Friday, July 08, 2016
Christian dating websites forced to cater to homosexuals
Homosexual dating websites are not forced to include heterosexuals, so why should Christian heterosexual dating sites be forced to include homosexuals. Homosexuals seem to enjoy forcing their presence onto others, and leftists like to facilitate them doing that -- and particularly against Christians, whom homosexuals and leftists both hate. Christian dating sites should refuse co-operation on the grounds homosexuality is against Bible teachings; it may be understood and forgiven, but not encouraged and facilitated
IN A win for LGBT rights, a Californian judge has ordered a group of religious-based dating sites to cater to those in search of a same sex partner.
Among the websites which now have to open their doors to the gay community is a prominent Christian dating service called ChristianMingle.com.
Others include a CatholicMingle.com and LDS singles which advertises itself as “the largest dating site by Mormons for Mormons.”
Despite these websites catering to an audience that seems unanimously opposed to gay marriage, the company which owns the dating services has had to concede there are gay Christians and gay Mormons in the world.
Until now, ChristianSingles.com — which is considered the largest dating site for adherents of the religion — required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man.
Two gay men filed class action lawsuits against the owner of the website, Spark Network Inc. back in 2013 saying they were unable to use the service.
The plaintiffs claimed the websites were in violation of a California anti-discrimination law that requires “business establishments” to offer “full and equal accommodations” to people regardless of their sexual orientation, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Spark decided to settle with the two men and this week a state judge approved the conditions of the settlement.
The websites have now altered the gateway homepage so users can only select if they are a “man” or a “woman”.
The company also agreed to change the search and profile features of the websites within the next two years to give gay and lesbian singles a more tailored experience.
“I am gratified that we were able to work with Spark to help ensure that people can fully participate in all the diverse market places that make our country so special, regardless of their sexual orientation,” a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs said in a statement.
While hailed as a victory for tolerance and LGBT rights by some, angry conservatives have taken to social media to denounce the outcome of the lawsuit calling it an attack on religious freedoms.
Fathers Matter: More Evidence on their Importance
Scientists concerned with the increasing incidence of early onset puberty have discovered a disturbing correlation:
Girls who grew up without a biological father are twice as likely to get their period before age 12
This is important because, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, “the health consequences of earlier onset of puberty are myriad:” ranging from a higher risk of depression in early adolescence to risk-taking behaviors such as alcohol use, smoking, drug use, and early sexual activity.
Longer term, as adults they’re at a higher risk for obesity, Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.
While research points to other contributing factors, including increasing rates of childhood obesity and mothers who are overweight during pregnancy, Dr. Louise Greenspan, co-author of an American Journal of Epidemiology study, says toxic stress, including growing up without a father, is an important factor in girls’ starting puberty early.
While other studies have concentrated on the negative effects of growing up without a father on boys, not surprisingly, girls need a father too. It’s tragic that the trend against two-parent homes is only growing larger.
Politicians habitually deny reality: that’s what gets them elected. But we don’t have to buy what they’re selling, and we need to universally reject policies that undermine the family. We are hurting children—our only future.
British factory which told Polish and Slovakian workers they must speak in English at work is forced to abandon the scheme following complaints it was 'discriminatory'
A factory that ordered Eastern European workers to speak English at work has scrapped the scheme amid complaints of discrimination.
Bosses at Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, which makes medical equipment, introduced the measure at the factory in Sheffield in a bid to reduce divisions between English employees and those from Poland and Slovakia, who often spoke to each other in their mother tongues.
Staff complained about the policy, branding it 'unfair and discriminatory', adding it had fueled tensions between different ethnic groups on the factory floor.
Chiefs have now scrapped the policy, apologising for any 'confusion' over the 'well intentioned' scheme.
According to the Sheffield Star, the policy was reportedly introduced after an employee complained after working with a team of Polish colleagues who spoke to each other in their own language.
Employees are also understood to have complained over feeling 'isolated and intimidated' by non-English speaking co-workers.
The policy was introduced as part of the company's updated company rules, called 'Toolbox Talk', which all employees were required to sign.
