House And Senate Republicans To File Supreme Court Amicus Brief In Support Of Anti-Gay Colorado Baker

The Hill reports:

House and Senate Republicans are throwing their support behind the owner of a Colorado cake shop who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case headed to the Supreme Court. GOP lawmakers announced plans Thursday to send an amicus brief on behalf of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Phillips is challenging whether the state can force him to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding under its public accommodations law, arguing that his constitutional rights to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion were violated when he was required to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins’s marriage.

The amicus brief, which has 86 signatures so far, will be filed with the court in the coming days. Phillips, who will appear before the Supreme Court later this term, said he has lost 40 percent of his business and most of his staff for standing up for what he believes.

  • PickyPecker
    • bambinoitaliano

      I don’t think Jesus has ever tasted any cake. He would have mention it in the bible. No muffins and cupcakes either. Sad!

      • Rex

        I think the fact that Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding was a clear indication the cake served was dry and tasteless.

        • David in Tucson

          Jesus seemed to be into unleavened bread.

          • customartist

            And a dozen boyfriends (just sayin’)

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Sugar consumption in general was quite rare in past centuries until they figured out how to mass produce it in factories with sugar beets and corn syrup.

        https://i2.wp.com/www.indiana.edu/~oso/Fructose/sugar-consumption-graph.jpg

        • stuckinthewoods

          Cane sugar was one of the “white things” that drove 17th C. colonial investment along with rice and later, cotton. The other biggies were tobacco (not to mention gold and silver) but tea, coffee, and chocolate also drove sugar consumption up. Earlier, sugar was considered a medicine or a spice, the “sweet salt”.

        • NowVoyager

          Um, the cultivation of sugar cane was one of the biggest motivator in the 1600’s regarding the introduction of African slaves onto Caribbean plantations as it was key to the production of Rum — a very popular drink in Europe and in the American Colonies.

          Here is an interesting tidbit from Wiki:

          “To support this demand for the molasses to produce rum, along with the increasing demand for sugar in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, a labor source to work the sugar plantations in the Caribbean was needed. A triangular trade was established between Africa, the Caribbean, and the colonies to help support this need.[17] The exchange of slaves, molasses, and rum was quite profitable, and the disruption to the trade caused by the Sugar Act in 1764 may have even helped cause the American Revolution.[16] In the slave trade, rum was also used as a medium of exchange. For example, the slave Venture Smith, whose history was later published, had been purchased in Africa for four gallons of rum plus a piece of calico.
          The popularity of rum continued after the American Revolution, with George Washington insisting on a barrel of Barbados rum at his 1789 inauguration.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum

          ——– Sugar was not sweet for everyone ——

          After the Carib Indians were enslaved by Europeans and then worked to death into extinction on the Caribbean Islands, African slaves were then brought in to replace them. The rest is history; a very sad one indeed https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92aec7b51ce2d388603360cd818c3b123f874a2e2d87c180a261e1d715523540.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/437adf6101640e63a1bf48ec4ae2835d28fe0c0eba75a925cd1b740926e9799a.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92bcdccd31a187c746729de019ee1b0027c1f59edcbdfc63c7bbe0aadd87ffa7.png .

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Yes, what I was trying to get at is that the amount of sugar we eat at one wedding reception nowadays is probably more than somebody during Jesus’ time would have eaten during a whole year.

    • Todd20036

      This has been posted before: if the baker of a cake is taking part of the wedding, is the maker of a firearm taking part in the murder?

      • The_Wretched

        No. Congress passed special interest legislation that specifically exempts gun makers from liability for negligence.

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    • Robincho

      But wouldn’t it taste kinda all fishy and loafy and winey?…

  • S1AMER

    And yet we’re getting stories lately about yet another poll that absolutely, positively, definitely shows the political influence of the religious right is waning. Waning, they say!

    When Republicans stop sucking up to the faith-based hate-mongers, I’ll believe that “waning” nonsense. But not one goddamned second before then.

    • b-b-but Jr’s emails!

      …because Teavangelicals consistently vote.

