Column: Freedom of association is great ... for liberals

The secular-left website Slate recently warned on Twitter that “’Religious Freedom’ legislation will be everywhere in 2017.” “Religious freedom” is in scare quotes, a warning that deplorables will use that thing called religion as their weapon of choice in the coming assault on the LGBTQ community.

The same website is celebrating a petition urging the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to reverse its acceptance of an invitation to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The freedom to disassociate becomes a terrific idea when used to reject Republicans or conservatives. Slate’s story has a hero named Jan Chamberlin, who quit the famous choir because it will appear to be “endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man.” She says, “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’”

Slate “reported,” “Trump is not just any president-elect for Mormons, many of whom were turned off by his vulgarity, repressive immigration proposals, and calls for religious persecution.” Like many leftists, the only religious people it cares about being persecuted are Muslims. Persecuting Christians – and we mean real persecution, as in setting bodies on fire, chopping off heads, machine-gunning and the like – means literally nothing to websites like Slate. It has mocked a “Christian persecution complex” among conservatives.

Another Trump inauguration issue further displayed leftist hypocrisy: the scheduled performance of the Radio City Rockettes. One of the dancers, Phoebe Pearl, protested on her Instagram page: “The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. We will not be forced! #notmypresident.”

Basement-dwelling outlets like MTV News characterized this controversy as “a brief, Hunger Games-esque preview of the horrors to come.” Facing angry liberal-media coverage, Rockettes Chairman James Dolan said that no dancer would be forced to perform. What do you suppose would be their reaction if a Rockette were to announce that she would not rent her apartment to a lesbian because she finds the lesbian lifestyle appalling?

The secular left never recognized this line of reasoning when conservative Christians wanted to bow out of events they disagree with – gay weddings. Florists like Barronelle Stutzman, bakers like Aaron and Melissa Klein, and farm owners like Robert and Cynthia Gifford have been trashed by the left and heavily fined by liberal bureaucrats for wanting to make their own choices.

So let’s just make it apples to apples here. How would the media have reacted if members of one of these groups had refused to perform at Obama’s inauguration? Undeniably, they would’ve been slammed as racists for shunning the first black president. But go against Trump and you’re heroic, the resistance to the American Hitler.

It’s time for the “progressives” to recognize their own hypocrisy. No one should be forced to participate in an event they find to be immoral, whether it’s the Pledge of Allegiance or a gay wedding. They mock the idea of tolerating intolerance under Trump and then embody all the tortured logic it implies. Their zone of freedom of association is exactly as broad as their narrow leftist orthodoxy.

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Aleeta 1 week, 3 days ago

How disingenuous. In years past these same "Christians" would have clamored for the right to discriminate against "coloreds", or couples wishing to marry who weren't 100 percent of the same race.

There is no comparison at all between a business open to the public that discriminates against a minority group, and objections to glorifying a man who has consistently made racist, sexist, xenophobic remarks, incites violence, and proposes Nazi-style "solutions".

And of course in this country many more mass murders, bombings, arsons, and other terrorist acts have been committed by white men who identify as "Christians" than by foreign terrorists.

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KingmanCares 1 week, 3 days ago

The indoctrination is strong in this one Obie-won.

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KingmanCares 1 week, 3 days ago

Consistently Bob/Lynn/Aleeta or whoever you are? Really? Do tell us when he has consistently said any of these remarks. Name just two times in the last week since you say these remarks are consistent.

While you're at it; tell us of just 2 white Christian men who have terrorized anyone in America by bombing, arson, and mass murdering since 9/11. Not domestic crimes; terrorists.

You sling bull like a pro; now back it up with proof. My bet is you can't because it simply doesn't exist except in the minds of fully indoctrinated leftist liberals who specialize in disseminating hate. I can't imagine living in a world so void of anything good and decent such as you see through your leftist lens. Someone is indeed being disingenuous here. You will find them in the mirror.

Cheer up though; in just a week from Friday we will be rid of the worst ex-President in US history and ring in someone who loves this country and wants to raise the tide of prosperity and well being for all Americans and not just a select few like the current one.

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Aleeta 1 week, 3 days ago

http://time.com/3934980/right-wing-extremists-white-terrorism-islamist-jihadi-dangerous/

And KC - Domestic terrorism is still terrorism, despite your childish attempt to downgrade it to "domestic crime".

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KingmanCares 1 week ago

Your link is to Time Mag is far too vague to be of any value. Nice try I guess but a complete failure as to proving your point.

