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Outrageous! Public School Students Taught To ‘Pledge Allegiance To An International Flag’

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This is from Hannity.com.

The public school system in New York and other Liberal states have gone to Hell.

t is widely accepted that American public schools are controlled by liberals. It seems like every day, we see new examples of American schoolchildren being indoctrinated with left-wing ideas.

This latest example was brought to our attention by a concerned parent.

Kindergarten students from PS75, a public school in New York City, recently took part in a class project in which the children were made to create an American flag with the flags of other 22 other nations superimposed over the stripes. Below the flag read the words “We pledge allegiance to an International Flag.”

Check out the flag the kindergarten class created:

The flag is being auctioned off as a way to raise funds for the Parent Teacher Association. According to the description offered on the auction site:

The students made a beautifully painted stretched canvas American Flag and then applied flags from all the Spanish speaking countries onto the stripes of the American flag. All the children chose a flag to color using colored pencils and they were glued onto the larger American flag. The stars are cut canvas which are painted and decorated with REAL Swarovski Crystals (gold and crystal colored)!

The fun quote on the bottom is about unity and creating an environment in which everyone is welcome! “We pledge allegiance to an International Flag!” Our dual language classroom strives to be a place that everyone feels welcome! (Emphasis added)

Although the description claims that the flags are limited to “Spanish speaking countries”, the Russian flag is amongst those that are included.

This is the type of globalist indoctrination we have come to expect from the public school system, but telling impressionably young American children that their loyalty should lie with some nebulous idea of a global community rather than their own nation is a new low.

UPDATE: The auction site on which the flag was featured has taken down all images of the item as well as any description of it.

Read more: http://www.hannity.com/articles/hanpr-election-493995/outrageous-public-school-students-taught-to-14451508/#ixzz425WTvCeu

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New York Gun Grabbers Got The SAFE Act – Now They Want More

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This is from Freedom OutPost.

Will this be the tipping point for the people of New York or will they follow like sheep to the slaughter?

 

In 2013, New York passed the SAFE Act and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law, even though it was a clear violation of the rights of the people. Now gun grabbers are back for more. Never satisfied, the state legislature is now eyeing more infringements upon the people’s rights.

Democrats Michelle Schmiel, Brian Kavanagh, Amy Paulin and Patrica Fahy took the time to speak to students about further gun control measures.

The Times Union reports:

Some of the proposals, such as a plan to mandate microstamping, which would put etched identifiers in shell casings, have been around for a while. Others, such as proposal put forth by Kavanagh and Democratic Sen. Daniel Squadron to treat .50 caliber guns as assault weapons, have recently been offered up but haven’t gotten out of committee in the Senate.

A proposal that would require gun owners to secure their weapons when children are around has been dubbed Nicholas’ law for Nicholas Naumkin of Saratoga Springs. The 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in December 2010 by a friend who was playing with his father’s unlocked gun.

Also being proposed is a law that would mandate inspections of gun dealers by State Police to supplement what Paulin, a Westchester Democrat, said are infrequent inspections by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Now, understand that New York still has an incredible about of criminals who use guns unlawfully. Exhibit A of just how pitiful and ineffective the NY SAFE Act is, can be seen in the murder of two police officers by a Muslim jihadist back in December. But then silly Democrats claim that measures such as their gun control “laws” actually will prevent such crimes. They never do.

First, let’s take the issue of microstamping. Ruger was forced out of California for their ridiculous microstamping law. Other states were looking at losing gun manufacturers over microstamping, including New York and Connecticut.

