My thoughts on “Cakeshop.”

With the Alliance Defending Freedom declaring tomorrow #JusticeForJack day in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, I thought it was time for me to write down my own thoughts on this. This way I have this handy post to refer to when people ask.

Before I jump in, tho, I want to caution people to read the whole thing before going off on me. Parts of what I have to say might not sit well with some people.

Okay, to begin. Jack should have baked the cake. (Pause for startled gasps.) I say this as a Christian, and from a Christian perspective.

Christ calls us to be salt and light to the whole world, not just other Christians. In fact, in Matthew’s Gospel, following the Beatitudes, Jesus instructs his followers to love everyone, even those that persecute us:

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

So, if we apply the old WWJD standard, I firmly believe Jesus would have baked the cake. I also am pretty sure that, like the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus would have used the opportunity to talk to them about some very deep issues in their lives — and they might not have been what we think they would have been, so don’t go jumping to any conclusions.

Now, with that said — and this is the reason I told you to read the whole thing — do I think the government has any business forcing Jack to bake the cake? Absolutely not! With only a few exceptions (murder, theft, etc), I don’t think it’s the government’s job to make Christians act like Christ taught. Christ never went to the Roman or Jewish authorities asking them to make his apostles or followers do what he said they should.

So, in the end, I stand with Jack. He might not have done what Christ wanted, but it’s not the state’s job to tell him that.


Trump vs. Kaepernick

Last night at a rally in Alabama, Trump called for the NFL owners to remove players who kneel during the National Anthem from the field. It wasn’t clear if he meant just bench them, trade them, or fire them, but it’s still clear he wanted some punitive effort.

Now, let me say right here that I haven’t watched a single NFL game since the whole Kaepernick thing started. That not the only reason I no longer watch football, but it’s a large part of it. I will also say here and now that I’m unable to find a single example of a baseball player “taking a knee” during the National Anthem. Draw your own conclusions.

However, what this looks like to me is a desperate attempt by Trump to get his base of rednecks with Confederate flags on their jacked-up pickups happy with him again. He obviously lost a ton of them when he started making deals with Democrats (as people like your humble commentator said he would), and when he saw them burning their MAGA hats he knew he had to do something.

The result is calling out a man without using his name, who never played in Alabama, who never lived in Alabama, in a sport without a franchise in Alabama, at a non-sporting event. Because Trump is all about his own popularity, and his recent actions have eroded that badly, so he’s flailing to regain it.

If Trumpeters were smart, they’d see this for what it is. But the fact that they voted for Trump puts their intelligence in question.

The Tragedy in Spokane

If you haven’t seen the story cause you’ve been under a rock, a student opened fire at a Spokane area high school yesterday, killing one and injuring three. My prayers are with all the victims.

However, before the gun control enthusiasts use this to call for more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, they should remember these facts:

  • The suspect is reported to be a 16-year-old high school sophomore.
  • Washington state law does not permit anyone under 18 to own a firearm.
  • Washington state law also does not permit anyone under 18 to carry a firearm, except under certain clearly specified conditions, such as on a hunting trip with an adult who can legally own and carry firearms themselves (i.e. not a convicted felon).
  • Washington state law further does not permit anyone under 18 to carry firearms concealed, as this suspect allegedly did by carrying the guns in a bag.
  • And of course, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and just plain old murder are all illegal under Washington state law.

Thus, this kid went into the situation having broken two or three laws (depending on your count) and fully intending to break others.

Now, does any reasonable person think that adding one more law for him to break would have stopped him? Is there a particular law that would have made him stop and say, “you know, this is one law I just won’t break” even though he was apparently determined to commit homicide?

If there is, I’d like to know what the gun control crowd thinks it is.

My Take on the Female 13th Doctor

Twitter was understandably abuzz yesterday with the news that the 13th Doctor will be a lady. I, alas, was working, but that gave me some time to consider it.

There will be a certain number of people who’ve never watched Doctor Who that will give it a try due to a female lead. There will also be a certain number of people who already watch it who will abandon it due to a female lead. The BBC obviously hopes the first group is larger than the second, and they may be right.

The wild card in the situation is the SJWs. If they take this small victory calmly and quietly, it probably will work out OK in the end. But if they do what they did with the all-woman remake of Ghostbusters and declare that anyone who doesn’t watch the new Doctor is as evil as a Dalek, they will drive a lot of people away no matter how well written, acted, and/or produced the new season is.

Honestly, most SJWs I’ve interacted with are the type that will gladly take an inch and then demand a mile, so I think the BBC might come to regret this decision, not because there’s anything wrong with a female lead in a sci-fi show (see Captain Janeway) but because the people they’re trying to please just can’t be satisfied.

