political correctness

Surfers Paradise Anglican Church’s raunchy road sign has jaws dropping

MANY people turn to the Lord for advice, but one Gold Coast church is preaching in an area you mightn’t expect they have a lot of expertise in. In towering letters outside their Surfers Paradise church, The Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit, a sign reads “FORGIVENESS IS SWALLOWING WHEN YOU’D RATHER SPIT”. The filthier minds might immediately go elsewhere, to an act the church doesn’t usually condone, but a spokesman at the church explained what it means. “You don’t open your mouth and yell at somebody, you close your mouth and swallow,” they said, confused as to why someone wouldn’t understand. “If you want to say something, keep your mouth closed for a bit. “Swallow it, don’t spit it out.” The sign was, ahem, erected by Reverend Mike Upton, who was on a day off today after a long, hard weekend of “preaching”. The sign has been met by incredulous locals who are having a laugh at the sign’s innocent gaffe, including Surfers Paradise “Member” of Parliament John-Paul Langbroek, who posted a selfie with the sign along with the caption “This will get the punters in …”. Mr Langbroek, a former dentist, said “As a dentist, maybe it’s a dental reference”. Heavily pregnant radio star Emily Jade O’Keeffe also commented “that’s a church I’d go to” So what do you reckon, naive mistake or genius marketing ploy? Either way, there will be more people getting down on their knees after seeing it. To pray, of course.

This story was from, ahem…”down under” in Australia..  Yeah..  You’re welcome.    🙂

Miss America dropping swimsuit competition

The Miss America Organization is dropping the swimsuit competition from its nationally televised broadcast, saying it will no longer judge contestants on their appearance. The competition began nearly 100 years ago in Atlantic City, New Jersey as a bathing beauty contest designed to keep tourists coming to the seaside resort in the weekend after Labor Day. But it has run into resistance to the swimsuit, and to a lesser extent, evening gown competitions, that had come by some to be seen as outdated. An email scandal last December in which former Miss America officials denigrated the intelligence, appearance and sex lives of former title winners led to a shake-up at the top, and the group’s top three leadership positions are now held by women. Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organization’s board of trustees, made the announcement Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “We’re not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you,” she said. Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes led to his departure, said the board has heard from potential contestants saying, “We don’t want to be out there in high heels and swimsuits.” “Guess what?” she said. “You don’t have to anymore.” Asked if she is worried the show’s television ratings might suffer because of the elimination of swimsuits, Carlson said she is not, adding that the swimsuit portion is not the highest rated section of the broadcast. Viewers seem to be more interested in the talent competition, she said. She also said the group will make changes to the evening wear portion of the competition, adding it will not judge women on their chosen attire. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that we care about,” she said. The changes will start with this year’s broadcast on Sept. 9. Carlson said the Miss America Organization will emphasize its role as a scholarship provider.

Gee, Gretchen… How nice.  Despite her assertions, the ratings for this will absolutely tank.  C’mon..  Let’s be honest..  Not a single (heterosexual) guy in America will watch it now, unless their wives/girlfriends have the remote that night.  Here at The Daily Buzz we’re honest and call it as we see it.  We don’t pander to the latest politically correct trend like the “#Metoo” movement.  We call bs when we hear it….and this is political correctness gone crazy.  Unreal…

Supreme Court sides with Christian baker in same-sex wedding cake case

The Supreme Court granted a limited victory Monday to a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple, finding the state showed fierce hostility toward his Christian beliefs when it ruled he broke the law with his refusal. The 7-2 decision sends the case back to Colorado with firm instructions to give Jack Phillips, the Christian baker, a fair hearing. But the ruling does not establish a First Amendment right to refuse services to same-sex couples, as Mr. Phillips and his conservative backers had hoped. Instead it suggests a road map for states such as Colorado, which have public accommodation laws, to use in evaluating cases like this one that pit First Amendment religious rights against anti-discrimination protections. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing the lead opinion in the case, said states can require people to serve all customers equally regardless of sexual orientation, as long as they justify it through law and not through animus toward religion. “The delicate question of when the free exercise of his religion must yield to an otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined in an adjudication in which religious hostility on the part of the state itself would not be a factor in the balance the state sought to reach,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “That requirement, however, was not met here,” he continued. “When the Colorado Civil Rights Commission considered this case, it did not do so with the religious neutrality that the Constitution requires.” The ruling also seemed to set limits on how far states can go in forcing non-discrimination. Justice Kennedy said a priest or minister cannot be forced to perform a marriage or ceremony his faith would not sanction. “When it comes to weddings, it can be assumed that a member of the clergy who objects to gay marriage on moral and religious grounds could not be compelled to perform the ceremony without denial of his or her right to the free exercise of religion. This refusal would be well understood in our constitutional order as an exercise of religion, an exercise that gay persons could recognize and accept without serious diminishment to their own dignity and worth,” he said.

