No same-sex marriage licenses are being issued in Decatur County, Tennessee, because the entire county clerk’s office has resigned following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope explained her decision to quit her elected post. “It’s for the glory of God. He’s going to get all the glory,” she told WBIR.
Pope asserted she would rather resign than submit to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She and her two staff members, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, have all quit for the same reason. Their last day of work is July 14.
The TV station indicates the phone in the Decatur County Clerk Office “rang nonstop” as “[o]ver and over again, people praised the decision of the three workers who have decided to step down from their positions rather than hand out same-sex marriage licenses.”
Drew Baker of the Tennessee Equality Project said Decatur County is the only county in the state that has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Pope said she and her employees will all look for new jobs. “I honestly believe God will take care of us,” she said.
“These three ladies stood upon their beliefs and they stood upon their morals and no one can fault them,” said Scott King, a Decatur County resident. “Too often we as Christians don’t do that. It’s time we followed the lead of what they showed us.”
Kathy Parrish, who works in Decaturville, also praised the women.
“It (same-sex marriage) is wrong because it goes against the Bible and everything God intended for it to be,” Parrish said. “That wasn’t God’s plan. God’s plan was for men to be with women and women to be with men.”
Television actor and professional victim George Takei doubled down Friday on his racist comments attacking Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In a local television interview after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, Takei referred to the black Justice (who was one of the 4) as a “clown in blackface.” In a follow-up Facebook post Friday, Takei said “that is not racist,” that he instead meant that Thomas is a “black buffoon” and a traitor to his race:
“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.
I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.
Takei isn’t only a racist, he’s an idiot and a liar.
Of course “blackface” is racist, and of course he knows this. Accuse the Asian actor of being a “clown in yellow face” and watch him lose his hysterical mind.
Takei is also either lying about what Justice Thomas wrote, or is too ignorant to understand his point.
Thomas never said or meant to say that slavery doesn’t strip slaves of their dignity. Thomas was responding to Justice Kennedy’s noxious notion that without legalized gay marriage, gays lack dignity. In other words, dignity comes from the government. Thomas’s eloquent response is obvious to anyone with reading comprehension level above the fifth grade:
The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away.
Takei has been a major figure in the push for gay marriage — a political as well as a celebrity spokesperson. Nevertheless, his virulent racist attack has received almost no media coverage.
The very same mainstream media that loses its collective mind when a “Duck Dynasty” castmember correctly describes homosexuality as a sin, is ignoring Takei. Paula Deen had her entire career dismantled over a racist comment uttered decades ago.
There is plenty of political upside for the media to attack “Duck Dynasty” and Deen. There is, however, only downside in reporting on the appalling hatred, ignorance, and racism of a major figure in the push for same sex marriage.
Suddenly the media isn’t at all interested in racism against blacks.
In a sign of the overt fascism and religious persecution to come in the wake of a Left emboldened by the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling, a judge in Oregon has issued a gag order denying two Christian bakery owners from speaking out against same sex marriage.
“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” [Administrative Law Judge Alan] Avakian wrote.
The gag order is meant to stop Aaron and Melissa Klein from publicly speaking out about their desire to not bake cakes for same sex weddings. The State’s order came after the Kleins were interviewed by the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, and after the State fined the Kleins $135,000 for “emotional damages” incurred by a lesbian couple after the Kleins refused to bake their wedding cake.
That this kind of fascist oppression was always the endgame in the Left’s push for same sex marriage, was apparent to anyone familiar with the Left’s tactics.
Ed Note: By issuing such a ruling the courts using the charge of contempt can jail these people for as long as they want, they have no defense, no appeal, just jail for the rest of their lives if that is what the judge wants. This is absolute tyranny and if we stand for it, this will be the nationwide very quickly.
The push for same sex marriage was always nothing more the Left’s sheep’s clothing in a crusade to destroy Christians and the Christian Church.
By adhering to the word of God, the Left will label Christians bigots and haters, and use the power of boycotts and the State to punish and silence us.
Now that gay marriage is the law of the land, the gay-pride flag will become the fascist banner under which any Church that doesn’t perform same sex marriages will be dismantled piece-by-piece. The tools used by the Gaystapo will include coordinated hate campaigns in the media, as well as political campaigns aimed at removing the Church’s tax exempt status.
Christians and conservatives who never believed this could happen are part of the problem.