Why Trumpeters Do What They Do

I’ve been considering this for quite some time now, and I think it’s time to put some thoughts down on paper, so to speak. I should point out right at the start that while I am a medical professional, I’m not in mental health (I’m in the lab).

First off, we have to understand that the man they pretty much worship, Trump himself, is a deeply insecure person. There are two major pieces of evidence for this:

  1. His thin-skinned, over-the-top reaction to even the slightest criticism. Just look at his response to the “tiny hands” comment. A secure, well-adjusted, mature person would take that kind of thing and shrug it off, because they know who they are. Some would even turn it into a self-deprecating joke. Trump, on the other hand, responds like a child, attempting to “prove” that it’s not true.
  2. His insistence on outward signs of his power, prestige, and wealth. One specific example is the gold drapes in the Oval Office. Again, secure people don’t need the outward trappings because they know who they are. I recently had the opportunity to meet Peter Furler, former lead singer for Newsboys, and he was obviously content with what our small city could offer him. He didn’t demand more, he was truly and honestly grateful for what we could give him. That’s a man who is secure in who he is. Trump clearly isn’t, he needs constant reminders. (See also the reports of him asking advisors to praise him during Cabinet meetings… more evidence of insecurity.)

With that said, from what I’ve seen online from Trumpeters clearly shows that a great many — possibly even a large majority — of them are drawn to him because they’re just as insecure as he is. They see supporting him as “proof” that they’re the macho alpha-males they want to be rather than the beta-males they fear they really are.

Again, we see the same evidence of insecurity in them as we see in Trump himself. They are incredibly thin-skinned, even the slightest criticism of them or Trump sends them into fits of frothing rage.

Second, they’re the ones with the online profiles with tons of flags and #MAGA slogans. Kinda the online version of gold drapes. You can think of them as the typical redneck driving the jacked-up truck with the exhaust you can hear miles away.

All this leads us to the conclusion that Trumpeters react they way they do because admitting that Trump isn’t the be-all and end-all of political greatness would strike at the very heart of their fragile egos. Since that threat is terrifying to them, they react like a cornered dog.

The Anti-Elites Have Become The Elites

It has been said that revolutionaries eventually, if they win, become just as bad as the ones they were trying to replace. America is seeing the same thing happen with the Trump-supporting “anti-elitists.”

Elite groups are known for being insular and highly dismissive of people that are seen as non-elites. We saw this in both Obama and Hillary supporters, demeaning anyone not supporting their candidate as “racist,” “sexist,” and just general “right-wing bigots.”

The Trumpeters have followed suit. If you don’t agree with everything Trump does, you’re a “progressive,” a “cuck,” and a “globalist,” no matter how good your conservative bona fides are.

It’s all about being part of the “cool group,” and many Trump supporters are the kinds of people who’ve never been considered cool in their lives, so they’re lashing out at those they feel excluded them.

Someday even these new elites will be the old elites that people want to kick out of power, and the way things are looking it may be a lot sooner than the Trumpelites think. Maybe they should remember that when dealing with people not in their little clique.

Why I Am Skipping The Superbowl — And The Ads — This Year

As always, the hype over the Big Game is ratcheting up. However, for the first year in a long time, I am sitting it out. I’ve been telling people at work all season that I have no interest in football this year.

It’s not because I will be at work on Superbowl Sunday (I work in a hospital, we’re obviously open 24/7/365). With modern digital media I could easily watch it on my phone or Kindle. I could catch the best and worst ads on YouTube afterwards.

No, this year I am sitting out because I cannot in good conscience give any of my money, and precious little of my time and attention to an organization that so blatantly and obviously stomps on the values of much of America, including myself.

The No Fun League (NFL) has applauded the antics of privileged star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, despite the outcry from fans in what the people in the League office probably call “flyover country.”

And yet when one team wanted to honor the victims of a deliberate attack aimed squarely at police officers of a single race, the No Fun League said no, we don’t want that message out there.

So, guess what? The No Fun League won’t get anything from me but ridicule and a good deal of apathy. Their ratings are already way down, indicating I’m not the only one who’s changing the channel, but they aren’t getting the message, it seems.

If the League was smart, they’d dedicate an early season or preseason game next year to the memories of fallen police officers. They could have family members on the field and maybe the iconic badge with black bar across it on the teams’ helmets and/or uniforms.

I’m betting the SJWs in the NFL won’t do that, however. So, I’m eagerly awaiting February 26 (Daytona 500), and February 24 (first baseball spring training game for my beloved SF Giants). I’ll also be working the 18th, but as I said earlier, there’s digital media!