Category Archives: Freedom of Speech

The slippery slope of the Chick-Fil-A mess…

Okay, so there’s this. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-a said he supported biblical marriage. This pissed a lot of folks off. I get that. Someone said something that offends someone else. Happens every day, and we usually get over it.

One thing I did not hear was Mr. Cathy stating that Chick-fil-a only hires straight married people. Nor did he say that gay single or married people won’t get their top level of service in their establishments. Again, a man stated his own personal conviction, based on his personal beliefs. He exercised his first amendment right when asked the appropriate question.

Now what we see is two halves of the American public polarized. One half is in support of ‘CFA’, and the reasons vary. Some support because they share the belief regarding same sex marriage. Some support because they support free speech. Some support because they believe that what the anti-CFA faction is doing to the employees of the company is flat wrong.

The other half, being offended by the originating statement, have just plain decided that Mr. Cathy is wrong, and therefore the entire company of employees need to be taken to task on it, come hell or high water.

I don’t quite get this. These employees are young and old, Christian, athiest, Mormon, Agnostic, gay, straight, monogomous and bigamous. They come from all walks of life. Some agree with Mr. Cathy’s statement, and some don’t. Some don’t even give a damn about what he believes, one way or the other.

Watch what you rain down on a company because of the personal conviction of one man. This is a slippery slope. If someone does not believe what you believe, cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it. That is what makes this Country. People from all walks of life, different colors, beliefs, origins, or even different destinations. That is America. You want censorship of those who do not agree with you, there are plenty of countries who will welcome you with open arms.

This is promising…

At least the case wasn’t taken to the Ninth Circuit…

District Judge for District of Colorado Stops Contraception Mandate Following Lawsuit by Hercules Industries | TheBlaze.com.

The administration opposed the order, arguing, contrary to the U.S. Constitution, that people of faith forfeit their religious liberty once they engage in business.[…]

Blind indeed…

What is becoming of our nation?

Doing my morning news scan this morning, I noted several headlines on the Drudge Report alone that I think would make the founding fathers turn in their grave enough to generate power for at least half of the nation.

First, Conservative justice Scalia believes the founding fathers left wiggle room in the Constitution for gun regulation…

Second, does anybody beside myself wonder how the heck our country has been allowed to reach a point where DHS feels the need to gear up for the coming conventions, elections, and inauguration?   Note in the article that there are designated areas called ‘Free Speech Zones’. Something entirely wrong with this, in my arrogant opinion. And by the way, note that this story , along with the equipment procurement request was plucked from a Russian news outlet…

Infowars marries this story with the evident need expressed by Janet Incompitano for 30,000 drones to blanket American skies to “…be used for public safety.”

Where do things go from here?

Why a blog?

Blogging is an amazing and interesting thing. When used as a public diary, it basically says, “I want everyone to know about me. I have nothing to hide.” When used as it was originally intended, say for uploading updates on a trip for friends to see back home, it says, “Look at me… wish you were here.” Then there’s that other thing. The random thoughts and commentary on anything from current events to the heavyweight title match between the voices in one’s head.  This is the way a blog is used in majority. This is what I’m doing. Continue reading

Facebook spy? How about SWATing?

Almost everyone has suffered the trials and tribulations of Facebook. Constant changes that erode your privacy, nobody to get in contact with directly to problem solve when your account is hacked, and you just know that they are storing information. Face it, knowingly or not, Facebook spies on it’s users. Pay attention to the news and you will hear about someone who took a stance that FB didn’t like, and BOOM! Their account was temporarily blocked.

Now I’m sure that most of you have heard about all the new rage called SWATing. It made the news recently when someone read a conservative blog and got offended. Said person (Kimberlin) did a little research and came up with a hometown and address of residence for said blogger. Said offended jerk calls the police in the bloggers town and reports a massively heinous crime in progress at the bloggers address. Next thing you know, said blogger is awakened from his peaceful slumber by the gentle whispers of a SWAT team.

Now back to everybody’s favorite/most loathed social networking site. What would you do if you got swatted by a software program at Facebook?

Well, according to Mashable.com, it just could happen…

The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases that signal something might be amiss, such as an exchange of personal information or vulgar language.

Then what?

If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange, it notifies Facebook security employees, who can then determine if police should be notified.

People often get laughed at or avoided like crazy uncle Joe when they spout off about the NannyGov having whole rooms dedicated to this, yet here this humble little corner room of the internet has admitted that they themselves have and use this software. Hmm.

Check out the link above and read the whole article.

h/t Drudge

Highlighting the Clash

If anyone has seen the recent net-rage “10 Commandments For My Daughters Potential Boyfriends,” then you are now, if not already familiar with Pastor Doug Giles.

Doug is Sr. Pastor at Clash Christian Church in Miami, Fla. He is also a columnist at Townhall.com, and has written a book called “Raising Righteous and Rowdy Girls.”

Adding one more item on his to-do list, he has fired up  a news and info site that reminds me a bit of The Blaze run by Glenn Beck. It is called Clashdaily.com  The site is still in it’s infancy, but it looks like it may sprout well. With a host of contributors and Doug’s edgy tone, I doubt anyone will leave his site due to boredom. Give it a look-see.

Obey the law of the land..

Romans 13:1-10

New International Version (NIV)

Submission to Governing Authorities

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

(Biblegateway.com)

Michael Salman Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail Over Home Bible Studies | Video | TheBlaze.com.

If just for the safety of the ‘congregation’, Why not comply?

(h/t The Blaze)