1995: We don’t want marriage, just civil unions.
2005: Our marriage won’t affect your rights.
2014: Bake me a cake, or else.
2015: Your opinion against same sex marriage is illegal.
Moreover, it is not discrimination to not want to be forced by the State to participate in and profit from what Christians correctly see as the sacramentalization of sin, which is what a same sex marriage ceremony is. Christians believe our very soul is at stake.
Besides the State, the true bigoted oppressor here is the fascist lesbian couple demanding Christians be silenced by the State, but only after demanding the State force a small business owner into celebrating their marriage.
Marco Rubio’s signature immigration bill is drawing fire from conservatives who say it would allow more companies to go the route of Disney and replace their American employees with cheap foreign “guest workers” from India, China, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Rubio, R-Fla., is one of eight Republicans and four Democrats to co-sponsor the “I-Squared” bill in the U.S. Senate. It would triple the number of temporary guest workers allowed into the U.S. on the H1-B visa each year, from 65,000 to 195,000, while also allowing the visa holders to bring in family members.
The actual number of H1-B visas issued could be closer to 300,000 when including non-profit entities taking advantage of the legislation. The visa, which is good for six years, has been used by Disney, Southern California Edison, Cargill, Harley Davidson, Deloitte, Northeast Utilities, and other corporate giants to replace American tech workers with foreigners who will work for about one-third lower salaries.
Disney has replaced hundreds of its American IT workers this year with people from India and elsewhere, then forced the Americans to train their replacements or risk losing their severance packages. To add insult to injury, the company then reportedly placed the laid-off Americans on a “black list,” which forbids any Disney contractor from hiring them for up to a year.
The I-Squared bill has the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Software Alliance and heavyweight execs from Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Google among others.
Rubio made a fundraising stop on June 9 to the home of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, seeking fresh cash for his presidential campaign.
“Oracle’s top dogs have repeatedly made clear they’re big backers of comprehensive immigration reform,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci. “So, while he (Rubio) is picking up the checks, will he have a real heart-to-heart with Larry on Silicon Valley and immigration reform?”
Over his political career Rubio has taken in $37,050 in campaign contributions from Microsoft alone, which is among the top 10 of his business donors, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Rubio is one of 14 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in the 2016 presidential race. Whether they like it or not, immigration continues to be a hot-button issue among voters.
Rubio is already viewed with suspicion by some on the conservative wing of the party, which remembers the last major immigration bill he helped write. That was Senate Bill 744, which supporters called “reform” but critics called “amnesty.” It passed the Senate in 2013 but died in the House.
Since that defeat, Rubio has avoided the issue of “reform” and focused his comments on border security. Now, two years later he is back with a new bill, I-Squared, that has the backing of the same coalition of lobbying groups — basically the U.S. tech industry and major corporations represented by the Chamber of Commerce.
At a time when American tech workers are being thrown out of their jobs, and those graduating college with technology or so-called “STEM” degrees can’t find work in STEM-related fields, Rubio’s I-Squared bill would expand the guest-worker program that many see as the culprit.
News broke June 26 that another Florida company, the St. Petersburg-based digital media firm Catalina Marketing, is employing the Disney strategy, using foreign workers to replace 50 of its IT workers and making the Americans train their foreign replacements.
In fact, at a time when presidential candidate Rubio is pushing for an expansion of the guest-worker visa program, Florida’s other senator, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is calling for an investigation into the program.
Even in the liberal state of California, the State Assembly this week adopted a resolution calling for a federal investigation of the H1-B visa program’s role in stealing American tech jobs.
Rubio, along with Jeb Bush, are the most vocal supporters of the guest-worker program in American politics today, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, where Cargill replaced 900 U.S. workers last year, is also on board with the program.
See all the sponsors of I-Squared, Democrat and Republican.
WND called and emailed Rubio’s campaign and Senate staffs requesting comment on his support for I-Squared and expansion of the guest-worker program. They did not respond.
Rubio did break his long silence on the issue last Friday, providing the following statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation with regard to Disney:
“Of course we’re concerned about these reports. If the program was misused, then people should be held accountable.”
