If you troll, don’t leave a phone number around

If you’re gonna troll someone, make sure your victim can’t repay you by calling family members to inform them of what you’re doing. Clearly “David” has a lot to learn about trolling.

It’s not uncommon for politicians to receive rather unpleasant messages from people who don’t agree with their views, but this comment posted by an internet troll definitely crossed the line. However, the harassed man accidentally brought up a comeback that was brilliant: he called his grandmother to talk about the troll’s hateful comment.

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Man engraves homophobic Bible verses on fence

While I loathe to defend an homophobe’s ignorance, I think in this case it’s free speech. The engraving was done on his own fence and he merely put the reference to the verses; he didn’t spell out the text of each one. It’s a fine line to walk between free speech and hate speech.

The man, who has not been named, is believed to have done it after his neighbour Shaun Shaffer put up a number of rainbow flags.

Shaffer shares his house with three other gay men and wished to celebrate Pride month.

Shaffer explained that they heard the neighbour muttering after putting the flags up but they weren’t sure why.

“We just finished putting up the flags, and we were taking the recycling out, and we saw our neighbour up against his fence. We heard scratching. We couldn’t tell what he was doing. There was muttering,” Shaffer said.

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He said gays stole the rainbow from God

Sometimes the best response to ignorant drivel from asshats like this one is humor and Twitter users give it to him in spades. If Skittles’ slogan is ‘Taste the rainbow,’ the slogan for the LGBT community should be ‘Steal the rainbow.’

Cultural appropriation is still a genuinely difficult and hurtful part of society, and one that we’re in the process of challenging.

And that includes people who use it incorrectly to support hateful statements.

Take, for instance, Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, who yesterday tweeted that “LGBTs stole the rainbow from god,” adding that it was the “worst example of cultural appropriation ever”.

He then quoted a Bible verse in which God – after wiping out almost all humans in a global flood – shines a rainbow down as a promise not to end the world again.

“Give it back,” he ends, plaintively and pointlessly.

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I Love Pharrell

This guy is so amazing!!!

Pharrell made it clear that hate has no space in this day and age.

The singer sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to promote the soundtrack for “Hidden Figures.” He was originally supposed to appear alongside his “I See A Victory” duet partner, Kim Burrell, but she was disinvited following a video leak of her spewing anti-gay rhetoric at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston.

DeGeneres said she chose not to have Burrell on Thursday’s show because the homophobic remarks were directed at her and who she chooses to love.

“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on,” Pharrell said, adding that he loves the gospel singer just like he chooses to love everyone. “We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”

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Azucar Bakery did not discriminate by refusing to make anti-gay cakes

Well this is a pleasant turn of events. 🙂

The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled that a baker who refused to make cakes with anti-gay messages did not discriminate.

Marjorie Silva, owner of Azucar Bakery in Denver, says she got the news on Friday but knows that Bill Jack, a Christian from Castle Rock, Colo., will likely appeal the decision.

“I’m happy that we were not just morally right but legally right,” she said in an interview with Yahoo News. “Hopefully this will lead to a better world where we are friendly to each other.”

In March 2014, Jack asked Silva to make him a Bible-shaped cake with anti-gay messages, such as “Homosexuality is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:2.” He also wanted the cake to include two men holding hands with a large X over them.

She agreed to make the dessert in the shape of a book but declined to include the hateful content.

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Change.org Deletes Indian Petition To Reject Gays’ “Repulsive And Extremely Abnormal Lifestyle”

I fail to understand how loving someone of your own gender would automatically lead to wanting sex with children and animals. How does one make that leap????

WASHINGTON — Change.org deleted a petition on Monday created by a user in Chennai, India, to rally support for the country’s recently upheld sodomy ban, known as Section 377, because of concerns over hate speech.

“STOP the assault on Indian culture in the name of love! PROTECT the family system!” began the petition created by a user named Savitha Rajesh, which had around 2,500 signatures on Monday morning U.S. time. The petition included numerous links to studies by widely discredited researchers claiming homosexuality is a mental illness and causes health problems ranging from sexually transmitted infections to “Gay Bowel Syndrome” because of sexual practices including “Oral sex, Rectal sex, Fecal sex, and Urine sex.”

Change.org pulled down the petition by mid-afternoon, after it was repeatedly flagged by other users as inappropriate.

“We did remove the petition because it violated our community guidelines in relation to hate speech,” said Brianna Cayo-Cotter, Change.org’s managing director of communications. “Change.org is an open platform and rarely removes petitions but, like other prominent online platforms, we do remove content which includes hate speech and the incitement of violence. We consider hate speech to be the advocacy of beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people based on their class, veteran status, gender identity, or immutable characteristics (race, ethnic origin, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, age, sexual orientation).

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Sen. Ted Cruz Issues Major Gay Marriage Warning for Pastors and Christians

Sounds to me like Mr Cruz is in favour of hate speech and probably hate crimes as well. Which is just what the bible tells us we ought to do, right?

Supporters of traditional marriage often fear the free speech ramifications that could emerge as as result of increasing support for gay marriage in the United States. But are these worries really legitimate?

In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, joined in this chorus, warning that the push in favor of same-sex unions could, indeed, put First Amendment protections at risk.

“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road towards gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” he said of hate speech regulations that are in place in other countries.

“It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech — as inconsistent with the enlightened view of government,” Cruz added.

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