The Washington Post Defends Chip and Joanna Gaines (Amazing I Know)

Buzzfeed doesn’t like Evangelical Christians because they MIGHT not like same sex marriage. (They don’t know how the Gaines feel, but that didn’t stop the attack.) BuzzFeed’s hit piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines is dangerous – The Washington Post

So it seems that the Washington Post, at least has learned some of the lessons of the Trump campaign. You can’t just attack people for being conservative or religious out of hand.

A gay man is writing for the WaPo, on the subject of respecting other people’s religious convictions. And well.

A few years ago, gay activists decided the best way to win arguments in favor of same-sex marriage was to shut up their opponents. All they had to do was lob a charge of homophobia and the argument was won. Or they tweeted at the companies that employed the “homophobes” until they were fired. Conservatives were bullied on social media and mocked for being ass-backward (and indeed, some of them were and are). But they were never taken seriously.

Bullying is not the same as winning an argument. It is only bullying. And eventually it will stop working. Maybe it already has.

Trump stood up to the bullying. I hope HGTV and the Gaines can stand up to it as well.

Because it isn’t over. They are going to have to make a statement. And if it doesn’t meet the exact requirements of the liberal bullies, HGTV will be pressured to drop the show.

BuzzFeed is probably at the forefront of discussions surrounding diversity in entertainment. Do their reporters think diversity refers only to skin color? Does ideological diversity count for nothing, especially when it is representative of, again, a sizable chunk of the American public?

That chunk is at least 40% of the American public.

But the LEFT has never been into diversity of ideas, and it has gotten worse lately. Look at the way conservatives are shouted down on college campuses. Only Right Think will be allowed.

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Quote of the Day: SJW Edition

Any comment I could offer is redundant. SJWs Demand ‘Deus Ex’ Video Game Not Let Gamers Make ‘Immoral’ Decisions | PJ Media

We’ve seen [Social Justice Warriors] demand that fictional entertainment reflect their values, regardless of whether that makes any sense for the specific project. If you don’t like the finished, politically correct product? They scream about what a horrible person you are. (See: Ghostbusters. Or don’t!)

Yale Students Sign Petition to Repeal the First Amendment.

Because who needs freedom. Yale fail: Ivy leaguers sign ‘petition’ to repeal First Amendment

The video at Fox is in Flash. Which given their security track-record (70 security updates in the past week or so) I have once again disabled.

You can view the video at YouTube using HTML5. WARNING: The video is NOT a safe space.

Sept. 30: International Blasphemy Day

Something to remember the anniversary of the Mohammad-Cartoon-Kerfuffle from a few years back. International Blasphemy Day | whizzbang

International Blasphemy Day takes place annually on 30 September and encourages individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion and blasphemy laws. It was founded in 2009 by the Center for Inquiry. In Amherst, New York, Who stated that religious beliefs should be subject to examination and criticism just as political beliefs are

Purdue University on the Side of Free Speech

“Chicago Principles” because they started at the University of Chicago. Purdue adopts 'Chicago principles' to protect free speech – Chicago Tribune.

Purdue’s policy states that members of the university are free to criticize speakers but says they “may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others to express views they reject or even loathe.”

Also in place at Princeton.

Free Speech: Either you are for it or against it

The LA Times seems to be one of the few papers to really get it. Anti-Muslim event is protected free speech even if offensive – LA Times.

A similar article at the NY Times was more about showing everyone how much they hated the haters. But even haters have rights. Even when you don’t like what they say.

Tam has a post about NPR. They abandoned the support of Free Speech long ago. (Under the guise of “can’t we all just abide by speech codes on campuses?) The Dian Rehm Show was actually discussing “limits to free speech.”

But the LA Times seems to still be in favor of the First Amendment.

The point out that rulings by SCOTUS have addressed this very topic. (Do you remember Westboro Baptist Church?) There is no right to not be offended. You can’t silence people you find disagreeable. If you do, you are defending tyranny not freedom.

You can deplore Geller’s words — as we do — and still recognize that she is entitled to express them without fear of violent reprisals or concern that she is violating the law. It’s not only possible but necessary to insist on that distinction

Paris, Texas ain’t the same as Paris, France

Mostly because everyone including the police are heavily armed. Gunmen shot dead in Texas after opening fire outside Prophet Muhammad ‘cartoon’ show – The Washington Post.

Garland police spokesman Joe Harn told The Washington Post that the shooting occurred Sunday night outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, when two armed men pulled up in front of the event center and both started shooting at a Garland Independent School District security officer. In response, Garland police opened fire on the two gunmen, he said.

Both gunmen have been killed, Harn said. The security officer who was shot has been treated and released from a nearby hospital.

Now there are a lot of people who will claim (are claiming) that this contest should not be going on. But here’s the thing. You either believe in Freedom of Speech, or you don’t. You can’t just believe in Freedom for the Speech you like, speech that doesn’t offend anyone. And since we live in a land where Freedom of Speech is the law…

While this isn’t a story of self-defense, it still qualifies for the tag line. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.