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01 April 2015

That's Not Amore - Any Way You Slice It!

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie That's amore (That's amore) 
When the world seems to shine like you've had too much wine That's amore (That's amore) 
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling 
And you'll sing "Vita bella" (Vita bell- Vita bella) 
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay 
Like a gay tarantella (lucky fella)

'These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.'

- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

Unlike race, religion, gender, and national origin, sexual orientation has NEVER been a protected class under Indiana state law. Never. 

The RFRA doesn't change that. 

Regarding this Indiana pizzeria brouhaha, both sides are wrong. First, the owners are incorrect in claiming that the RFRA gives them the 'right' to refuse to cater a gay wedding. They are incorrect. Apparently, they've always had that right. Second, the other side also seemingly believes that the pizzeria can now do something that it could not before the RFRA. Again, apparently, that is also incorrect since sexual discrimination has never been a protected class (I am assuming that, since the establishment is (supposedly) in a rural area, there isn't a local ordinance that confers protected status based on sexual orientation). It is impossible to take away a 'protection against discrimination' that was never in existence. 

In other words, this pizza establishment has NEVER had to cater a gay wedding...unless the local law prohibits discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Considering the business is evidently in a rural area, I doubt that is the case. 

This was the law before RFRA...and remains the law now. Yet, rather than addressing the lack of protected status for sexual orientation, the Left is going nuts over religious freedom.

As it stands, it would be illegal - and a cause of action - for the pizzeria to refuse to serve blacks (race), Muslims (religion), women (gender), and Irish (national origin). It would not be illegal or a cause of action, under current law, for the establishment to refuse to serve gays -- at least, that is what I have been able to determine after reading existing law. 

Now, it is one thing to have the 'right' to discriminate. It's another to actually discriminate. This is not unlike having the First Amendment right to parade through Skokie in your Neo-Nazi uniform while screaming despicable things. One might have that right. One should also think twice. It is hateful and tends to harm the actor more than anyone else. Do I think a business should refuse to serve gays? No. Do I think that a business should be able to refuse to participate in an event - any event? Yeah, pretty much. Let the free market reign. If you disagree with a business, don't frequent it. If enough people agree with you, that business will soon be history anyway. Why seek to have the government FORCE it to do something?  Do we really want to force printing companies owned by gays to make signs for the Westboro Baptist Church?  Really?

As it pertains to Indiana, it seems to me that, if the LGBT community were really concerned about discrimination, rather than focusing on a RFRA that changes nothing for them, they would be seeking to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes under Indiana state law. What really gets me about this whole Indiana RFRA brouhaha is - listening to the hysterical lamentations - that members of the LGBT community have had something taken away from them by this state law. Under state law - and most of the geographic area of the state - they have never had such protections. You can't lose something that you never have. 

I have been absolutely shocked and dumbfounded by the LGBT community's choices here. They have been attacking RFRA for - allegedly - permitting discrimination based on sexual orientation...something that has been permitted under Indiana state law for 199 years. If there exists a problem, it is with the lack of protections for sexual orientation rather than the RFRA, which changes absolutely nothing for least under state law.

In this latest uproar, there has been a lot of ignorance exhibited on both sides. Some business owners apparently believe that the RFRA gives them a blanket right to discriminate against anyone if it infringes on their sincerely-held religious beliefs. That's not true. They should be made aware of the fact that RFRA merely grants standing and a possible defence to actions taken in either administrative or court proceedings. In other words, they can't just post a sign in the window that says 'No Gays, Jews, Blacks & Dogs Allowed.' First of all, they will certainly be sued. Secondly, that possible defence only arises AFTER some action has been taken. They will have to deal with the expense of litigation and counsel. RFRAs aren't some cheap 'Get out of discrimination actions free card'.

See: Democrats Turn Against Religious Freedom Laws. Voters Don't Agree With Them.

Image result for gay pizza

But, congratulations to those jackbooted retards out there! You have forced a pizzeria in Bumfuck, Indiana, to close its doors due to your death threats.  Of course, even after your victory scalp, you have the exact same protections against discrimination based on your sexual orientation under Indiana state law that you had which I mean NONE.

On both sides there have been flags planted that claim that they represent LOVE.  Sorry, but I don't see much amore around the country...any way you slice it.

Related: Despite What The Hysterics Claim, Indiana's RFRA Will Not Lead To A Discriminatory Dystopia


I happened to see this earlier this evening:

A couple of years old...
I wonder what will happen when the Westboro Baptist Church starts descending on bakeries, florists, printers, etc, that are owned by gays. And, remember, the WBC has a surprisingly high success rate in court cases...even at the Supreme Court.


Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO)


Charlie Holmes said...

You should, by now, realize that this "story" never was. It was a pure fabrication by the editor of the 'news'paper that sent its reported there.

Anonymous said...

Every word you write WILL be posted to HA.
And read by me.