Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged) – Nick Offerman

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged)

Nick Offerman

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 16.99

Publish Date: May 26, 2015

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Trump says Jerry West to get Medal of Freedom

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40oz. to Freedom – Sublime

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40oz. to Freedom

Sublime

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: June 1, 1992

© ℗ 2016 Gasoline Alley, J.V.

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Britney Spears May Be Using Mother Lynne to Gain Freedom During Dark Period

Britney Spears is in bad shape — her meds aren’t working right and she’s not nearly fully recovered from her relapse that landed her in a mental health facility — and now to make matters worse, we’re told she’s “playing” her mom to give her more…

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged) – Nick Offerman

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged)

Nick Offerman

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 16.99

Publish Date: May 26, 2015

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American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom (feat. DACA Artists) – John Daversa Big Band

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American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom (feat. DACA Artists)

John Daversa Big Band

Genre: Contemporary Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 21, 2018

© ℗ 2018 BFM Jazz

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Ode to Freedom – Bernstein in Berlin: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral” – Leonard Bernstein, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra & New York Philharmonic

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Ode to Freedom – Bernstein in Berlin: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"

Leonard Bernstein, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra & New York Philharmonic

Genre: Classical

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 1, 1990

© ℗ 1990 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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# Summer 2018: Driving with Jazz – Holiday, Freedom, Happiness – Jazz Music Collection, Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient & Classical Jazz Academy

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# Summer 2018: Driving with Jazz – Holiday, Freedom, Happiness

Jazz Music Collection, Instrumental Jazz Music Ambient & Classical Jazz Academy

Genre: Instrumental

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: July 13, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Mood Jazz Ambient Rec

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New Hymn to Freedom – Szun Waves

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New Hymn to Freedom

Szun Waves

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: August 31, 2018

© ℗ 2018 The Leaf Label

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Freedom Summer – Translee

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Freedom Summer

Translee

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: August 28, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Digital Native Culture / Grand Hustle

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FREEDOM Legends – Stephen Arseneault

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FREEDOM Legends

Stephen Arseneault

Genre: Science Fiction

Publish Date: September 10, 2017

Publisher: Stephen Arseneault

Seller: Smashwords, Inc.


The exciting first book of the FREEDOM series. For 500 generations Humans have been addicted to a drug called Shackle. We are slaves to the alien species of the galaxy. Bought, traded, sold, and hunted for sport. Our value is measured only in credits. But a virus is sweeping through the Human population, altering a gut bacteria and making Humans immune to Shackle's addiction. As we become aware of our condition, we begin to yearn for freedom. Will the legends of our past be enough to show us the way?

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Freedom Child – The Script

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Freedom Child

The Script

Genre: Pop

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: September 1, 2017

© ℗ 2017 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged) – Nick Offerman

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged)

Nick Offerman

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 26.95

Publish Date: May 26, 2015

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Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival (Live) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival (Live)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Genre: Rock

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: August 28, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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What Next on the Slippery Slope to Freedom?

One of my female friends has the view that monogamy is tantamount to slavery of men. Once you control a man’s access to sex, you own him. 

This discussion requires some background briefing. 

Fact: Men are happy when they are rubbing their penises on pleasant people or things. Or if they think they might soon. Or if they recently did. During other times, men are not as likely to be happy. But men are also human beings, and so they blame their bad moods on things like “stress” or a bad day at work.

Women can fact-check that claim by querying a man about his mood immediately before, during, or after sex. Now compare that answer to any randomly picked minute of the rest of his day. You might see a pattern.

That’s the Moist Robot idea in a nutshell. Our bodies and the environment jack our body chemistry, the chemistry changes what we think and how we feel, and the result is our moods. The more common view of the world is that our moods are somehow a mind-generated problem that can be fixed by thinking better, resolving annoyances, or by taking prescription meds. But sometimes the world is simpler. I can’t speak for women, but most men are going to be in a good mood if you offer them a sandwich and oral sex for lunch. Even if they say no. It just feels good to be asked.

And ladies, if a guy thinks he has a chance of getting that sort of lunch now or any day in the infinite future, and you ask him to hand-wash your car, he will probably rearrange his schedule and maybe power-wash your driveway too. Just in case. Because it might be a good investment in the future. 

Hence, some people would say monogamy is male slavery disguised by words such as soul-mate and “good man.”

The man might tell himself that he does nice things because he is a nice guy, or that no one can wash cars as well as he can. But in reality the man just loves sandwiches for lunch and he doesn’t want to die lonely. He’s not a liar; he just doesn’t know that his body is driving his moods, not vice-versa. We are all under the persistent illusion that our bad moods are caused by the “problems” in our lives as opposed to the chemistry inside your skulls.

But here’s the interesting trend I see emerging. This is where we get to the good part.

Monogamy and marriage made economic sense when the family model involved a working (or hunting) dad and a child-rearing, cooking, mom. In this arrangement the man gives up his option to pursue multiple sex partners and in return he gets the benefits of a mate who can do the things he can’t. The two halves of the marriage make a whole. Plus you get the soul mate thing, love, heirs, and other good stuff. And obviously married women are also giving up their options for lovers and whatnot as well.

