You Will Be Made to Care. Fired Gay Catholic Teacher Edition

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The facts in this case are banal and straightforward (or gayforward, if you wish).

A first grade teacher named Jocelyn Morffi at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Miami returned from her wedding to find she had been sacked. Why? Because she married another woman.

“This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result,” Morffi said in a post on social media. “In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.”

She’s right in a way, if “no kind of Catholic” is the same as “right kind of Catholic.”

Despite the ongoing carnival of heresy that masquerades for the Catholic Church in Western Europe, the Church’s timeless teaching is that marriage only exists as prescribed by Jesus Christ: one man, one woman, for life. Even within the increasingly muddled statements of Pope Francis, there is no place for same-sex marriage and there is no place in the Church for homosexual activity:

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

This same view of chastity, by the way, is expected of unmarried heterosexual couples.

What is more, after buggery was made a sacrament by the Florida Supreme Court, the Archdiocese notified every employee that just because it was legal didn’t mean they could do it:

After judges in Florida lifted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage this week, thousands of employees in Miami’s Catholic Archdiocese got a memo from their boss, Archbishop Thomas Wenski, that read as a warning: watch what you do or say, even after work or on social media, or you might lose your job.

Wenski’s note, after a brief reference to court decisions that he said “imposed the redefinition of marriage,” merely quoted from the employee handbook as a reminder to Church workers of longstanding policy: Every archdiocese employee, Catholic or non-Catholic, from ministerial leader to school teacher and custodian, is considered a Church representative and is expected to abide by Catholic teaching, and any conduct “inconsistent” with that can draw disciplinary action, up to termination.

Attached was a longer, carefully drafted statement from the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops reiterating its opposition to same-sex marriage, which it called “disruptive” and a threat to religious liberty.

The Diocese seems to be on pretty solid ground and the Supreme Court’s Hosanna Tabor decision would indicate that the firing of this teacher for deliberately violating Church doctrine would survive any legal challenge.

None of that stops this from being made a cause célèbre for the “bake that cake, now” movement.

A Miami Catholic school fired a lesbian teacher after she married her partner, drawing attention to a stalled gay-rights bill in the Florida Legislature and marking a new campaign issue in one of the nation’s most competitive Democratic congressional primaries.

“It’s 2018. But you may be surprised to learn that you can be fired from your employment not just because of gay marriage but also because you’re gay,” said state Rep. David Richardson, a Miami Beach Democrat who’s the first openly gay Florida House member and the top fundraiser in the crowded primary for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, where the school is located.

Richardson said the case underscores the need for federal legislation and the passage of FL HB347 (18R), which would ban Florida hotel owners and employers from discriminating against people due to their sexual orientation or gender. But, he said, the GOP-led Legislature has stifled the bill year after year. The legislation hasn’t been heard this year in committee, and, now that the 60-day legislative session is halfway over, there’s likely not enough time to pass it.

Because of the state’s refusal to pass the Competitive Florida Workforce Act, gay-rights advocates are pressuring Amazon to avoid building a headquarters in Miami as well as other cities in states without protections for LGBT people.

Miami-Dade County has a local ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, but there’s an exception for religious institutions, said Tony Lima, executive director of the advocacy group SAVE Dade.

These people are not looking for tolerance, they are looking for worship and subservience. If they won’t accept that a religious school that is charged with the faith formation and catechesis of its students has a right to not accept as faculty people who are blatantly opposed to that faith, they won’t accept anything less than the supremacy of homosexual marriage over actual marriage.

As Erick Erickson has said so often, you don’t have the ability to not care about this because you will be made to care.

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Social Justice Warriors Are on a Quest to Ruin Movies, Black Panther Being the Latest Example

True to form, the social justice warrior crowd has to over-analyze every square inch of a movie for its faults. Not faults in plot, effects, or structure, mind you. They have to complain about the lack of representation of one group or another in a film.

The Black Panther movie is being touted as a great leap forward in movie history due to its focus on black characters, because clearly, a movie has never starred black characters before. Outlets like Salon attempted to paint Black Panther as the first superhero movie with a black lead, which lead to the site being hit with a deluge of corrections by people who actually pay attention to movies. Idiotic hot takes aside, many social justice and racial groups are touting the movie as one that takes a step in the right direction by making 90 percent of its cast black.