Critics, such as public policy professor Ron Hira of Howard University and economics professor Hal Salzman of Rutgers, who together have done the most research on the guest-worker program, cite evidence that U.S. colleges and universities are already cranking out twice as many STEM graduates as needed. Their research shows that nearly half of STEM graduates can’t find a job in a STEM-related field. In short, there is no shortage of American tech workers, which is further borne out by the stagnant wages in the U.S. tech industry over the last 10 years, Salzman said.
Listen to Professor Salzman’s testimony before a congressional hearing on protecting American high-skilled jobs earlier this year.
Rubio and others have tried to paint Disney as an anomaly, a small number of firms that “misuse” the system, while they say the overall program will actually create jobs, not kill them.
But the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers said the I-Squared bill would “help destroy” the U.S. tech workforce with guest workers, Computer World magazine reported.
FloridaPolitics.com reported that Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina recently criticized the guest-worker program, saying it’s gone in a “different direction” since she headed up Hewlett Packard in the 1990s.
Carly Fiorina, former head of tech giant Hewlett Packard and now a candidate for president.
“It’s become an issue where it appears that some companies that are abusing that program and asking American workers to train H-1B visa replacements so they can lower wages. That’s a terrible thing,” she said. “I would never defend that. And so, for those companies that are abusing that program, shame on them.”
But that’s a false narrative, says John Miano, who authored a study on the H1-B visa program for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Miano, a fellow at CIS, a lawyer and a former software developer, maintains that companies are not “abusing,” “misusing” or “exploiting loopholes” in the H1-B guest-worker program. Rather, the program was designed by Congress to do exactly what it is accomplishing – the replacement of the American tech worker with cheap foreign “guest workers.”
Program working ‘just as designed by Congress’
“Everything is happening as designed,” Miano, author of a soon-to-be released book “Sold Out: How High-tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway Crap Weasels are Screwing America’s Best and Brightest Workers,” told WND.
Miano said most media coverage, including many of the articles found in the financial press over the last decade, has consisted of what he calls “industry plant stories.”
“The tech lobby will make up some story about a foreign worker, he’s a brilliant person, you take him to the newspaper and say he created some website and now he can’t create the 100 jobs or whatever in America so he’s going home to do it in his country,” Miano explained. “They have the face right there ready for the photo and that’s how almost all the coverage for H1-B has been for the past 15 years or so. H1B workers don’t take American jobs they create jobs, that’s the myth they want to portray.”
No shortage of American tech talent
He said many “bogus studies” have been purchased with money flowing from the various tech industry groups and associations. Some studies have indicated that each H1-B visa creates six jobs.
“Their model depends upon the date range you select, so they pick a date range like 2000 to 2008 that gives the highest number of jobs,” Miano said. “If you pick a different range it will show each visa costs a certain number of jobs.”
As an engine capable of driving economic growth, Miano believes the H1B visa is essentially a sputtering Volkswagen being sold as a Lamborghini.
“This H1-B marketing program took off during the Y2K period, and then along came the dot-com bust and there was clearly no shortage, and the H1-Bs should have gone away completely,” he said. “Academicians put together these progression models that show absolutely anything they want it to. When you have poor matchings, a few changes in the data points can show shifts in whether you’re creating jobs or costing jobs. They have a whole army of people doing that. It’s research for hire. Every industry lobby group in existence is paying for these studies. There’s a long list of industry groups offering funding including Ford, the American immigration lawyers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
Creating a ‘captive’ labor force
The program also is not kind to the foreign worker Miano said.
“It basically is enslavement for the guest worker, because we’ve designed the system to tie the foreign worker to his employer,” he said.
H1-B guest-workers cannot offer their talents on the open market like other employees. They are committed to continue with the American company that hires them under the visa. If they quit to take a job with another U.S. company they can face up to $10,000 or more in fines and penalties.
“The system should be redesigned so that the employee can apply themselves but the employer doesn’t want that, they want it designed so they can fine these workers if they leave,” Miano said.
CEOs put pressure on Obama, Congress
The tech industry claims in article after article that they have jobs for which they can’t find enough talent to fill.
Oracle wrote Congress in 2013 pushing for a bill similar to I-Squared, called the Immigration Innovation Act at that time.
In a 2013 letter organized by TechNet, a lobbying network of technology CEOs, the executives wrote to President Obama and Congressional leadership to call for reforms to enable a more open and flexible U.S. immigration system to “embrace highly-skilled workers.”
