Who’s the bigot: Christians? Or those attacking them?

An article came out yesterday that universally declared anyone who supported Chick-Fil-A, Christians, and believes in the traditional definition of marriage are bigots. No word on if the author felt Obama was a bigot up until a few weeks ago, when he flip flopped on the issue. And no word if the author considers himself a bigot for ostracizing all believers.

The other day, Glenn gave a response on air to an article attacking the owners of Chick-Fil-A as bigots for their support of traditional marriage. Glenn supported the owners, saying that being pro-traditional marriage did not mean you were inherently anti-gay. The author of the article responded by calling Glenn, and anyone who agrees with him, a bigot.

"I would assume that you guys are as well, have been labeled a bigot just because, you know, I say that a sandwich shop really can't oppress anybody, I'm a bigot, you're a bigot.  We're all bigots now," Glenn said.

"Dan Cathey's a COO.  He does not command some sort of elite chicken police force that's grappling down the sides of people's houses.  He has an ad campaign where cows suggest people eat more chicken," he said. "Besides the chicken, I don't think he's oppressing anybody."

"We didn't get into the same‑sex marriage.  We didn't discuss sexuality at all.  What we talked about was not mentioned in the article.  What was mentioned is that now the year is 2012 and because it's 2012, all bets are off.  Everything you once believed, everything that doesn't fit the new and improved belief structure in this country is apparently no longer allowed because it's 2012.  No punches will be pulled.  If you have a different point of view, it's okay for you to be ostracized.  It's okay for you to be ridiculed.  It's okay for you to be demonized.  Even if you don't actually say anything hateful, if you don't even address anything about somebody else's point of view, you're a hate monger."

"Keep in mind these are the same people that hate labels and hate to be labeled.  They are the same people who preach tolerance, yet they have no tolerance, especially for people who have a biblical view of the world.  They preach diversity, but they only want to hear their opinion.  No diverse opinions are allowed."

"The left has the same problem with the Bible that they do with the United States Constitution. Every time they talk about the Bible, it's old, it's dusty, it doesn't apply anymore. Every time they talk about the Constitution, it's old, it's dusty and the thing, it's just, we're an enlightened people now. Really? This is what enlightenment looks like? Then I'd ‑‑ I'd like to ask for a little bit more darkness if this is what it looks like in the light. Because look at what we're doing to each other. Now that we've outgrown the cute, quaint little notions of right and wrong, good and bad, evil and righteousness, this is it? And because so many Christians refuse to let go of those crazy notions, we can't tolerate them anymore. We have to be marginalized and demonized. Their scriptures have to be taken out of context, distorted, and shown how silly they really are in 2012."

"The only problem, the only problem with the left's theory is that Christians, the people who really do understand the Bible, still represent about 3/4 of this country. And you know what? I don't know about you, but I am tired of being misrepresented. I'm tired of being ridiculed. I've taken it. We've all taken it. The country has taken it. And ‑‑ because we don't hate people. And, you know, whatever. You want to say that? Whatever. But it's time it stops. And it's going to. But not through muscle, not through shutting you down. Just, we're going to dismiss you now. You're really pathetic. We're sick and tired of hearing it, and it doesn't work anymore. You keep playing your one‑note refrain of hate and bigotry and racism. Actually it's not one note. Actually I think technically that's three."

 

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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