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Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson spoke about his state's controversial new religious freedom bill, saying that he's asked for changes to be made and that he wants the bill to mirror federal law.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds his daily, on-the-record press briefing to discuss issues affecting the Obama Administration including the pending bill in Arkansas similar to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's (R) 2000 congressional campaign website shows an apparent anti-gay bias that presaged his signing of an a "religious freedom" bill, which critics say protects business owners who religiously object to serving same-sex couples.Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski surfaced an archived version of the campaign website on Tuesday amid continued fallout from Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.As TPM previously reported, Pence has a long history of fighting against gay rights. But the the governor's old website for his campaign for Congress shows a platform that took a much more hard-line stance against the LGBT rights movement than Pence seems to advocate today. Congress should oppose marriage equalityPence has long defined marriage as between a man and a woman, although he's avoided saying anything as inflammatory about traditional versus same-sex marriage as some other prominent Republicans have.However, Pence's 2000 campaign platform stated that "Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with homosexual marriage."That statement is in line with Pence's vow to not recognize same-sex marriages in Indiana after a federal court order struck down the state's gay marriage ban. But his belief that homosexual and heterosexual marriages are unequal was voiced in much stronger terms on the campaign website.Congress should oppose laws protecting gays from discriminationPence in a news conference Tuesday called for legislation clarifying that the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't allow for discrimination against anyone.But the 2000 campaign platform disavowed protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination."Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homsexual's [sic] as a 'discreet and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and minorities," the website read.Congress should support programs for gays who want to change their sexual orientationPence's platform also appeared to urge Congress to re-evaluate federal funding for needy HIV patients' treatment over concerns about homosexuality."Congress should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus," the website read. "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior."It's unclear to which institutions Pence was referring. The United Nations' Committee Against Torture expressed concern last year that 48 states allow so-called "ex-gay" or conversion therapy programs aimed at turning gay youth straight.Gays shouldn't be allowed to serve in the militaryAs TPM previously noted, Pence argued against repealing the U.S. military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy under which LGBT service members were barred from serving openly.Pence went further in his 2000 campaign platform on military reform, calling for an end to LGBT individuals serving in the military altogether."Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion," the platform read.
Immediately after Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced that he was sending a controversial religious freedom bill back to the state legislature, the mayor of Sacramento said Hutchinson did the right thing. Kudos to Gov @AsaHutchinson for asking for changes in #HB1228. Big win for inclusion and diversity in Arkansas.— Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson) April 1, 2015Hutchinson, at a press conference on Wednesday, said he asked the state legislature to make changes to the legislation so that it more closely mirrored the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) defended his decision to sign a much-criticized religious freedom bill into law he repeatedly referred to Democrats supporting the federal version of the law. Opponents argue that that law is designed to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. Pence has been under widespread criticism by businesses with national stakes in Indiana for signing the law. Some of those figures, like Apple CEO Tim Cook, warned Arkansas to not copy Indiana and quickly sign a religious freedom bill into law.
Within two weeks of announcing his candidacy for president, Ted Cruz's support among Republican voters has jumped by double digits in a new poll. The Texas senator's support rose from 5 percent to 16 percent in a little over a month, according to a national survey of 443 national Republican primary voters released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling.That puts him in "top tier of GOP contenders," PPP concluded, coming in third place behind Scott Walker, who led with 20 percent, and Jeb Bush, who had 17 percent.Notably, Walker's support fell from 25 percent, while Bush's support stayed at 17 percent — a sign that Cruz may be siphoning support from the Wisconsin governor.Behind Cruz were Ben Carson and Rand Paul tied with 10 percent; Marco Rubio and Mike Huckabee tied with 6 percent; Chris Christie with 4 percent and Rick Perry with 3 percent.Cruz announced his candidacy at the evangelical Liberty University on March 23.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has decided not to sign the religious freedom bill the Republican legislature sent to his desk a day earlier. Instead, Hutchinson said at a press conference on Wednesday, he would send the bill back to the state legislature to amend it so it better reflects the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Hutchinson's move means that he's not directly following the path of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) who signed a controversial religious freedom bill in his state and has been the target of nationwide criticism by opponents of the new law who argue that it essentially allows businesses to discriminate against gay people. "The bill that is on my desk at the present time does not mirror the federal law," Hutchinson said. "It doesn't mirror it in a couple of ways, particularly allowing the First Amendment to be asserted in the private litigation between parties or reliance on the state law in those claims. Therefore I asked that changes be made in the legislation and I've asked that the leaders in the General Assembly to recall the bill so that it can be amended to reflect the terms of the federal legislative Freedom and Restoration Act."Hutchinson noted that his son signed a petition asking him to veto the bill. "My son Seth, signed the petition asking me, Dad, the governor, to veto this bill," Hutchinson said. A number of national figures and businesses, including Walmart and Apple CEO Tim Cook as well as Hillary Clinton urged Hutchinson to veto the bill. Like IN law, AR bill goes beyond protecting religion, would permit unfair discrimination against #LGBT Americans. I urge Governor to veto.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 1, 2015Hutchinson's move means he doesn't have to face the possibility that the state legislature can use its ability to override a veto of the bill. It also means Hutchinson won't immediately face the massive backlash that Pence saw.
