the proteins and DNA on the book’s pages, the researchers told Live Science.
Rare books — such as this copy of the Gospel of Luke — are difficult to study because they’re fragile, prompting many librarians to bar any research that would harm such manuscripts or their pages.
This rule is all too familiar to Matthew Collins, a biochemist at both the University of York in the United Kingdom and the University of Copenhagen. He wanted to sample parchments — documents made from animal skins — as a way to determine how people have managed livestock throughout history.
When Collins and Sarah Fiddyment, a postdoctoral fellow of archaeology at the University of York, approached librarians at the University of York’s Borthwick Institute for Archives, “we were told that we would not be allowed to physically sample any of the parchment documents, as they are too valuable as cultural-heritage objects,” Fiddyment told Live Science.
But Fiddyment didn’t give up. She spent several months learning how librarians conserve rare parchments, and, surprisingly, found a new method that allows scientists to study these specimens without disturbing them — one that involves an eraser.
Typically, librarians “dry clean” parchments by gently rubbing a polyvinyl chloride eraser against them. This technique pulls fibers off the page, and the resulting debris is usually thrown away.
But Fiddyment realized this debris held valuable clues about the book. By isolating proteins and other biological fragments within the debris, and examining them with a mass spectrometer — an instrument that identifies different compounds by their masses — researchers could learn all kinds of information about the manuscripts, she found.
“This was Sarah’s brilliant idea,” Collins told Live Science in an email. “Oddly enough, I think we relished the challenge.”
It wasn’t long before Fiddyment put this technique into action. A historian bought the aforementioned Gospel of Luke at a 2009 Southeby’s auction. An analysis of its “prickly” style of script indicated that scribes at St. Augustine’s Abbey in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom, created it around A.D. 1120, Bruce Barker-Benfield, the curator of manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, told the journal Science.
To learn more about the gospel, the historian contacted Collins. Using Fiddyment’s method, Collins and his colleagues learned that the book’s white leather cover came from the skin of a roe deer— a common species in the United Kingdom. The book’s strap came from a larger deer species — either a native red deer or a fallow deer, an invasive species likely brought from continental Europe after the Normans invaded in 1066. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Ayaan Hirsi Ali on ‘Uncommon Knowledge’: Islam, The West & DawaPosted: August 8, 2017 Filed under: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Reading Room, Religion, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Amaney Jamal, Asra Nomani, Assata Shakur, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Carmen Perez, Democratic Party (United States), Islam, Islamism, Jihadism, The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It, Uncommon Knowledge Leave a comment
Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins me to discuss her new book, The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It and her views on the challenges facing Western civilization in regards to political Islam. She argues that Islam needs to be separated into two different parts, one part of religion and the other part, political philosophy. She concedes that many aspects of the religious part of Islam are peaceful but argues that the political side is much more concerning due to its focus on Dawa, which means “to plead or to call non-Muslims to Islam.” This call to convert people to Islam is what she argues was a driving force behind the spread of Islam throughout history.
Earlier this year Ayaan Hirsi Ali was called before Congress to testify on her book. She discusses her testimony and that although she was invited by a Democrat senator to speak “about the ideology of radical Islam,” the Democrats present didn’t ask her a single question because they were likely uncomfortable with what she had to say about Islam. She argues … (read more)
Source: National Review
London: ‘Happy’ Guy in White Van Hits Pedestrians Leaving MosquePosted: June 18, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Ariana Grande, Benefit concert, Greater Manchester Police, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Manchester, Miley Cyrus, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Pharrell Williams Leave a comment
Dade Hayes reports:
… The driver of the vehicle, a large white van, was arrested on the scene. While police have not released his identity, he was described in numerous accounts as being a white man. The Financial Times cited witnesses who counted at least a dozen people injured. The newspaper also said the driver “looked happy” and was waving to onlookers as he was arrested. Another witness told BuzzFeed that the driver said he was going to “kill all Muslims.”