But they couldn’t stay happy long. While it’s apparently great that Black Panther is finally dominated by a black cast, it still doesn’t meet other quotas. According to site io9, it’s the LGBT representation that the movie is lacking.

Quick note: You can’t please unpleasable people, and this is Exhibit A.

According to io9, two female characters in the comics are implied to have a sexual relationship. At some point in the movie, screenwriter Joe Robert Cole carried that implication over, but cut it out due to it feeling kind of a shoved-in moment that didn’t really add much to the movie:

The scene you’re talking about, I don’t remember. I can’t remember the exact exchange you’re talking about, but I think it was really brief. I’m not sure. I know that it was not – there wasn’t some major theme through that we were looking to explore with that in terms of the story. We didn’t like, pull out a full thread of some theme. But your friend quite possibly could be right, or I’m maybe having a brain fart here and just can’t remember.

But to the SJWs at io9, it should have been included anyway, and Marvel needs to catch up with the times:

A romance between Okoye and Ayo is the sort of thing that easily could have been included in Black Panther with something as simple as a longing look and a bit of flirting kiss, but it looks like we’re going to have to wait even longer for the MCU’s films to catch up with the times.

The question for me is: who the hell cares?

I belong to a whole host of groups, such as white, libertarian, male, Christian, tall, bearded, gamer, etc, etc. Just because a movie doesn’t shoehorn in any of these things doesn’t make the movie bad. I don’t suddenly feel better about watching a Medea movie because a token white character showed up. I didn’t watch Barbershop to make sure bearded libertarian guys were represented. Friday wasn’t suddenly a bad movie because I didn’t see gamers properly portrayed.

I’m going to go see Black Panther because it looks like a fun movie with dynamic characters and a story that adds to an epic plot set up by many movies before it. The fact that most of the cast is black is not a deciding factor for my enjoyment of the film. If I don’t see one white character, bearded male, libertarian, or Christian in the movie, it won’t move the enjoyment needle. Is the movie good? That’s all I care about. That’s all you should care about.

For social justice warriors, something can only be good if it covers all the identity bases while making sure all the of the causes are discussed properly. The problem is that movies will never be able to do that without sacrificing plot and entertainment factor. That movie would look more like a TED talk, where the cast reads more like a D&D character roster.

“I’m Hadith, a half-black Palestinian gay Muslim, and this is my companion Juniper, a transgender male to female atheist with a +5 in multiple personality disorder. Together with our friend Ed, a Hispanic DREAMer who currently identifies as a polysexual catkin, we are going talk about  anonymously bullying us on the internet.”

Spoiler Alert: The guilty parties are white male Trump voters, who are probably funded by the rich and/or the Russians. Get that Emmy ready.

Point is, you will never enjoy anything if the media your consumption has to meet a diversity quota because that quota will never be enough. As you can see, a black cast is now not good enough. Now there aren’t enough gay characters. Soon it will need more transgender characters. Then there aren’t enough disabled characters. Wait, these characters are here, but why aren’t there discussions about these characters’ lives in these movies? These are just token characters. They need to be central to the plot of this movie that should center around superheroes fighting villains.

Inserting identity politics into movies that don’t focus on it is a surefire way to make your movie horrible. Just ask 2016 Ghostbusters.

 

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Intellectual Property: No One Understands Theft Better – Than The People Being Robbed

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments and sing. And most important from a prospective remuneration perspective – I wrote the stuff we sang and played.

I never sold my goal of fifteen million records – so here I sit before you now.

But life’s rules are immutable. And writing about them – in song, or essay, or free verse or whatever – changes them not a whit.

I was a hopeful records-seller residing in Austin, Texas – “The Live Music Capital of the World” – when stolen-music-website Napster burst on to the scene. From which you could download tens of thousands of songs – without paying a penny for any.

I steadfastly refused to illegally steal any tunes from Napster. But in Austin I was surrounded by musicians – and I can not recall a single one of them who didn’t illegally steal from Napster.