  • Frostbite

    wow. 86 people in congress and the senate are bigots. who knew?

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      I suspect that number to be a bit on the low side.

      • Todd20036

        But the remainder of them know well enough to keep their mouths shut

  • Ninja0980

    But both parties are the same!

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Not the same, but both are corrupt.

      • Todd20036

        I wouldn’t put the democrats anywhere near the level of corruption as the Nazis, though

  • The_Wretched

    I have to wonder about the LCR.

    Also, at what point does it become an Establishment Clause violation when 1 of the 2 parties picks a religion?

    • S1AMER

      It never becomes an Establishment Clause violation so long as 1 of 2 parties controls the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Never.

  • Will Parkinson

    Fucking pricks.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I hope these assholes choke on the thank you cakes from these deplorable bigotted bakers. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d28fa17fc99e478a94de2832f59452fb15850f1edc69fb8523cdaac85306a07.gif

  • Adam Stevens

    If he will bake a cake for a heterosexual entering into a 2nd (or likely 5th) marriage, or a host of other breeder no-no’s, he doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on in terms of a ‘religious freedom’ argument.

    • Todd20036

      Oh there you go, being logical. You’re silly.

    • The_Wretched

      Christians have decided to ignore Jesus’s teachings on divorce. The courts let the christians decide what’s the current religion and don’t look in the book or even tradition.

      • billbear1961

        It’s totally arbitrary BS.

        The single most hateful thing about these ugly frauds is their limitless HYPOCRISY.

  • Todd20036

    Oh this will open up a hell of a can of worms.
    Businesses get to say which minorities can and cannot frequent their stores, which religions get special treatment
    There is one Nazi on SCOTUS at least, and you know that they are just itching to make Christianity the law of the land.

  • barracks9
  • I am becoming more and more convinced that Earth is the insane asylum of the galaxy.

    • Jeffg166

      S-h-h-h-h don’t stir up the inmates.

    • MBear

      You need that much convincing?

  • ChrisInKansas

    The text of that brief:

    “It’s icky.”

  • Jeffg166

    People aren’t allowed to shop or work elsewhere if they disagree with your beliefs?

    • Xuuths

      People shouldn’t be forced to go elsewhere. If you don’t like serving all the public, then don’t have a public business. Make a private club or church. Follow the damn law.

  • ByronK

    It’s not like they asked for a cake in the shape of a prolapsed rectum!

    • barracks9

      Love your avatar – Milou!

      • ByronK

        Merci!

    • CanuckDon

      The design and additional batter would be extra anyway.

    • Tor

      Photos please. Er, I guess not.

  • AtticusP

    Where can I find a list of the Congressmen/women and senators who signed this?

    I would like to know whose primary opponents I will be sending campaign contributions to.

    • EdA

      If your congresscreature has an R after her/his name, either sheit has signed or or sheit is sympathetic.

    • Tor

      They’re Republicans. Beware, their primary opponents could be worse.

    • customartist

      The original plaintiffs should be given a copy, and surely they will publish it, at some point.

    • jerry

      If any Democrats signed it, I would support a primary opponent. I wouldn’t give a Republican a dime, though, because they could be just as bad or worse, and just running with that party seems a tacit approval of everything that’s wrong with our country.

  • Dagoril

    I find it hard to believe that the SC would reverse could and actually find in favor of the haters at this point. That one replacement judge will not change the vote balance, even if he were in favor of tearing up the Constitution just to spite the gays.

    • EdA

      Given the fact that the plurality of injustices on the Supreme Court have distinctly reactionary views to the notion of “equal justice under law,” and the most recent appointee quite literally doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the cold, I don’t find it at all hard to believe.

      • Ninja0980

        Nope, and with the judges being put on the bench by Trump, a rollback of civil rights isn’t out of the question.

    • matrem

      Once the SCOTUS goes fundie, it’s over.

  • Mom

    “…said he has lost 40 percent of his business and most of his staff for standing up for what he believes.” Wondering if that means the staff quit, or he had to let them go? Regardless, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. 😉

    • Tatonka

      Well said Mom. He didn’t lose his staff and his business for “standing up” for his beliefs. He lost them because of his beliefs.

