OK is the Answer

New Mexico’s Supreme Court recently ruled that Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin must, I repeat, MUST photograph a particular couple. The Huguenin’s run a photography business in that state, and they’ve since found out that although it was their sweat, blood, and tears, along their many house of hard work and sacrifice for their business, the State gets to tell them what they can do with it.

cameraProbably because of all the hard work, the State put in helping the couple’s venture. You know, like making them pay the fees for the paperwork needed to open their business, charging them exorbitant taxes to operate that business, get the numerous permits required to run a commercial establishment, purchase additional licensing, things like that.

Oh, and why are the Huguenin’s being forced to photograph this particular couple and pay thousands of dollars in court fees following the decision?

They’re lesbians.

Yep. According to the State of New Mexico, a business can’t refuse to serve a gay couple – in this case, take their picture – because it would violate that states discrimination policy. Never mind that the Huguenin’s are a Christians and hold their faith to the highest degree, so much so that they have since shut down that business that they worked so hard to get off the ground. Yes, they felt so strongly about their faith, they chose to serve their God rather than compromise faith at the demand of New Mexico.

Never mind also that according to the state of New Mexico, the state of New Mexico can refuse to give a gay couple the right to marry. That’s right. Hard working Americans can’t discriminate because of their sacred beliefs, but New Mexico can because of its sacred cow – control!

(cue the Bolshevik theme song)

According to justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court,

“The Huguenins are free to . . . pray to the God of their choice . . . But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.”

That price? Freedom.

That’s right. Apparently, Mr. Bosson thinks that causing a gay couple the horrible inconvenience of having to go to another photographer is far more important than that silly ‘ol secondary thing we know as Liberty. Yes, that which our Revolutionary forebears fought and died for in the thousands, that which our Founders thought of so highly as to risk life, limb, and everything they hold dear, that isn’t as important as making sure a gay couple doesn’t have to consider the second number in the phonebook.

The Huguenin’s plan to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

How about Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In Oregon, a family-owned Christian bakery is under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries launched a formal discrimination investigation against the Christian family, I suppose to get them too to bow to the all-powerful State.

 Commissioner Brad Avakian told The Oregonian that he was committed to a fair and thorough investigation to determine whether the bakery discriminated against the lesbians.

“Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that folks have the right to discriminate,” he told the newspaper. “The goal is to rehabilitate. For those who do violate the law, we want them to learn from that experience and have a good, successful business in Oregon.”

Thanks, Brad. I’m sure with your help we can get these evil Christians to abandon their ridiculous beliefs in God. Hey, you might look for a few tips from Hitler on how to “rehabilitate” the faithful. He too wanted religion to become the ‘property’ of the government with the introduction of the Reich Church. He wrote in ‘Mein Kampf’ that

“antiquity was better than modern times because it did not know Christianity and syphilis.”

Go ahead and give it another read, just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It’s right there next to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

By the way, Obama wants to know if you’re done with it yet.

Denver baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, is facing possible jail time for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

 Phillips had a formal complaint filed against him by the Colorado Attorney General’s office.

(chipping away)

In Indianapolis, a family-owned business that makes cookies faced a discrimination investigation after they refused to make rainbow cookies for National Coming Out Day.

Lexington Kentucky T-shirt business, Hands on Originals, found itself at the center of a Human Rights Commission investigation after they refused to make T-shirts for a local gay rights organization. The commission sided with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

And what have we learned from all this, boys and girls? That there is a particular presumptive bias on the part of the State. And that presumptive bias is that homosexuality is an inborn human trait and not simply a choice in sexual preference.

After all, you can’t discriminate against a mere choice. You can only discriminate against a minority.

I like tall, fleshy, broad-hipped women with lots of body hair. I’m sure that’s a minority. Can I get anti-discrimination status for that?

By the way, that presumption has no solid scientific evidence whatsoever to back it up.

If I said I was born wanting to marry my sister, would I get the same respect and legally captious responses that the homosexual agenda gets?

Let’s shift gears for a second.

Oklahoma recently declared itself a Sovereign State. That’s right. Okalahoma can do what it wants, regardless of what the Feds say. Of course, within Constitutional limits. We carry guns, we check the DNA of illegal immigrants, we have the Ten Commandments at the front entrance of our state capitol, all to the delightful irritation of the Federal Government and the ACLU.

Ahhh yes, with a joyful thanks to our Framers and Founding Documents, we in Oklahoma raise an enthusiastic single digit salute to D.C., wishing them the best, but putting into practice THE RIGHT TO RUN OUR OWN HOUSE AS WE SEE FIT!

So, to photographers Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, Denver baker Jack Phillips, Melissa Sweet Cakes, and all of our fellow Americans that inhabit this quickly tyrannizing country, we say, move. Move to Okalahoma. Move to Oklahoma and breath once again the clear fresh air of freedom and liberty given to us by our forefathers with bold and brave bloodshed.

We have plenty of room, we practice old-time kindness and courtesy, and we’re not afraid to give our rambunctious little Liberals a good swift smack on the rump now and then when they get out of line.

Move. You won’t regret it.

Go Cowboys and Crimson and Crème.



About the Author

Joe Keck is a writer of horror, thriller, suspense, and other fiction, some poetry and music, with the occasional op-ed piece on current events, politics, and theology. Although born in Oklahoma, he was taken to Los Angeles when he was an infant, or as his mother described, "the ugliest little thing I've ever seen", and raised there on the West Coast. He considers himself to be far superior to most on the artistic merits of film and literature, seeing the vast majority of such to be well below adequate. He has four novels and many short stories to his credit, and hopes to one day have them published, promising to hold critics like himself in harsh derision. He's currently restoring a Jason 35 sailboat and plans to sail the world, writing horror stories, and marveling at the illustrative works of the Creator and His Divine story-telling imagery. You may Find Joe's Website at http://www.joekeck.com/

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