Police have thus far declined to say whether they are labeling the incident in a neighborhood popular with immigrants as a terrorist attack. Read the rest of this entry »
Kurt Schlichter: Stop Lying To UsPosted: June 8, 2017 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Abu Sayyaf, Allah, Breitbart News, Islam, London, Muslim, Ramadan, Twitter, Ummah, United Kingdom Leave a comment
Kurt Schlichter writes: The most significant revelation that came out of the most recent London massacre of disarmed British subjects was not the bloodshed itself, but the pathetic sissy whining, in the midst of throats being slashed, at the Brit who refused to adhere to the comforting lie that the Muslims doing the slashing in the name of Allah were not Muslims doing the slashing in the name of Allah.
The left would rather you lie and die than tell the truth and live.
It’s exhausting being lied to 24/7 about the big issues, and don’t start with the “but what about Trump?” nonsense because…well, what about Trump?
Does Trump pretend that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam because to admit the Islamic State has something to do with Islam is an admission that the unquestionable idea underlying multiculturalism – that every culture is wonderful except the Western culture that brought about 95 percet of the learning and science that is making the grinding poverty and disease that was heretofore man’s fate a thing of the past – is an utter fraud?
Does Trump pretend that we are morally or scientifically bound by a non-treaty that was non-submitted to our elected representatives to solve the non-problem of climate change at the price of our non-employment and non-prosperity?
Does Trump blame Russians for the utter repudiation of Felonia von Pantsuit’s poisonous ideology of greed and huggy fascism? Does he contend Hillary skipped those icky workin’ folks in Wisconsin and Michigan because Putin tricked her?
I keep trying to find the big Trump “lies” and they always seem to end up being disagreements with liberal orthodoxy. Read the rest of this entry »
‘ENOUGH’: New York Post Cover for Monday, June 5, 2017Posted: June 5, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Britain, England, ISIS, Islamism, Jihadism, journalism, London Bridge, Manchester, media, New York Post, news, Tabloid 2 Comments
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‘We Kill, You Light Candles’: Terror and the Teddy Bear SocietyPosted: June 5, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Foreign Policy, Global, History, Mediasphere, Politics, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Ernesto Abella, Islam, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Islamism, List of terrorist incidents in London, London, Muslim, Ramadan, Saudi Arabia Leave a comment
Even the arrests after each attack give comfort to the enemy, which can act with impunity even if known.
Theodore Dalrymple writes: The only man I ever met whose ambition was to be a suicide bomber was an inmate at the British prison where I worked as a doctor in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a career criminal of very nasty propensities whose father was Arab and mother English. He had reached his 30s, the age at which criminals usually turn away from crime in favor of something better—in his case the killing of as many infidels as possible, along with himself.
Coming to religion is one reason, or pretext, for abandoning crime. In the prison there was much more Islamic evangelism than Christian. I would find Qurans and Islamic pamphlets in drawers, insinuated there by I knew not whom, but never Bibles or Christian pamphlets.
I interpreted religion as the means prisoners used to rationalize giving up common crime while at the same time not feeling defeated by, or having surrendered to, the society around them—for they knew conversion to Islam gave that society the shudders.
The problem for the security services, however, is that there is no invariable profile, social or psychological, of the Muslim terrorist. Nor is there a kind of economic lever that can be pulled so that, with better material prospects, young Muslims will be less attracted to terrorism. There have, it is true, been no-hopers among the terrorists, but there have also been medical students and doctors. There was nothing (except himself) impeding the recent Manchester bomber from having a normal or even a highly successful career. As Prime Minister Theresa May rightly said after the most recent atrocities in London, what the terrorists have in common is an ideology. She rightly called it evil, but it is also stupid: It makes the Baader-Meinhof Gang look like Aristotle.
[Read the full story here, at WSJ]
An ideology, however stupid, is not easy to destroy; believing six impossible things before breakfast is almost par for the human course. One obvious thing to do would be to strangle the foreign funding of so much Islamist activity in Britain. That is no doubt complicated in many ways, but no British government, solicitous of trade relations, has dared even try. The British economy is precarious, and it is difficult to be strong when your economy is weak. Read the rest of this entry »
London Attack: ‘They literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives… it was a rampage really.’Posted: June 4, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Global, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Birmingham New Street station, British Airways, British Transport Police, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Information technology, London, Manchester, Paul Crowther (police officer), United Kingdom 1 Comment
The prime minister has said “it is time to say enough is enough” as she condemned a terror attack on “innocent and unarmed civilians” which left seven people dead and 48 injured in London.