WASHINGTON — First it was conservative bloggers at Powerline and PJ Media. Then Rush Limbaugh picked it up. Then a Breitbart News investigation uncovered "facts" that purported to debunk the official story of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) eye injury. Such is the genesis of one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories that has recently caught fire in the conservative media ecosystem. Reid's gruesome exercising accident in late December — which left him with visible bruises on his face and a rotating series of patches and sunglasses to cover his badly injured right eye — was no accident, the theory goes. No, he must've been beaten up by the Las Vegas mobsters he's ostensibly in league with.The injuries were sustained in late December while Reid was exercising at his home in Henderson, Nevada, after an elastic band snapped and caused him to fall and break several ribs and bones in his face, according to the senator and his office.Breitbart's "investigation" published Tuesday became an instant social media sensation, earning savage mockery from reporters — and Reid's own staff — for its speculative assessment which lacked evidence for its far-reaching theory."The main problem with the mobster theory is that it completely overlooks the critical role played by the Yeti," Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in an email.He added on Twitter:@AJentleson by "the bastards" does he mean the mob WHAT ARE YOU HIDING— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) March 31, 2015His senior adviser Faiz Shakir also chimed in. After the mob hit, I told @AJentleson and @KristenOrthman that we should say it was slippery tiles. They wanted to do "exercise bands."— Faiz (@fshakir) March 31, 2015Everything you need to know about conserative "journalism": dogged in pursuit of idiocy RT @JGreenDC: oh wow http://t.co/P7Lol0CbkV— Faiz (@fshakir) March 31, 2015The Breitbart story came after John Hinderaker wrote at Powerline that a "friend" in Las Vegas "talked to a number of people there" about Reid's injuries and that the "common assumption was that the incident resulted, in some fashion, from Reid’s relationship with organized crime. The principal rumor my friend heard was that Reid had promised to obtain some benefit for a group of mobsters."Limbaugh, who commands a radio audience of millions, asked on his show Friday, "Does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine?""I don't believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it," he said. "Harry Reid looks like and is acting like — and now with this announcement, behaving like — somebody who may have been beaten up. Nobody … I’ve never seen anybody have an accident with an exercise machine that ends up suffering symptoms much like Harry Reid’s for as long as Harry Reid has."The accident cost Reid the vision in his right eye at least temporarily, and doctors don't know if he'll get it back.
Fox News host and Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson said on Tuesday that critics of Indiana's divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act are as intolerant as "jihadis." "All the talk of tolerance that a lot of us sort of took at face value in the ‘90s and even in the last decade — 'Why can’t all of us get along; you accept me, I’ll accept you' — they didn’t mean it at all," Carlson said during a panel discussion about the law on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier." "These are absolutists. These are jihadis," he said. "These are people who want to make you obey," he continued. "They don’t brook any opposition to their worldview at all. They will crush you."'Fellow panelist and conservative commentator George Will seconded Carlson, saying that gay-rights supporters have abandoned tolerance for "the old belief that whatever isn’t forbidden must be mandatory."Watch below via Media Matters:
Reason editor-in-chief Nick Gillespie conducted a fake interview with President Obama on Tuesday, testing the limits of libertarian humor on April Fools' Day. Following in the footsteps of an earlier gag by conservative author and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza, Gillespie chopped up stock footage of Obama to make him appear clueless."Barack, why don't you tell us just a big, fat lie?" Gillespie said with a frown."This is the most transparent administration in history," Obama responded.For extra fun, Reason ran a "preview" of an interview with Joe Biden, in which it manipulated footage of Biden failing to count to ten as Gillespie mugged for the camera.Watch the clip, courtesy of Reason:
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) is addressing his state's religious freedom bill headed to his desk during a press conference on Wednesday. It's unclear whether Hutchinson will sign the bill into law given the backlash Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) received for signing similar legislation in his state. Watch Hutchinson here:
Here's a fascinating look at the Victorian origins of that seemingly ultimate 21st century thing, the "personal brand."
