Steve Deace: Yep, Still a Moron and a Bigot

Right wing radio talk show host Steve Deace has a column at BarbWire demanding that every Republican presidential candidate be asked what they plan to do to protect Christians against the “rainbow jihad.” Because if Christian-owned businesses aren’t allowed to discriminate against gay people, they’re being “bullied into submission.”

Every Republican candidate for president should quickly make a household name of a Grimes, Iowa business recently bullied into submission by the Rainbow Jihad.

For the Mennonite crime of telling two homosexuals that they could not get married at their establishment, Gortz Haus Gallery owners Betty and Richard Odgaard have become the latest in a long line of Christians for whom the First Amendment somehow does not count.

Although they originally decided to fight back with a religious discrimination lawsuit of their own, the Odgaards tired of the drama that began in 2013 and in the end were willing to all but sell the farm to make it go away. They decided to sell their waterfront business rather than the pay the mob’s “protection fee.”

They will no longer host any weddings whatsoever in their building which once served as a Lutheran Church, nor will they cater weddings or provide flowers for them in order to avoid future accusations of discrimination. The Odgaards also opened up their wallet to the tune of $5,000 to settle the nonsense “civil rights complaint” they were bum-rushed with.

This begs the question: is there any social force more powerful today than the homosexual temper tantrum?

Hey, how about that “black temper tantrum”? I mean, they demanded the exact same protection against discrimination by businesses and got the Civil Rights Act passed more than 50 years ago to ban businesses from refusing to serve them. And they’ve so “bullied into submission” those businesses that few would even consider engaging in such discrimination (at least overtly). They’ve so “bullied into submission” the American people that it’s difficult to even find someone who thinks that law is anything but just. But bigotry against gay people is still within the range of respectability, though that is changing fast. And just like the anti-black bigots 50 years ago, today’s anti-gay bigots are still trying to argue that their personally favored form of discrimination and bigotry should be protected.

And guess what? A business owned by atheists or Muslims or anyone else can’t refuse to serve or hire Christians either, a protection that Christians have had for more than 50 years as well. So why isn’t Deace complaining about the “Christian temper tantrum” that is “bullying” non-Christians “into submission” to force those businesses to serve them? Oh right, because no one is actually arguing for such a right. The only ones demanding a right to discriminate are the Christians (some of them, of course, not all).

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  • wreck

    “Rainbow Jihad”

    Band name dibs!!!

  • wreck

    “They will no longer host any weddings whatsoever in their building which once served as a Lutheran Church, nor will they cater weddings or provide flowers for them”

    I admit I’m not up to speed on gay wedding etiquette, but are the caterers / florists / etc. required to participate in the gayhomosex orgy following the ceremony? Are they invited as a common courtesy? Or are they just expected to do their fucking jobs? The same jobs they are required do for everyone else because they run a business open to the public.

    Fine, let them hold their breath until they turn blue. Maybe someone who’s not such a flaming asshole will buy the business.

  • eric

    I’m cheering for you, Steve. I hope your plan to ask every GOP Presidential candidate what they will do to stop the rainbow jihad is successful. And I hope it gets all the press attention you dream for.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, us Conservative Christians aren’t trying to “discriminate”. We’re simply asking for the right to follow our conscience while operating or working at a public business, publicly, that’s open to the public unless they’re homos.

     

    Is that so much to ask?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    hmmm… Christians who want to live in America, but refuse to assimilate.

  • karmacat

    Calling it a rainbow jihad makes it sound like it is fun rather threatening or dangerous. In fact, I would like to see more rainbow jihads than the violent ones

  • Johnny Vector

    Steve Deace:

    They decided to sell their waterfront business rather than the pay the mob’s “protection fee.”

    Rather than let some gay people purchase their services, I suppose that means. So then, the “protection fee” would be, let’s see, negative however much they charge to host a wedding.

    Are we sure this isn’t the Piranha brothers we’re talking about?

  • John Pieret

    Betty and Richard Odgaard have become the latest in a long line of Christians for whom the First Amendment somehow does not count.

    Long line? Go ahead, name 20 other similar cases … we’ll wait.

    As to the First Amendment, can Betty and Richard still go to their church of choice; can they still pray how they like; can they contribute to the church of their choice and not be forced to contribute to another church whose tenets they don’t agree with? Sounds like the First Amendment is working fine. Can they claim their religion as a basis to legally discriminate against … oh, say … blacks or Jews or women? No, and few people would expect to be able to do that today. Why would that be any different when it came to gays? We’ll also wait for you to answer that one.

    As for temper tantrums, who is demanding that Republican presidential candidates answer a question on an issue they can have little control over in the unfortunate chance that they are elected?

  • eric

    @7:

    So then, the “protection fee” would be, let’s see, negative however much they charge to host a wedding.

    They’re martyrs! Just like those poor christians who fed the romans to the lions.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    For the Mennonite crime of telling two homosexuals that they could not get married at their establishment….They will no longer host any weddings whatsoever in their building which once served as a Lutheran Church.

    Since when did the Mennonites regard anything having to do with Lutherans to be sacred?

  • karmacat


    Are we sure this isn’t the Piranha brothers we’re talking about?

    DINSDALE

  • gshelley

    What about the disabled temper tantrum? You try refusing service to someone in a wheelchair because you think they are being punished by God and see how far that gets you

    Of course, the bigots would probably argue that is not a legitimate religious belief – presumably they are in favour of some sort of state biblical morality board, that gets to decide if a religious opinion is a valid one or not

  • bushrat

    To paraphrase; “The government shouldn’t have the right to infringe on their right to infringe on other peoples rights.”

  • Kevin Kehres

    Always cracks me up — the banner ad in the middle of the post is for Liberty University. Gotta love those Google ad-server algorithms.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    You got all the fun today, Kevin. Mine is an ad for People magazine, featuring Bruce Jenner on the cover.

  • mikeym

    Are we sure this isn’t the Piranha brothers we’re talking about?

    DINSDALE

    Is this referring to the other operation, or the other other operation? I get confused.