A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
The three attackers, who wore fake bomb vests, were shot dead by police.
Several arrests have been made after police raids in Barking, east London.
It is the third terror attack in the UK in three months, following the car and knife attack in Westminster in March, which left five people dead, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed.
Most political parties have suspended national general election campaigning, but Mrs May said full campaigning would resume on Monday and the general election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.
- Latest updates on London Bridge attack
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Eyewitnesses to the attack described seeing a white van travelling at high speed along London Bridge, hitting pedestrians, before crashing close to the Barrowboy and Banker pub.
BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge, said it was “probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour” and hit “five or six people”.
Three men then got out and began attacking people in the nearby market – an area known for its bars and restaurants, which were busy on a warm summer evening.
Terrified drinkers rushed away from the scene, some taking shelter in London Bridge Underground station.
One witness, Gerard, told the BBC he saw a woman being stabbed “10 or 15 times” by men shouting “This is for Allah”.
Another, Eric, told the BBC the men “ran towards the people that they nearly ran over”.
“I thought, ‘Oh maybe they’re worried about them and trying to comfort them…’
“[Then] they literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives… it was a rampage really.”
The three suspects were shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call being received.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the “extraordinary bravery” of her officers, on and off duty, who risked their lives by rushing to confront the attackers.
Among the main developments:
- More than 80 medics were sent to the scene. The injured, some of them in critical condition, are being treated in five London hospitals
- The Met Police has set up a casualty bureau on 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197 for people concerned about friends or relatives
- One of those hurt was a British Transport Police officer who was stabbed as he went to help. His injuries are serious, but not threatening.
- Three other police officers were also injured
- Two Australian citizens “have been directly impacted,” says the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
- Four French citizens have been injured, one seriously, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
Another eyewitness, Steven Gibbs, who was drinking in St Christopher’s Inn, just metres from the scene, told the BBC: “A black cab drove past and the driver shouted, ‘Terrorist attack, run!’
“I stood up to take a look and then all of a sudden there were gunshots. Lots of people were screaming.”
Steven was taken into the basement of the bar before the police came in and told everyone inside to run. Read the rest of this entry »
BREAKING: London Bridge Closed Amid Reports of Car Mowing Down CrowdPosted: June 3, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Amber Rudd, Ariana Grande, BBC, Islamism, Jihadism, London, Manchester, Metropolitan Police Service, United Kingdom Leave a comment
LONDON – British police rushed to an incident on London Bridge on Saturday after witnesses said a van plowed into pedestrians.
Police said they were dealing with an incident but gave no further details. A Reuters reporter near the scene said she saw 10 police cars rushing towards London Bridge.
Footage from London Bridge #BreakigNews pic.twitter.com/T3KZME2QdZ
— Kaine Pieri (@PieriKaine) June 3, 2017
A witness told the BBC she saw a speeding white van veering into pedestrians. The witness said the van hit five to six people … (more)
BREAKING NEW VIDEO: several London police officers enter bar at London Bridge telling people to get down. pic.twitter.com/bjq15uVEmN
— The Rouser (@RouserNews) June 3, 2017
Source: New York Post
Islamic State Beheads Man Accused of Performing ‘Magic’Posted: May 2, 2017 Filed under: Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abu Sayyaf, Arish, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Islamism, Jihadism, Middle East, Philippines, United States 1 Comment
Ali Waked reports: According to group members, IS police officers beheaded the man in the town of Tasil in the Dara district in southern Syria.
In an accompanying statement, the terrorist organization said that the man was beheaded with a sword and had performed “magic and sorcery.”
In the photos, one member of IS can be seen reading the ruling of the Sharia court, noting the Islamic penalty for the alleged transgressions.
Those who carried out the punishment of beheading, according to IS, were members of the Khaled Bin Waleed militia – a jihadist militia affiliated with IS active in southern Syria in the triangular area between the borders of Syria, Jordan and Israel. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] How Is Muslim Immigration to Sweden Working Out?Posted: April 20, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global, History, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Ami Horowitz, Immigration, Islamism, Jihadism, Muslim, Prager University, Rape, Sweden Leave a comment
We’ve read and watched the news of Muslim immigration overwhelming Sweden. But how bad is it really? See this firsthand account from documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who shows why increased Muslim immigration is leading to a spike in rapes and other violent crime.