I tried to explain to them how pathetically short-term their thinking was. “You realize you’re stealing from the one group of people who can walk into the bar/restaurant/retail store in which you work – and rescue you by saying ‘Sign here.’”

To no obvious avail.

I remember thinking at the time that this Intellectual Property (IP) conversion from hard copy to digital – of music, movies, software and the like – was going to be devastatingly detrimental to the definitions of “property” and “theft.”

I would bet that 95+% of the people who steal digital IP – would never walk into a brick-and-mortar store and steal the physical versions thereof.

There are at least two human nature reasons for this.

One is, of course – you are much less likely to be caught stealing digitally. The Digital Revolution has made a great many things very much easier – including being a cowardly thief.

The second is – the human creature is a tangible beast. We have a tendency to place more faith – and more value – in things we can touch. We can touch a CD or DVD – so many of us view it as more valuable than the corresponding MP3 or 4.

Which is, of course, patently absurd. A half second of actual intellectual analysis – clearly delivers anyone the truth. You’re not stealing the CD or DVD because you want the shiny plastic – any more or less than you are stealing the MP3 or 4 because you want the digital 1s and 0s.

You’re stealing both the physical and the digital for the exact same reason – you want the IP contained thereon.

But the human creature is a tangible beast. And many of us are cowardly thieves.

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Someone who has sold WAY more than fifteen million records – is Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson. Iron Maiden is a heavy metal band – but Dickinson is no stereotypical metal head.

(I was never a huge Maiden [or metal] fan. But Casey – my touched-by-God omni-talented bassist in Texas – was, so I admired by association.)

Dickinson is also a pilot – who flies the Iron Maiden tour plane to gigs. He’s also an entrepreneur. He started an aircraft maintenance company. Which grew rapidly – and then expanded into also serving as an airline. He has written several successful novels – and a screenplay.

Dickinson and a brewer formulated a beer recipe – which Dickinson dubbed “Trooper.” Dickinson and the band collaborated with Robinsons Brewery in Stockport, England to produce it. How’d that go?: “As of May 2014, the beer has sold 2.5 million pints in 40 countries, making it Robinsons’ most successful export.”

And Dickinson has the mental and physical discipline – to be a world-competing fencer.

In short – Dickinson is no dummy. When he talks about anything – it’s worth listening. When he talks about something he knows intimately – it’s worth recording. While taking copious notes.

Bruce Dickinson: The Guy Who Started Napster Should Be Locked Up. Napster Destroyed the Concept of Music Having Any Value: “The result of Napster and things like that – even though downloading is now kind of mainstream – Napster destroyed the concept of music having any value, which is terrible….

“I get paid when they sell a copy of my book. The difference is, I took two-and-a-half months to write this book, and I get paid a royalty, and, actually, it’s very reasonable, it’s very fair.

“If this book was a record and I took two and a half months to make it, I would have to give it away, because people will pay for a book, but they won’t pay for an album. That is really sad and it’s wrong….

“When you consider that most people, when they sit down and listen to an album, they might drink a pint of beer or have a can of an energy drink or something else like that. So they’ll pay the price of a can of energy drink, but they won’t pay the price for the album. And it’s sad….

“I think the guy [who started Napster] should be locked up, and maybe he has been – he deserves to be.

“It was an act of pure selfish destruction. And what he did was he used the enthusiasm of the audience… Because the audience is not guilty – they could get all this great music for free. Why wouldn’t they do that? They didn’t realize that what they were doing was destroying an entire culture.”

“Destroying an entire culture” indeed:

“(T)he great thing with us is we can tour and make money by playing live. Other bands, bands who are coming up doing great music, they don’t get that luxury….People who are brilliant musicians don’t get paid for doing amazing jobs….And it’s hard to see where a whole generation of musicians is gonna come from now.”

Aye, there’s the rub. You can take Dickinson’s last paragraph and change out “bands” and “musicians” – with any sort of creators you want to name. Like, say, “inventors.”

“It is hard to see where a whole generation of [inventors] is gonna come from now.” Indeed it is.

If we continue to allow intellectual property theft – of things far more important than music (I apologize to all of the music gods) – our lives will get a whole lot worse.

We have inventors spending years and years and billions and billions of dollars – to create a cancer cure, or the next components of the next great Internet breakthrough, or the cure for baldness, or solutions to the nine million variably awful things with which the human condition is afflicted.

