Stacey Campfield should claim religious discrimination after he was thrown out of a Knoxville restaurant because of his political and religious views
Of course, since this writer believes that a business owner ought to
have the right to do business or not do business in the way they might
choose, we uphold Ms. Boggs' right to throw Campfield out of her
establishment, thereby also losing the business of the compatriots who
were with him. We are compelled to ask, however, what the reaction from
our friends on the Left would be were the tables turned. What if
Campfield were a prominent homosexual rights activist? Perhaps he might
an open advocate for so-called "gay marriage," while, in our reverse
scenario, Ms. Boggs were a Christian business owner who did not wish to
be seen associating with someone engaging in activity she viewed as
openly sinful and promoting political and social ideas related to the
open sin that were repulsive and contrary to everything she stood for.
As a result of this then, she asked Campfield to leave? The so-called
"gay community" would be in outrage, they would be filing complaints to
the State and federal government, shouting discrimination, and using the
made-up word "homophobe" on Ms. Boggs.
The reality is that the Left are the purveyors of the dictatorship of
relativism. You must believe as they do and embrace the moral relativism
which they have spent the past half-century or more watering down our
society with, or otherwise you are unworthy to be treated as a citizen.
Dignity then, to the Left, applies only to those who embrace the twisted
moral and social universe which the Left has created.
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We Told You So
Remember I told you Tony Shipley and Dale Ford would be exonerated
Indeed, the evidence that the so-called investigation into Shipley and Ford was really a witch-hunt mounted as then-Health Commissioner Susan Cooper and former legislative aide to the Governor Dale Kelly were dismissed under rather mysterious circumstances. Both of those individuals had a hand in seeing to it that the nurses in question were given their licenses back. The Examiner was able to pose the hard questions to one of those nurses, Bob Reynolds, who put himself at some risk to bring us the truth of the case
and of the politicized nature of certain officialdom at the Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation to light. All along, this writer maintained that
Reps. Shipley (R-Kingsport) and Ford (R-Jonesborough) were victims of a hatchet job, and were being used as political fall guys for the failure of the Board of Nursing to do its job correctly.
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Would You Like Cheese With That Whine?
The Democrats are already whining about redistricting
This new district map essentially does the reverse, and insures that
cities, which are losing population, are not overrepresented in the next
General Assembly, hence the real source of the Democrats' concern.
There was very little in the way of complaint from Democrats about
under-representation of rural Tennessee and East Tennessee back when
they drew the districts and drew them to manufacture Democratic
majorities that were padded at best and an outright fabrication of
reality at worst. Now that it is time to administer the medication to
the patient-Tennessee's electoral system-that Democrats made sick with
years of neglect and taking their majorities for granted, Tennessee
Democrats do not want to take their medicine. As they know very well
from experience, the party that runs the General Assembly calls the tune
in Tennessee-see how we felt all those years?
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If Tennessee wants a say in the Republican nominating process, South Carolina had better save the day
Contrary to popular belief, the Republican nomination is far from
decided in reality. After South Carolina, the series of States which
vote on what this year will be Super Tuesday, March 6th, will all have
their delegate counts decided on a proportional basis, most by
congressional district. That means that if candidates were to campaign
well, they could still challenge Mitt Romney for the Republican
nomination. The practical reality is that if Tennesseans want a real say
in who will be the Republican nominee, it would appear that South
Carolina is going to have to be the contest where someone defeats Mitt
Romney, because at some point, money becomes a factor for those
candidates who would otherwise have a chance to be nominated.
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Just Make Sure You Do the Business
Talk of early adjournment of the Tennessee General Assembly is a very good thing
The Tennessee General Assembly convenes its second session today and gets underway in a matter of minutes as this column is being written. Indeed, by the time we go to press, session will almost certainly be underway in both Houses. Just as the General Assembly gets underway today, there is already talk of when the session will end, with the leadership of both Houses eager to get on with business and get out of Nashville as quickly as possible. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey hinted during today's Senate session in an exchange with Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) as this column is being written that he was hoping for adjournment as soon as late April.
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The New Congressional Order
East Tennessee will soon have a new Congressional configuration
With the Tennessee General Assembly set to open tomorrow, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey releasing the likely Tennessee Congressional District map late last week, the the proposal set to become finalized early in the new session of the General Assembly. One thing that doesn't change is the compsition of the First Congressional District, in which this writer lives. Congressman Phil Roe's (R-Johnson City) will remain virtually the same, including taking in the 3rd civil district of Jefferson County (White Pine Precinct). The remaining 2/3rds of Jefferson County, however, won't be in the 3rd Congressional District represented by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-Chattanooga) any longer, but will join Grainger, Claibourne, and part of Campbell Counties in a refomed 2nd Congressional District anchored in Knox County and represented by Tennessee's senior Member of Congress, John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Knoxville).
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Redistricting Is Here
The Tennessee House and Senate redistricting plans have arrived
The real changes appear to be coming in the Tennessee House of
Representatives, especially for those of us in East Tennessee. What
amounts to three new districts will be created in Knox County, including
(if the map
is correct) an 89th District in West Knox County. We won't ask for
details on how 89 is consecutive with 13 through 19. Representative
Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) won't represent any part of
Knox County anymore, but he will have around 2/3rds of Jefferson and
roughly the northern third of Sevier County as his new 17th District.
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