The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga refuses to serve women and people who identify as transgender. “People go against what God has created, you start getting everything all out of whack,” he says.
A barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga is getting a lot of attention after refusing service to a transgender man. Army veteran Kendall Oliver went online to book an appointment for a haircut at The Barbershop, but was surprised and humiliated after being turned away.
“I identify as male,â€ Oliver told NBC4 News in an interview. â€œI just feel more comfortable that way… They said, ‘It doesn’t matter ma’am, we still won’t cut a woman’s hair.”
So why did The Barbershop really refuse service to Oliver?
â€œI have religious convictions that prevent me from cutting womenâ€™s hair,â€ explained Richard Hernandez, owner of The Barbershop. He refuses to serve women and people who identify as transgender. “It’s a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it’s her glory and it speaks to being given to her as her covering, and I don’t want to be one who is taking away from her glory.”
“I don’t see how that should affect a business. I’m a customer here, you provide a service, and everyone is entitled to that service,” Oliver said.
When interviewed by CBS2 News, Hernandez defended himself by saying, â€œItâ€™s not our intention to discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation orÂ gender of anything like that. The Bible teaches us that a womanâ€™s hair is her glory.â€
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by privately-owned places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin. California goes even further by covering gender and sexual orientation.Â
This incident is the latest example of people using religion to discriminate against others. It goes to show that the so-called â€œreligious freedomâ€ bills popping up across the country have consequences that extend beyond bakeries refusing to bake cakes for same-sex couples. Here are a few other examples:
- In February 2015, a pediatrician in Michigan refused to treat a newborn because the childâ€™s parents were lesbians. She said she had prayed before making her decision.
- In April 2013, a man was arrested at a hospital in Missouri when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner, even though he had a power of attorney.
- In February 2015, a gay man was refused funeral services for his husband and then when the funeral did take place, church members handed the family antigay pamphlets.
- In January 2016, RepublicanÂ State Senator in Nebraska introduced a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children in the homes of qualified LGBT parents.
“People go against what God has created, you start getting everything all out of whack,” Hernandez said when defending his right to discriminate; however heâ€™s arguing a lost cause. Whether itâ€™s denying the LGBT community medical attention, funeral services, marriage licenses, food, or even haircuts, discrimination is just wrong, period. In California, itâ€™s even illegal.Â
Image: Screenshot viaÂ NBC4 News
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George Conway Muses if Giuliani Was Dropped ‘On His Head’ and Warns He’s ‘Going to Go Through Some Things’
Conservative attorney George Conway is warning former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani he may be “going to go through some things.”
“The quoted words,” he explains in a just-published Washington Post op-ed, “come from the former president’s supposedly ‘perfect’ phone call with Ukraine’s president, and described what could happen to the American ambassador there, Marie L. Yovanovitch.”
Those “things” Giuliani may go through include “possibly being charged with a crime.”
Giuliani’s home and office were raided by the feds last week, and Conway says “the investigation marks yet another step in Giuliani’s unimaginable fall from grace. The once-respected former federal prosecutor, New York mayor (‘America’s mayor’!), presidential candidate and possible Cabinet pick, stands reduced to a laughingstock: shirt-tucking star of the ‘Borat’ sequel, headliner for a news conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and now defendant in a $1.3 billion defamation suit for having claimed that the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez founded a voting software company that helped steal the presidency from Trump.”
He also calls Giuliani a peddler of “nutso election-fraud claims,” and says he “had firmly established himself as one of the world’s worst lawyers. He’s the bumbler who blurted out on national TV that his client, Individual-1, had reimbursed a $130,000 payment made to a porn star, a transaction that triggered a sprawling and ongoing New York grand jury investigation into Trump’s overall business affairs.”
“All this boggles the mind of anyone who has followed Giuliani’s lengthy career. It’s as though someone dropped him on his head.”
Conway offers some free advice to Giuliani and Trump:
“If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani’s admission that he wasn’t conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable. The former guy just might want to rethink stiffing Giuliani on those bills.”
Read the entire op-ed here.
‘Tyranny’: Liz Cheney’s Likely Replacement Says Twitter Suspensions Are ‘Unconstitutional’
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is the most-likely the next Chair of the House Republican Conference after embattled Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), who has served in that role for the past two years, is getting pushed out fast.
House Republicans want Cheney out of leadership because she publicly refuted “The Big Lie” and repeatedly stated a simple fact: Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.
It’s no secret that Cheney is a hard core conservative, and has been her entire life (remember her very public spats with her sister, a lesbian, over same-sex marriage?) Stefanik, meanwhile, has been tidying-up her far right bona fides. In February she voted against the LGBTQ Equality Act, after having voted for it in 2019.
But speaking that one fact – that Biden won fair and square – is sufficient for the Republican Party to boot a member of Congress (and daughter of a former GOP vice president,) who voted with Trump 92.9% of the time – far more than Stefanik.
