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Hate crime maps reveal the most prejudiced places in America

At least 6,593 hate crimes occurred in 2012, according to hate crime data compiled by the University of Michigan.

The maps below reveal where different groups are most likely to be victims of hate crimes. Each county is colored based on its hate crime rate, the number of hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012. The worst offenders and their hate crime rates are called out in each map.

We’re looking at you Boise county.

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The sort of people that are put off by the Coca Cola commercial are probably the same sort of people to be put off by Pepsi donating to the gay pride movement.

Coke loves immigrants.

Pepsi loves gay people.

Dr. Pepper is distributed by both companies.

My only hope is that intolerance will die of dehydration.

Just to make things clear

Guys, not every girl is interested in you. Deal with it.

Girls, not every guy is interested in you. Deal with it.

Guys, not every homosexual male is interested in you.

Girls, not every homosexual female is interested in you.

Guys, homosexual females will not be swayed with the right “persuasion.”

Girls, homosexual males will not be swayed with the right “persuasion.”

Guys, homosexual females were not hurt by a man.

Girls, homosexual females are not “attention whores”.

Guys, homosexual males are not a “threat to your masculinity”.

Girls, homosexual males are not pets to aspire to have as your “fashionable gay best friend.”

Everyone, homosexual male does not mean they are feminine.

Everyone, homosexual female does not mean they are “butch”.

Everyone, bisexuals are NOT defined by who they are currently in a relationship with. They are still bisexual.

Everyone, asexual spectrum does not mean frigid.

Everyone, aromantic spectrum does not mean they use people.

Everyone, pansexual does not mean interested in EVERYONE.

Everyone, heterosexual does not mean intolerant, prejudiced, or “right”.

These things also do not mean someone is NOT one of these things. The point is that when a trait of an individual is generalized to an entire group, the generalization is wrong, no matter how widely believed it is.

Hate-filled intolerance mob gloat about Truett Cathy's death on Twitter

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The intolerance mob is so predictable.  They claim that they want tolerance for all people, but it’s simply not true.  They cannot tolerate anybody like Truett Cathy.  Although Chick-fil-a never discriminated against gays, the intolerance mob seethes with hate for Cathy because he donated to causes that affirmed his Biblical values on marriage and sexuality. 

For the intolerance mob, the death of somebody who disagreed with them is time to gloat, and that’s what they’re doing today.  

(Profanity warning…obviously)

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Twitchy is collecting more of these.  Again, it’s important to remember what the issue at hand is.  Truett Cathy did not discriminate against gays.  Chick-fil-a serves anybody who walks through the door.  Chick-fil-a has gay employees.  But no, the intolerance mob rejoices about his death because he believed in something. 

It’s ironic that they spread such vitriol in the name of “tolerance.”  Just read the tweets, and it’s not hard to see: they’re the least tolerant people out there.

Straight male celebs kiss to fight gay hate in Russia

German GQ has launched the “Gentlemen against Homophobia” campaign, aiming to spread love and stamp out intolerance across Europe and the world.

11 December 2013 | By Joe Morgan

Straight male celebs have kissed in order to fight homophobia in Russia, Germany and around the world.

In the brand new German campaign, titled #Mundpropaganda (a pun on ‘word of mouth’ and ‘kissing propaganda’), the hunks are hoping to stamp out intolerance and discrimination.

Lifestyle monthly GQ, generally known for advertising fast cars and hot women to its readers, launched the Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign.

13 celebrities puckered up for the pics. While relatively unknown outside of the country, they included actor August Diehl, the band Revolverheld and singer Herbert Grönemeyet.

Six incredible photos were produced, aiming to be published all over Germany on buses, posters and billboards.

‘The intolerance that homosexuals are still fighting against is shocking,’ Editor-in-Chief José Redondo-Vega said.

‘With #Mundpropaganda  we wanted to give a clear sign in favor of a free society.’

He added to The Local male celebs kissing each other showed ‘admirable courage’.

Some people who GQ approached to take part in the campaign said no, proving Germany has a ‘long way to go’.

To all of my friends who think color doesn’t affect how people perceive me here in Arizona, and that I’m overreacting:

Color matters when I’m told by white people that I “don’t act like all the other ones…”

Color matters when I’m told by other black kids that I’m “too white” for them.

Color matters when a teacher so obviously goes out of her way to tell me, the only black kid in the class, that she will make my life miserable, and does just that, but spares her wrath from every single other kid in the class, despite me possibly being more behaved than the rest.

Color matters when I fucking get beat up by a dude on the bus while being called “nigger” by him and the other kids, and no one tries to stop it.

Color matters when I hear the word “nigger” every single day of 7th grade.

Color matters when on my first day of going to school here in the 1st grade, I’m told by a classmate that she can’t be my friend because I’m black.

Color matters when I’m told that my interests, hobbies, and activities are considered and perceived as “white

Color matters when people touch my hair and tell me how weird it is. Then proceed to ask me how/when I wash it and if it’s real.

Color matters when I’m told by several white friends, “No offense, but I’d never be attracted to a black girl/guy… gross.”

Color matters when I find out that most of the people I’m attracted to here wouldn’t be interested in me, not because they think I have a shit personality or that I’m not entertaining or caring or have any good traits, but because I’m BLACK.

I’m not accusing the whole state of being racist, but if you’re going to try to convince me that everyone here is so liberal and tolerant and understanding towards people like me, then you can go fall down a well. 

Oh sorry. You guys have had the same experiences because of the color of your skin? I’m overreacting? Yeah, shut the fuck up.