“According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are tens of thousands of unfilled jobs requiring highly skilled individuals. Four high-tech companies alone – IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle – have combined 10,000 openings in the United States,” the letter stated.
What the letter doesn’t point out is that 10,000 jobs is a relative pin prick when compared to the 500,000 STEM graduates graduating from U.S. universities every year.
What they’re really saying is they can’t fill those 10,000 jobs at the price they want, Miano said, which he considers an insult to the American tech worker.
One of America’s most popular sheriffs has issued a “wake-up call” for conservatives following the Supreme Court’s two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare.
The way Sheriff David Clarke sees it, the wild horse has broken loose and is halfway out of the barn, threatening to trample the crops.
If the court can redefine marriage and force people to buy health care from a private business, there is nothing it can’t do, said Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and frequent Fox News contributor.
“The thing that bothers me the most in this decision, though, is the way the court acted as essentially five oligarchs,” he told WND. “If we wanted to change the U.S. Constitution, there is a process for that, and there was a robust debate going on in all states, where some states elected to change the definition of marriage, others had not, and these five decided to act like legislators. And my concern is, it takes away from the legislative authority of Congress. And if they can do it with gay marriage, they can do it with anything.”
The Obamacare decision was not much better, he said.
“You had one justice, Roberts, go along with the five other oligarchs and change the way people get their health care in the United States and make them buy a product,” he said.
He said the redefinition of marriage, while shockingly arrogant, was less disturbing to him than the way it was done, in effect shredding the Constitution.
“I think Justice Scalia points that out, that it was a very contorted view of the 14th Amendment,” he said. “There are well-established traditions, and gay marriage is not one of them. So if that tradition is to be changed, then there is an established process for that, and the Supreme Court is not one of them. You go through the amendment process and the Constitution. The same could be said for women’s suffrage, and we didn’t go to the court and have some oligarchs decide that; we amended the Constitution.”
Where do you see it going from here?
By inserting itself where it was not authorized to rule, the Supreme Court has done damage that will last for years, possibly generations, Clarke said, because it has now pitted two “rights” against each other. It created one new right, homosexual marriage, which will inevitably war against the well-established First Amendment right to freely “exercise” one’s religion.
It’s a danger four justices foresaw but five didn’t. History will determine which were the wiser.
“The problem with the way they decided is they did not end the issue. They now opened up the question of how do we protect the free exercise of religion? What are churches going to do? What are businesses going to do? And that’s usually what happens in life when you take shortcuts. You just open up other avenues of contention,” Clarke said. “I’m concerned, because it just became murkier to me. It didn’t clear anything up.”
What should the conservative response be?
Clarke said conservatives will have to determine for themselves how to respond.
“That’s going to be for individuals to determine on their own. I believe the Constitution is about individual liberties, not group liberties.”
But he said the strategy of the left is no mystery. It’s following its standard playbook.
“If you read Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals,’ you can see what their approach is,” he said. “It’s a step-by-step approach to destroy faith or religion because it stands in the way of their view of what American society should be.”
The left also recognizes the importance of words, he said. President Obama and others are now talking about the freedom to “worship,” a subtle change from freedom of “religion.”
Religion is something a person practices or, as the Constitution states, you “exercise” your freedom of religion. Worship is something a person does once a week in church or privately in one’s home. The importance of language is also something Alinsky pointed out in his handbook for radicals.
“It’s like anything else in life: If you do something you’ve never done before that violates your sense of right and wrong, at first it’s difficult, but over time it gets easier and easier. That’s the overriding strategy of the radicals as they seek to transform our society,” Clarke said. “I read Alinsky’s book about 10 years ago, and you can see what this whole process is about.”
Channeling Robert Bork
Clarke cited former federal judge Robert Bork’s 1996 book, “Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline,” in which “he made mention that people lament for a little while then they acquiesce.”
Incrementalism is what grinds America down, and Bork realized that. He wrote that the “will to resist” the destructive liberal agenda would be America’s last hope. He died in December 2012, but Clarke remembers his strong warning.
“After a big decision like this, people scream and holler, ‘This is bad for the country,’ and then we just acquiesce,” Clarke said. “I believe one of these decisions might just be a catalyst to not just say we don’t like it but to actually do something, to defy this stuff.
“And that’s what churches are supposed to do is resist. And if the court comes back and says you don’t have a right to exercise your religion, then they’re going to have to decide what to do next. … But who would have thought that in the 21 century homosexuality would come out of the closet and churches would be forced to go into the closet?”
