Thought Catalog.com 27 February 2014We critics of modern society tend to run into a problem very similar to the one you encounter when you go to a bar with 27 different beers on tap.Sometimes, we just don’t know where to begin.That’s how I feel when I read about the progressives working themselves into a lather over that religious freedom bill in Arizona. The legislation simply solidifies a business owner’s right to act according to his or her religious beliefs (I say “further solidifies” because the First Amendment already covers this ground pretty thoroughly). “News” outlets like CNN, engaging in blatant editorializing (surprise!), refer to it as ”the anti-gay bill,” because part of religious freedom is the right to not participate in activities which you find mortally sinful.It’s not that business owners want to “refuse service” to gays simply because they’re gay; it’s that some business owners — particularly people who work in the wedding industry — don’t want to be forced to employ their talents in service of something that defies their deeply held religious convictions.This shouldn’t be an issue, but it is, because some gays in some states have specifically and maliciously targeted religious florists, bakers, and photographers, so that they can put these innocent people in a compromising position, and then run to the media and the courts when — GASP! — Christians decide to follow the dictates of Christianity.Yet, the cases that sparked this law are hardly discussed. The progressive mob claims that this legislation is about shoving gays to the back of the bus and making them drink out of separate fountains. George Takei echoed the sentiments of many when he likened the Arizona bill to “Jim Crow.”And here we arrive at my quandary. There are so many lies being told about this bill; so many ridiculous and offensive exaggerations; so many untruths, half-truths, and truth-omissions; so many dishonest tactics at play, that I’m utterly overwhelmed by it all. The propagandists are shouting from all around me, and I can’t engage them from every side at once.If I had the time, I’d specifically address the continued comparisons drawn between the historical plight of blacks in America and the imagined plight of gays in present day. I’d point out how this is much like comparing a stubbed toe to the Holocaust.We should remember that blacks were in chains in this country. They were literally treated as less than human. They could be legally murdered and beaten and starved. They were set apart, cast aside, and violently and systematically oppressed.Not only are gays in a better position than this, but the two scenarios are diametrically opposite. Unlike historical blacks, gays are afforded special legal protections. They are celebrated by the president, Hollywood, pop culture, the media, mainstream culture, and most major corporations. They are hoisted on a pedestal by only the most powerful and influential people in the country.Black people ought to deliver a sound verbal smackdown to any historically illiterate gasbag who even attempts to paint the slightest equivalency between the suffering of blacks and gays.But I could write several pages on this aspect alone, and maybe I will soon.For now, I think I have to do the work that the media, and even many talking head ”conservatives,” won’t.Left wingers are busily constructing fantastical narratives about restaurant owners who wish to prevent gays from eating at their establishments, and cab drivers who want nothing more than to drive right past the gay man hailing him on the sidewalk. Meanwhile, here in the Land of Things That Actually Happen, nobody is proposing, nor condoning, nor anticipating, nor hoping for, nor looking to specifically protect that sort of thing. That sort of thing isn’t happening, and it won’t happen. It’s not an issue. It’s not real. It’s a fantasy. A lie. A total fabrication.Instead, some see it necessary and prudent to stop private citizens from using the courts to force other private citizens to actively participate in a particular act which they find morally objectionable. That’s all. And — unlike the handwringing about the mystical Denny’s manager who might try to use the Bible to justify not serving pancakes to a lesbian — this is a real thing that has occurred several times recently.Examples: READ MORE…http://thoughtcatalog.com/matt-walsh/2014/02/yes-of-course-a-business-owner-should-have-the-right-to-refuse-service-to-gay-people/
Last Updated: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST Golf Star Tiger Woods Announces Plans For A New Memoir ‘Back’ Tiger Woods announces a new memoir named ‘Back’ in association with publishers Harper Collins. It will account his troubled past to his carrier achievements. 11 months ago Kapil Dev comes out as a golf champion in the AVT Champions Tour FOLLOW US First Published: 17th October, 2019 14:16 IST LIVE TV 10 months ago Koepka leads big guns rolling in for PGA Tour’s Asian riches WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Comeback KingWoods won his last Major, the US Open, all the way back in 2008 when he beat Rocco Mediate for the title. Since then, he has been reportedly battling injuries. And just like that, the 11-time PGA player of the year fell from grace. In April 2019, he announced his comeback with a win in the 2019 Masters tournament, which was his fifth Masters win. It leaves him one shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record six Masters win, and three short of his record eighteen Major wins. His performance materialised when it mattered most and almost feels like a throwback to the 2000s. He now has three top-10s in his past four Majors. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Donald Trump’s Ireland golf course expansion plan gets approval Written By Sujay Chakraborty Also read | (Not) Tokyo Olympics 2020? Venue-spreading In Store To Counter HeatIn the wake of this comeback, he has decided to work with publishers Harper Collins for the aforementioned memoir. The book will start with Woods’ childhood as a prodigy, encompassing his 81 PGA tour wins – the second-highest total in history and his 15 Masters victories. No confirmed release date has been announced as of now. The book is also supposed to visit his devastating injuries and personal troubles with infidelity and subsequent sex addiction in detail. This memoir is going to be the first and only account directly from Woods, with the full cooperation of his friends and family.Also read | Koepka Leads Big Guns Rolling In For PGA Tour’s Asian RichesWoods is returning to competitive golf on October 21 to be part of a skins game with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama in Chiba, Japan. He’s also planning to play in the PGA Tour’s new event, the Zozo Championship, that starts October 24. Both of those events are at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. It will be Woods’ first time in Japan in 13 years.Also read | Eliud Kipchoge Nominated For IAAF Male Athlete Of The Year Award 11 months ago Golf: Anika Varma earns 5th spot in Hero Women’s India Open SUBSCRIBE TO US Tiger Woods has made an implausible comeback this year when he won his first Major in over a decade, back in April. Now, the 43-year-old golfer has announced he intends to tell his definitive story through a memoir titled ‘Back’.Also read | After Record World Medal Haul, Simone Biles A Face Of 2020 Olympics 10 months ago Deepika Padukone: All about her family and plans to start a new one
