What Fresh Hell Is This?

February 11, 2019

The P-G's Steve Kelley Gets The Amendments (And The Commandments) Wrong

His most recent offering to our civic discourse:

You'll note references to three recent events:
And in each case, he gets the issue wrong, in one way or another.

Good going, Post-Gazette!

In Pence's case, I'll let the AP sum up what's going on:
Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop.

Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says it can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers or enroll children with gay or lesbian parents.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group, criticized the move as an example of the Pences showing their public service “only extends to some.”
So an advocacy group is criticizing an elected official and the news media is reporting it and to the right, that's an attack on the First Amendment.

Um, no, Steve. That's exactly what the First Amendment is for. Everyone has the right to speak freely, believe whatever faith they want to believe (or none at all), associate freely. It also means that as part of those rights everyone has the right to criticize.

Mike Pence's demand that the criticism (i.e the free speech/press) "must stop" is the threat to the First Amendment.

Then there's the MAGA hats. From CBS:
A restaurateur in San Mateo, California, has apologized after announcing a ban on anyone wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, CBS San Francisco reports. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, a chef and partner at Wursthall Restaurant and Bierhaus, tweeted on Sunday that he wouldn't serve anyone who enters his restaurant with one of President Trump's signature caps.

"It hasn't happened yet, but if you come to my restaurant wearing a MAGA cap, you aren't getting served. Same as if you come in wearing a swastika, white hood, or any other symbol of intolerance and hate," Lopez-Alt tweeted.

The "MAGA" hat ban tweet was taken down later, but it had already sparked both support and criticism. The restaurant's Facebook and Yelp pages were quickly overloaded with negative comments, forcing the social media sites to shut down the comment sections, CBS San Francisco reported.
The ban (a bad decision on its own, in my view) was announced and then after a public outcry was made was rescinded.

How is that a threat to the First Amendment?

Then, finally, the Commandment. We've already dealt with how the right has spun the story (and how it's not "infanticide") so we won't waste anyone's time rehashing.

But does Steve Kelley know that not everyone numbers the Commandments the same way?  For example, The Vatican says that the 6th Commandment is this:
6. You shall not commit adultery.
The "murder" Commandment, to the world's Catholics at least, is the 5th Commandment.

So, when will we be seeing Steve Kelley's public shaming of Donald Trump's for his many many violations of this Commandment?

Thought so.

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