Call it the Inventors Culture.

And if we’re not actively protecting it – we’re destroying it.

If we want the next generation of inventors – or musicians, or authors, or anyone creating anything – we have to copiously keep-safe this generation of inventors.

Bruce Dickinson understands this. I’d bet even Iron Maiden’s Eddie understands this.

We all should.

We have to.

Or else things will start getting very bad – very fast.

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“May I Touch You Here?”: Is the #MeToo Movement Emasculating Men?

That’s not a headline I would have thought to write yesterday, or the day before that. But each new day brings a new revelation, doesn’t it?

Flash-forward a few months, and Knight, a 25-year-old Washingtonian, is sleeping with someone new. He is asking “Can I touch you here?” “Can I do this?” every step of the way, and his partner wants to know what is with all the questions. She prefers a more proactive approach.

Knight is well-prepared to date in the #MeToo era. He has completed a two-month discussion class on how to reject toxic masculinity. He still has his “Consent is sexy” T-shirt from freshman year of college. He has thought about how men have the power in courtship, and with that, the ability to abuse it. So when he meets a woman while out at a bar, rather than ask for her number and potentially make her feel pressured to give it, he will give her his number and wait for her to text.

Is it right to blame the movement? After all, this guy sounds like the sort of unreconstructed dweeb who will just never have sex, right? But the article actually opens up with an anecdote in which the poor fella does have sex, and the anecdote helps to explain where his testicles went:

Over the summer, Geoffrey Knight is in bed with a woman he is dating. He puts his hand on her breast, and she swats it away. “You need to ask before you touch me,” he recalls her saying. Knight apologizes, saying he had assumed it was okay because they had just had sex.

“You should never make that assumption,” she retorts.

Holy schnikes. It reminds one of the woman in the Aziz Ansari story, who repeatedly believed that she had sent subtle cues to suggest to Ansari how uncomfortable she was with his attempts to have sex — but muddied her message by voluntarily undressing with Ansari and fellating him more than once. Taking such silly behavior seriously apparently turns men into consent-seeking robots, offering signed contracts of consent to women who just disrobed.

None of this is to say that the #MeToo movement is not legitimate or that there is not an obvious, huge, widespread problem with men making unwanted sexual overtures and contact. There quite obviously is. But the New Norms that are being enforced by the more radical proponents of #MeToo have no effect on the men who are the real problem — while in their most extreme form they emasculate men who are trying to do right to begin with, as the quoted passages above show.

As such, these social regulations are like so many other attempts to control behavior by the left: they target the wrong people. It’s reminiscent of gun control. The thug gang members who shoot rivals on the streets couldn’t care less about your rules, while the responsible gun owners are often far too hampered by them.

As usual, leftists ruin everything with their rules, when all that is needed is a healthy dose of common sense.

P.S. Thanks to Allahpundit for the pointer on Twitter to this article, by the way. Easily half of my blog ideas come from his Twitter feed. If I thanked him every time my post was inspired by something he flagged, that’s all I’d ever do.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter Brings His Own Mental Fitness Into Question


Of all the media critics meandering the savannah, probably the slowest and least aware gazelle at the watering hole is CNN’s Brian Stelter. Where media critics usually try to point out how the press could do a better and more responsible job, Stetler is basically the Baghdad Bob of the “This is an Apple” network (a sampling of RedState’s coverage of Stelter). There is literally no misstep or deception by CNN that Stelter can’t be relied upon to defend. But his personal hobby seems to be insisting that President Trump isn’t mentally sound.

Apparently, this criticism has gotten to the chubby little fellow and yesterday he struck back.

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 13, 2018

What Stelter tries to do is say that because something, literally phrased, doesn’t appear it gives him a pass. So you can say Trump is crazy or Trump is mentally unfit or Trump is insane but so long as he didn’t say “mentally ill” he’s clear.

Stelter is a shill. He’s a dishonest, hyper-partisan hack who pretends to be media critic while acting as a praetorian for his own network’s grotesquely flawed brand of journalism. And he’s so consumed in his personal jihad that he can’t even admit what he’s doing.

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