Clarke said he read an article published on a conservative website following the same-sex marriage ruling. It declared, “How to survive the marriage ruling.”
“What do you mean ‘survive’? To have to ask that question is shocking. If we don’t resist, we can see what is happening before our eyes,” he said.
Clarke said he reads the Constitution once every year to remind himself of his duty as a sheriff.
“It doesn’t take long to read. I have several copies, and the reason I do that is I take an oath to uphold it,” he said.
Time for a revolution?
The Constitution is being “obliterated,” and “our democratic way of life is being transformed into a socialist agenda, and I don’t know what it’s going to take short of a Lexington-Concord type moment,” Clarke said.
“We had a Civil War. We see a great divide forming again. That’s a part of the landscape that has come from Obama; he’s an Alinskyite, and he knows you have to create a critical mass. So they’ve created all this division, stirring up racial animosity in our cities, rich against poor in the Occupy movement, and now it’s this religious divide. That’s why I keep telling people gay marriage is not the issue; you’re missing it. You have to peel back the layers and look at this transformation. It happens subtly right before your eyes, and you’ll miss it.”
Clarke said division in the conservative movement also aids the left.
“They will have to band together and decide what they’re going to do, but I think the first act is defiance,” he said. “Justices Alito, Scalia, Roberts, Thomas said this is unconstitutional. I’m going with that, and what these four justices said went against the language of these five oligarchs. Amend the Constitution if we don’t like it because we’ve done it, what, 27 times?”
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly warned on Wednesday night that it won’t be long before churches and religious groups are likely sued in an effort to strip them of their tax-exempt status if they refuse to embrace gay marriage following last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
“It’s just a matter of time before lawsuits are filed against churches and religious organizations, trying to strip them of their tax-exempt status if they don’t toe the line on gay marriage and other progressive causes,” O’Reilly warned, noting that churches can’t afford the costly legal battles.
And he wasn’t done there. While O’Reilly believes that the Supreme Court would likely defend the rights of churches and pastors not to perform same-sex nuptials, he said that the nomination of just one more liberal justice could dramatically change religious freedom in America.
“One more liberal judge and those protections might very well vanish,” he warned.
O’Reilly also said that liberals were “delirious with joy” last week over the fact that the Supreme Court decision “has anti-church ramifications.”
“It is a fact of American life that the far-left despises organized religion, generally speaking,” he said. “They see churches, synagogues, mosques as oppressive, standing in the way of things like abortion and a libertine lifestyle.”
Anti-police activists were set to burn the American flag at a New York City park Wednesday evening, but their plans seemingly changed when dozens of bikers and veterans came out to counter protest.
Flocking to Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, individuals opposed to burning the U.S. flag waited for the “Disarm NYPD” group to arrive. While most urged for peace, several bikers threatened violence toward anyone who would burn the American flag.
“We’re here to f*** up tiny liberal punks,” a biker who refused to identify himself told TheBlaze.
Seemingly intimidated by the large group gathered in support of the American flag, the anti-police activists decided to change plans.
When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker pushed a man suspected of being associated with the flag burning to the ground.
Moments later, bikers and other counter protesters chased the anti-police activists out of the park, running after them while some threatened violence.
As one woman suspected of being with the anti-police group left the park, a crowd gathered around her.
WATCH: Suspected anti-police activist chased out of park (warning: strong language):
“Shame, shame, shame!” some shouted toward the woman as officers provided her with protection.
“Get the f*** out of the country if you don’t like it!” another echoed.
Organizers had said earlier that the flag burning was aimed at combatting racism and social injustice.
“There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”
When the event attracted online attention, “Disarm NYPD” defended the burning of the American flag in an online statement.
“We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country,” a post on Facebook said. “Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called ‘patriots’. While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.”
The group said that it does “not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered.”
“So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world,” the group’s statement concluded. “The current trajectory of history is unsustainable. It is completely unrealistic to desire things stay as they are, and more unrealistic, even abominable, to desire to ‘go back to our roots’. We, the dreamers, are the true realists. We know things can’t continue this way, so we commit to building a better world. A world better than America.”
Last Tuesday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a prediction that the American flag would “come under assault” after the Confederate flag. At the time he said, “Do not doubt me.”