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) argued in a brief filed to the Supreme Court last week that his state's ban on gay marriage is not discriminatory because it does not allow gay or straight people to marry people of the same sex."Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral. Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law," Beshear's lawyer, Leigh Gross Latherow, wrote in the brief. Dan Canon, the lawyer for the gay couples challenging Kentucky's ban, told the Courier Journal that Kentucky's argument is "absurd.""Kentucky is in essence saying that our clients are precluded from marriage entirely, unless they change their sexual orientation (or simply marry someone to whom they are not attracted)," Canon wrote in an email.Kentucky has also argued that it has an economic interest in banning same sex marriage because such a ban would promote procreation by heterosexual couples.The Supreme Court will consider this year whether state bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional.H/t Mediaite
In 1836, moralist A.B. Muzzey wrote, “Character is like stock in trade; the more of it a man possesses, the greater are his facilities for making additions to it.”But in 1844, Henry Ward Beecher warned of “the fashionable idler, whose riches defeat every object for which God gave him birth.” This new man of the era “has a fine form, and manly beauty, and the chief end of life is to display it. With notable diligence he ransacks the market for rare and curious fabrics, for costly seals, and chains, and rings. A coat poorly fitted is the unpardonable sin of his creed.”What you are reading is the Victorian version of a personal brand—and the anxieties that come with it. Today, “personal brand” is a wry colloquialism for the way we present ourselves through speech and commodities, especially online. The implication is that in late capitalism, identity is marketing. In 2010, Hipster Runoff repeatedly wrote about the value of “fly ass sneakers and bloggable jeans,” and their accompanying ennui: “I just wish I had something that 'set me apart' from the crowd without being a deformity.”But personal brands, in essence if not in parlance, predate social media by almost two hundred years. The Victorians, who are woefully misunderstood, were big on personal brands because it appealed to their anxieties about authenticity in a newly expanded and hyperstrategic world.The phrase itself is a modern invention; its first use was probably Tom Peters’s 1997 article in Fast Company, “The Brand Called You.” In it, Peters floated the concept of personal branding as a neo-resume. “We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc.,” he wrote. Though the term has evolved, Peters delineated some important features of the personal brand. “Everyone has a chance to stand out,” he insisted. And, “When everybody has email and anybody can send you email, how do you decide whose messages you’re going to read and respond to first…? The answer: personal branding.” Peters’ inchoate “personal brand” echoes two key features shared by both the aughts’ iteration and the Victorians’ de facto version: Personal brands are born of rapidly expanded spheres of communication, and they’re democratic—anyone can have a great brand. Genece Hamby’s 2001 consultancy “Personal Branding D.N.A.” highlights another preoccupation of personal branding that’s been around since the Victorian era: “What is genuinely real and authentic about you?” she asks.“The cult of sincerity” was about having the world’s most authentic personal brand.The historian Karen Halttunen has written about the Victorians’ personal branding as the product of an intermediate phase between the pre-modern and modern societies. (The precursor to this theory is a famous essay by historian Warren Susman, who argues that 19th century agrarian society prioritized character, whereas modern economies, with their movie stars and salesmen, value personality and commodity consumption.) Halttunen doesn’t refer to the term “personal branding,” but to “reputation.” Still, the Victorian sense of reputation was uncannily similar to the social media neologism. Like our “personal brand,” Victorian “reputation” used capitalist metaphors, struggled to be purely authentic, and described itself as individualistic and egalitarian. Thus moralist A.B. Muzzey’s insistence that “Character is like a stock in trade.”And like us, the Victorians were wracked with anxieties about their own honesty. From the 1830s to the turn of the century the market for advice literature on how best to be sincere positively boomed. These conduct manuals and magazine articles covered not just sincerity in conversation, but also clothing choice, letter-writing, even bodily comportment. This historical phase has since been labeled “the cult of sincerity.” It was like having the world’s most