Bob Owens at Bearing Arms reports on the problems with microstamping. He lists six issues:

 

  • Microstamping is not commercially viable. No manufacturing technology currently exists to impart these incredibly small unique codes on firearms.
  • Microstamping is easily defeated. These unique microcodes are easily obliterated by several passes with a metal file, or by swapping out inexpensive parts.
  • Microstamping is inconsistent. Variables in firearms and ammunition design keep codes from consistently being imprinted even in sterile, carefully controlled laboratory conditions.
  • Microstamping cannot survive the environment. Any amount of training or normal fouling accumulation in the action of the firearm can render the code unreadable.
  • Microstamping is fragile. Microstamping wears away easily, in just hundreds or thousands of rounds.
  • Microstamping is easily “spoofed.” Shell cases collected at firing ranges from microstamped guns can easily be salted at crime scenes, sending law enforcement on wild goose chases.

There are other issues from some of the proposals. Simply labeling a gun an “assault weapon,” does not make it so. If you buy into this kind of mentality, then what are you going to do when they’ve made their way down the path of referring to your Remington 30.06 as a “sniper rifle”? It will be too late. You will have already bought into that mentality and probably passed it on to your kids, who will easily fork it over to the Nanny State and once and for all be a slave to tyranny.

The .50 BMG rifles are not assault rifles any more than an Ar-15 or AK-47 is. It’s propaganda to sell the agenda, nothing more. At least Serbu Firearms took a stand after the SAFE Act was passed and refused to sell the New York Police Department their .50 Caliber rifles.

As for the ATF, well I’ve already written on that agency. They are simply unconstitutional. They should be defunded and eliminated from the bureaucracy of the federal government.

The firestorm that the NY SAFE Act brought forth resulted in the burning of gun registration forms by patriots, a veteran making a rousing speech claiming he had earned his rights in blood and those rights trumped anyone that is killed with a gun, as well as gun maker Kahr Arms leaving the state.

Not only that, but even New York sheriffs joined lawsuit opposing the NY SAFE Act. Clearly, this was not something the people wanted, but gun grabbers don’t care. They ram it through anyway.

What do you think patriots in New York will do if these people keep pushing them and infringing upon their rights while they are still armed? My guess is that I wouldn’t want to be the one on the enforcement end of any of their pretended legislation.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/05/new-york-gun-grabbers-got-the-safe-act-now-they-want-more/#Tt5WF8q2Q2KpLMeV.99

Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Leads 15 Towns To Consider Seceding to Pennsylvania Read more at http://menrec.com/cuomos-fracking-ban-leads-15-towns-to-consider-seceding-to-pennsylvania/

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This is from Mental Recession.

 Little Andy Coumo is a bigger liberal jack wagon that his father and that is saying a mouth full.

Little Andy and his moronic actions are causing the Remington Arms Company to leave the state and he is driving out the gas drilling companies.

The gas companies leaving has 15 cities want to leave the state of New York and join Pennsylvania.

 

Governor Cuomo’s indecision on the fracking issue in New York led businesses to leave the state for years.  His recent ban will certainly do little to curtail the departure of those businesses.

There’s an even more surprising migration being discussed because of the fracking ban, however – entire towns.

Fifteen of them to be exact.

Fifteen towns in the Upstate New York Towns Association are actively researching whether or not they can secede to Pennsylvania, in part due to staples of the Cuomo economy – high property taxes, low business revenue, and of course, fracking.

Via WBNG:

The local economy is pushing one organization in Upstate New York to pose a question: Is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania?

The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic. The group says a few factors pushing its research are high property taxes, low sales tax revenue and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

“The Southern Tier is desolate,” said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch (R). “We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we have is in the ground.”

Finch said the ground in Conklin is rich with natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. However, that shale is unable to be tapped. He described this ban as a violation of his natural rights as a property owner.

There are 15 towns interested in the secession, according to the Towns Association. These towns are in Broome, Delaware, Tioga and Sullivan counties. The association declined to name the towns without their permission and also declined to comment on specifics at this time. As of now, research is ongoing. The group will be updating Action News with all of their findings in the coming weeks.

Why Pennsylvania?

While New York is squandering an economic gold mine in fracking, Pennsylvania is experiencing an economic boom due to their willingness to drill since 2005.

