I said years ago that if gay marriage became legal, they would go after churches for refusing to marry them.
Yeah, there’ll be some protection at first for “religious beliefs,” but aside from having to defend against baseless litigation, you can bet that the courts (and government) will strip unaccommodating churches of all government benefits (including tax exempt status) because they won’t compromise.
Thank you. You understand what is happening. Christians are the enemy that they are after, no other faith, just Christians.
It all makes my faith in God even stronger. Jesus said we would be hated for His names sake and the liberal left hates Christians.
No, it isn't. Nobody is going to tell any church to perform marriages against their doctrines any more than Catholic churches have ever been force to remarry the legally divorced. That is just a paranoid fantasy.
April 8, 2015 at 3:38pm
Exactly. She’s still going through with the deal. It IS her fault for not reading the contract and realizing she’d have to put up the $80K early on, but the boycott is certainly a factor here. If there aren’t enough attendees, how much is it to blame? The contract with the hotel presumes all things being equal. A mass-media “boycott” of the state right before the event is to be held would be no different than if there was a hurricane or unseasonable snowstorm the week of the event.
I do give a +1 to having “event insurance” to cover yourself. Again, I hope enough people show up to keep her from being out the $80K.
[-2] April 8, 2015 at 7:47am
Honestly, does “reading comprehension” mean nothing today?
I’ve looked at the article three times so far. In no way did this woman “boycott” or do anything to bring what has been done to her. She planned an event. She expected it to be a success. Out of the blue, this law gets passed and a national movement to boycott the state comes on. She is being adversely affected by this development. It’s not her fault or doing. She should have an excellent case for force majeure and be able to get her money back. The state acting, or another party acting, to ultimately frustrate the purpose of a contract should not leave the harmed party holding the bag.
Now, if she chose to cancel the event in solidarity to the boycott movement, I could see placing the blame squarely on her shoulders.
I can only hope enough people still elect to attend her “grief and hope” convention to allow her to recoup the $80,000.
The fact that she is "being affected" is not material to the question of her commitment to lease a given number of rooms. In no way has the state "frustrated" this contract. Those she had planned to attend have no impediment to doing so.
She signed a business contract, with certain stipulations. After dealing with similar, there was most likely a minimum room clause in there, in order to get a room discount for the event. This happens in business; she should have read the contract carefully and ensured she could cover any losses.
Hey nitwit, SHE voluntarily canceled the event. SHE voluntarily participated in the boycott.
 March 9, 2015 at 8:24am
Planet Fitness has a fairly long history of issues of “offending” people with their policy. People who look too fit, you’re out because fat people find you intimidating. The whole gym model is geared towards out of shape people who want a cheap monthly gym membership. Serious trainers/fitness people need not bother joining. They don’t have the equipment you need and they’ll come down on you for “intimidating” the other members with the results of your hard work and dedication.
Hell, most locations do free pizza and bagels once a month. To whom do you think that caters?
May 22, 2014 at 8:15am
Here’s the bit NOT being reported or investigated.
I had to sign up with ACA and “estimate” my income (I was between jobs at the time). I get almost $300 in subsidy based on my estimate. The insurance carrier doesn’t even get half that much in actual money from the government.
If my subsidy changes, do I have to pay back the difference in declared subsidy or what the difference is in what the government actually paid the insurance company?
I still don’t have an answer to this. Just as insurance companies pay a percentage of “usual and customary,” it appears the government is paying a fraction of the subsidy. What happens to the difference?
December 10, 2013 at 7:04am
So true. If you don’t know what it’s like to be put under that microscope by the media, trust me…it messes you up. You’re never the same again. Frankly, I think the media is going to keep “prosecuting” him until he legitimately snaps so they can get their celluloid justice.
November 27, 2013 at 8:43am
This has been the norm for a long time. It’s called “implied consent.” If you want a driver’s license, if suspected of a DUI, you either submit to a breath test or automatically have your license revoked. Refusal doesn’t end there. They can arrest you, and if you don’t cooperate, they can get a warrant to draw a blood sample to test for intoxication.
The only argument you have against this is if you can say there isn’t sufficient probable cause to submit you to sobriety testing, and the best way to assert that is at a DUI checkpoint where they want everyone to submit to a breath test regardless of any observable behavior that indicates intoxication.
October 29, 2013 at 7:16am
I think the real question is, “How does the pastor make his money?”
I know a church where everyone working there makes a very decent paycheck and benefit package off of the congregation. This may be reasonable, but when the church starts asking for more donations to pay for things, you question if it is good stewardship of the church finances when the staff are paid so well when there are other needs.
I also know a small church where the pastor drives a Jaguar. The difference? This pastor doesn’t get a check (very small church) and he works (in his late 60s) as the owner of a roofing company (and still goes up on roofs to do the work). His car is HIS, not paid for from a church salary. You can’t really criticize that.
The first pastor, though, has all he has because of his church paycheck. My best friend is a pastor and makes very little (wife can’t find full-time work and they have a child), and his salary is rather meager considering he had to have a 4-year degree and seminary and is still paying down his student loans.