      • Friday

        More like he lost them for not just finding someone on his staff to make the cakes like usual and instead deciding to make a point of tryig to deny civil rights to others.

      • customartist

        Amen

    • Tor

      Am I supposed to shed a tear? Asshole deserves it. I’m surprised he’s lost only 40% – But it is Colorado.

      • Mom

        No, your not. I’m not shedding one either. Was just curious if he lost the staff because of business or because they didn’t want to work for an asshole anymore.

        • Tor

          A very good question. I’d like to know, too. Possibly a combination of both.

  • Michael

    These guys never think these things through seeing it’s my sincerely held religious belief i don’t have to serve assholes

  • MBear

    Why do they hate the constitution?

    • billbear1961

      Because they’re fascists.

  • billbear1961

    So, will ANYONE be able to use “religion” as an excuse to turn people away they find offensive to their “deeply held beliefs,” or will right-wing believers ALONE be able to PLAY GOD and decide who is and who isn’t FIT to be served by their PUBLIC BUSINESSES??

    Will WE be the only legally acceptable targets??

    If they win permission to discriminate, make their fucking lives HELL. Don’t LET them discriminate quietly–plaster their windows with NO GAYS ALLOWED signs. Make as much NOISE as you can!!

    No legally sanctioned discrimination in the TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY!!

    Fight it TOOTH AND NAIL as the civil rights activists fought Jim Crow laws in the 60s!!

    Fight it or bow down in SHAME to FASCISM!!

    • The_Wretched

      the way the becket fund for religious hegemony (gorsuch is one of them) runs the legal arguments, “sincerely held religious belief” only really applies to chistians.

      • billbear1961

        Of course, it does.

        FUCK THEM!!

        If they have their way, the evil jackasses will TEAR THIS NATION APART.

        Unless, of course, their victims refuse to fight back and just ALLOW themselves to be stripped of one right after another until there are NONE LEFT, and we’re like Jews in Hitler’s Germany.

    • Tor

      There is only one correct and acceptable form of Christianity. The NALTs, like UCC and ELCA are not True Christians(TM).

  • JWC

    This guy is a male Kim Davis.Harping on a point of turning his denial of service into his denial of rights They are assholes, pure and simple. Frankly America has much bigger problems to settle than worrying and wasting time on the Kim Davis’s and her entire ilk. Yes, its an important point but lets work on what enables these people in the first place

    • matrem

      Republicans enable this. And they have all the power. And will continue to. They’ve rigged the game.

      • JWC

        Not making a cake , Carrying a Tiki torch and Swaztika Anonymous bed sheets Same shit different asshole All Trumps boyscouts

      • customartist

        True. Temporarily true. Not so sure. And true again.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Todd20036

      Wouldn’t stop me from eating it, actually.

      • Jon

        It makes it all the more decadent 😀

    • JCF

      Oooh, I’d like to play patty-cakes w/ her! 😉

  • coram nobis

    This case will attract a lot of amicus briefs, like flies to a hanging side of beef, so look for plenty more of these between now and autumn. Also, one technical question would be whether the Court should distinguish between retailers of goods and services and employment-gig providers like, say, wedding photographers.

    You may see more on the Interstate Commerce Clause, since some important 1964 rulings relied on that. Even if this guy made the cakes in one state, and his customers are not from out of state, he still would be using materials procured from elsewhere. (See Katzenbach v. McClung, 379 U.S. 294 (1964); see also Heart of Atlanta Motel Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964)).

    https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/379/294/case.html

    … The only remaining question — one answered in the affirmative by the court below — is whether the particular restaurant either serves or offers to serve interstate travelers or serves food a substantial portion of which has moved in interstate commerce.
    — McClung at 304

    This cake matter may be the most important case of the 2017-18 term, along with Gill v. Whitford, 16-1161, the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.

