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Saturday, July 01, 2017

News Weakly - 7/1/2017

Makes Sense to Me
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told SVF that no priests in the church in Sweden should be allowed to refuse to marry same-sex couples. In his view, if they won't do that, they shouldn't be ordained. He compared it to midwives who refuse to perform abortions. Same thing. Now ... let's see ... killing babies is the same thing as killing marriage. Well, okay, I can sort of see it. That it's a good thing? Oh, no. But you Christians in Sweden ought to be aware. "Religious freedom" is not something that your prime minister favors. And it's not just Sweden.

Yes, this is what we were warning would happen
Given Target's firm "If you think you're a girl you get to go in the girl's rooms" policy, we warned that this would happen. The news is reporting that a woman reported that she was photographed in the ladies' dressing room by a man pushing a stroller. True to Target's policies, no one stopped to help.

This Could Get Interesting
The Supreme Court, after refusing in the past to hear such cases, has decided to hear the appeal of the case of the Christian baker in Denver who stood on his First Amendment right to free expression of religion not to be forced to make a cake for a gay mirage1. He doesn't work on Sundays, won't make Halloween cakes, and won't make cakes with alcohol, all on the basis of his religious views. For none of that has anyone declared him discriminatory or culpable. Now he is. Odd, to me, is that the "American Civil Liberties Union" is working so hard to remove this man's First-Amendment-assured civil rights, but, hey, that's not how they see it, is it? No, they're working on new ones these days -- the right to free sexual expression ... right there in the ... oh, wait ... what Amendment covers that? Oh, yeah, the Amendment of "the Tide of Public Opinion".

Another One Bites the Dust
Due to the supreme tolerance and open-mindedness of the secular folk in the so-called "Bible Belt", a privately-funded Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol was run down less than 24 hours after its unveiling. A 32-year-old man drove his car into it. The ACLU was suing to have it removed and the "Arkansas Society of Freethinkers" (who are not, apparently, free to think that it might be a good thing to honor "the historical moral foundation of law") objected strongly, but, it's all over for now. Haters 1, Morals 0.

1 I am not trying to be unkind with the use of the term "gay mirage". I need to continually point out that there is a fundamental difference between "marriage" and what we are calling "marriage" when we put the term "same-sex", "homosexual", or "gay" in front of it. I am not objecting to it on moral grounds. I am objecting because they're not the same thing, and I use "mirage" in its place to call that to your attention.

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