Few months after bursting onto the scene with series of impressive performances for his Isreali club side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, both locally and internationally in the Europa League, Anthony Nwakaeme is set to become a Nigerian international.According to sources close to busybuddiesng.com, the 28-year-old striker is primed to get his first Super Eagles call up for important 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in September.This is certainly not coming as a surprise. Nwakaeme has been one of Nigeria’s brightest attacking talents home and abroad, scoring 17 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions as Hapoel Be’er Sheva cruised to the Isreali league and cup double last season.Nwakaeme hasn’t slowed down this season and has already notched five goals this season, four of the goals coming in the UEFA Champions League, including an absolute stunner of a strike in his side’s Playoff first leg win over NK Maribor at the Turner Stadium in Beersheba.?? Nigeria’s Anthony Nwakaeme with an absolute rocket for Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League! pic.twitter.com/v5no91o53M— Mesfouf & Koshary (@MesfoufKoshary) August 16, 2017It is quite unclear if he’ll be making his debut, but Nwakeme’s call up to the Super Eagles camp will definitely offer Gernot Rohr attacking impetus in the crucial double-header against Cameroon.Although we are yet to confirm, it is believed that Nwakaeme’s teammate at the Isreali champions John Ogu will keep his place in the Super Eagles squad for the Cameroon matches.The first leg of the World Cup qualifier will be played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on September 1 while the second leg will come up three days later at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.Nigeria top Group B with six points from two matches, while African champions Cameroon have two points. Zambia and Algeria have one point each.RelatedHapoel Beer Sheva Duo Nwakaeme & Ogu Get Super Eagles Call UpAugust 19, 2017In “National Team”Nwakaeme Delighted To Link Up With Super Eagles Teammate Onazi At TrabzonsporAugust 22, 2018In “Europe”AUDIO: Excited Nwakaeme Not In Competition With Eagles’ ForwardsAugust 31, 2017In “National Team”
Syracuse announces contract extension for coach Dino Babers Welcome to the App State family, @CoachDrinkwitz!RELEASE: https://t.co/80Ndct6lQq pic.twitter.com/C6mXiYlzMT— App State Football (@AppState_FB) December 13, 2018″I’m excited to welcome Eliah and his family to App Nation,” App State athletic director Doug Gillin said in a release. “The App State football program is in great position to continue its championship ways. Eliah is committed to excellence academically, competitively, socially and to the well-being of our student-athletes. There was significant interest in our process throughout a national search. Eliah has great character and a clear vision for the future of Mountaineer football. I’m excited about the future of our football program.”Drinkwitz, 35, replaces Scott Satterfield, who left the Mountaineers to coach at Louisville. Related News Appalachian State has a new coach in place.The Mountaineers announced Thursday they have hired N.C. State offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to take over their football program. Drinkwitz spent three season with the Wolfpack as their OC and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he worked with Auburn (2011), Arkansas State (2012-13) and Boise State (2014-15).
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said he initially was not happy when the team brought in Nick Foles, but he has since embraced the idea of competition.Trubisky’s comments on a conference call with reporters on Friday were his first since the Bears traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Jaguars for Foles. “We need to get back to the playoffs. And we need to have a different mentality then we did last year. We let a lot of details slip and we didn’t play the way we should have been playing. We lost a lot of games we should have won.”While Bears coach Matt Nagy has yet to name a starting quarterback for Week 1, Trubisky’s fourth campaign will be pivotal in terms of his NFL career. Chicago declined his fifth-year rookie contract option, making him a free agent at the end of this season.”All I can do is control what I can control,” he said. “That’s go out and have a hell of a year with my teammates.” MORE: Bucs should be thrilled that teams are doubting Rob Gronkowski”I was kind of pissed off, in a good way. I’ve been motivated ever since,” Trubisky said. “It’s a business decision. I’m all for the Bears getting better and winning games.”The Bears traded up one slot in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Trubisky second overall out of North Carolina, though he struggled in 12 games during his rookie season. There was also regression last year in nearly every statistical category after a promising Pro Bowl campaign in 2018.”I’m very confident about where I’m at right now and what I can do for this team,” Trubisky said. “I feel like I’m in a good mental space. I’m motivated and driven to do more than I did last year. I’m very locked into what I’ve got to do.”Mitchell Trubisky on the QB competition: “I’ve been motivated ever since, I’ve been motivated since our season ended last year. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to and we left a lot out there.”— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) June 12, 2020After a playoff appearance in 2018, Chicago squandered a 3-1 start last season to finish 8-8. The Bears’ offense ranked 29th in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game.”I’ve been motivated since our season ended last year. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, and we left a lot out there,” Trubisky said. “It had to do with health and lack of details on offense.