Chatter Report: MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP v. COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

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Religious Liberty survives to fight another day.

Early on the morning of 4 June 2018, the news reported that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued the opinions from the Justices in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  And as you might imagine the chatter has been non-stop all day as both sides, religious conservatives as well as liberal GLBT rights activists, are claiming victory.

The Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Colorado cake baker, Jack Phillips.  However while this appears to be a wide decision, in reality it was narrow as the court reaffirmed the constitutional right of same sex couples to marry, but the part of the ruling being celebrated by religious conservatives, came in the form of the court upholding freedom of religion and speech.

Today, the Supreme Court took an important step in recognizing that the First Amendment remains in force. It also confirmed what I have said for years, namely, that LGBT activism is the principle threat to freedoms of religion, speech, and conscience in America. May the pushback against this extremism continue.

Source: Masterpiece Decision: Supreme Court Pushes Back Against the Rising Tide of Anti-Religious Animus, By MICHAEL BROWN Published on June 4, 2018 The stream.org

For a little back story on the case we quote another writer from The Stream.org; Continue reading

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Chatter Report: Weirder and Weirder

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Okay I confess, I am a fan of the 1988 American comedy-fantasy film Beetlejuice, a Tim Burton classic; not because I think it accurately depicts life after death, but simply because the movie is so silly and irrelevant. In this early “Burton” we find Barbara and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) a young Connecticut couple who decide to spend their summer vacation decorating their idyllic country home; unfortunately death intervenes. The Maitlands find themselves “haunting” their home which is not so bad, until the home is sold to a New York family, the Deetzs, who are so radically different from them that the Maitlands immediately find the new homeowners detestable.

The Maitlands travel to a netherworld, where they discover that the afterlife is structured like a complex social services bureaucracy complete with the usual overworked caseworkers. As a side note, one clerk insinuates that the punishment for suicide is spending eternity working as a civil servant in this dark parody of social services.

The Maitlands’ own caseworker, Juno, informs them that they must remain in the house for 125 years and if they want the new “living” owners out of the house, it is up to them to scare the living away. Dejected, having not found more concrete answers to their dilemma, they begin wandering through this netherworld version of social services in search of the door leading back to their home, when one remarks that “This place keeps getting weirder and weirder.” The other Maitland exclaims, “This is our home!” It seems that the new owners, had redecorated the formerly idyllic country home into some sort of post modern, surrealistic statement, at first totally unrecognizable to the Maitlands.

When I see a place that has been redecorated without thought or taste, or even a concept or cultural norm that has been changed so drastically, so radically, that it has little resemblance to its former self, I am reminded of the Maitlands discovering that what has become increasingly weirder and weirder is actually their home. In that light, today’s Chatter Report reflects cultural changes that are getting to be weirder and weirder.

UPDATE: More Joy Reid fallout

In our most recent “Culture Rant Du Jour” of June first 2018 we explored Continue reading

Culture Rant Du Jour: Leftism Out of Control, Avalanche of Hypocrisy

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Unless you have been so busy with life that you have not perused the various news sources this week, or you have been sequestered in a monastic cell, cut off from the world by choice, you have by now heard of the Rosanne Barr controversy and the tidal wave of social upheaval resulting from someone using social media irresponsibly.

This rant is not an attempt to defend Rosanne, nor critique what she posted to Twitter, but rather look at the depth and width of the hypocrisy of the left, many of which are demonstrably unhinged, as well as examining the lack of civility of those in the public eye that we expect to set examples for all.

The cancellation comes as a blow to President Trump’s supporters who said “Roseanne” accurately represented their political perspective. Responding to a comment about Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Obama, Miss Barr tweeted, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” She initially defended the tweet as a “joke” — noting that “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties” — but then issued an apology to “Ms. Jarrett and all Americans.”
“I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,” Miss Barr tweeted. “I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.” But it was too little too late. Within hours, ABC announced that “Roseanne” would not return for a second season.

Source: Canceled: Blue-collar ‘Roseanne’ family reflected perspective of Trump voters
Radio host hits industry’s double standard: ‘If you are a left-winger, you can say whatever you want’
By Bradford Richardson – The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 29, 2018

So there you have it–as if most readers have not heard already–Rosanne in her usually caustic, highly sarcastic style of comedy implied that Valerie Jarrett was the product of a union between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes.  For this her highly popular reboot of the Rosanne show was canceled.

While her remarks are indefensible, those of us on the right are highly concerned regarding the obvious double standard of the left.  Mr Richardson continues in his Washington Times piece: Continue reading

A Memorial Day Op-Ed

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Memorial Day, for some it is just another holiday, a time for picnics, backyard barbecues, a day at the lake or beach or for many who have to work, just another day in the life.

History.com writes:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.
By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
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On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

In reality it is an American holiday as history.com states, even though other countries have followed suit and designate certain days for similar observances, In Canada July first is set aside for the remembrance of its veterans, April twenty-fifth in Australia and New Zealand.  But it is a secular holiday, officially sanctioned by the state and not the church even though some churches include Memorial Day observances.    Every year we see opinion/editorials (op-eds) questioning the inclusion/exclusion of Memorial Day observances by the church; so I thought I would research this a bit.  I grew up where Memorial Day is always observed by the church as well as by our family, so I am intrigued by those that take the position that we should not celebrate the lives of those that have given so much.

