“Last night, I dreamt I went to Frenetic Friday again.”
And in the tradition of Whose Line is it Anyway a thousand bonus points if you can recognize the movie quote sans search engine.
Houston we have a problem:
So Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker signed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) into law. This is the ordinance as taken from snopes.com
The measure bans discrimination based not just on sexual orientation and gender identity but also, as federal laws do, sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.The ordinance applies to businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment and city contracting. Religious institutions would be exempt. Violators could be fined up to $5,000.
Opponents of this ordinance gathered together a petition that had 50,000 signatures on it to place a repeal measure on the ballot
which was given to the city of Houston only to have the petition rejected after a month by the city saying that they were short 2000 signature of the 17,269 needed. Evidently according to the city “most of the pages contained mistakes that invalidated the entire page of signatures.”
The opponents then filed suit against the city which placed the HERO on hold. This was followed by the attorneys of the city subpoenaing the sermons of the pastors that had opposed the ordinance. And then everyone lost their minds.
The firestorm caused by this and other pastors regarding the subpoenaing of sermons caused the attorneys with the city to remove the section calling for the sermons to be turned in but left in the parts that order the pastors to produce ” emails, texts and other communications with church members and others that pertain to not only the signature-gathering effort but such topics as the mayor, homosexuality and gender identity.” (source: Washington Times
) The attorneys for the pastors have challenged the subpoenas in court. Personally I think that R.C. Sproul Jr. has the best answer listen here: Houston, What’s the Problem?
Seems Mike Huckabee has called for all pastors across the country to send sermons and bibles to the Houston mayor as a show of support for religious freedom and to support the five Houston pastors.
Mike Huckabee asks pastors across america to send sermons and bible to Houston mayor.
Living in your own Private Idaho
So in Coeur d’Alene Idaho there is a for profit wedding chapel called the Hitching Post. It is run by two ministers Don and Evelyn Knapp of the Foursquare Church. Because the Chapel isn’t registered as a religious organization it falls under the Idaho anti-discrimination law which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. And because of that the two pastors were afraid that they would be forced to perform same-sex weddings. Which they couldn’t do based on the biblical beliefs. Because of this they file a lawsuit asking a federal judge to bar the city from enforcing this local ordinance. Under the law the two pastors could face a six month jail sentence and a $1000 fine for each time they denied to do a same-sex marriage.
Send in the clowns
You know there are certain things that just creep me out. I’m not going to give you a list but let’s just say I’m not going to San Joaquin Valley where an outbreak of clowns have occurred. And I’m not talking those cutesy clowns no I’m talking about those first cousins to the nightmare clown from Stephen King or from a certain b-movie:
The horror, the horror! So where was I? Oh yes San Joaquin Valley, seems the police have arrested a fourteen year old dressed as a clown terrorizing a child. There have been reports of other “clowns” with baseball bats, guns, and machetes. The police don’t consider this a laughing matter and will arrest any clown that terrorizes anyone.
Okay admit it the coolest thing about back to the future was Marty riding on the hoverboard. So…
This is a kickstarter campaign and they are promising to start shipping in 2015. Now this “hovering” is caused by four magnets that cause it float about an inch off the ground but right now it only works on metal surfaces so this won’t be seen on the sidewalks soon.
And that is Frenetic Friday see you again next week.