And that’s more than fair enough!  This is an EXCELLENT ruling; a ruling in favor of the freedom of religion which has been under attack by the secular left in our country for far too long.  For more on this story, click on the text above.     🙂

New York City is latest to consider banning plastic straws altogether

This could be the last straw for New Yorkers. A bill to be introduced on Wednesday would ban plastic disposable straws in restaurants, bars and coffee shops across the Big Apple, and force businesses to adopt recyclable or reusable alternatives, The New York Times reported. If passed, New York City would become one of only a few major cities across the United States to ban plastic drinking straws, along with Miami Beach, Seattle and Malibu, the latter two of which will enact their new regulations come July. The bill would also reportedly ban coffee stirrers. “It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity; it’s more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments,” said Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., the bill’s main sponsor, the Times reported. Espinal also claimed Americans throw away an estimated 500 million straws per day, although that statistic was already called into question last month, after NBC News cited the same dubioius finding based on research from a 9-year-old boy’s phone survey. Espinal added that customers and business owners in New York City should learn to embrace “paper straws, aluminum straws and bamboo straws that are much safer for our environment.” Councilwoman and bill supporter Helen Rosenthal added that after plastic bags and bottles, straws “are the next thing that’s just taking up space in our oceans,” per the New York Daily News. The proposed bill would reportedly affect vendors who currently use plastic straws, across all businesses. Violators would be subjected to a $100 fine. A representative for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio could not confirm whether the politician supported the bill, but indicated that de Blasio is currently focused on legislation introduced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that would ban single-use plastic bags in the state, amNewYork reported.

The nanny-state is alive and well in NYC.  Don’t ya love these self-righteous, arrogant, extreme liberal Democrat politicians telling people that they can do without…straws?  Seriously?!?  Glad I don’t live there!  Typical liberals…Telling you that you’re too stupid, and that they know what’s best for you.  What a bunch of fascist Nazis..  Unreal..

Starnes: Remember when Starbucks just served over-priced, burnt coffee?

If you are in the mood for a high priced cup of coffee that tastes burnt – you’ll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks during a three-hour period Tuesday afternoon. More than 8,000 shops are shuttering for anti-bias training – an ill-conceived attempt to restore Starbucks’ tarnished liberal image. Last month, two black men were arrested in Philadelphia after they refused to leave one of the coffee chain’s stores and one was denied use of the restroom. The men, who said they were waiting for a friend, were sitting quietly but had not purchased so much as a latte. They were taking up space meant for paying customers. While police arrested the two men for trespassing, they were later released without charges and both the police and Starbucks apologized to them. Starbucks had every right to ask those men to order a beverage or food or leave the shop. It’s a place of business, not a public park. Nevertheless, the social justice warriors pounced – accusing the folks who wear the green aprons of racial profiling and discrimination. Instead of standing its ground, Starbucks threw their baristas under the roaster and offered a profuse apology. “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome – the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong,” CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in a meandering mea culpa. “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.” Starbucks vowed to treat every customers with “respect and dignity” – even if they don’t purchase an expensive cup of their bitter java. Tuesday’s anti-bias training features appearances by company executives along with the rapper named Common. Baristas are being encouraged to “open up about implicit biases and stereotypes in encountering people of color, gender or other identities.” Starbucks has no one to blame for this fiasco but itself. For decades Starbucks has been using its stores to promote social justice, but now it’s come back to bite ’em in the coffee bean. Remember back in 2015 when Starbucks ordered baristas to strike up conversations about race relations with customers? “So that’s one venti Veranda Blend Blonde Roast with extra cream. May I have your name, sir?” “Yes, thank you. It’s Todd.” “So, Tom – I’m curious – do you have a problem with Dark Roast?” “My name is Todd. Wait. What?” “And Ted, based on your defensive posture, I’m sensing some privilege, too. We can help with that.” From that day forward I began brewing Community Coffee. The beans are roasted by a family-owned company based in Louisiana. It’s a good cup of coffee, it costs less and best of all – no political agenda. There’s a lesson we can all learn from this Starbucks debacle. When a coffee house serves up a piping hot cup of politics – well – it’s going to end up frothing everybody’s latte.

Well said, Todd..  Veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes is responsible for that witty piece.  What Todd left out of this story was the back story.  Starbucks had a policy of asking loiterers to leave if they don’t something…and if they refuse, then the mgr is (or was) directed to call the police.  That’s exactly what happened here.  The mgr followed company policy to the letter.  It had NOTHING to do with race; which is how the dominantly liberal mainstream media has portrayed this story…and Starbucks has allowed it to be characterized as such.  So, instead of standing their perfectly reasonable ground, they threw their mgr under the bus, and bent over and grabbed their corporate ankles with this ridiculous mea culpa.  How embarrassing for their employees!  Anyway..  Todd is spot-on about Starbucks coffee..  It’s overpriced and bitter.  It’s the scourge of the coffee shop industry (or the “Borg” for you Trekies).  But, people go there in droves like zombies.  In the interest of full disclosure, I sometimes find myself biting my lip (or pinching my nose) and going in real quick, as they’re everywhere.  But, I prefer the ma and pa shops that are cheaper and better.  So, support your local coffee shop and avoid the silliness that is Starbucks.

