• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

It is how Lefty you can present yourself to be which determines Justice in the Obama Courts today.

Looking In: Marriage views not off-limits for businesses
The New Mexican
article sent by Mark Waldeland:
 
Santa Fe hairdresser Antonio Darden decided he can no longer in good conscience cut the hair of Gov. Susana Martinez because she does not support redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. In order to operate his business according to his beliefs and make a public statement against the governor’s position on marriage, he is refusing to offer his services to her. Many admire Darden for his courage. 

Suppose Gov. Martinez were to feel insulted or hurt by Darden’s actions and decided to file a discrimination complaint against him. Then suppose state officials find “probable cause” that Darden violated New Mexico’s anti-discrimination law, and the New Mexico Human Rights Commission orders him to stand trial. 

While on the witness stand, suppose Darden endures the withering cross-examination by the governor’s attorney while he calmly explains that his business is an expression of who he is and that he could not in good conscience cut the hair of a governor that declines to redefine marriage. 

Suppose that Darden’s attorney explains how the First Amendment protects Darden’s actions, but the commission harshly rejects that argument and says Darden surrendered that right when he became a commercial hairstylist. 

Imagine the commission demeaning Darden as a mere dispenser of services who must dispense haircuts as a gumball machine dispenses gum when someone puts in money. Then suppose the commission finds Darden guilty of discrimination and orders him to pay the governor $6,600 in attorneys’ fees. 

Many would be outraged by such a misuse of anti-discrimination laws to punish someone with views different from the governor’s. 

Well, it turns out that the commission has already done exactly that — only not to Darden, but to another small business, Elane Photography, run by a young husband and wife from Albuquerque. 

Their business received an email from a woman in a same-sex relationship inquiring about prices for shooting her and her partner’s “commitment ceremony” in Taos. The photographer knew that she could not in good conscience use her artistic skills to photograph a ceremony that communicated support for redefining marriage. Although the same-sex couple found another photographer for their ceremony, one of the partners filed a discrimination complaint with the state, subjecting the owners to a trial before the Human Rights Commission. 

The owners explained that they tried to operate their business according to their higher principles, including those on marriage. The commission rejected their First Amendment defenses, found the company guilty, and ordered it to pay $6,600 in attorneys’ fees. The case is now on appeal and awaiting a decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals. 

Both Darden and Elane Photography have the right to decline to provide services to people with whom they disagree about what marriage truly is. I don’t think many would accuse Darden of bigotry and discrimination against Gov. Martinez, and they shouldn’t level that same accusation against Elane Photography either. 

Even though cutting hair has little to do with the definition of marriage, many would admire Darden’s act of courage and conscience. People should view Elane Photography’s case the same way. 

We should encourage business owners to operate their businesses with ethics and higher principles so that they do not mindlessly dispense goods and services with no thought to the impact of their actions. The Constitution protects people’s expression of their views, even when it comes in a commercial context. 

Business owners do not surrender their constitutionally protected rights at the marketplace gate. Although Antonio Darden and Elane Photography disagree on the definition of marriage, both should have their rights protected to operate their businesses within the protections of the First Amendment. 

Jordan Lorence is senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (www.telladf.org), which is defending Elane Photography in court. 

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