Via Fox News:

Anybody looking for the story of how natural gas can light a fire under a cooling economy should ask officials in Bradford County, Pa.

Gas companies have been drilling there since 2005. Nearly 1,200 wells have been fracked. The county seat of Towanda, which had been in decline after its manufacturing base moved away, is now a boom town. Even a recent slowdown in drilling because of rock-bottom gas prices hasn’t blunted the growth. Gas revenues allowed the county to retire a $5 million debt — and lower real estate taxes by 6 percent.

Fracking has been an economic game-changer for the entire area, said Bradford County Commissioner Daryl Miller.

“The amount of job growth has been phenomenal. The amount of business growth has been phenomenal,” Miller told Fox News.

Cuomo, it would seem, would rather continue down the path of being a “death-spiral” state.
Read more at http://menrec.com/cuomos-fracking-ban-leads-15-towns-to-consider-seceding-to-pennsylvania/

Stutzman to Introduce GOA-Backed National Reciprocity Bill for Concealed Carry

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This is from AmmoLand.

Sadly, this bill would not have a snowballs chance of being signed by Obama.

I do not see the votes to override Obama’s veto.

 

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- It’s a problem as fresh as today’s headlines.

A Pennsylvania woman with a concealed carry license drives over the New Jersey line with a gun in her car.

In a routine traffic stop, she is arrested and charged for violating New Jersey’s unconstitutional gun laws. Only a national campaign saves her from a decade in prison.

And that’s just the point: In an era where states like New York, New Jersey and California use draconian and labyrinthine gun laws in order to try to outlaw guns by fiat, a legal gun owner shouldn’t risk a life behind bars because he or she drives across a state line into a socialist-leaning state.

A Floridian shouldn’t live in fear of a move that takes him through New York, or a Virginian, of a trip through Maryland.

So it is good news that, after a campaign that has lasted for over a decade, we are now within striking range of passing reciprocity legislation that is friendly to citizens living in constitutional carry states.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) has told Gun Owners of America that he will be introducing this reciprocity bill within the next few weeks. This bill will prohibit states like New York, New Jersey and California from cancelling the Second Amendment rights of Americans from other states.

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Marlin Stutzman

If you have a concealed carry permit – or if you come from a freedom-loving state that doesn’t require one – you can carry anywhere in the country without fear of losing your constitutional rights because of where you are.

With six constitutional carry states –– and at least four other states which may pass those laws this year – the Stutzman bill is a particularly important contrast to competing bills which would require states like Vermont to change their pro-gun laws in order to benefit.

Now, we know that some of our members would argue: “Why shouldn’t principles of federalism allow states to spit on the Second Amendment if they want to?” We respect this view, but respectfully disagree. Gun grabbers have no problem creating national rules to take away our Second Amendment rights, irrespective of what we do. So it’s time they were hoisted on their own petard.

In addition, the Supreme Court (correctly) ruled in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the reach of the Second Amendment extends beyond just the federal government and applies to all 50 states.

In this landmark decision, the Court noted (approvingly) that anti-gun Justice Stephen Breyer was “correct that incorporation of the Second Amendment right will to some extent limit the legislative freedom of the States, but this is always true when a Bill of Rights provision is incorporated.”(p. 44)

Why are we so optimistic about Stutzman? The answer is that we now have a filibuster-proof majority to pass it in the Senate — if we can get the new GOP leadership to give us the opportunity to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass bill.

ACTION: Contact your Representative. Ask him or her to call Congressman Stutzman and sign up as an original cosponsor to the Stutzman “constitutional carry” friendly reciprocity bill.

About:Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul Visit:www.gunowners.org to Join.

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2015/01/stutzman-to-introduce-goa-backed-national-reciprocity-bill-for-concealed-carry/#ixzz3QGFGwU2V
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Why Should The NYPD Stand Up, If Almost Nobody Else Will?

