Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I Am Not Sure Whom I'm Rooting For
In This Mess


From the New York Daily News:
Colorado baker ordered to serve gay couples, vows to stop making wedding cakes

    Jack Phillips would rather stop making cakes altogether than be forced to bake for an LGBT couple’s wedding. The Lakewood man’s decision came after his state’s Civil Rights Commission ruled that he had discriminated against newlyweds David Mullins and Charlie Craig.

From Fox News:
State Sues Florist Who Refused to Decorate Gay Wedding

    The State of Washington is suing a small flower shop after the owner declined to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding – based on her religious beliefs.

From The Blaze:
They Refused to Host a Gay Wedding on Their Farm   Now They’re Facing a Big Fine

    Owners of a family farm in Schaghticoke, New York, are being fined $13,000 for refusing to allow a gay wedding ceremony to take place on their property in 2012, just one year after the state legalized same-sex nuptials.

From Christianity Today:
New Mexico Supreme Court: Photographers Can't Refuse Gay Weddings
Justice: “There is a price we all have to pay in our civic life.”  

    In a closely watched case on gay rights, religious freedom, artistic freedom, the speech rights of businesses, and a host of other legal hot button issues, the New Mexico Supreme Court today ruled that wedding photographers could not refuse to shoot gay ceremonies.

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SO WHY THIS HEADLINE TODAY??

From USA Today:
Michael Sam Not Signed to St. Louis Practice Squad

    The St. Louis Rams have filled their 10-player practice squad, and it does not include defensive end Michael Sam.
Sam, who is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player, was among the final players the Rams cut Saturday as the team set its 53-man roster. The Rams kept nine defensive linemen, including five defensive ends.  Michael Sam is a defensive end.

QUESTION:  Why Are The Rams NOT Being Sued By Someone?

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I am a heterosexual man, married to a heterosexual woman nearly six years; neither of us endorse homosexuality as a lifestyle. To the best of my knowledge, our knowledge, we know only two, long-term, lesbian couples between us.  No gay men & no gay male couples. 

With all that said and established, I both understand and support the U.S. Christian businesses above, who have taken the high road with their morality and beliefs.... the wedding florist, the baker, the Photographer, the wedding site owner-- their personal beliefs must be covered by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

I will stand with, in support of any Christian business being pressured to accept homosexual marriage and homosexuality, in not providing services to interested, gay couples, 
if doing so violates their own personal values.

That just seems to me to be a no-brainer, given the long time, and widely held standard of business, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."  God Blesses That Right~!

But, there are the mitigating circumstances....  There is no right like, "I reserve the right to reject service or entertainment by anyone."

Former Missouri defensive end, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam, a gay man is an entertainer.  AS MUCH AS WE MAY LIKE HIM PERSONALLY, or SAM'S STORY of COURAGE. 

It always comes down to individuals, and whether we (singly) know them, or if they are representative of some 'frowned-upon' group; like homosexuals, like Muslims, like Illegal immigrants.
When you get to know one of "them", it is OK, they are cool, they're funny, they're trusted maybe.
Rather than in the bulk, where shadows and shadowy figures reside, like gay couples pressing Christian florists to supply their gay wedding, or convicted felons who have come back into the US.
The whole is discolored by the unseemly parts, resulting in those often mentioned, 
"grey areas" in life.

I suggest that former St. Louis Ram DE Michael Sam should never have pushed his sexuality on us.
I suggest that Michael Sam rely less on his private life and 'his privates' in reaching his goals.
I suggest that we all emphasize that WE DO NOT CARE TO KNOW THE SEXUAL PREFERENCES OF the clerk at McDonalds who serves us, or of the shortstop of our favorite team or the Defensive End of some team, OR any celebrity
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Why Is That Important For Anyone To Announce To The World, except when you are in and within close circles of friends and workmates and family members? 
Who Is Important Enough to know the truth about you, about me, Who Is Not Important Enough?

Michael Sam lost his dream of playing in the National Football League, to his overarching dream of telling everyone that he likes other men.  And that IS sad, and I do feel bad for him, for that.

But he intruded into our brains, in a sense,
by telling us about his sex-life, 
when we did not care.
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AND YET,,, 
SO DID I, JUST NOW, @ the BEGINNING OF MY PART OF THIS POST, 
DIDN'T I?

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