  • Tawreos

    If you lose 40% of your business and most of your staff because of the way you are choosing to do business, then you are businessing wrong. Change or be gone, your choice. Oh and it is nice to see republicans that support the free market don’t think the free market should be able to tell this guy he is an asshole and to fuck off.

  • LatrinaDiBucca

    Here’s an idea: In the spirit of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” and “Turn the other cheek.”, bake them the cake.

    Here’s another idea: In the spirit of “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”, bake them the cake for free.

    And “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” OFFER to bake cakes for weddings for free, without complaint and without discrimination.

    Such frauds are the false “christian”; such hypocrites. Do they not read their own scriptures? Do they not know their own “Lord’s” instruction to them?

    • billbear1961

      These ruthless frauds would crucify him a SECOND time.

    • Canadian Observer

      They have a “special” bible… it contains Genesis and Leviticus, then jumps directly to the letters and Revelations.

  • Lars Littlefield

    If Phillips dies between now and his date with the Supremes, they drop the whole thing. Right?

    Lemmecheckmydayplanner.

  • Friday

    If you’ve got that big a ‘staff’ and two stores, how is your retail product ‘your art’ in the first place?

  • Rex

    Republicans insist on being on the wrong side of history when it comes to social issues. They may be playing to their bigoted base now, but that base is shrinking with each new generation of voters.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I’d love to believe that. But I don’t.

    • customartist

      That’s why they are moving on to Africa

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    The war on cake continues.

    I am so tired of hearing about fucking cakes.

    • Tawreos

      As long as they can make money on the persecution circuit they will keep pulling this shit.

    • Todd20036

      Fucking cakes is a thing?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        You had to make me google it, didn’t you? LOL. Well, yes, it turns out PornHub has a whole page of “cake fuck porn videos.”

      • Princess Lardass

        Started with warm apple pie in “American Pie.”

        • jixter

          And don’t forget the ‘Mom’s Apple Pie’ LP cover from 1972.
          Google it.

      • JWC

        could be interesting

  • TJay229

    He can get all the amicus briefs… He won’t get more than DOMA or Obergerfeld did.. To win.. And let’s not forget Kennedy is still there so… I’m expecting some serious SADZ.

  • LovesIrony

    Which bigots signed the brief?

  • Mike

    Your honor, if it please the court, the christians yap endlessly about how being a christian means having charity and love for others. Let’s take that at face value in the spirit of jebus and all that crap. And here we have a man who so despises others that he will go to the mat defending what he thinks is a right to discriminate against them—demonstrating that his sense of ethics is incompatible with that of christianity, or vice versa, so his religio-psycho defense for refusing to serve gay people is a lie.

    Follow the law or shut it down, cake boy. We (and when I say we, I mean
    the good people) decided long ago that refusing counter service based on
    bigotry is intolerable. We still feel that way.

  • j.martindale

    “Standing up for what he believes”=Prejudice and bigotry.

  • DaddyRay
    • Lars Littlefield

      Sorry, that looks like swirly little turds sticking up out of divinity to me.

      • thatotherjean

        It does look somewhat peculiar, but I’ll bet it tastes great.

    • Bryan

      I’m across the pond and then the rest of the US but I…I want, no in fact I need that cake Inside me, now

  • FAEN

    So where does it end-no cake for African Americans, Jews, Muslims, the disabled?

    This is nothing but animus.

    • JWC

      naw its just anus as in anal

    • Ninja0980

      Their end goal is the gutting of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to allow those very things.

  • andrew

    Surely the Log Cabin Republicans will use their extensive influence in the Republican Party to end this assault on LGBT people LOL.

  • Tomcat

    May you lose the other 60 percent of your business.

    • first last

      And the rest of the staff

  • Tomcat

    I refuse to bake kkcakes.

    • JWC

      Any self respecting gay would seek out a gay baker

      • Paula

        I think that could be an advertising plus for bakers.
        Let it be known that they will bake the cakes.

        • JWC

          they don’t even have to Identify gay just advertise “cakes for ALL occassions

      • Tomcat

        So you are saying let them be bigots and do nothing?????
        Sounds like Germany in 1930.