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This is from Clash Daily.

If the NYPD cannot get anyone in power in New York to stand up for them, why should they risk their necks?

 

A few days ago I found myself arguing with some idiot about the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case.

“Have you even looked at the mountain of eyewitness testimony and other evidence showing that Wilson acted legally, in self-defense?” I asked the nutjob.

“I don’t have to. I just know Wilson lied,” was his reply.

What are we supposed to do with the endless mobs of people like this?  They’re smashing property, attacking and murdering random police officers and civilians, burning down buildings, storming police stations, clogging up our roads, shutting down commerce, keeping people from getting to work or home from work, and generally doing the same type of thing the current top law enforcement officer in the land, Eric Holder, did himself while a student at Columbia University.

That’s right, The Daily Caller reported that in 1970, Holder was a member of a militant group of armed black radicals who not only took over the Dean’s office, but also campus ROTC headquarters, demanding that the space be renamed “The Malcolm X Lounge.”

Back then, the authorities were terrified of the consequences of standing up to the black mob, and the space was renamed.

Eric Holder the militant black terrorist got his way.

That was then.  This is now.  Now, we learn that Eric Holder’s DOJ has doled out at least 1.5 million of our tax dollars to a group which used some of the funding to make a rap video urging the murder of white police officers.

But wait!  There’s more!  If all that isn’t bad enough, the black Muslim who recently executed the two NYPD officers in cold blood worked for one of Barack Obama’s key Islamic advisors.

I could go on and on and on, with countless examples of other horrors in high places and on the ground across this country.  But what’s the point?  Neither you, nor anyone with the power to do so are really going to do anything about it all, and the mobs know it.  That’s why they do it.

Or am I wrong?  Are you going to do something?

I happen to know exactly what we should do with these lawless scum.  I also know what my chances of getting elected to any kind of political office look like.

But if I’m wrong, tell me.  I’m at my post seven days a week, including holidays

Gun deaths for U.S. officers rose by 56 percent in 2014: report

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This is from Yahoo News Canada.

In the current racial situation, how many more police officers will die?

R. I. P. Valiant Warriors.

 

A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn in what is only the seventh instance of police partners being killed together in the city in more than 40 years. Thousands of police officers from departments around the country, including those in St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., were expected to join U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other officials for the funeral service at the church on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW OBITUARY)

Reuters/REUTERS – A combination image shows mourning bands placed over different police badges at the funeral of slain NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. Targeted for their uniform, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain last Saturday afternoon while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn in what is only the seventh instance of police partners being killed together in the city in more than 40 years. Thousands of police officers from departments around the country, including those in St. Louis, Atlanta, Boston, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., were expected to join U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other officials for the funeral service at the church on Saturday. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW OBITUARY)

(Reuters) – Gun related deaths of U.S. law enforcement officers rose by 56 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year, with about one-third of officers killed in an ambush, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said on Tuesday.

Across the country, 50 officers were killed by guns in 2014 compared to 32 in 2013, according to the website of the non-profit fund, which aims to increase safety for law enforcement officers.

The most deadly states were California, Texas, New York, Florida and Georgia, the group said.

“Fifteen officers were shot and killed in ambush, more than any other circumstance of fatal shootings in 2014,” the website said.

The deadly ambush of two New York City policemen as they sat in their squad car in New York on Dec. 20 was a flashpoint in a deepening rift between the city’s police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor had expressed qualified support for protests sparked by the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with white officers, and said he warned his biracial son of the “dangers he may face” in encountering police officers.

The shooter who killed the two policemen and then himself had written online that he was avenging the deaths of two unarmed black men last summer in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Altogether, 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in 2014, a 24 percent increase from 2013, when 102 officers were killed, the fund said.

The number of firearms-related fatalities matches 2012 statistics, when 50 officers were killed by guns,” the fund said.

The second most common cause of death for officers in 2014 was traffic-related incidents.

