By all accounts, Charles Rhoads, Jr. was an excellent worker. After 30-plus years of employment at SPX Flow Technology’s site in Rochester, New York, he was an experienced man who'd been promoted and enjoyed excellent performance reviews. But that didn’t stop SPX from unceremoniously firing him last year — after he expressed opposition to faux marriage.
The problems began on April 20, 2015, when the dutiful Rhoads approached a subordinate, named Craig Tyler, who was engaging in a non-business conversation after his break time had ended — Tyler and another worker were on a phone viewing pictures from the latter’s faux wedding. Instead of simply resuming work, however, Tyler asked Rhoads if he wanted to see the pictures. After Rhoads declined, he says that Tyler “accused me of personally disliking the employee who was in a gay marriage.” Defending himself, Rhoads, a believing Christian, stated that the worker was a “likable person but marriage was from God and not from the politics of man,” reports Rhoads. He again expressed his disinterest in seeing the pictures, and Tyler departed in a huff.
In an unprecedented move, an Oregon judge has allowed a so-called “transgender” man to legally change his sex from female (he had previously been allowed to choose female) to “non-binary.” It’s newsworthy enough to have made it to Drudge, but even that fact doesn’t do justice to the grave threat presented by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn’s ruling.
I’ll cut to the chase. Even if you accept the legitimacy of “transgender” status (more on this later), here’s what must be understood:
Psychologists and transgender activists do not say “sex” and “gender” are synonymous.
By now, many of you have heard about the horrific jihadist attack at a homosexual bar in Orlando, Florida, a terrorist act that has left more than 50 dead. The Muslim killer is identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who was born to Afghan parents. We'll see how the media spin this — it's a good bet they'll try to make the narrative about gun control and garden-variety "homophobia" as much as possible — but was this not predictable? I've often cited the German study, involving 45,000 youth, that shows that increasing religiosity makes Christian youth less violent, but Muslim youth more violent. This is because, you relativists, not all religions are equal. Islam is the religion of pieces. And you'll be left in pieces unless the West gets in touch with reality — fast.
This attack is just the latest Exhibit A for why we need to halt Muslim immigration. The purpose of immigration is to benefit the host country. If it doesn't have that effect — and today's immigration doesn't — it should not happen.
The Conservative Treehouse has some excellent reporting on the Orlando terrorist act. It was the first site I saw that could actually name the Muslim terrorist. And, among other things, the Treehouse tells us that Mateen was a registered Democrat (surprise, surprise), though now he should only be voting once in November, for he is deceased.
You can read all of the Treehouse's reportage here.
“Sorry, you don’t get a spot in the finals of the girls’ race, young lady — the boy gets that.” Of course, it wasn’t quite put that way in the recent 2016 Alaska State Track Championships. Instead, Nattaphon Wangyot, a Thai-born — and boy-born — runner, is referred to with feminine pronouns by writers who talk about how wonderful it is that he’s being “true to himself.” But the objective reality remains the same: Last Friday, a boy competed with girls and took spots that otherwise would have gone to females.
Welcome to the Brave New World of bold faux girls.
It may be a perfect metaphor for modern times: a miracle of the most advanced technology celebrated with a presentation of the most primitive morality.
After 20 years in the making, Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel opened last Wednesday to much fanfare. Now the world’s longest rail tunnel, the Gotthard has a route length of 35.5 miles and a total of 94.3 miles of tunnels, shafts, and passages. The largest construction project in Swiss history, the €11bn tunnel is also the world’s deepest, running more than 1.4 miles below the Swiss Alps. Unfortunately, the project’s opening ceremony also reached great depths — of depravity.
A pugilist, humorist, and activist, Muhammad Ali (shown bottom right in 1964) was as controversial as he was colorful. Quick-witted, footed, and fisted, he entertained audiences in and out of the ring, pummeling opponents until he was finally pummeled by Parkinson’s, the disease that ended his boxing career and, finally, his life on June 3. Ali was 74.
Born January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, and named Cassius Clay, the future heavyweight champ began boxing at age 12 after his new bicycle was stolen. Teary-eyed, he found policeman Joe Martin and exclaimed, “If I find the kid who stole my bike, I’ll whup him!” Clay never found the kid, and Martin never found the bike, but the officer did invite young Cassius to join a boxing gym he ran — and the rest is history.
And Clay would make history; whether or not he really was “the greatest” boxer ever, as he branded himself, he certainly was the loudest and most loquacious one.
Nothing could be less controversial than having schoolchildren learn a passage from the Declaration of Independence, right? Guess again. Because a recently proposed Louisiana bill requiring just that was shelved last week after a lawmaker implied it was racist and characterized it as a “lie.”
Breitbart reports on the story, writing that state Representative Barbara Norton (D; shown) "led the charge against HB 1035, a measure that would require local school boards of education to have students in grades four to six recite a specified section of the Declaration of Independence after the current daily period of silent prayer or meditation and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.” The bill was introduced by State Rep. Valarie Hodges (R), and the passage the children would have recited follows:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Apparently, though, Rep. Norton is no fan of lofty ideals. Here’s what she had to say (video below) while agitating against the bill:
It’s as if we live in The Planet of the Apes, with the overwrought reaction to the recent killing of Harambe the gorilla. The only thing missing is Dr. Zaius complaining about how man is a “warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him.” But no small number of Internet commenters have that misanthropic line covered.
It’s hard not to have heard about the events of this past Saturday, when a four-year-old boy named Isaiah slipped into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Video of the incident captivated the nation, and the outcome — the killing of a 17-year-old silverback (dominant male) gorilla named Harambe in order to save the boy — has evoked rage and calls for retribution.
Imagine a fairly muscular, athletic young man, acting like a man and dressed as a man, tells you he identifies as a woman and asks you to sign a petition supporting his effort to play on his college’s women’s basketball team. Your response?
If you’re like 49 out of 50 students approached at the University of Maryland recently, you may sign and say “You go, (girl?)!”