authentic personal brand: In Victorian moralist David Magie’s words, it urged “a faithful correspondence between the heart and the lips, the feelings and the words, the inward consciousness and the outward expression.”The cult of sincerity’s emergence probably comes down to the rise of the urban middle class. As young men flocked to the cities, anonymity became a source of angst—particularly in the United States, which lacked an entrenched class system. Hence began the era of the con man: Strangers were physically, financially and morally suspect, and new urban transplants were easily fooled. Apocryphal tales warned, “The moment the inexperienced youth sets his foot on the sidewalk of the city, he is marked and watched by eyes that he never dreamed of. The boy who cries his penny-paper, and the old woman at her table professedly selling a few apples and a little gingerbread, are not all who watch him.”The absence of standardized ID didn’t help. Although administrative systems began to regulate ID between 1400 and 1600, these systems were usually informal and specific to small subgroups like travelers, criminals or slaves. Before ID cards, people were usually identified on the basis of royal insignia, letters of recommendation, accents, baptismal records, physical marks (e.g. moles), or, in the case of criminals and slaves, punitive scars and metal brands.But as language standardized and prison replaced other punishments like whipping, these ID methods fell out of favor. And fashion eroded traditional identification even further. Before the 19th century, fashion could usually be counted on to describe class. But as textile weaving mechanized and labor was divided into its simplest parts, clothing ceased to reliably indicate class.Thus, reputation satiated a need. Reputation, grounded in character, would cut down on con men running amok in the big city.Since reputation was intangible and subject to change, advice literature abounded on how best to manage it. The moralist William Alcott (second cousin once removed to Louisa May) wrote in 1834, “[T]he impressions which a person’s first appearance make upon the minds of those around him are deep and permanent.” Most of this 1830s advice literature didn’t advise young men on reputation for the sake of good character itself, but as a tool for success, either in career or as social climbers.Within the cult of sincerity, moralists urged Victorians to manipulate cues like facial expression, fashion, hygiene and motor tics to provide insight into the person’s inner nature. This isn’t so different from today’s personal brand: speech, body type and tastes in things like fashion and music can all be carefully selected to encourage the baring of one’s soul. Taste was then, as now, an index of character—if it was sincere.Victorians worried deeply that, despite their best efforts, they were implicit con men themselves: hypocrites. The obsession with reputation presented a conundrum: Young men were advised to manage their reputations to be successful in the city, but if they managed too much, they’d become inauthentic—what advice literature called “the mere surface of character.” This still stands: social media-savvy celebrities like Lena Dunham can seem so determined to convey transparency that they raise our hackles, and adorkable Zooey Deschanel types appear hyperauthentic—and thus not authentic at all.The concern for sincerity was so intense that it outweighed politesse. Even white lies were a major offense. A short story called “The Fatal Cosmetic,” published in 1839 in the middle-class fashion magazine Godey’s Ladies Book, described the accidental murder of a friend as a consequence of verbal and cosmetic hypocrisy. The story’s villain is Mary Ellis, a hypocrite who dared to flatter a mediocre pianist. Mary Ellis’s lies escalate—she breaks a mirror and denies it, the lout—and eventually she accidentally poisons someone with her concealer. “Let those who consider a white lie a venial offense…reflect on the consequences of Mary Ellis’s moral delinquency and tremble at the view,” the narrator concludes.Reputation would cut down on con men running amok in the big city.The specifics are alien, stereotypically “Victorian,” even. But the anxiety about truth-telling is relatable to anyone who’s had a Twitter, Facebook or Instagram profile; why else would stories about falsifying your social life online be so popular?Other transparency techniques are more familiar. Between 1836 and 1856 the cult of sincerity obsessed over fashion—just like modern-day practitioners of authenticity. Fashion was considered highly superficial, yet it was supposed to convey essential truths. Godey’s Ladies Book wrote, “It is always the mark of a weak mind, if not a bad heart to hear a person praise or blame another on the ground alone that they are handsome or homely.” (Do I hear a tinge