        • JWC

          In the ‘ 30the bigots were not ignore but opposition was far more easily quelled Today both sides have the internet

      • jixter

        And I’m thinking that this would be a golden opportunity for any good-hearted baker to open a competing store right across the street or even next door – and do it with a solid sense of ethical impunity.

        • JWC

          Precisely, if this chap is so hung up on his “pickys’ fine let him be Just open close by and work around him and his pickys

      • Priya Lynn

        The odds of finding one within a reasonable distance are mighty slim.

        • JWC

          Across town and aggressive advertising would work

  • PiperPine

    I am so saddened he didn’t lose more then 40% of his business

  • Reasonoverhate

    I’m all for bigots denying service to people with one caveat…..they must post on their front door who they refuse to serve. No Gays Served Here! Make them own it and let the free market go to work…..or they could be decent humans and just serve the public like they are supposed to!

    • Tomcat

      I think they should also have to post the following.
      I find all gays to be against gods will and therefore inferior to me and my religion. They should have to take pride in their conviction just as gays do everyday. Stop hiding behind the bible.

  • sonoitabear

    “he has lost 40 percent of his business and most of his staff for standing up for what he believes.”…

    Good ! “Freedom of Religion” does NOT give you the right to require that other people follow your PERSONAL beliefs whether they share them or not…That’s not Christianity; that’s SHARIA…

  • MikeBx2

    Is gender the only restriction his “beliefs” place on marriage?

  • Sam_Handwich

    no one is forcing anyone to bake cakes

    he can keep paying fines.

    • JWC

      I have said that all along If there is a potential loser here its to baker and his bottom line

  • Cuberly

    Seems like a great spot for a Super Deluxe video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDvZr5J5y1Q

    • JWC

      Nah the first time Jim Bob felt fear was when Bubba and Big Boy were about to ravage fis skinny little lying cheating Christian ass

  • KnownDonorDad

    86 legislators at the national level are fine with discrimination. Just great.

  • Taylor

    Where is the House and Senate Democrat’s Amicus Brief in support of the plaintiff?

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Eugene Delgaudio is on it. WAIT!

    Video: Protesters Disrupt Public Advocate at White House Today

    http://www.publicadvocateusa.org/news/article.php?article=11094

    https://youtu.be/r-SHzHHuiag

    This wasn’t Wednesday, because it was pouring rain yesterday afternoon.

    • JWC

      When one swats a hornets nest then stands there expect to get stung

    • Lars Littlefield

      Where’s our side who is supposed to stand behind Delgaudio with signs that say “Asshole!” We’re slipping kids.

    • Guy Johnson

      Jesus. Delgottago just won’t go away. And he “lives” 5 minutes down the street from me.

      My property value is still taking a hit.

  • bkmn

    His case is full of crumbs

  • Xuuths

    Reynolds v. United States “To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”

  • Richard B

    The hate is strong in these guys. These bigots will sue the government to establish their heartfelt right to discriminate against those they hate. They will claim it is religious liberty, but even in their bible, no where does it say followers of Jesus should not do business with nor to shun/discriminate against the LGBTQ.
    All these bastards are doing is trying to do is establish a court precedent that it is OK to hate on the LGBTQ. Once that is done, who is next? The Jews? The Latinos? The Muslims? The divorced? The no virgins? Where does it stop?

  • Talisman

    Well, they did just vote to give aid to Texas. Now they have to do some horrible to keep things in balance.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Something I haven’t thought about in years: When I worked for a large landscaping design firm everyone in the office got a giant birthday cake on his/her B’day and we’d all consume it like pigs to a trough. The HR person came into my office one day and asked what kind of cake I wanted. I knew that if I didn’t say, “A cake from Mrs Backers Bakery” that everyone would be disappointed. Backers cakes are major fantasies composed of rich butter cream frosting and diabetes-inducing fruit jam fillings. They really are somewhat amazing. I asked for a giant rainbow cake from Backers. What arrived in the office on my birthday was a giant white sheet cake covered in white frosting. The HR lady insisted Backers didn’t make a rainbow cake. They did and they still do. The HR lady was just pushing her own christian agenda. Yeah, she was making a thing about it, but I sort of expected it. I didn’t think too much of it at the time,. That’s just the way the world was. However, I had a plan B. I had ordered an equally giant sheet cake (chocolate) from the same bakery. It was decorated in a rainbow frosting motif on the top with dark blue icing on all four sides. I also had them throw a little corral, some bucking broncos and several little plastic cowboys on top of the festivities. I served that cake from my office during the rest of the afternoon. Acting all hurt and blind sided, the HR lady asked me where I’d bought that cake. It was a pleasure to tell her. A pleasure I still revel in today.

