A small family owned business is being subjected to a public shaming because they declined to videotape a lesbian wedding.
Next Door Stories is based in Bexley, Ohio. Last month, a lesbian couple asked them to film their wedding. The owner replied with a brief note stating she did not do same-sex weddings. Instead of finding another videographer – the lesbians decided to go public.
They contacted the local chamber of commerce to file a complaint – and they also posted a story on Facebook.
The small business was inundated with hate mail. Their social networking sites were deluged with disgusting comments.
The chamber of commerce denounced the company’s actions said they plan to revise their rules to put a stop to discrimination.
Yet another example of the intolerance of those who profess to be tolerant.
Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest.
School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in half” – noting that many complaints came from Jewish parents and those who had lost family members fighting the war on terror.
The outrage among students was so significant that the school issued an apology.
“We sincerely apologize for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited this morning in the high school in a language other than English,” the apology read. “In our school district the Pledge of Allegiance will only be recited in English as recommended by the Commissioner of Education.”
Well, that’s somewhat reassuring.
However, state regulations do not mandate that the pledge be recited in a specific language. It recommends only specific wording.
108.5 Pledge to the flag.
(a) It is recommended that schools use the following pledge to the flag:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
(b) In giving the pledge to the flag, the procedure is to render the pledge by standing with the right hand over the heart.
The school said the pledge was recited in Arabic as a way to honor National Foreign Language Week “and in an effort to celebrate the many races, cultures and religions that make up this great country.” It said the pledge had been recited in other languages throughout the week.
That explanation didn’t set well with student Alex Krug.
“I think it should be said in English,” he told television station TWCNews.com. “It is foreign language week but we don’t even offer Arabic in Pine Bush High School.”
Andrew Zink, the student body president, defended what he did and said he would do it all over again – telling TWC News he “knew exactly what would happen” because “it’s the right thing to do.”
Zink wrote on his Twitter account: “To everyone who disagrees with my decisions, I respect your right to do so and hope we can have a productive conversation,”
Oh, there’s been no shortage of conversation around the small town.
A writer who claimed to be an American of Arab Christian ancestry said he, too, was offended by what happened.
“The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a ‘salute’ to America,” he wrote. “It’s a promise to be loyal to it. Part of that loyalty should be to learn English and integrating into our culture.”
Based on the comments made by the student body president, it appears the Arabic recitation was less about celebrating a foreign language and more about stirring up trouble.
In my most recent book, “God Less America,” I illustrate how the nation’s public schools have been turned into indoctrination centers. Teachers are preaching a liberal ideology. Our schoolhouses have become places where Christianity is marginalized and Islam is given accommodation.
The First Lady of these United States is now urging Americans to stop drinking sweet tea.
Yes – friends – you heard correctly. Mrs. Obama has declared war on the House Wine of the South. It’s all part of her anti-obesity campaign — called Let’s Move.
The website Free Beacon was the first to report on her latest culinary atrocities – urging us to wash down our lettuce and bean sprouts with unsweetened tea.
The First Lady also told Americans to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets — which I’m sure is great news for all those folks employed by all-you-can-eat buffets.
Mrs. Obama also wants us to consider rustling up some tasty eats from the Department of Agriculture’s Pinterest page. Among her personal favorites are entrees like bean-kale burgers and curried pumpkin with peas.
I just got a little throw up in my mouth, America.
Starbucks’ national conversation on race has frothed the nation’s lattes.
The coffee chain has ordered its Baristas to wade into discussions about racism while customers wait for their Caramel Macchiatos.
Here’s how it’s supposed works – the barista hand you a cup. if that cup has the words “Race Together” on it – then brace yourself for a “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” commentary on the state of racial affairs in America. As if I need to explain to a sixteen year old why I take my coffee black.
Starbucks say they just want to bring us all together. And based on the reaction from Twitter- mission accomplished. Check out some of these tweets:
@Cameron_gray: “Mmm, this Starbucks mug of hot steaming guilt is delicious.”
@MichelleMalkin: “Adding white sugar to my non-Starbucks coffee with my brown hand. Diversity! #racetogether @shutupandsellcoffee.
Starbucks is standing firm. They say they could not be silent bystanders. But silence is golden — especially BEFORE we’ve had our first cup of coffee of the day.
It’s bad enough they charge me four bucks for a cuppa joe. It’s bad enough they can’t even spell my correctly. It’s two d’s.
But now I’m going get a lecture on white privilege because I ordered the blonde roast instead of the dark.
The folks in Beantown have national bragging rights. The National Weather Service confirming Boston has had it’s snowiest Winter since 1872.
The official total stands at one hundred eight point six inches. That’s a whole lot of global warming to shovel, folks.
The Associated Press
The Bible tells us to fly on the wings of eagles.But Pastor Creflo Dollar prefers a more exotic form of transportation. Reverend dollar runs a megachurch in Atlanta, e’s asking people to fork over money so he can buy a 65 million dollar luxury jet.
The reverend’s ministry says their current plane is no longer safe and apparently this man of the cloth doesn’t fly coach. It reminds me of the age old question — What Would Jesus Do? I suspect He would fly Southwest.
Say what you will but Reverend Dollar seems to be living up to his name.