Mystery: ‘Muhammad had expressed hatred toward white people and the government’, ‘wasn’t clear if it was terror-related’Posted: April 18, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Allahu Akbar, Ballistic trauma, Fresno, Gunman, Islamism, Islamofacism, Jihadism, Los Angeles, murder, Terrorism 1 Comment
From today’s LA Times:
…In less than a minute, Dyer said, 16 shots were fired at the four different locations.
Moments later, a PG&E pickup truck arrived at police headquarters at Fresno and M streets to report his passenger had been shot by a gunman who approached them, he said. Dyer said the attack was unprovoked.
The gunman then walked westbound on East Mildreda Avenue from Van Ness, where he came across a resident. He then opened fire on the resident, the chief said. The resident was not struck by the gunfire.
The gunman continued walking on Mildreda and approached Fulton Street, where he encountered a man. The gunman fired several rounds at the man, killing him, Dyer said.
At this point, the chief said, the gunman unloaded his .357 revolver, dropped the shell casings and reloaded his gun.
He then headed toward Catholic Charities in the 100 block of North Fulton Street and opened fire on a man in the parking lot, striking and killing him, Dyer said. Read the rest of this entry »
Catholic College Bans ‘Yoga’ To Protect Against ‘Hindu Mysticism’Posted: April 16, 2017 Filed under: Education, Law & Justice, Religion, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Catholic, Hindu, Yoga Leave a comment
Benedictine College has found a budding cell of Hindu mysticism in its small Catholic college in Atchison, Kansas. The school has gotten rid of the “yoga” classes to avoid the taint of a Hindu association. A new course will be renamed as “lifestyle fitness” and involving “stretching” to sanitize the classes of exotic religious influence.
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[VIDEO] Nancy Pelosi Politicizing Faith at Rally in CaliforniaPosted: April 10, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion, U.S. News | Tags: California, Democrats, DNC, Free Beacon, Nancy Pelosi, news, Protest, video 1 Comment
‘Thou Shall Not Teach’: New York Post Cover for April 2, 2017Posted: April 2, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Education, Mediasphere, Religion, U.S. News | Tags: media, New York, New York Post, news, Newspapers, Tabloid Leave a comment
Mollie Z. Hemingway: When Did Having Values Become a Bad Bad Thing?Posted: March 31, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion | Tags: Christianity, Fidelity, Fox News, media, Mike Pence, Mollie Hemingway, video, Washington D.C. Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Is Islam a Religion of Peace?Posted: March 24, 2017 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism, War Room | Tags: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam, Islamism, Jihadism, Muslim, Reformation, Somali Leave a comment
“There are millions of peaceful Muslims, but Islam is not a religion of peace.”
-Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Is Islam a religion of peace? Is it compatible with Western liberalism? Or does Islam need a reformation, just as Christianity had the Protestant Reformation? Somali-born author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali explains.
Geert Wilders and the Real Story of the ElectionPosted: March 16, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Foreign Policy, Global, Religion, Think Tank | Tags: Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, Brexit, European Union, Euroscepticism, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Mark Rutte, Party for Freedom, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, United Kingdom Leave a comment
The patriotic revolution continues.
Daniel Greenfield writes: The Dutch Labor Party used to dominate Maastricht. The ancient city gave its name to the Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union. In this election, the Labor Party fell from a quarter of the vote to a twentieth.
Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, which advocates withdrawing from the EU, is now the largest party in the birthplace of the European Union.
And the growing strength of the Freedom Party can be felt not only on the banks of the Maas River, but across the waterways of the Netherlands. A new wind of change has blown off the North Sea and ruffled feathers in Belgisch Park.
In The Hague, where Carnegie’s Peace Palace hosts the World Court while the humbler Noordeinde Palace houses King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, the internationalist institutions colliding with the nationalist ones, the United Nations rubbing up against the Dutch parliament and Supreme Court, the Freedom Party has become the second largest party despite the 15% Muslim population.
In Rotterdam, where Muslim rioters shouted, “Allahu Akbar” and anti-Semitic slurs and where Hamas front groups are organizing a conference, the Freedom Party is now the second largest political party. In that ancient city on the Rotte that had the first Muslim mayor of a major European city, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of the Labor Party who was being groomed for Prime Minister, estimates are that Labor fell from 32 percent to just 6 percent. That is strikingly similar to what took place in Maastricht.
