Saturday, February 18, 2017

Loose change - Items I overlooked

Here's what I found under the couch cushions

Texas AG and Christian crusader, Ken Paxton, released a statement regarding Barronelle Stutzman and the Washington Supreme Court ruling against her bigotry:
The First Amendment guarantees the liberty to speak freely, and the fundamental right to disagree. The government cannot force individuals to create art against their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs. Today’s display of intolerance by the Washington State Supreme Court both defies the Constitution and seeks to outlaw the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Compelling individuals to speak messages against their sincerely held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gotcha FRC and ADF - Using the gay to cover up a regulatory violation

Donald Vander Boon
Is Donald Vander Boon another holier-than-thou liar?
I suspected that there was some BS associated with the Vander Boon matter. Don Vander Boon is a Michigan meat packer. He is also a conservative Christian and a client of Alliance Defending Freedom. According to Tony Perkins of Family Research Council:

God Hates Hags: The Stutzman Fallout continues

Travis Weber
Family Research Council's Travis Weber
Friday, the religious right is have a collective cow over Thursday's ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court regarding florist Barronelle Stutzman. The Court upheld a lower court decision that Stutzman did discriminate, in violation of applicable law, when she refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding. The Court also held that she is personally liable (in contrast to corporate limited liability).

In addition to Tony Perkins' dismay which I wrote about yesterday (Perkins claimed to be “stunned”), Family Research Council's Travis Weber has weighed in with “How did the Washington State Supreme Court Get Barronelle Stutzman’s Case So Wrong?” Weber, who is an attorney, writes:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hate group leader does the "matching gift" grift for Stutzman

Alan Sears
Alan Sears, former CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom, is as full of shit as the next hate group leader (or former hate group leader). Supposedly matching grants are a scam. They are merely a restructuring of donations that are already pledged or even received. They are not contingent upon the donations of others.

I give Sears extra points for sheer audacity. I just received: “Double your gift now to fight injustice against Barronelle.” Then:

Of course Brian S. Brown had to add his two cents to the Stutzman decision

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, leader of National Organization for Marriage, sent out an email to supporters Thursday afternoon titled: “BREAKING: WA Supreme Court Upholds Religious Discrimination Against Christian Florist.” I suppose that there are a few people who might actually believe that a court ruling in opposition to LGBT discrimination is religious discrimination. Those folks are not exactly the world's most proficient critical thinkers. Brown thinks in zero-sum terms. Any measure of LGBT equality or nondiscrimination exacts an “equal and opposite reaction” — a degradation of the Catholic Church.

Perkins is "stunned" by Washington Supreme Court

Tony Perkins
“Apparently the Washington AG and the ACLU
conspired to chloroform Stutzman.”

As I was reading the opinion of Washington's Supreme Court in the Barronelle Stutzman matter and then writing about it, Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council hate group, sent out an email titled: “FRC Stunned By Washington State Court Ruling that Puts Florist's Own Home at Risk of Seizure.” I don't now how real the risk of home seizure is nor do I know if Washington provides homestead protection — nor do I care. Barronelle Stutzman is a bigot who ruined the wedding of a gay couple.

Washington Supreme Court unanimously affirms trial court and finds Barronelle Stutzman personally liable

Barronelle Stutzman
Thursday morning the anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, loses yet another attempt to carve out a religious exemption to a nondiscrimination law. By now you are probably all familiar with the self-righteous and bigoted  Washington State florist, Barronelle Stutzman who decided that she had the right to violate state law by refusing to sell flowers to be used at a same-sex wedding. Stutzman lost at trial and has now lost her appeal before the state's highest court.

The Washington Supreme Court dismissed every one of Stutzman's arguments in favor of permissible discrimination. Perhaps the most important of these is the assertion by ADF that Stutzman did not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation but, rather, had a religious objection to same-sex marriage.