Starnes: Boy Scouts to Provide Condoms at World Scout Jamboree

I’ve received lots of email over the past few days – regarding news reports that the Boy Scouts are going to provide condoms at next year’s World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Lots of very concerned moms and dads wanted to know if the reports were accurate or if it was a case of fake news. I reached out to the Boy Scouts and they told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that while it is not their policy – condoms would indeed be made available at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. “Given that the vast majority of the attendees, adults and youth, male and female, will be from all over the world, the 2019 World Scout Jamboree host countries arranged with (World Organization of Scout Movement) so that the host facility could adhere to the existing health requirements developed to address the needs of international health norms in a manner more aligned with local practices by making condoms available through the medical facilities,” a BSA spokesperson told me via email. The World Organization of Scout Movement handbook mandates that the group hosting the world jamboree “must ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants” on location. And since the Boy Scouts of America happen to be one of the co-hosts of the event – they must follow the WOSM’s policy. Conservative family groups denounced the policy calling it outrageous and dangerous. “What kind of fire are the Boy Scouts teaching kids to start?” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins asked. “After barely surviving the clash with parents over same-sex scouting, the century-old group now seems intent on traveling the path to complete irrelevance.” John Stemberger, the chairman of the Christian scouting group Trail Life USA, wondered “how far down the rabbit hole the Boy Scouts will continue to fall.” “The World Jamboree is starting to sound more like a 1960s Woodstock festival rather than a campout that parents would want to send their children to,” Stemberger said. “All of this should be deeply disturbing to the churches that are chartering Boy Scout troops.” That’s why thousands of parents have pulled their sons out of the Boy Scouts and embraced faith-friendly organizations like Trail Life USA. It’s been a slippery slope for the Boy Scouts. They’ve tossed aside their storied legacy for the sake of political correctness. They’ve sacrificed their values to satisfy the sex and gender revolutionaries. And now the Boy Scouts are about to frolic in the woods of West Virginia with an unlimited supply of condoms. I can only imagine the merit badges for that – although it might have to be pixilated.

HAHA!  No kidding, Todd!  Veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes is responsible for that deeply disturbing piece.  Both my older brother and I were Boy Scouts, and in their elite “Order of the Arrow” organization….back when it actually meant something.  Thank God we didn’t have this sort of nonsense back then.  What happened to the Boy Scouts?  Unreal..

NFL national anthem policy stirs reaction as 49ers owner says he abstained

A decision from NFL owners requiring players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” if they are on the field when the anthem is played triggered intense reaction from supporters and opponents Wednesday, as one owner revealed that he abstained from the vote. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously at the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News in an email that San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York was the only abstention. “I want to work with my team to make sure everything we do is about promoting the right types of social justice reform and getting to a better America,” said York, who added that he planned to meet with his players to discuss the new policy. New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson told Newsday that he voted for the new policy because “I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint.” “[Y]ou have to understand that the plan we ended up with … was vastly less onerous than the one that was presented to me late last week,” said Johnson, who added that the team would not fine or suspend any players who choose to stay in the locker room while the anthem is played. “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players,” he said. “Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. “If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.” York said other initiatives were in the works, including a suspension of all concessions sales during the national anthem. “If we want to be sacrosanct, if we want to honor the flag, we’ve got to make sure we go through a litany of things,” he said. “We’re not going to force people to stand in their seats, but we’re certainly going to make sure we’re not profiting during that two or three minutes of time during the game.” York’s 49ers kicked off the protest debate during the 2016 season when quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench when the anthem was played, then got down on one knee as a protest against police brutality. Other players took up the cause, and the gesture carried on during the 2017 season even after Kaepernick left the 49ers and failed to land a job with another team. Kaepernick and Eric Reid, a former 49ers teammate and fellow protester, have filed collusion grievances against the NFL. The controversy even reached the White House, with President Trump telling supporters in September 2017: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out, he’s fired.'” Vice President Mike Pence, who left a game between the 49ers and Indianapolis Colts this past October after some 49ers knelt during the anthem, tweeted a link to a news story about the policy change with the phrase, “#Winning.” Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, also tweeted about the story, saying he was “STILL NOT SICK OF WINNING!!!!”

This new policy certainly isn’t perfect.  But, it’s a step in the right direction.  So, we applaud the owners (the majority of them) for supporting this step.  For more on this story, click on the text above.