But nearly half of Rotterdam is made up of immigrants. Muslims make up 13% of the population. But turnout hit 72% and after the Muslim riots, the Freedom Party only narrowly trails the ruling VVD.
The Freedom Party has become the largest party in Venlo while the Labor Party has all but vanished.
And that is the real story of the Dutch election. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Should a Creative Professional Have the Freedom to Decline Work that Conflicts with their Conscience or Beliefs?Posted: March 13, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion | Tags: Barronelle Stutzman, Christian, First Amendment, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Islam, Muslim, Photographer, Same-sex marriage, Supreme Court of the United States, UW Madison, Washington State, Wedding Cake Leave a comment
Everyone agreed that a creative professional should have the foundational freedom to decline work that conflicts with their conscience or beliefs. But, when faced with a situation that goes against current cultural expectations, like a Christian photographer declining to promote a same-sex wedding, the gears start grinding. If a law that forces someone to promote something against their beliefs is so laughable, so unimaginable…then why is it so difficult to extend the same freedom to a Christian creative professional?
Via Mollie Z. Hemingway, Twitter
Florist Who Declined Gay Wedding Request Loses Her Case, Promises Appeal to the Supreme CourtPosted: February 16, 2017 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Religion | Tags: Americans, Anti-Christian sentiment, Barack Obama, Barronelle Stutzman, Christian, Donald Trump, First Amendment, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Free Expression, Religious Liberty, Supreme Court of the United States, United States courts of appeals Leave a comment
‘This case is about crushing dissent. In a free America, people with differing beliefs must have room to coexist’
Kelsey Harkness reports: An appellate court unanimously ruled against Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist who declined to make flower arrangements for a same-sex couple’s wedding because of her religious beliefs.
“It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will. Freedom of speech and religion aren’t subject to the whim of a majority; they are constitutional guarantees.”
— Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement.
Lawyers for Stutzman told The Daily Signal they plan to appeal the Washington state Supreme Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
At National Review, David French writes:
…But this is the sexual revolution we’re talking about, so it’s necessary for the court to make a statement declaring the government’s allegiances. Indeed, late in the opinion its author gave the game away. Picking up on the absurd and historically ignorant comparison of the modern gay-rights movement with the civil-rights movement in the segregationist South, the judge wrote, “This case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches.”
“That’s it right there: the state religion. It reserves for itself the exclusive ability to name, define, and eradicate “social evils,” and heaven help the individual citizen who disagrees. There is no need to show a traditional, legally recognized harm.”
What are they talking about? The federal government took the extraordinary step of passing the civil-rights acts to give black Americans access not just to sandwiches but to hotel rooms, jobs, voting rights, and all the other things they were systematically denied as southern states and communities continually and oppressively imposed the “badges and incidents of slavery” on them. In the pre-civil-rights South, black citizens often had trouble finding places to eat or sleep. They couldn’t vote. They couldn’t get justice in state courts. Civil rights was about access, at its most elementary and necessary level.
But that’s not the case any longer. The gay couple in this case had no trouble finding flowers. Stutzman even recommended other florists who would have been happy to help them celebrate their wedding. So, given the absence of any real harm, the court said that the state had a compelling state interest in punishing the “independent social evil” of discrimination toward a “broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to equal treatment of all citizens in the commercial marketplace.”
That’s it right there: the state religion. It reserves for itself the exclusive ability to name, define, and eradicate “social evils,” and heaven help the individual citizen who disagrees. There is no need to show a traditional, legally recognized harm. There is no need to prove lack of access to alternative artistic expressions. There is only the need to show that the business owner won’t use her unique talents to help celebrate the sexual revolution.
Finally, if you doubt the court’s malice, look only to its last ruling — that Stutzman can be held personally liable for her allegedly discriminatory act. In other words, the court is willing to pierce the corporate veil to impose individual liability even in the absence of the traditional justifications for that drastic step. Stutzman didn’t commit fraud. She didn’t commingle her personal and corporate funds. She kept her private and professional affairs separate. But she still faces personal financial ruin.
