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Jun 5, 2018 11 tweets 4 min read
Let’s tackle it, brother...

A thread on the #GayWeddingCake decision, asking a simple question:

How can a gay guy support the Christian baker?

To the thread!
Let’s start with a scenario: I decide to get married. (Gulp)

First, I understand that society is evolving. My religion is evolving. My family is evolving.

That’s just life.

To those that reject me, I offer grace, love, & patience. In my quiet moments, I feel pangs of sorrow.
Yet a wedding only requires me, my love, & an officiant. Maybe a witness.

I don’t have the right to force anyone to join. That includes an Orthodox Jew or evangelical Christian to officiate.

My right to wed doesn’t trump their right to a sincerely held religious belief.
Meanwhile, the Gov’t must grant me a marriage license. Why?

Our republic rests on protecting unalienable rights. Life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.

A central path to happiness for most Americans is marriage. It’s the bedrock of social, financial, & emotional stability
Meanwhile, if you’re a government worker who objects to issuance, tough cookies. (I’m looking at you, #KimDavis)

While on the clock, we must faithfully execute our duties. It is not a time to evangelize or stand our religious ground.

If that’s too hard, it’s time for a new job
That leaves us, though, with the legally & morally sticky areas. Like the florists. Musicians. Photographers.

The bakers.

Should the Gov’t force them to serve folks like me or face fines / jail if they refuse?
#SCOTUS ruled in the Colorado case that, well... it depends. For this particular CO baker, they decided overwhelmingly (7-2) he was wrongly persecuted.

However, Justice #Kennedy made clear that in another case / time, it could be different.

That’s why it was a narrow ruling.
This means we must still wrestle with each case as it comes.

My view: a desire for a cake does not trump a baker’s religious beliefs. His faith is a sacred, foundational right. Our republic depends on these liberties.

My want of a cake / flowers / etc simply doesn’t come close.
None of this means I can’t find remedy with what I see as an injustice.

Maybe I start a letter campaign. Or open my own bakery.

Or maybe I buy the guy a cup of coffee. We talk. We listen. We grow.

That’s how it should be. That’s how America wrestles w/ opposing beliefs.
A line is prob crossed, however, when I can no longer find reasonable accommodation of my needs.

For instance, in my rural county, there’s only one florist.

I imagine #SCOTUS will be hearing cases like this in the future. And I suspect that the ruling will not be 7-2 but 5-4.
Bottom line: If we, as a nation, are to deny someone their #ReligiousFreedom, we better make damn sure the reason for doing so is of grave consequence to the offended.

Otherwise, we risk more than just a lost cake.

We risk the very liberties that make America so exceptional.

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The NY Times just got a bunch of people killed.

All because of its hatred of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.

Here’s how. (Thread)

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Reporters @julianbarnes & @AllMattNYT shared classified details that speak of our struggling clandestine efforts against Putin & his regime.

Never mind that highlighting our weakness atrenghrens his hand.
To wit, this para:

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Let’s read their plan: 1/17
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2) Free housing, college, & healthcare
3) Open borders
4) End to killing terrorists

Here’s why this Dem thinks she‘s nuts. (1/6)

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Period.

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2) Free housing? No money left after free healthcare.
3) Free college? But seriously, we’d be out of money.

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Fundamentally, you're asking if #BLM is right.

Let's start a conversation about what we know - and what we don't - about police, bias, and the killing of our fellow citizens. (1/14)
Most of us would agree that a single death of an innocent person by a police officer is one too many.

Black or white.

Police departments agree. They have training & oversight to ensure shootings don't happen or officers are punished when an unjustifiable killing occurs.
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Yes, I’m an angry #Democrat.

We’re not a reasonable party anymore. We’ve exhausted ourselves with conspiracies & outrage while ignoring facts & careful analysis.

Then we have the audacity to complain about the fatigue of it all.

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Blame the 63M deplorable Trump voters.

Blame the #ElectoralCollege.

Blame Comey.

Blame the Russians.

No. Stop it. Blame Clinton, the DNC, & her primary voters. They suck.
About those #Russians.

We have assured ourselves that Trump is a Russian traitor. We’ve held up the #SteeleDossier as proof.

Nevermind that CIA Director Brennan gave it “no particular credence.”

Rather than let Mueller find the facts, we’ve already executed POTUS for treason.
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Meanwhile, all focus must be on containing the Communist #China threat. Where that involves alliances w/ poor nations, aid must be rendered.
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I believe a further step is needed w/ a stabilization force, built with a coalition of Latin American nations.

Meanwhile, let’s beef up our border (fence/wall/tech solutions).
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