Despite your childish attempt to put words in my mouth; you failed (again) to understand I was differentiating domestic crime with domestic terrorism which is quite different. I thought I was being quite clear. Apparently not for someone who is always looking for the worst in others.

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Gunguy45 6 days, 18 hours ago

And notice the whole story is based on "research" by the Far Left New America Foundation. Funded in large part by super rich Liberals like George Soros (his son is even on the Board), Bill Gates, and others. It was started by an Obama State Dept insider and even got grants from that State Dept.

And the Time article says "see full numbers here", and surprise, there's nothing there to support the article.

Yep, just keep following those Liberal websites, they'll lead you astray every time.

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Smith 1 week ago

You need to put a Russian uniform on your messiah that colonial outfit is not right for what he is!!!

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Gunguy45 1 week, 1 day ago

Va Tech, Orlando nightclub, Boston Marathon, 9/11, Wha Mee, Palm Sunday, Springfield PA mall, GMAC Jacksonville FL, Xerox, Wendy's Flushing NY, Appalachian School of Law, LAX, Wisconsin hunters, Ft Hood, Red Lake, Goleta CA, Hamilton Ave Indianapolis, Seattle Jewish Federation, Trolley Square Mall, Kirkwood City Council and I'll throw in Waco, Oklahoma City, and Jonestown for good measure. Whew, it goes on and on doesn't it? The last 3 were indeed white men, but in no way would they be considered Christians. And no, I didn't include Army vs Native Americans and similar. Perhaps you should educate yourself before making such statements?

Trump won, get over it.

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KingmanCares 1 week, 3 days ago

Two things came to mind as I read this. One; the real American Hitler was HRC and we are so fortunate we dodged that bullet.

Second, I was reminded of the news today talking about small children beheading and shooting someone; likely a Christian. I will include the link below. The correlation between this kind of indoctrination and the indoctrination many schools, particularly in the big cities, through the Common Core (commie core) program is stunning. In both cases these innocents, at least up until that moment, are taught to hate in the most vicious way.

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2017/01/08/isis-shows-preschooler-killing-victim-tied-to-carnival-ball-pit/

The end result of both indoctrination's will be the death of others and those who commit these hate crimes. This is a very difficult thing for us Americans to talk about but if we don't talk and don't fix this problem soon; we will be looking at rough seas ahead.

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Smith 1 week, 3 days ago

Freedom of association? Looks like some on the far right wing called Alt-Right Wing have started associating with Russians, at least democrats are associating with "American Citizens", that $900+ million loan "From Russia With Love" Trump got is a bribe, pay off, much like King George bought Benedict Arnold, Putin bought Trump cheap!

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KingmanCares 1 week, 2 days ago

Hey Smith! The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!

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Gunguy45 1 week, 1 day ago

No, Smith is using his super secret sources like Media Matters and Carl Bernstein as well as unidentified former MI-6 and FBI agents. I mean, don't we all?

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Smith 1 week ago

Ironic twist, the retired MI6 agent is now named, a British Ambassador passed the dossier onto McCain who passed it on to the FBI, your messiah is no patriot, follow him, vote for him, worship him if you like but not me! :-) http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ex-uk-spy-christopher-steele-wrote-explosive-trump-memo/ar-AAlMdo1?li=BBnb7Kz

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Gunguy45 6 days, 19 hours ago

A document full of misspellings and other grammatical mistakes and with some info already proven untrue. And then of course the claim by CNN that it was Trumps atty Michael Cohen that met with Russians in Prague, then backed up and said it was ANOTHER Michael Cohen? How many Michael Cohens work for Trump? Try looking up these things and Richard Jewell also. See how much money he got from CNN, NBC and others for false claims. Of course you won't since it didn't come in an acceptable Liberal format. Just go back to your yellow journalism sources and bury your head.

I don't have messiahs nor do I worship anything or anyone. I'll leave that to others like you and RH (?) (hey, tell him we don't miss him). I do know that HRC would have been O on steroids and destroyed the middle class. Power and money hungry sociopaths tend to do those type things.

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Smith 4 days, 2 hours ago

Your comrade Trump, Putin can be worshipped, obeyed, followed but not me, I refuse to accept a traitorous scoundrel as a legitimate President, he is a treasonous lying traitor, nothing more nothing less!

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Smith 1 week ago

Russian television intervened into C-Span today, looks like Trumps pals in Russia are telling us all they have taken us over from within! A 5th column exists in America and their name is Alt-Right Wing......my name for them is treasonous scoundrels!!! Russian puppets either to stupid to know whose leading them or so racist they do not care as long as they get their return to them good ole days of Jim Crow!!!

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