Thursday, August 09, 2012
Homosexuals Picket Cake Shop Owned by Christian Baker
Why do these protestors insist this man has to make gay wedding cakes? It is his business. Why does he have to change his beliefs to conform to someone elses' ideas? They are doing to him what they wanted to do to Chick-fil-a. Hopefully it will backfire again
he owner of a Colorado bakery said in spite of picket lines and online petitions he will not change a store policy against baking wedding cakes for homosexual couples – a policy that critics call hateful and bigoted.
More than 4,200 people have signed an online petition calling on the Masterpiece Cake Shop to ends its policy banning gay wedding cakes. Over the weekend, several dozen people picketed the privately-owned store in Lakewood, Colo.
“Everyone has the same rights,” one protestor told television station KDVR. “A gay wedding cake, a straight wedding cake – it’s the same thing.”
Jack Phillips, the owner of the cake shop, said his ban on making cakes for gay weddings is a result of his religious beliefs.
“I’m not going to change my business because of a petition,” he told the Denver Post. “I’m just going to do the best I can do to honor Jesus Christ.”
“By denying service to gay couples, they are essentially slapping us all in the face, and I simply cannot stand idly by while such shameful behavior is allowed to continue,” said Macklin MacKenzie, a Denver resident who started the petition.
“I am not sure how the cakes taste, but I know bigotry and hate tastes disgusting,” MacKenzie said.
Phillips found himself in the middle of a controversy several weeks ago when David Mullins and Charlie Craig asked the bakery to make a rainbow cake for their wedding reception.
“He quickly informed us that his business did not provide cakes for gay weddings,” Craig said in a statement. “This moment was offensive, dehumanizing, awkward and quite painful.”
Mullins then cursed the owner, “f*** you and your homophobic cake shop.”
The couple then posted the encounter on Facebook which spread across the nation.
“This was the first time that either of us had ever been turned away from a business because of our sexuality,” Craig said. “The venality of a cake shop denying a loving couple a wedding cake is symbolic of the small thinking that permeates American society.”
But the protests have not hurt business. Phillips told local media that a number of people have either called or dropped by to show their support for his ban on gay wedding cakes.
“I’m a follower of Jesus Christ and you could say it’s a religious belief but I believe the Bible teaches that’s not an okay thing,” he told television station KDVR.
"Britain is full of single mothers and muggers -- and over-taxed"
I have just asked the creator of the phenomenally successful 1973 album Tubular Bells if performing in front of worldwide audience of a billion people at the Olympics Opening Ceremony has tempted him to end his self-imposed exile and return to Britain.
The answer is ‘no’. It seems the Reading-born father of nine is blissfully happy on his little tax-free island in the Bahamas.
‘I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Britain — I can’t stand being cold,’ he says. ‘I’m very comfortable with the local people here. They’re so very genuine and friendly. They don’t seem to have an agenda.’
Having lived in the Bahamas for three years, Oldfield and his family — wife Fanny and sons Jake, eight, and Eugene, four — flew to London four weeks before the ceremony.
We are sitting in the grounds of an expensive hotel on Paradise Island, which featured in the Bond film Casino Royale. Oldfield chose it as our meeting place for its link with Bond actor Daniel Craig, his opening ceremony ‘co-star’.
For all his reputation as a bit of an anti-social curmudgeon, the shaggy-haired Oldfield makes for congenial company.
Yes, everyone loved Tubular Bells (its global sales stand at 17 million) but its then 19-year-old boy wonder composer — a self-taught musician who played more than 20 instruments on the album — says he was soon caught in the backlash that faces anyone who is too successful.
‘There’s a British thing about hating people who are too clever,’ he says. ‘It’s uncool to be too clever. It’s a great shame, and it’s not the same in America.’
Oldfield says he has sorted out his women issues now, along with his psychological hang-ups. He feels he has never been happier and has been with his French-born wife, Fanny, since they met in 1999 while he was living in Ibiza.
The island was just one of the exotic places he ran away to after he decided to leave Britain.
Oldfield says he was advised in the 1970s to emigrate in order to escape the then Labour government’s 86 per cent taxes on his Tubular Bells royalties. He spent time living in Switzerland, Monaco, Ibiza (where the hedonistic and ‘poisonous’ lifestyle of drink, drugs and going days without sleep almost overwhelmed him) and Majorca.