At the time, the company said the policy was decided to create 'harmony' in the workplace. It added that speaking in another language would not be treated as a disciplinary issue.
However there was reportedly a 'ruckus' in the factory when the document was presented, with one source telling the Sheffield star that Polish workers felt discriminated against.
Staff later complained about the policy, saying it was 'unfair and discriminatory'.
One employee said instead of reducing division in the factory, the rule change had increased tensions.
The worker, who did not want to be named, said: 'I feel the company has escalated the problem and turned a small situation into a big one rather than assessing the cause of the problem.
'If two Polish guys are conversing it's going to be much quicker for them to get their job done. There's a lot of Polish and Slovakian workers - I find it unfair and discriminatory.'
A spokesman for Orchid said: 'We have rescinded this request with immediate effect and are preparing a new instruction that is intended to make everyone feel welcome at Orchid while accommodating the language needs for effective business communication.
'We apologise for any confusion our well-intentioned policy may have caused. 'Orchid values diversity as it is in the spirit of our core values and demonstrated by the variety of races and ethnicities we employ.'
Enough Is Enough in Baltimore
It’s often said that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich. While that may be true, only a bad prosecutor actually would, and fortunately, we don’t see it happen often.
Last year, in Baltimore, it did. Inflamed by the in-custody death of inveterate criminal Freddie Gray, enraged by riotous mobs who caused millions of dollars in property damage and inflicted injuries on over 100 police officers, Baltimore’s visibly angry chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, took to the podium last spring to announce charges against six seasoned Baltimore police officers.
And she said these words: “While I am committed to transparency, what I have revealed here today is now a matter of public record. However, the evidence we have collected and continue to collect cannot ethically be released to the public and I strongly condemn anyone in law enforcement with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior resolution of this case. You are only damaging our ability to conduct a fair and impartial process for all parties involved.
“I hope that as we move forward with this case everyone will respect due process and refrain from doing anything that would jeopardize our ability to seek justice.
“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America: I heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man.”
While some of those to whom she spoke – potential violent protesters – have kept their end of the bargain so far, Mosby has horribly failed to keep her end.
What she asked and promised was respect for due process, fairness, impartiality, and transparency. Today, we are again processing the transparency through the eyes of Judge Barry Williams, and what we are learning is that Marilyn Mosby’s view of due process, fairness, and impartiality is hardly what is defined by Websters, or in any law book.
As the third prosecution of the Baltimore Six collapsed in Judge Williams’ court on Thursday, like the two before it, what is transparent is that Mosby did what she was accused of a year ago – rushed to judgment. Worse, her rush also bore the stamp of grand jury indictments of six Baltimore officers, indictments that have been, for them and their families, life-changing. And the judge who has heard and processed every bit of testimony and other evidence in the cases reaching trial so far has, brick by crumbling brick, systematically dismantled the hollow cases brought by Mosby’s henchmen.
So resounding has been her defeat that one must ask how and why these charges could ever have been brought. Yesterday, the prosecution’s “rough ride” theory that would have sent Caesar Goodson to jail for three decades turned into little more than wisps of smoke. The steely-eyed, hard-charging prosecutor who welcomed a Vogue magazine profile and sat onstage with Prince, turns out to be Baltimore’s Icarus – her soaring ego failing to identify her shortcomings – including her unwillingness to recognize the presence or absence of basic facts.
When prosecutors choose to ignore the facts and bring politically-motivated charges regardless, they risk wrongful convictions or, as in Baltimore, failure. They also undermine the concepts of due process and the rule of law, rather than advancing them. The citizens of Baltimore are ill-served when their chief prosecutor casts aside the expectations of her oath of office in order to sacrifice six police officers on the public altar. They are ill-served when their chief prosecutor raises expectations of the trial, convictions, and speedy, harsh sentencing only to have those expectations crumble. And they are ill-served when the prosecutors, as seems to have happened here, fail in that impartiality and transparency by withholding or ignoring exculpatory evidence from the defense.
What happens next is important. Perhaps, today, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who was quoted as allowing last year’s rioters, “space to destroy” will decide that her chief prosecutor should be given no such space herself. It is overdue.
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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