of feminist websites like Rookie?) Then, as now, an authentic personal brand flouts the superficiality of fashion while paradoxically adhering to cutting-edge trends.Because facial expression was a node of Victorian sincerity, from 1836 to 1856 fashion did its part to highlight the face. The frilliness of the Romantic era evolved into the vertical lines of sentimental fashion. Sleeves became tight, the neckline simplified. Rouge and concealer became déclassé. Hairstyles shrunk; trendy hair was a simple bonnet or a knot “a la Madonna”—meaning parted at the middle—arranged below the crown of the head. And primary colors were abandoned in favor of muted tertiaries like lavender, tan, silver blue and grey.Letter-writing was also an important ground for sincere sentimentality. Advice manuals provided countless samples of properly sincere letters, almost all of which were formulaic despite their supposed authenticity. (Sincere social media today tends to follow formula, too.) Victorians were advised to profess love, affection, friendship, sympathy, fidelity, attachment and regard. Successful epistolarians avoided big words, used good paper and kept handwriting tidy. Then, as now, Myspace-like clutter would have been unacceptable.The Victorians weren’t blind to the ironies of their ideology. The cult of sincerity was, among other things, a response to an earlier era of Romanticism and latter-day sentimentalists worried there was a thin line between extreme candor and the Romantics’ “gushing,” the popular term for Romantic women’s cultivated emotional expressiveness. Short stories and essays fretted about how to distinguish between emotion and affectation.One such story, published in 1838 in Godey’s, features the Romantic antagonist Rosabelle, who reveals her own hypocrisy by expressing friendship for the story’s heroine too quickly. Later, Rosabelle confirms her falsity through inauthentic dress. Although she had little regard for her father in life, she wears a veil after her father’s passing. These anxieties mirror our own worries about over-emoting online; the wrong kinds of expressiveness can be gauche (Romantic instead of sentimental). Then, as now, affect and affectation were uncomfortably but intrinsically jumbled.Like the Victorians, we want to be luminous—but never artificial.The rise of the urban middle class also precipitated the middle class’ fear of social muddiness. In the United States, the middle class preened itself for its distinction from European aristocracy. One reason Godey’s positioned itself against fashion was to resist the pull of European trend setting. Like personal branding, sentimental fashion had to be a reflection of the soul—distinct from arbitrary trends. The middle class also needed to distinguish itself from the lower class, the latter of which had developed real social mobility thanks to the erosion of traditional forms of ID and proto-fast fashion. Until the mid-19th century, clothing was a nearly infallible index of social class. “Ready-made” clothing got its start in the Victorian era with textile mass production and rationalized tailoring. Ready-made menswear, and eventually womenswear, was cut to a generic outline and sewn more closely at a later date, which facilitated mass production. And then there was the new population of lower-class working women, many of whom reserved their paychecks for flashy clothing and accessories. One middle-class woman complained, “Alas! How very sadly the world has changed! The time was when the lady could be distinguished from the no-lady by her dress…Even gold watches are now no sure indication—for they have been worn by the lowest, even by ‘many of the factory girls.’”For the cult of sincerity, transparency was the opposite of flashiness. The Victorian middle class leveraged complicated sentimental trends against the upper and lower classes in order to firm up its own identity. Ability to navigate these trends was a behavioral shibboleth—and a rationalization of the middle class’ rejection of gaudiness. Likewise, personal brands today are finnicky, frequently cleave along class and race lines (rich college kids in workmen’s shirts, for instance, or social media pockets like “black twitter”), and purport to be simple, effortless—in the style of, say, a button-down or moccasin flown in not-so-simply from across the globe.Much as we’d hate to admit it, we’re shockingly similar to the Victorians. We worry about the same things: authenticity; taste; new technology; race, sex, and class; unbalanced markets; the effects of a rapidly expanding social universe. It’s an uncomfortable thought, because we’ve sunk so much energy in sexual liberation, but we’ve also got a Puritan streak. We want labor and commodities to cleanse us. And, like the Victorians, we want to be luminous—but never artificial. It’s a delicate balance.Contrary to