On Aug. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating, in effect, that boys be allowed to use girls’ restrooms in the state’s public schools. The bill, part of an effort to advance “transgender rights,” says every student can “use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.” The new California law applies to sports teams as well as locker rooms and bathrooms, and obviously undermines privacy and parental rights. A week later, on Aug. 19, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill banning therapy for state residents younger than 18 who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction. With a flick of his pen, Christie usurped authority from parents in deciding the care their children should receive. Shockingly, one therapy specifically permitted is assistance for minors in “transitioning” from male to female or from female to male. New Jersey became the second state with such a ban. A few days later, the first one — California — had its law upheld as the 9th Circuit Court ruled against the rights of parents. In other cases, prior bad decisions were re-enforced. On Aug. 22, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a photographer’s right to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony — even though doing so would violate the photographer’s religious beliefs. New Mexico’s highest court, deciding an appeal, ruled against photographer Elaine Huguenin. The justices concluded that neither freedom of speech nor free exercise of religion protect someone from being forced to provide services for an event that is utterly contrary to his or her conscience. Never mind that other photographers could have shot the ceremony; “the price of citizenship,” one justice explained, required Huguenin to ignore her religious convictions. To avoid such a negative court ruling, a bakery in Oregon simply decided to close shop. After the bakery declined to bake a cake for a same-sex commitment ceremony, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries notified the owners that they were being investigated.The Brave New World seems too weak to stand on its own in the marketplace. It seems we need to sacrifice diversity and liberty to bring it about. It is time for Americans to say no to the new rulers or one day they will not be allowed to do so.
Tolerance is supposed to mean that opposing points of view can coexist without one being coerced by the other. The new tolerance seems to mean punishing people who do not subscribe to the new social order and endorse Gay Marriage and other left wing social agenda items. Please read this link to see the loss of freedom. A sample is below to pique your interest.