The Bahamas may be a country increasingly full of gated communities and millionaire tax exiles, but Oldfield stresses that he lives in the cheaper end of Nassau and is still doing up the run-down five-bedroom 1950s house he bought when he and his wife moved there in 2009.
He has grumbled about his home country being like ‘prep school’ with all its restrictive laws, health and safety rules, smoking bans and CCTV cameras everywhere.
He complains about the Big Brother culture and says Britain’s ‘brutish police in those weird jackets’ are nothing like the kindly bobby in the helmet he remembers from his youth.
By comparison, he says, he’s found the values of that old Britain in the Bahamas.
‘You go inland here and it’s just like Reading was in the 1950s. You see the kids going to school in their uniforms —they take their education very seriously here.
‘People don’t have a lot of money, but you can talk to anybody. In London, you’d be worried you were going to get mugged.’
Despite his peripatetic life in Switzerland, Monaco, Ibiza and Majorca, he said none were warm enough in the winter. That’s why he came to the Bahamas.
He accepts the islands are also attractive because they have no personal income tax — but then claims he’s not as rich as he was.
Britain's absurd prison system
Serious criminals are repeately released after short periods. Apparently the "habitual criminal" has disappeared from the notice of the British justice system
The police mugshots of career criminal Stephen Bosanko cover a decade, but the defiant, contemptuous stare is virtually unchanged.
Bosanko, 31, has killed two people and committed a host of other crimes over a 13-year period of mayhem but has served only a series of short spells in prison.
He was accused of 'laughing at the law' by the father of one of his victims after he was jailed again at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday – for three years for burglary – and told he could be free in just 18 months.
In 2002 Bosanko had caused the death of Nicola Shalloe, 20, by dangerous driving four months after he was freed from a prison term for manslaughter. Yesterday Nicola’s father Michael said Bosanko was 'bad to the bone'.
Mr Shalloe, 63, a plumber, added: 'This bloke must be laughing at the law. He’s a complete lunatic who shouldn’t be out of jail – he should be locked up for life for what he’s done. He has ruined so many people’s lives. What is it going to take to throw away the key?
'Three years is not good enough for the likes of him – it’s like a slap on the wrist.
'The court system is skewed and this latest stretch is obviously no deterrent for him. He thinks he can do whatever he wants.'
Bosanko’s first major entanglement with the law came in 1998 when he was accused of disposing of a knife and gloves used in the murder of a drug dealer. He was acquitted of perverting justice but six months later killed father-of-three Sajad Ahmed.
Bosanko, of Ribbleton, Preston, was out celebrating his 18th birthday and had bragged that he was 'going to do someone' as he wanted to 'do life and be a big name'. Minutes later he punched Mr Ahmed, 22, to the ground outside a pub. The victim’s head hit the pavement and he died from a fractured skull.
Bosanko was initially charged with murder but in June 1999 his guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted and he was jailed for six years.
The sentence was later reduced on appeal to four and a half years and with good behaviour he was freed on licence in February 2002.
In June of that year Nicola Shalloe, who had beaten cancer, met Bosanko after she and some friends left a nightclub in Preston and accepted a lift from him. The Escort was driven at speeds of up to 80mph before smashing into a lamppost, fatally injuring Nicola.
Bosanko was jailed for three and a half years yet freed after serving less than two years.
After several minor matters he was hauled back before the courts for driving while disqualified but absconded before being arrested on a warrant. He was jailed again in July 2008 and has since served a further term for theft.
In his latest crime, Lancashire Police said Bosanko and three friends were involved in various break-ins in which £7,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from supermarkets across Preston, Blackpool and Lancaster from October 2011 to February 2012.
Golf clubs and other equipment valued at around £9,000 were also stolen in Knott End, Lancashire.
Bosanko and Nicholas Maxwell, 26, of Fulwood, Jamie Maxwell, 21, of Preston and John Horn, 21, all admitted burglary and attempted burglary. Nicholas Maxwell and Horn were sentenced to three years, as was Bosanko, while Jamie Maxwell was jailed for two years.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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