NYC police union launches campaign to keep mayor away from funerals

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This is from Yahoo News.

I must say I am in 100% in agreement with the union for the police officers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said some pretty shameful things about police officers and needs to be barred from a fallen officer’s funeral.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/nyc-police-union-launches-campaign-130001997.html

 

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s police union is showing its displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the city council by starting a campaign to keep the two politicians away from funerals of fallen officers.

The campaign follows harsh criticism of de Blasio by Patrick Lynch, the head of the union, who said the mayor had failed to support the police after a grand jury decided against indicting a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Since the grand jury decision on Dec. 3, protesters have taken to New York streets to vent their anger over Garner’s death in July and to call for reforms in how police use force.

New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association posted a form on its website, for members to sign, that requests that de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito keep away from funeral services should an officer die in the line of duty.

The mayor and other senior city officials traditionally attend the funerals of fallen officers.

The form, entitled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice”, accused the pair of “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”

In response, de Blasio and Mark-Viverito released a joint statement saying the union’s campaign was divisive. “Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics,” local media quoted them as saying in the statement.

De Blasio has made it clear that he is concerned by Garner’s death and how police treat African-Americans in general. Immediately after the grand jury’s decision in the Garner case, the mayor said he had warned his bi-racial son Dante to take special caution in any dealings with police officers.

Largely peaceful protests have also taken place nightly in major U.S. cities since a grand jury returned a no indictment decision after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August.

The protests have intensified since the decision on the Garner case, and other police shootings in New York, Cleveland and elsewhere.

Top 5 states with most deep-fried turkey accidents

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This is from Fox News.

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Although a mighty delicious tradition, deep-frying a turkey on Thanksgiving can be risky.

Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

So you want to know which state has the most accidents?

For the last seven years, Texas has led the country in most grease- and cooking-related insurance claims on Thanksgiving Day, with 38 according to insurance company State Farm.  Illinois follows, with 27 reports and Pennsylvania and Ohio are tied for third with 23.  New York ranked fourth, with 22 claims and South Carolina and Georgia claimed fifth with 16 claims each.

 

After Being Fined and Forced to Host Gay Weddings, Christian Farm Owners Make Drastic Decision That ‘Will Likely Hurt Their Business’

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This is from The Blaze.

It is a shame you must close down your business because a tyrannical government wants to destroy our religious freedom.

 

A husband and wife who were fined $13,000 and told they could not discriminate against same-sex couples after refusing to allow a gay wedding on their New York farm have announced that they will “no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property.”

“Going forward, [Cynthia and Robert Gifford] have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property (other than the ones already under contract),” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told TheBlaze in a statement.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the Giffords’ farm is a public accommodation because they rent their space out, and they therefore must abide by New York anti-discrimination law.

“Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” Trainor said.

Image source: LibertyRidgeFarmNY.com

The family will continue hosting wedding receptions, but ceremonies — which have traditionally been hosted inside the Giffords’ home on the property or at another nearby location — will immediately cease. Same-sex receptions will be allowed on the grounds.

The move comes after Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a lesbian couple, approached Cynthia and Robert Giffords in 2012 and inquired about holding their nuptials at the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York.

The Giffordses, who are Christian and hold the belief that marriage is restricted to one man and one woman, said the couple was welcome to hold their reception on the property, but not the actual ceremony.

McCarthy and Erwin complained to New York’s Division of Human Rights, claiming they had been discriminated against as a result of their sexual orientation.

A judge subsequently ruled in their favor, rejecting the Giffords’ argument that the family owns a private business that is legally permitted to issue such refusals.

Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that Liberty Ridge Farm is a public accommodation because it rents its space and regularly collects fees from the public. The judge said the fact that the owners live on the premises does not mean that their business is private in nature.

Pares ordered that the Giffordses must abide by anti-discrimination regulations under New York’s Human Rights Law and must pay a $10,000 fine, as well as an additional $1,500 each to McCarthy and Erwin, Religion News Service reported.