Much of this is an issue of PERCEPTION. I think if you want to be in ministry, you have to realize people will watch what you do. A big house for a big family is one thing, a mansion is another. Living with MODESTY is what is called for, and sometimes I think people lose sight of that.
October 23, 2013 at 3:11pm
Okay, some churches are messed up, and their mistakes only drive people away, but people generally don’t want God in their life unless it’s on THEIR terms, and God doesn’t work that way.
“People feel judged.” As you should…the Word convicts you of what’s wrong so you will repent and remove those things from your life.
“Lack of two-way dialogue.” You are there to receive the message impressed upon your pastor. Want a dialog? Sign up for a bible study class.
“Christians are hypocrites.” Everyone is a hypocrite. Most try to not be one. If you are in a bad church, maybe try a different church, but you’ll find not one belief system that doesn’t have to struggle with hypocrisy amongst its members.
“Divine anticipation.” If you don’t believe God is here and now and cares about your life, you’ve not been getting sound biblical instruction on who God is. Find yourself a better church that knows how to preach and teach the Bible.
No, not EVERYONE is a hypocrite--some people don't make judgments about people that they wouldn't make about themselves in the same circumstances; they either judge, and would judge themselves the same, or they don't judge AT ALL as they are humble (and realistic) enough to recognize when they lack sufficient knowledge and experience with the factual circumstances to make a judgement.
 September 16, 2013 at 12:01pm
Both killers were known “enforcers” for a local dealer. They were put under gag orders so they couldn’t tell their side of the story after they plea bargained.
Do you know of Christen Lamb? A little girl brutally raped, murdered and dismembered in Laramie, Wyoming a few months before this happened. Do you know of her? Ironic how the media decides who’s death is tragic enough to deserve coverage.
 September 15, 2013 at 5:13pm
Being in Laramie when this happened, it was well-known among the locals that Shepard was not the “innocent angel” he was painted to be.
Nobody deserves to die the way he did, but the whole “gay” angle was a desperate attempt by his murderers to get away with their crime. Never mind that Wyoming has no tolerance for murderers and they were not going to find a sympathetic populace in most any Wyoming town…nonetheless the town with the state university located in its midst.
Many knew that Shepard was a drug user and knew his death was drug-related, not because of his sexual orientation. His killers might have used his sexuality to lure their victim to come along with them, but they didn’t kill him for being gay.
Not that the world wanted to hear the other side of the story then…or even now.
Based on the Anti-gay and/or "Christian" Zealot trolls on this site, one would assume that someone relatively sane or normal person would KILL someone because they are "Gay" (or White, Black, Christian, Jew or Atheist), although I imagine that the taking of another's Humans Life requires more than isolated Hatred of One type of Individual. There has to be Rage, Anger, Hatred and a Deep Lack of Human Empathy to Blindlessly end another's Life.
THEIR AGENDA requires that We Fear Each OTHER, that YOU believe that Mankind is Evil and that YOU need Them and Their "Regulations" to feel safe....
Sadness Rises as Darkness Falls...Teach respect for the Creation...War IS Killing (and Killing IS Killing)
July 26, 2013 at 11:12am
It’s true that you can’t discriminate once you agree to start renting space to people, but if that arrangement causes problems for your main source of income, you can break it off.
Happens all the time when people choose to boycott products and places that do business with an objected to group or person.
July 26, 2013 at 11:09am
Catering to a nation of idiots.
America is doomed. (shakes head)
July 15, 2013 at 8:49am
On what basis would the federal government even bring charges? Last I checked, “civil rights” violations only apply against state officials and their agents, not private citizens. Even a “hate crime” law would require an actual crime that can be prosecuted at the federal level, right?
July 15, 2013 at 8:33am
Is there even a federal law that applies to this case? Last I checked, the “violation of civil rights” law only applies to officials/agents of the state. Even a “hate crime” law would require a federal crime or there’s no federal jurisdiction.
June 25, 2013 at 12:45pm
Agreed. If you take your company public and want to retain control, you always make sure you get 51% of all stock offerings so you always have majority control. Otherwise, the board’s duty is to the majority of shareholders, not you.
And, yes, they can fire you.
June 12, 2013 at 3:39pm
I thought they already had something like that…oh yes…the BICYCLE!
And I know from working on Scooters these things like Hybrids have CVT transmissions....The belts break all the time......Do your homework before you buy......and sue if the salesman lies to you.
June 12, 2013 at 2:22pm
I sincerely hope he’s going to release the info we can’t dig up on how high up Benghazi and Fast and Furious went.
June 11, 2013 at 10:31am
So, whose refugees are they? Are they running from the so-called monster in power (possibly agents of the Muslim Brotherhood) or are they running from the “freedom fighters” (possibly agents of the monster in power)?
I presume they will get full welfare benefits and work visas. Why do I bother working in the first place?
June 11, 2013 at 10:29am
If we actually let kids pop abortion pills as a way to deal with birth control, I won’t shed a tear if we find these things have horrendous heath impacts 5-10 years down the road.
A day of reckoning is coming for the USA. We won’t get away with mocking God.