A thought such as this, can lead you down a rabbit hole.  You might find something interesting or something totally bizarre as that found at the bottom of the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, and  the fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.  I suppose in this post modern world we should admonish; “Be careful what you Google!”

Yeah, you guessed it, I made the mistake of “Googleing” the phrase “Why do churches not celebrate memorial day?”  As you can see in Continue reading

Check your privilege, liberal elitists

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Culture Rant du jour

(from the Bishop) Perhaps this should become a regular column on this blog, a relatively short rant, but yet just long enough to make the point.

Hypocrisy is a subject many of us find objectionable especially when we are targeted with ridicule and bias—even blatant discrimination—by those who self profess to be the warriors for social justice bringing down the evil leviathans of bias, bigotry, ridicule, discrimination, as well as social bullying. Today we see far too many examples of the elitist left, in their ivory towers and gilded halls on the opposing coastlines of this country, openly attacking everyone residing between the far East and far West or fifteen miles from the centers of major cities in the heartland.

A little back story.

More than two decades ago, there was an Continue reading

Chatter Report: 22 May 2018

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A combination of Chatter today, some unusual, some the same old tired rhetoric.

Primary Elections in some states

In several states, today Tuesday 22 May, voters will decide who gets to run against the opposition in the November general elections.  These primary polls might prove interesting as there are a growing number of Democratic candidates that openly profess to also be socialists.  In the recent Primary Elections in Pennsylvania, a couple of openly socialist candidates actually won the Democrat vote and in at least one case that person will advance to the general elections unopposed as there is no Republican candidate running in the heavily left leaning district.  When the smoke has cleared at the end of primary season we will look at the Socialist threat to our society.

Primary elections having only one party on the ballot is not unusual, in my region Continue reading

Chatter Report; Pentecost Edition

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No, go back and read the headline again, it reads Pentecost not Pentecostal; actually it is quite common to misread something we are not familiar with while “replacing’ the mis-read word with one that we have a certain degree of familiarity.  Most people in the Western World have heard of Pentecostal Churches but some, even Protestant Christians, are unfamiliar with the celebration of Pentecost.  So what exactly is it all about:

Pentecost Sunday is an annual holy day that falls on May 20 of this year. While denominations like the Roman Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church officially celebrate it, large numbers of Christians who do not follow a liturgical calendar might not be familiar with the observance.

Source: What Is Pentecost Sunday and What Does It Mean for Christians?
By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter May 20, 2018.

What is Pentecost?

Every year at this time Continue reading

Chatter Report: Fake News Edition

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Much has been said about Fake news since the beginning of President Trumps campaign for office began in earnest over two years ago.  Mr. Trump using the phrase as a term to describe the lack of candor and truthfulness by the media in their reporting of the events of his campaign, election and administration.  Nowhere is this more obvious than in the past 24 to 48 hours as the media and activists have sought to paint Mr. Trump as a blatant racist due to his remarks about MS-13 members; more on that later today but first some back story.  (I know, I know this is getting to be a habit but I love history and I fear that our last great hope for our culture, GenZ–the Post Millennial generation–did not get the whole story from their teachers, the propagandists of the progressive socialist cult, so bear with me, please.)


Media Bias: A Brief History

From Wikipedia: Media bias in the United States

A 1956 American National Election Study found that 66% of Americans thought newspapers were fair, including 78% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats.[citation needed] A 1964 poll by the Roper Organization asked a similar question about network news, and 71% thought network news was fair. A 1972 poll found that 72% of Americans trusted CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. According to Jonathan M. Ladd’s Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, “Once, institutional journalists were powerful guardians of the republic, maintaining high standards of political discourse.

I remember the days when most American homes–that had a TV–only had one and it was a prominent fixture in the living room.  Ours was Continue reading

Chatter Report 18 May 2018

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Good morning boys and girls, today’s word is Intersectionality.
Try reading an analysis of this religio-political nonsensical ideology and I guarantee your eyes will glaze over due to the faux academic terminology that seeks to glorify what in essence is comparable to male bovine feces.

But seriously the philosophy claims that all minorities are oppressed and united in their oppression while some are more oppressed than others.  For example White Male Patriarchy oppresses all women, but Black women are the most oppressed, especially if the “black woman” is really a biological male.  See an emerging absurdity here?  Lets see, men oppress women, but more so women of color, especially if the woman of color is really a man.  Is that to imply that trans-gendered women oppress themselves by nature of their biological manhood?  Scratching your head yet?

While most of us who subscribe to more traditional views have tried to point out that many of these so called oppressed groups can not be logically interwoven in their oppression so that they can stand together in defiant solidarity simply due to the fact that the base ideology of one is antithetical to one or more of the others.  For example Continue reading

Chatter Report 17 May 2018

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Conservatives as well as all who are concerned with maintaining the Freedom of speech are dialing up the Internet chatter this week as the tech giants cozy up to the  Southern Poverty Law Center which is rapidly being recognized–by the left and right–as a far left socialist attack group.

Rabid attack dogs to guard hen house

The Southern Poverty Law Center has plenty of critics bemoaning its fall from venerable civil-rights champion to leftist fundraising machine, but apparently not in the tech industry.

Source: Tech industry spurs alarm by enlisting Southern Poverty Law Center to ferret out ‘hate’  By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Richardson continues: Continue reading