A representative for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, told TheBlaze that in addition to the fines, New York State is forcing the Giffordses to” teach classes to their employees that impose the state’s view of marriage.” Gay marriage was legalized in the state in 2011.

The Alliance Defending Freedom said the Giffordses should have the right to hold and exercise their religious views without the “threat of government punishment.”

The Giffordses and their attorneys believe that the family has been punished for taking a biblical position and for exercising their First Amendment rights.

“The government should not force anyone to participate in or celebrate an event that violates their faith and beliefs. However, that’s exactly what the state of New York has done to the Giffords,” the firm said. “The Giffords serve all people with respect and care. They have hired homosexual employees and have hosted events for same-sex couples.”

The family has not yet decided if it will appeal the judge’s decision.

Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine

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This is from The Daily Signal.

 

Isaiah 5:20King James Version (KJV)

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

New York is saying Perversion must be accepted as normal.

 

Should the government be able to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding?

In a free society, the answer is no. Family farms should be free to operate in accordance with the beliefs and values of their owners. Government shouldn’t be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own—rather than the government’s—values, unless there is a compelling government interest being pursued in the least restrictive way possible.

But the New York State Division of Human Rights doesn’t see things this way. On August 8, it fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman and thus declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration. The Human Rights Commission ruled that “the nature and circumstances of the [Giffords’s] violation of the Human Rights Law also warrants a penalty.”

This is coercive big government run amok.

Here’s the back story. In 2012, Melissa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy contacted the Giffords to rent the family’s barn for their same-sex wedding ceremony and reception. Cynthia Gifford responded that she and her husband would have to decline their request as they felt they could not in good conscience host a same-sex wedding ceremony at their home. The Giffords live on the second and third floor of the barn and, when they host weddings on the first floor, they open part of the second floor as a bridal suite.

The Giffords have owned and operated Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York for over 25 years. Like many small farm families, they often open the farm to the public for events like berry picking, fall festivals, and pig racing.

They also open their home for weddings and receptions. When the Giffords host weddings, they are involved in every aspect of the wedding planning and celebration: they greet and drive guests in their farm trolley, decorate the barn, set up floral arrangements, arrange fireworks displays, and provide catering. As the Human Rights Commission ruling even points out, “the only wedding-related service Liberty Ridge Farm does not offer is providing the official for the wedding ceremony.”

As many brides know, planning a wedding requires hours of careful work to organize in order to pull off the celebration—hours during which family businesses operating venues like the Giffords’ actively participate in the weddings they host. The Giffords believe that as free citizens running a business, they should have the right to decline to participate in an event that does not reflect their values.

Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners. Because the Giffords’ family farm is open to the public for business, New York classifies it as a “public accommodation” and then mandates that it not “discriminate” on the basis of sexual orientation.

Of course the Giffords were not engaging in any insidious discrimination—they were acting on their belief about the nature of marriage. They do not object to gay or lesbian customers attending the fall festivals, or going berry picking, or doing any of the other activities that the farm facilitates. The Giffords’ only objection is to being forced to abide by the government’s views on sexuality and host a same-sexwedding. The Human Rights Commission has now declared this historic belief about marriage to be “discrimination.”

The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff.

The question before all citizens is whether this law and this fine are just. Should the government be able to force family businesses to betray their consciences and participate in ceremonies that violate their beliefs? Should the government be in the business of “rehabilitating” consciences or “re-educating” its citizens to change their moral beliefs about the definition of marriage?

Government should not create special legal privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Instead, government should protect the rights of Americans and the associations they form to act in the public square in accordance with their beliefs. The Giffords’ case illustrates thegrowing conflict between religious liberty rights and laws that grant special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In a nation founded on limited government and religious freedom, government should not attempt to coerce any citizen, association, or business into celebrating same-sex relationships.

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