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From Today’s Charlotte Observer

“Do you enjoy the freedom to live according to your conscience without being forced to promote ideas or behaviors contrary to your convictions? Do you believe men should be prohibited from using women’s restrooms? Should a gay T-shirt maker be forced to create anti-gay marriage T-shirts? Should a Muslim baker be mandated to make a gay wedding cake? That’s exactly …

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ARKANSAS: NOM Backs Bill To Allow Businesses To Reject LGBT Customers

“In Arkansas, two courageous state legislators, Rep. Ballinger and Sen. Hester, have introduced HB1228, the Conscience Protection Act, in the Arkansas state assembly. The legislators of the state of Arkansas need to hear from you right away… ask them to support HB 1228 and protect the individual conscience rights and religious liberties of the people of Arkansas. The consequences of …

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ARKANSAS: Apple Denounces Bill To Allow Businesses To Refuse LGBT Customers

Via the Human Rights Campaign: This week, Apple Inc., the world’s second largest information technology company, issued the following statement condemning the anti-LGBT bill in Arkansas, HB 1228 – a bill that could allow any person to undermine state laws by citing their personal religious belief as an excuse to discriminate against others: “At Apple inclusion inspires innovation. Our employees …

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Crowdfund Launched For Anti-Gay Florist

It’s not clear who is behind this GoFundMe money beg, but here it is. (Tipped by JMG reader Christopher)

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Martyr Tour: Florist Goes To Fox News

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Quote Of The Day – Baronelle Stutzman

“Washington’s constitution guarantees us ‘freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.’ I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do. Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me …

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WASHINGTON: Anti-Gay Florist Rejects $2000 Settlement, Prefers Martyrdom

Via the Associated Press: A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell bouquets for same-sex ceremonies in the future. “Our state would be a better place if we respected each other’s differences, and …

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WASHINGTON: Anti-Gay Florist Found Guilty In Public Accommodations Case

Via the Associated Press: A judge has ruled that a florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law. In an opinion Wednesday, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom rejected arguments from the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland that her actions were protected by …

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Staples To Merge With Office Depot

Via the New York Times: In planning a $6.3 billion merger, Staples and Office Depot are betting that 18 years was long enough for government regulators to change their minds about how consumers buy office supplies. The deal, announced on Wednesday, is expected to be closely evaluated by antitrust authorities, given that it will shrink the world of office supply …

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Radio Shack Calls It Quits

Radio Shack is filing for bankruptcy but the brand won’t disappear entirely. Via Bloomberg: In the agreement, the Radio Shack brand would continue as a store-within-a-store concept at locations acquired by Sprint, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The retailer now expects to sell 1,500 to 2,400 stores to Sprint and Standard …

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New York Attorney General: Many Herbal Supplements Don’t Contain Listed Plants

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday announced that an investigation by his office has revealed that 79% of tested herbal supplements sold in several major chains do not contain the plants listed on the labels. Via the Associated Press: GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. sold supplements that either couldn’t be verified to contain the labeled substance or that …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Porn Shop Loses Suit To Stop Harassment From Catholic Group

A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit from a Pennsylvania porn shop, which sought to stop a local Catholic group from protesting outside the store and harassing its customers. The suit is a rare win for Alliance Defending Freedom. Via their press release: The corporation filed the lawsuit, Routes 202 and 309 Novelties and Gifts v. The King’s Men, with …

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FLORIDA: Grocery Giant Publix Expands Spousal Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Via Equality Florida: Publix has announced that starting on January 1, 2015, they will be expanding benefits to legally married same-sex couples. “Publix is expanding spouse coverage for its health, dental and vision benefits plans to associates who are married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal, regardless of the associates’ state of residence. Publix’s benefits plans offer coverage …

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Abercrombie CEO Steps Down

Controversial openly gay Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries stepped down yesterday after more than 20 years of helming the iconic brand. Via the Washington Post: Jeffries, 70, has led the company since 1992 and built Abercrombie into an icon of the teen fashion industry. Yet he came under fire last year for comments that resurfaced about how “a lot …

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Linda Harvey: Boycott Macy’s

“I have not been inside a Macys since 2011. I used to spend quite a bit of money during the holidays at our local Macys—but no longer. This decision was reinforced as I watched and photographed the huge Macys’ red star balloon flying high above the Columbus ‘gay’ pride parade in both 2013 and 2014. The banner carried by the …

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Apple Goes Red For World AIDS Day

 Via Mashable: In a striking show of support for World AIDS Day, Apple in Australia has changed the colour of its logo to red at the flagship Sydney store. The tinted iconic logo illuminated a rainy George Street late on Sunday evening, as onlookers watched on, curious as to what was happening. It is the first store in the world …

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AFA Launches PetSmart Boycott

The American Family Association, which says it wants corporations to “remain neutral” in the culture wars, has launched a boycott of PetSmart for remaining neutral. For years, PetSmart has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of …

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Viral Video Of The Day

Over 1.7M views on the first day of the below ad from Britain’s Sainsbury’s supermarket chain. The Guardian rips it to pieces: What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Not only the monstrous anger of the guns nor the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle, but now an epic four-minute, eye-wateringly expensive commercial for a supermarket chain. There is no disputing …

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AFA Issues 2014 Xmas Boycott List

The American Family Association, which claims to want corporations to “remain neutral in the culture wars” has issued its hypocritical 2014 boycott list of the companies who haven’t taken their side in the “War Against Christmas.” Hit the link for the full “Naughty Or Nice” ranking.

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John Lewis: Monty The Penguin

Going viral on YouTube today is this year’s Christmas ad from Britain’s John Lewis department store chain, whose holiday commercials are a beloved tradition. Via the Guardian: John Lewis unveils its latest festive advert, featuring a young boy and what appears to be his pet penguin playing together in the lead up to Christmas Day. After the success of last …

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