Yet Stefanik fits the bill. Despite having a bachelor’s from Harvard and despite getting elected in 2014 at the age of 30 – making her the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also of New York, took that title away from Stefanik by getting elected at age 29) – she is playing the role of ignorant and out-of-control MAGA acolyte, and Republicans are thrilled.
CNN’s Daniel Dale has written about Stefanik’s election lies, and posted some of them to Twitter.
– Endorsed effort to overturn election
– Said people “rightly” worried there were “unprecedented voting irregularities”
– Falsely claimed GA eliminated voter verification, 140K illegal votes in Fulton
– Raised “concerns” about Dominion
– More! https://t.co/NGvHp2QNyj
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 6, 2021
Stefanik is still playing to the rubes, as she did Thursday morning when she lied that Twitter temporarily suspending her communications director (apparently by mistake, and rectified within hours) is “unconstitutional” and “tyranny.”
BIG TECH on the MOVE! Twitter just suspended my Communications Director.
An unconstitutional overreach SILENCING our voices and freedom of speech.
Republicans are united in fighting back against Big Tech’s tyranny.
Millions of Americans will not be silenced!
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 6, 2021
She was quickly mocked.
elise, if you really want to get this right you’re gonna have to toss in a few ‘sad!’s and stuff.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 6, 2021
Twitter is a private company. How is their action an unconstitutional overreach?
— BKay (@brunkay27) May 6, 2021
Twitter is a private business, just like that baker you guys defended, the one who wouldn’t bake a cake for a gay couple. You know all this. But by all means, keep throwing red meat to the rabble.
— Sarah Freligh (@sfreligh) May 6, 2021
How is “Congress shall make no law” so unclear to people?
The Constitution restricts government, not citizens or their businesses. pic.twitter.com/7SlaEQwWHi
— Libertarian Party of Texas (@LPTexas) May 6, 2021
I regret to inform you that the private corporation unconstitutional tyrannical silencing knower-abouter has logged on
— Attorney@Law (@TheGlare_TM) May 6, 2021
Does anyone else hear the sound of incessant whining?!
Oh that’s right, it’s just time for Elise Stefanik’s daily tantrum.
— Upstaterino (@upstaterino) May 6, 2021
The Constitution only binds the government, not private business. You are in Congress, you should already know this
— Kenneth Heintz (@ktheintz) May 6, 2021
‘That’s Not Normal’: DeSantis Signs Voter Suppression Bill Into Law – Bars All Local News but Gives Fox ‘Exclusive’
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis Thursday morning signed a voter suppression bill into law that massively restricts access to the ballot box, following the lead of Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp. DeSantis, a Trump acolyte rumored to be a possible vice presidential choice should the former president decide and be able to run in 2024, barred all local news outlets from covering the event for Florida citizens.
— Madeline Montgomery (@MadelineTV) May 6, 2021
Reporters waiting outside DeSantis event in West Palm. We are being told it’s a Fox News exclusive and private ticketed event. Expecting him to sign controversial elections law today but won’t be able to show you @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/z15QXAE5Cx
— Danielle Waugh (@DanielleCBS12) May 6, 2021
But the Florida Governor did allow one media entity to broadcast the signing: Fox News, as Media Matters’ Matthew Gertz notes:
Definitely not a GOP propaganda network just the network getting exclusive access to a Republican governor’s signing ceremony for a bill to curtail voting so he can do it during a live Fox & Friends interview. pic.twitter.com/2FQp0zqxVQ
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 6, 2021
Jay O’Brien, reporter for CBS12 News covering Florida politics:
We were a pool camera, assigned to feed this event to affiliates nationwide.
Now, the only camera will be Fox News
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) May 6, 2021
This isn’t a story about the press being locked out of an event. It’s about Floridians who had their eyes and ears in that room cut off. @GovRonDeSantis signed a law today that will impact ALL Floridians. And only some viewers were allowed to see it.
That’s not normal.
— Jay O’Brien (@jayobtv) May 6, 2021
Voting rights expert, Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, called the move “extremely telling.”
It’s extremely telling that DeSantis claims new Florida voter suppression law intended to boost “election integrity” but barred all media except Fox News from covering bill signing. It was a Fox & Friends “exclusive” pic.twitter.com/NLLPEMcHmj
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) May 6, 2021
Here’s DeSantis signing the bill on Fox News:
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) just signed the state’s new restrictive voting bill live on Fox News (after barring local press from the bill’s signing). pic.twitter.com/hR2ZXooABy
— The Recount (@therecount) May 6, 2021
Reporters caught DeSantis exiting the hotel through a back door. He bragged about him signing the bill on “national news.”
There goes the Governor. He Said the event wasn’t secret, “it was on national news” pic.twitter.com/YWs82cDPjB
— Danielle Waugh (@DanielleCBS12) May 6, 2021
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