Colorado baker stands by his beliefs, will no longer sell wedding cakes to anyone, gay or straight

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It’s what the intolerant gay activist mob wanted.  When Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig decided to sue the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Colorado because he refused to bake them a cake for their wedding, they weren’t really looking for a cake.  They were looking to punish a man for his religious beliefs.  

It looks like they got their way, but owner Jack Phillips isn’t backing away from his beliefs, even if it ends up costing him his business.

from Washington Examiner:

Wedding cakes are no longer on the menu at Lakewood, Colo.-based Masterpiece Cake Shop.

Owner Jack Phillips will stop offering wedding cake services in the wake of a ruling that his shop must sell cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies, despite his religious objections.

The ordeal began in 2012 when Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig solicited a cake for their wedding from Phillips’ shop. They were turned down by Phillips, who has been a Christian for 35 years and whose religious convictions do not permit him to endorse same-sex weddings. At the time, Phillips told the men “I’ll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you cookies and brownies, I just don’t make cake for same-sex weddings.”

The couple responded with an obscene hand gesture (courtesy of Mullins) and an airing of grievances over Facebook. “It was the most awkward, surreal, very brief encounter,” Mullins said. “We got up to leave, and to be totally honest, I said, ‘F*** you and your homophobic cake shop.’ And I may or may not have flipped him off.”

They then took their case to the Colorado civil rights commission, claiming unlawful discrimination.

The commission — composed of three Democrats, three unaffiliated members and one Republican — agreed by affirming the decision of administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer, who ruled against Masterpiece Cakes.

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We’ve covered this before.  Nobody’s rights are violated when a person refuses to bake a cake.  The couple was free to choose another baker, but Jack Phillips wasn’t free to choose new customers.  Instead, he’s saying goodbye to a substantial portion of his business.  

This is story is about intolerance, the intolerance of activists against Jack Phillips’ beliefs. Sadly, the bullies won. 

9/11 Thoughts, 2014 C.E.

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On this anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed many who were simply going about the business of enjoying their lives, it is apt to recall the danger that extremist religions pose to those who are not their adherents. In the past year we have seen journalists beheaded, individuals executed for practicing “sorcery,” children captured for sexual slavery, and people of all ages and genders slaughtered for believing otherwise than their captors.

Yet even those who would not be deemed “religious extremists” still follow the age-old practice of intolerance towards non-believers and others who do not share their particular scripture-based views. Here in the U.S. we’ve witnessed Christians seeking to legally discriminate against LGBT individuals by asking President Obama to be allowed not to employ them and Christian owners of businesses wishing to limit contraception options for their employees based on their sect’s take on their sacred writings. The first failed but the latter succeeded. This is a battle of secularism vs. theocracy, and it is being fought around the globe.

Sadly, most people share the misconception expressed by President Obama in his speech yesterday regarding how he intends to address the issue of the aggressively murderous Islamic State: “No religion condones the killing of innocents…” The history of the past as well as the news feeds of today demonstrate the untruth of that idea.

Many religions have taken it as a God-mandated prerogative to exterminate any who are named as apostates and heretics. Christianity and Islam have committed particularly bloody offenses over the past two thousand years in search of world dominion and the priests of those religions have blessed soldiers, weaponry and torture devices meant to mutilate or murder the people they sought to conquer. And so it still goes today.

I suggest that my own piece dealing with the danger offered by those who believe in deities, The Murderous Madness of Theism, may be worth another read today as it addresses this anniversary and the subject at hand—the faithful gleefully slay innocents for in their God-ridden minds they’ve judged that dissent merits death.

—Magus Peter H. Gilmore

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Arizona “religious freedom” bill discussed: “You’re probably a homophobe”.

My dad and I got into an argument last night because I’m white and my boyfriend isn’t. He says he “doesn’t believe in interracial anything”. He keeps telling me that I’m being stupid and childish, that one day I’ll “grow up and realize”, that my relationship is WRONG.

HOW

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CAN SOMETHING

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I HAVE WITH SOMEONE

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WHO MAKES ME SO HAPPY

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AND LOVES ME SO MUCH

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BE WRONG?

Muslim woman protests pro-bacon sign; local restaurant removes the display

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Here’s the deal:

I love bacon.

If anyone is offended by that statement, I simply do not care.  

Apparently, that’s not the way things work in Vermont.

from WPTZ:

A sign on a lamp post at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words “Yield Sneakers Bacon” until Friday morning. The bistro owners took it down.

It got there as part of “Operation Bloom.”

A city program put it in place to keep its flower beds beautiful. If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, but the word “bacon” on the Sneakers Bistro sign started a discussion about diversity on the Winooski Front Porch Forum.

It started with a post from one woman who wrote that the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork. She said as a Muslim she is personally offended by it.

The owners of Sneakers spoke to WPTZ. They say they’ve reached out to the individual who made the post and proactively took the sign down. They also say they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings.

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At least this was all voluntary.  If this business owner wants to be a total wimp and cave to intolerant bullying, that’s fine.  However, the whole ordeal is frustrating to watch from afar.  

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some delicious, delicious bacon….which is a kind of pork…which is made from a pig…a dead pig….a delicious dead pig. 

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Appearing on MSNBC, former Secretary of State Colin Powell ripped the Republican Party for catering to “elements” that are
“intolerant” to minorities and “demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look.”

Speaking with Andrea Mitchell about the need for immigration reform, he stated that reforming our broken system is paramount. “We are an immigrant nation,” Powell said. “People wonder if we’re still the great country that we pretend to be, or we present ourselves to be. The answer is yes.”

Then, he turned his attention on his own party for their unfettered racism and bigotry:

“There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” Powell said. “I think the party has to deal with this.”

He continued, stating that even senior-level Republicans continue to make “statements about women” and “minorities” that make the party look “less tolerant than it should be.”

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