    I invite you to check out Mrs Backer’s work. Even though they are devout Mormons, they’ve made many wedding cakes for gay weddings. http://www.mrsbackers.com/cakes/deluxe-cakes/

    • bzrd

      Looked them up, I’m sold, only 11 hours from house, I’m leaving now!

  • JWC

    Here is something to blow their wheels off A guy and a girl (gay and lesbian) order a cake and just before it is delivered demand that the little people on top of the cake be same sex. Thereby you have not offened their beliefs but you did manage to tweak their balls (or lack thereof) a wee bit

  • customartist

    So could the owners of Woolworth’s have used their Religious Beliefs as legal rationale to not serve African Americans back in the day? Could they use it NOW?

    • Gigi

      Then, perhaps. Now, no because race and color are a protected class. Sexual orientation is a protected class in Colorado, which is why now know Phillips’ name. Sad.

      • customartist

        SCOTUS has already opined that Gays and Lesbians are a “Class” of people.

      • Ben in Oakland

        But RELIGION is.

        • Gigi

          Of course. Rights for THEM but no one else.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Because the lie that is Jesus.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I hate the whole world right now.

  • Gigi

    You don’t get to pick and choose which laws you’ll obey and which you’ll ignore no matter how “deeply held” your consider your beliefs to be. Phillips is crying because he (allegedly) lost 40% and all of his staff after it was revealed that he was a discriminatory bigot. Boo frickin’ hoo.

  • Todd

    Names and States, please ……

  • Ken M

    Was that his “walk in” business, or his “web business/”

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    The depressing thing is that with the makeup of the court the bigots have a good chance of winning this.

    • Republicans now rule the entire USA. Blame the voters.

  • -M-

    Uh, losing business and staff for being a bigot is the free market and marketplace of ideas at work. No use whining to the courts about it.

  • Tempus Fuggit
  • Ben in Oakland

    I sure as hell hope that our side will talk about religious discrimination and the civil rights act of 1964. If they don’t, we may welll lose. I am withholding any money for our defense until I see what they do. I am sick and tired of not calling what drops out of the backside of a bull what it is: bullshit.

  • juanjo54

    This baker has a simple problem – he’s a faux religious bigot. He thinks his god told him to shit on gay people [and probably others as well like Muslims, Jews, Hispanics, Blacks, and Roman Catholics]. Word got out he was a bigot who won’t sell cakes to gay people so he lost 40% of his business. Last I heard that was the free market deciding to not use his services. What he is upset about is that people found out he was a bigoted piece of excrement and decided to take their business elsewhere.

    The fact he is violating his own religion religion’s beliefs on dealing with sinners.

  • rednekokie

    Of course they are — they are republicans, and they hate gay people and will do anything and everything to run gay people into the dirt.
    They won’t succeed, but we are conditioned to listen to their braying until they finally admit we are here to stay. May be a long time, kiddos

  • Ann Kah

    Hey, bakers, there is at least a little bit of moral merit in standing up for your beliefs and suffering for them. But (1) you first decided that OTHERS should suffer for your beliefs, and (2) you are now whining about losing business because of your nastiness. That’s the “suffering” that apparently makes Jesus happy, so stop complaining. Yes, I know, christianity is a lot more palatable when you can use it to make others miserable, but not so much fun when you do it the way the church calls for.

  • Grumpy Old Man
  • Why do they sell cakes to divorced couples who remarry? The Bible clearly states that is a mortal sin.