cliché, the Victorians were not proponents of mere artifice. Authenticity for them, as with us, was at a premium, even as they spent inordinate amounts of time managing their reputations through writing, fashion, music and art. We’re not identical: although the Victorians used commercial metaphors like our “personal brand” to elegize and criticize reputation management, their strategies didn’t have the same sardonic tone that characterizes the term “personal brand” today. (They weren’t employing tildes when they talked about reputation.) It’s tempting to frame the rise of “personal branding” as a dubious side effect of forever crafting our best selves. But ultimately personal branding wasn’t hatched from social media. It’s been with us for at least a century and a half as the curious byproduct of Puritan sentimentality and modern life.Johannah King-Slutzky is a blogger and essayist from New York City.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) plans to hold a press conference at 11:30 EST to discuss a religious freedom bill headed to the state legislature. Hutchinson's press conference, announced by his office, on Wednesday follows the Arkansas legislature passing its own version of the controversial religious freedom bill Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed into law March 26. While Pence was adamant about his intentions to sign the Indiana bill, Hutchinson has been more opaque about his intention. He appeared to have had reservations over an earlier version of the bill, but, according to The New York Times, said recently that he would sign a bill similar to those that had passed in other states. That statement came despite backlash from major national companies now directing some of the negative attention from Indiana's controversial bill at Arkansas. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged Hutchinson not to veto his religious freedom bill. Walmart, the retail giant headquartered in Arkansas, has called on Hutchinson to veto it. One important difference between Arkansas and Indiana is that even if Hutchinson does choose to veto the bill, the state legislature has strong override powers which it could use to force the bill into law regardless of Hutchinson's veto.
Ciritics of Indiana's anti-gay "religious freedom" bill flooded an Indiana pizzeria's Yelp page with negative reviews Wednesday after its owners reportedly said they would never cater a same-sex wedding. Crystal O'Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., told local TV station WBND that their religious beliefs would prevent them from catering a same-sex wedding if they were asked to do so. The family later clarified that they would never refuse service to a gay couple who came into the restaurant to eat.Backlash to O'Connor's comments was swift on the pizzeria's Yelp page, where users uploaded photos of nude or scantily clad men. Users from all over the world who had never visited the establishment, as well as a few locals who had, also criticized the restaurant's food and the owner's attitude."Worst pizza I have ever had regardless of the side of bigotry that comes along with it," a user from Granger, Ind. wrote in a review."Never have been to your establishment and now never will," another user from Minneapolis wrote. "I hope your blatant example of discrimination closes your doors for good. Shame on you.""Even outside of this issue, the pizza and service SUCKS!" a user from Crown Point, Ind. wrote.The restaurant had only two reviews before its owners reportedly spoke with WBND about the new law. Those reviews were decidedly more positive."The beef sandwich is fabulous and their personal chicken pizzas are to die for!" a user from Fort Wayne, Ind. wrote in 2013."Stopped on our way thru on the way home from Chicago. We both had a $3 6 inch unlimited topping pizza. Really good~ Would stop again," a user from Portland, Ore. wrote in 2012.Read more of the reviews below: Screenshots via Yelp.
Comedian and native Hoosier David Letterman during his show Tuesday night tore into Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) for signing the state's divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. "This is not the Indiana I remember as a kid," Letterman said during a serious moment on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman." "I lived there for 27 years, and folks were folks, and that’s all there was to it," he said. "We all breathed the same air, we were all carbon-based life forms. We didn’t care." "This guy throws a monkey wrench into the works," Letterman continued. "Something's gone haywire." "It may be legal, but it ain’t right," he said. Letterman then launched into a Top Ten list of "Guys Indiana Governor Mike Pence Looks Like."Watch below, courtesy of "Late Show."h/t Washington Post
Indiana pizzeria vows to never deliver a pizza to a gay wedding.
