Let them eat anything but specifically designed gay cakes

From THE HILL:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams, will help the department fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year.

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The guidance was a byproduct of President Trump’s executive order directing agencies to respect and protect religious liberty and political speech.

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Sessions said the cultural climate in this country — and in the West more generally — has become less hospitable to people of faith in recent years, and as a result many Americans have felt their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack.

“We’ve seen nuns ordered to buy contraceptives. We’ve seen U.S. senators ask judicial and executive branch nominees about dogma—even though the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test for public office. We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips,” he said, referring to the Colorado baker who took his case to the Supreme Court after he was found to have violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Sessions said the guidance he issued in October lays out 20 fundamental principles for the executive branch to follow, including the principles that free exercise means a right to act — or to abstain from action — and that government shouldn’t impugn people’s motives or beliefs.

From The DAILY BEAST:

Sadly it is no exaggeration, no hyperbole, to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared a holy war on LGBT people, LGBT equality, and LGBT rights on Monday.

He declared war on anything that could be perceived to trespass on the “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” of Christians—which is loosely defined enough to be construed as trespassing on pretty much anything he and his allies choose it to mean.

Sessions said this was because there was a “dangerous movement” to erode the Christian right to worship.

There isn’t, of course; it’s an invented bogeyman for a ravenously-pursued ideological crusade. Women, religious minorities, LGBT people: Prepare to fight for your bodies, your rights to worship, your wedding cakes.

Let’s take a slightly closer look at the aforementioned Jesse Panuccio. He looks like a real douchebag, because he is a real douchebag, and he worked as general counsel to Rick Scott, governor of Floriduhhh and a real fucking douchebag. From POLITICO (2/12/2018):

PANUCCIO OR PINOCCHIO? — Who’s the new No. 3 at the U.S. Department of Justice, Jesse Panuccio? He quit as acting Department of Economic Opportunity secretary in Tallahassee in late 2015 when he wasn’t going to get confirmed by the state Senate. Panuccio’s agency had botched the rollout of a new unemployment system. And he earned a reputation of being dishonest. “I never trusted any information he gave me,” Republican state Sen. Nancy Detert once told us. His forthrightness came into question after a scathing state audit conflicted with Panuccio’s assurances that all was well at DEO.

ENEMIES IN D.C. — Now, in Washington, Florida Republicans tell us Panuccio is doing little to endear himself there with Republicans. Some in [douchebag] Sen. Marco Rubio’s orbit fault Panuccio at DOJ for working behind the scenes to scuttle the senator’s picks to become the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. They say Panuccio favored fellow Ivy Leaguer Roy Altman for the post. All three federal prosecutor positions are unfilled here as a result. Some suspect the former Miami resident wants the prosecutor job himself, “but there’s no way Marco will sign off on that. … Jesse’s all about Jesse.” Said another Florida Republican insider: “Panuccio had his issues in Tallahassee and now he’s having his issues in Washington as well.” Another Capitol Hill Republican with close ties to the White House called Panuccio “unhelpful … I stopped dealing with the guy.”

 

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11 responses to “Let them eat anything but specifically designed gay cakes

  1. Well, really! It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. I reckon they fail to realize that gays and their straight friends vote. Twitler and his kissers just continue to wreck havoc on all that was accomplished in recent years.

    • Hey PPP!

      This is an all-out holy war. All the Twitlerites who were tearing their hair out over Sharia law will hypocritically say that this is different, but it is not. This is making Christianity the official religion of this country. Might was well take the 1st Amendment and use it for toilet paper.

      • Noonie, Sorry that I have been absent. I had bad depression, family issues and then I was physically ill with UTI and accidental over dose of meds that control my afib and blood pressure.

        Yes, this is not right.Twitler will not stop until he sends USA way backwards. I suppose he forgot son-in-law is Jewish but I remember that you wrote in a comment to me that Twitles’s daughter and son-in-law are not practicing the Jewish faith. It is very sad. This new thing will give fuel to the right wingers, the Evangelicals and neo Nazis. I am very worried.