Social-justice warriors will no doubt celebrate the breaking of another egg for their cultural omelet. … (read more)
[Read the full text of David French’s essay here: ‘Washington’s Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist‘]
The ruling, issued on Thursday by Washington’s nine Supreme Court justices, stated that in refusing to provide services for the same-sex couple’s wedding, Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, violated the state’s anti-discrimination law.
[Read the full story here, at dailysignal.com]
“The state of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” the ruling reads.
“We therefore hold that the conduct for which Stutzman was cited and fined in this case—refusing her commercially marketed wedding floral services to [Robert] Ingersoll and [Curt] Freed because theirs would be a same-sex wedding—constitutes sexual orientation discrimination under the [Washington Law Against Discrimination].” Read the rest of this entry »
Moral Relativist Slams Murder As ‘Highly Undesirable’Posted: February 6, 2017 Filed under: Comics, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Religion | Tags: Agnostic, Moral relativism, morality, murder, Parody, Relativism, satire Leave a comment
KANSAS CITY, MO—Self-described agnostic and moral relativist Carl Horton has issued a scathing critique of the concept of murder, claiming the practice is “highly undesirable” and “not what I’d choose for myself,” sources confirmed Monday. The elaborate argument, published on Horton’s blog, argues that the very idea of murder “makes me feel bad” and that […] Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Muslim Activist Explains Why She Supports Extreme VettingPosted: January 29, 2017 Filed under: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Donald Trump, Extreme Vetting, Failed State, Islamism, Jihadism, media, news, Vetting, video Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Pelosi Attacks Republicans For Exploiting Religion and The American FlagPosted: January 27, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion | Tags: American flag, Nancy Pelosi, video Leave a comment
New York Times Horrified Trump Wants To End ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’Posted: January 26, 2017 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Religion, Terrorism | Tags: Barack Obama, Chicago, Donald Trump, Global Panic, Islamism, Jared Kushner, Jihadism, journalism, media, New York, news, President of the United States, Radical Extremist, The New York Times, Twitter, White House 1 Comment
‘Mr. Trump’s plans to eradicate violent extremists…’
Peter Hasson reports: The New York Times’ editorial board took a stand Thursday against President Donald Trump’s vow to eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the earth.
“The emerging details suggest that Mr. Trump’s plans to eradicate violent extremists are not only at odds with Mr. Obama’s; they trample on American values and international law.”
The Times’ editors worried that Trump’s approach to fighting radical Islamic terrorism — which they referred to with scare quotes — is “more likely to further inflame anti-American sentiment around the world than to make the United States safer.”
“The emerging details suggest that Mr. Trump’s plans to eradicate violent extremists are not only at odds with Mr. Obama’s; they trample on American values and international law,” they wrote. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Women’s March Organizer Complains About 22 States Opposing Sharia LawPosted: January 26, 2017 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Religion, U.S. News | Tags: Huffington Post, Islamism, Jihadism, media, MSNBC, National Review, news, Sharia Law, video, Women's March 1 Comment
[VIDEO] Reverend Resigns After Quran is Read in Christian ChurchPosted: January 26, 2017 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Politics, Religion | Tags: BBC, Brexit, Chaplain, Christian Church, Christianity, European Union, Fox News, Islamism, Jihadism, media, Muslim, news, Queen's chaplain, Qur'an, Today (BBC Radio 4), United Kingdom, video Leave a comment
One of the Queen’s chaplains has resigned after criticising a Glasgow church for allowing a Koran reading during one of its services.
The Reverend Gavin Ashenden said he left his position in order to have more freedom of “speak out on behalf of the faith”.
“Because I think it a higher and more compelling duty to speak out on behalf of the faith, than to retain a public honour which precludes me doing so at this time, I resigned my post.”
In a blog post published on Sunday, he said: “After a conversation instigated by officials at Buckingham Palace, I decided the most honourable course of action was to resign.”
Mr Ashenden had criticised the reading of the Koran during an Epiphany service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow earlier this month in an attempt to improve interfaith relations in Glasgow.
A student read a segment relating to the birth of Jesus Christ in Arabic. Islam considers Christ to be a prophet but not the son of God.
Mr Ashenden, who has served as one of the Queen’s 34 chaplains for nine years, said the reading had caused “serious offence”. Read the rest of this entry »