A family that owns an Indiana pizzeria reportedly said Tuesday that the state's new "religious freedom" law protects their right to deny some service to gay couples. Crystal O'Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., told local TV station WBND that their Christian beliefs would prevent them from catering a same-sex couple's wedding.“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no,” O'Connor told the news station.Both O'Connor and her father, Kevin, told WBND that they supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R). After widespread backlash from the business community, Pence called for legislation to clarify that the law does not allow businesses to deny service to anyone.O'Connor told WBND that she doesn't believe the law allows for discrimination or specifically targets gays.But her father suggested that the family shouldn't be punished for refusing to cater same-sex weddings if they were asked to do so."That's a lifestyle that you choose," Kevin O'Connor told WBND. "I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head because they choose that lifestyle?"The family later clarified for the news station that they would not deny service to a same-sex or non-Christian couple who came to eat at the restaurant.Watch below via WBND:ABC57 News - See the Difference Michiana
Former Vice President Dick Cheney told a crowd of Republicans on Tuesday night that the Obama administration has been the worst in 70 years, according the Wall Street Journal. The administration has been “the most damaging, certainly, since World War II,” Cheney said at an event hosted by the conservative Young America’s Foundation in New Jersey.Cheney lambasted Obama's foreign policy decisions during the 30-minute speech, saying that he expected the Iranian nuclear negotiations to fail and arguing that America's traditional allies in the region have lost “all lost faith and confidence” in the U.S.“We have a terrible situation now. We need leadership to turn it around,” Cheney said.
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday brought on conservative activist and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza to dismiss the controversy over Indiana's religious freedom law that may permit discrimination against gay people.Hannity argued that the backlash to the bill was simply "selective political moral outrage" on the left. "Gays and lesbians, they might disagree with me on gay marriage, or they might disagree with somebody — a religious person as it relates to their Christian views, but why are they so silent on the bigger issues of the day, which would be taking on radical Islamists?" Hannity asked, noting that gay people and women are mistreated under Sharia Law. "Virtual silence from these groups that are so outraged and indignant over a law that Bill Clinton supported in ’93 and Barack Obama supported."D'Souza then explained that opposition to the Indiana law "is a selective attack on Christianity.""Not only do you not see the left talking about gays and lesbians abroad, but even at home, you’ll rarely find homosexuals trying to force a Muslim baker to bake a cake for a gay wedding," D'Souza said.Hannity then asked why there hasn't been "outrage as a group speaking out against Sharia law and women not being able to vote or drive in Saudi Arabia or not being able to leave their own homes without a male relative.""If they were to mount a strong attack on radical Islam and its treatment of gays and lesbians, that would strengthen American foreign policy," D'Souza responded. "That would make the case for more U.S. involvement or intervention. They don’t want that."D'Souza pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance law last year and was sentenced to five years of probation.Watch the clip via D'Souza's YouTube page:H/t Mediaite
The CEO of Walmart on Tuesday called for the governor of Arkansas to veto the religious freedom bill passed by the state's legislature on Tuesday, which may allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.The legislation in Arkansas is similar to the controversial law signed last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R). “Every day in our stores, we see firsthand the benefits diversity and inclusion have on our associates, customers and communities we serve. It all starts with our core basic belief of respect for the individual," Walmart CEO Doug McMillion said in a statement on Twitter. "Today’s passage of HB1228 threatens to undermine the spirit of inclusion present throughout the state of Arkansas and does not reflect the values we proudly uphold."Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) had been concerned about an earlier version of the Arkansas bill, but said recently that he would sign the bill if it "reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states."
The coaches of University of Connecticut's basketball team will not attend the Final Four games in Indianapolis this week due to Indiana's controversial religious freedom law that may allow discrimination against gay people.Although University of Connecticut did not make the Final Four, head coach Kevin Ollie and his assistant coaches were set to attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention in Indianapolis. Since the university receives state funding, the school's president had to abide by Gov. Dan Malloy's (D) ban on state funded travel to Indiana, according to the Hartford Courant. "In support of Governor Malloy's travel ban to the state of Indiana, Kevin Ollie and other members of the UConn men's basketball staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four and events surrounding it," University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior."Despite calls for the NCAA to pull the Final Four out of Indianapolis over the state's new law, the tournament will go on as planned on April 4. The NCAA has also not indicated that the league will move its headquarters from Indianapolis.In statements this week, the four schools with basketball teams playing in the Final Four called on the state of Indiana to issue a clarification for the law.
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