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Breaking: Colorado Anti-Gay Cake Baker Loses Appeal, Again



A Colorado Court of Appeals has just ruled against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, who refuses to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples.

A Colorado Court of Appeals finds there is no difference between discriminating against someone because they are gay and discriminating against someone because they are marrying someone of the same gender.

Jack Phillips appealed a December 2013 decision by a Colorado state judge, who had ruled Phillips violated the state’s nondiscrimination laws by refusing to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, claimed in his appeal that the case should have been dismissed. His attorneys argued that because Phillips sold his baked goods to LGBT people but refused to bake a same-sex couple a wedding cake, due to his religious beliefs, he did not violate the law.

Today all three Colorado Court of Appeals judges upheld the lower court’s ruling.

Loeb wrote that Colorado’s nondiscrimination law, CADA, “was not designed to impede religious conduct and does not impose burdens on religious conduct not imposed on secular conduct.”

“The decision to categorically deny service to Craig and Mullins was based only on their request for a wedding cake and Masterpiece’s own beliefs about same-sex marriage.”

The decision also states, “we reiterate that CADA does not compel Masterpiece to support or endorse any particular religious views. The law merely prohibits Masterpiece from discriminating against potential customers on account of their sexual orientation.”

Phillips had lost his case before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and also lost his 2014 appeal before the commission.

In 2013 Phillips said he would go to jail rather than obey the commission’s decisions. 

“Are you willing to go to jail?,” he was asked by Fox News’ Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

“If that’s what it takes,” Phillips replied. “I don’t believe I need to drop my religious convictions at any time for any reason,” he added.


This article has been updated to include a copy of the decision and to note all three judges concurred in their ruling.

Image: Screenshot via CBS News/YouTube
Very grateful hat tip to TJ

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Now-Deleted Photo Allegedly of Jerry Falwell Jr. With Unzipped Pants in the Company of ‘Good Friends’ Stuns Internet



A Houston Chronicle reporter posted what appears to be a screenshot from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr’s Instagram account, and it’s going viral on social media. The unconfirmed photo appears to be of Falwell Jr., with his arm around a young woman, his pants unzipped with underwear showing. He is holding a glass.

“More vacation shots,” the caption reads. “Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promised that’s only black water in my glass. It was a prop only.”

Robert Downen, whose bio says he reports on “All things faith/religion” for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted out the screenshot.

Downen says the post is “real,” citing three sources.

Relevant magazine, which says it is “the leading platform reaching Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings,” also called it “a bizarre Instagram post.”

Pulpit & Pen News, which says it is “is a media outreach of the Fellowship Baptist Church,” also reported on the photo, saying: “To say that this behavior is unbecoming and scandalous for a president of a Christian university is an understatement.”

They say Falwell Jr. also posted and then deleted a video of they describe as “Trailer Park Boys” on a yacht.

Some online responses:



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Trump Openly Solicits Payment to US Treasury for His ‘Approval’ of TikTok Sale – Which He Is Forcing



President Donald Trump says he is allowing Microsoft to purchase the U.S. assets of the popular Beijing-based TikTok social media video sharing app, in a sale Trump personally is forcing.

In discussing what he sees as the broad portions of an agreement the President used a real estate term to openly solicit the payment that would have to be made to the U.S. Treasury.

“I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the U.S. Treasury of the United States, because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen,” Trump told reporters Monday afternoon.

“Now they don’t have any rights, unless we give it to them,” Trump continued. “If we’re going to give them the rights then it has to come into this country, it’s a little like the landlord-tenant. Without a lease, the tenant has nothing, so they pay what’s called ‘key money’ or they pay something, but the United States should be reimbursed.”

Trump is actively forcing the sale of a foreign-owned company, after announcing he would ban it over the weekend. And now that he’s forcing the sale, he’s saying the U.S. should get a “substantial” cut from the sale of the company – or he will not allow it to go through.

In some states and certain situations, “key money” is illegal.

It is not known if any other U.S. company purchasing a foreign asset or company was ever required to pay what effectively sounds like a bribe.


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Trump Under Investigation for Bank and Insurance Fraud by Manhattan District Attorney, Legal Filing Suggests



Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. on Monday moved to dismiss a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s attorneys, and in that legal filing suggested he is investigating the president and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud.

Vance “made the disclosure in a new federal court filing arguing Mr. Trump should have to comply with its subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns,” The New York Times reports. “Mr. Trump has asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.”

The filing cites “undisputed” news reports to make clear that Vance has a legal basis for his subpoena ordering Trump’s accounting firm to hand over 8 years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month supported Vance’s attempts to obtain the documents.

A nearly two-year old New York Times investigation found that “President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents,”

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