        • OMG! Be careful, Yvette. You’re a nurse, aren’t you? Treat yourself as carefully as you would treat your patients.

          Jared was raised Jewish, and Ivanka converted, not out of any love for Judaism, but because Mama Kushner wouldn’t allow her precious Jared to marry outside of the faith. Of course, Ivanka didn’t go through the usual conversion process. She was given shortcuts by a rabbi who sees to appreciate money more than Judaic laws. Jared and Ivanka put on a show about following the faith, but I suspect that it is nothing more than a facade.

          I join you in your worrying. This is bad for anyone who isn’t straight, white and Christian. The only mitigating factor in the eyes of Sessions is money. If you’re rich, he and his minions don’t give a shit what you are.

          • Yes, Noonie I am a retired registered nurse. retired in 2010 when I was 73 years old.

            I was so ill with the unknown UTI that it affected my memory and I was too stupid to write down what I had taken. Believe me, I have learned a lesson.

            You are right about the elfie Sessions. Well all of Twiters kissers. Money, money, money and if you have it then you are in his and Twitler’s court.

            • My dad had a UTi, and he started hallucinating. We thought he was getting dementia, but as soon as they put him on a strong antibiotic, he was back to normal. I never knew before then that a UTI could affect someone’s brain, but the doc explained how the entire body’s chemistry can change. Live and learn. The human body is amazingly resilient but can also be quite vulnerable. Take care of yourself. Hopefully there won’t be a next time, but if there is, make sure to tell a family member or a neighbor so they can check on you. Tell them to make sure that you are thinking clearly, and if not, to get you to the hospital at once.

              • Yes, indeed, I learned a lot about health that I did not know. It was affecting my memory and I thought I was having problems from stopping my benzo that I had taken for anxiety for years. It was my decision to stop the med before my MD of many years retitred. My memory has improved a lot and I am slowly gaining in strength. I knew that a UTI could affect the brain. Just had no idea it was affecting me. I should have complained about how bad I was feeling. I had told two doctors had tired I was and they did nothing. One of them was my new family practice MD. His specialty is geriatrics. I told him I thought my meds were to blame for the fatigue. I guess he took my word since he knew I was a retired RN. You just never know what is going on with MDs. It is partly my fault. 🙂

                That was a scary incident with your dad. I’m glad it was discovered in time.

  2. They have now re-defined the phrase “religious liberty” to be a euphemism for “GAWD hates FA-yugs”. In a country where two-thirds of the population now supports gay marriage.

    They are defining themselves as their own bigotry and their need to shun and exclude.

    And when Trump is gone and they are powerless again, we must never allow them to renounce those self-definitions.

    What we’re seeing here is their final thrashing in the tar pit.

    They will go down, hard, and they won’t come back up again.

    • Since the Rethugs in Congress don’t plan on stopping any of this totally unamerican and non-constitutional bullshit, it’s up to citizens to do something. Not only do we have to vote, but we have to make sure that the businesses we support are not bigots, misogynists and homophobes. If the government is not going to make them behave, then we have to either make them change their ways, or we have to put them out of business. I have never stepped foot in a Chick-fil-A and never will. I won’t buy anything at Hobby Lobby. I haven’t shopped at Publix since I heard that they support gun-loving crooked Floriduhhh Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. If I ever have to order a cake from a bakery, I will first ask if they make wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. If they say no, I will not only go to a different bakery, but I will post all over social media which bakeries think they get to decide who is moral and who is not.

      • the rub

        that’s right knoodles. there’s a lot we can do to turn this ship around if we remain active instead of sitting on the sidelines in horror over the right’s attempts to push this country back to the 1950s.

        • It’s always an advantage to be able to speak the language of your enemy. When it comes to a lot of these fundies, the only language they understand is money.

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