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Colorado seeks to deny religious liberty of Christian baker … again

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Colorado seeks to deny religious liberty of Christian baker again

A little over two months ago, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake for a homosexual couple, claiming that doing so would violate his religious liberty.

The decision was hailed by evangelical Trumpservatives as a victory for religious liberty and a confirmation that their support of Donald Trump—an immoral man they believe was chosen by God to bring morality back to America—was God’s will and an answer to their prayers.

As I and other conservatives who refused to drink the orange Kool-Aid warned at the time, the apparently lopsided victory was, in reality, a narrow decision because it failed to protect religious liberty after the question on whether the government can pass laws forcing Christians to violate their consciences in the marketplace remained unanswered.

These warnings were rejected by the army of cheap grace evangelicals and Trumpservatives goose-stepping their way down the road of compromise that leads to the abyss of tyranny. Our predictions about how religious liberty was still in danger proved true yesterday in a new “bake the damn cake” case.

And believe it or not, the parties involved are, once again, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Phillips, a transgender lawyer asked him to bake a gender transition cake—apparently mental illness and cutting off certain body parts is an occasion to throw a party—which would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside to symbolize the transformation from one gender to another. Phillips refused based on the same religious grounds as before, and bada bing, bada boom, a new discrimination case was born.

Of course, Phillips will fight this new government attack on his Christian faith in court, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Phillips in the prior case will defend him again.

Many evangelical Trumpservatives will feel a sense of optimism based on the Supreme Court ruling in the prior case, but they shouldn’t. After all, that ruling was essentially made irrelevant once Colorado filed new charges based on the same scenario.

In another brilliant analysis, Daniel Horowitz warns us that even the optimism being felt with the prospect of Bret Kavanaugh replacing Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is misplaced because “victories” from the high court aren’t always as they appear. We can’t rely on the tyrannical courts to do what “we the people” need to do for ourselves.

I hate that my conservative friends and I were right about the first Masterpiece Cakeshop case, but the fact that we were needs to serve as a wakeup call to evangelical Trumpservatives. As it was in the days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Nazi Germany, America won’t survive on her current course of lukewarm spirituality and political indifference.

 

 


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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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Why does the Left have the same agenda after they turned socialist?

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Why does the Left have the same agenda after they turned socialist

What does it say about the Left when they admitted to the truth, but kept the same ideas?

There was a time when the nation’s Left vehemently denied being socialist. No one was supposed to state the obvious truth that their agenda bore a striking resemblance to communist ideas from ancient Greece. Nor were they to be compared to that expressed 500 years ago in Sir Thomas More’s work ‘Utopia’ [Published in 1516]

Even when it was obvious with admitted socialist Senator Bernie Sanders agreeing with the Democrats in most respects, the Leftists still denied reality. Such is the case that, lies, deception and denial are part and parcel of their usual tactics. They still persist in denying that they incessantly demanding gun confiscation, while demanding gun confiscation.

The Left’s miraculous transformation to the obvious.

Then a few years ago something truly miraculous took place, some polling data showed that those who were unfamiliar with the oppression and mass murder that is endemic to socialism began to warm up to it’s promise. By ‘warm up’ we mean that some fell for the prospect of free health care, free college, free housing, free money, etc. Never mind that those promises were as worthless as Obama’s oft repeated lie that one could keep your health plan.

Suddenly Bernie Sanders became a ‘rock star’, followed by a cascade of newly minted socialists. What once was verboten to admit became the in thing to be an up and coming communist. Almost overnight, Democrats of all stripes became admitting what has been obvious for decades, that they were Reds through and through. Yes, red is the true colour of the socialist-Left, but that story of yet again another deception will have to wait for another discussion.

Nothing changed in the Left’s national agenda, why?

Strangely enough, aside from a few cosmetic items, the nation’s Left has the same policy ideas they had before they admitted the obvious. Back when she was First Lady, Hillary Clinton spearheaded a drive for nationally socialized health care. This is now one of the Left’s biggest vote-buying schemes, and socialism’s biggest goodies. They can admit to its collectivist in nature now, but they denied it previously.

Back when they were trying to sell the disaster soon to be known as Obamacare, they had to avoid bringing up the topic of the term ‘redistributing wealth’ a staple of socialism if there ever was one. Such would also have to be the case with their promises of ‘free healthcare for all’ since money doesn’t grow on trees.

Liberty Control is the last of our examples being a vestige of every socialist regime. The collectivist ideologies have to rely on force to redistribute wealth as well as suppress any opposition when the glorious promises cannot be fulfilled. They can’t very well do this with an armed citizenry, thus one of their highest priorities is to grab those guns. The Left has been on this same little quest for years, incrementally edging closer and closer to their ‘firearms–free’ nirvana.

The Takeaway.

It should be patently obvious why the Left’s national agenda never changed from when they denied being socialists to admitting the truth of the matter. They were dyed in the wool socialists all along, they just couldn’t be honest about it, as is the case with everything else they do.

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