The one exception is that now everyone knows how to spell Coeur d'Alene - which isn't easy. Even after 27 years I still have to slow down and mentally say, "C, o, e, u, r, space, little d, no space, big A, lene. The "lene" part is easy.
In June of last year, the Coeur d'Alene city council passed an anti-discrimination bill making homosexuals a protected class against the will of the majority of the citizens.
They worried about homosexuals being denied access to restaurants or housing. Really? When the hell have they ever been denied a meal or an apartment? I've lived here for 27 years and if that has happened, I sure never heard about it.
I'm well acquainted with the "boy's club" in this area,
and they have never been subjected to discrimination. Most own homes, have good jobs, or run their own successful businesses. They have their own "gay" clubs and hangouts, including the elegant Clark House in Hayden, Idaho. Try going there when they congregate and see who's really being discriminated against.
Visit any of them on Facebook and they are continually whining about their "rights" and people picking on them. Seriously? Not happening. We've patronized their businesses for years, full well knowing that they were homosexuals, making many of them quite well off.
The council poo-pooed the people who said it would be unfair to people who held religious beliefs which didn't include same-sex "marriage."
Fast track now and we see that very thing happening with The Hitching Post saga.
This has gone so viral that it's managed to knock Ebola out of first place.
Allow me to say it again:
Good work, Coeur d'Alene...
Now repeal that stupid ordinance!
Eugene Volokh: Can ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings?
Truth Revolt: Ministers Risk Arrest for Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony
Daily Caller: Idaho City To Christian Pastors: Perform Same-Sex Weddings Or Face Jail
Alliance Defending Freedom: Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines
Cd'A Press: Hitch in their beliefs
Self Evident Truths: Why Same Sex Marriage Is Wrong - Part 3
A must read:
From Wintery Knight:
Coeur d’Alene city officials to pastors: perform gay marriages or face jail, fines.
First off, I credit Bible-centric pastors for failing to explain the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage in a way that their parishioners could make sense of it logically and evidentially. We never did that, so that’s why Christians had nothing to say to non-Christians when the issue came up OUTSIDE the church. We never learned from church leaders or our parents how to explain the problems with gay rights (Grindr app promiscuity, domestic violence, relationship instability, HIV spread, loss of free speech, loss of religious liberty, harm to children who are separated from their biological parents, etc.). All we learned to say at home and at church was “the Bible says”. That’s what 20 years of church prepares you to do. That’s what being raised in a Christian home prepares you to do.
“The Bible says” works great when you are a child in the Christian subculture, then you hit the university and it just dies. And pastors and parents know this, they just don’t care, because Christianity was like Santa Claus to them – it was about getting you to behave nicely as a child. It was never to make you kick ass like a William Lane Craig. It was never to make you into Stephen C. Meyer or an ADF attorney. It was just to make your parents’ life easier, as much as they try to cover it up with pious talk excusing them from their failed parenting effort. read the rest