Fast-forward to 2015 when gender distinctions are narrowing. The economic value of spouses has been reduced because of the rise of alternatives. Today women can do all the hunting and working they want. A man can hire a surrogate to carry a baby to term. A woman can go to a sperm bank for a father. The man can hire nannies, drivers, tutors, cooks, and more. So the job of “spouse” is simply less important than at any time in history. Women don’t need spouses for income or protection, and men no longer need a spouse to carry a baby, so long as a willing stranger wants to do it for money. And obviously there is adoption.

Today only the rich can afford to outsource the work of an entire spouse. But most of those “spouse functions” will soon be automated and less expensive for all. Food will arrive at your door by inexpensive drone, with perfectly balanced meals customized to each person. Self-driving cars with cameras are probably the safest way to transport a kid, and someday probably the cheapest. And I expect apps to come along that match bored senior citizens with neighborhood kids that need to be watched while a parent works. My point is that the option to outsource a spouse – either male or female – is moving down market quickly. I think it will be a middle-class option in ten years.

And then what happens to monogamy? Obviously many people will prefer monogamy and the traditional family unit for personal or religious reasons. It has its advantages. But monogamy will no longer be the economic and social necessity it once was. And at that point you might see a social movement to free men from the biological oppression of monogamy so they might seek happiness for the first time in modern history. 

Everyone is different, but generally speaking, men aren’t happy without a sex life. And monogamy usually leads to a sexless future (typically defined as sex once per month or less.) Science tells us humans lose sexual interest in a mate over time, and no amount of magical thinking can stop biology’s slow march. 

In 2015 men have the option of either giving up happiness to monogamy or being lonely and childless. I think we will see better options emerging now that the majority of adults in the United States are single. I predict that you will see an emergence of more complicated multi-person virtual “tribes” of single people who are taking care of each others’ needs in various areas so a spouse is unnecessary.

The only gating factor I see is the added health risks of multiple partners. But I’ll bet science can fix all of that in ten years with nano-robots, stem cells, and Indogene* skin. And let’s be honest about the negative health impact of a sexless marriage, recognizing there are trade-offs in all things.

Scott

In Top Tech Blog, here come the nano devices to play doctor inside your body. 

And it raises my usual question: How many nano devices can a human have inside its organic frame and still remain a human? A few nano devices is no big deal. But if the nano technology evolves in time from simply fixing health problems to making your body work better in general, you might be gulping handfuls of nano robots for breakfast. You’ll be more nano device than human at some point, offloading the tasks of your internal organs and eventually even your mind to the tiny robots that are, collectively, you.

In time (decades) I would expect the nano robots to handle your body’s basic needs better than your natural organs, thus making your human parts unnecessary one organ at a time until we are mostly robot and a little bit of skin.

The robots don’t need to conquer us. We will evolve into them as soon as they do a better job than our natural organs.

The good reviews keep coming for this book.

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‘Metropolitan’ 25th Anniversary: Whit Stillman, Stars on “Freedom,” “Fun” of Filming and “Exquisite Bullshit” of Dialogue


As the indie hit gets re-released, Chris Eigeman and Dylan Hundley talk about the lingering impact of teenage memories, like the experiences that inspired Stillman’s script.

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The 25th Anniversary of George Michael’s “Freedom” Music Video

Twenty-five years ago, George Michael refused to star in his own music video. Instead, he gathered five of the most beautiful women in the world for a six-and-a-half-minute film that would make video history.
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Rick Ross “Family Ties,” Pharrell Williams “Freedom,” Juicy J “Breathe” & More | Daily Visuals 7.22.15

In the midst of his artist, Meek Mill firing Twitter shots at his boy, Drake, Rick Ross drops visuals for the aptly titled “Family Ties” off last years Hood Billionaire album. Playing the Bawse role as only he can, the robust rapper does what he does best: rub his jewel encrusted hands together while rapping about the lavish life that we thought 50 Cent was living this whole time. Apparently his whole life has been a Rent-A-Center commercial.

Speaking of living, Pharrell Williams releases another upbeat song with a message accompanied by visuals that span the world and takes a look at different cultures and ways of life in “Freedom.” Missing from this video was a cameo from his old partner, Chad Hugo. How you travel the world and not drop in on your old drum machine chum?

Check out the rest of today’s visuals which include work from Juicy J, Trina, and more.

 

RICK ROSS – “FAMILY TIES”

 

PHARRELL WILLIAMS – “FREEDOM”

 

JUICY J FT. G.O.D. – “BREATHE”

 

TRINA FT. RICO LOVE – “REAL ONE”

 

BOSSTOP FT. WAKA FLOCKA – “BET HE WON’T”

 

FREEWAY & SCHOLITO – “BE REAL”

 

JACK PRESTON – “FUTURE’S END/FUTURE’S BEGINNING”

 

SHY GLIZZY – “I DID IT”

 

PROBLEM – “50 SHADES OF GREY”

JONAH CRUZZ FT. MACEO – “GANGSTA GANGSTA”

 

GERALD WALKER & THE FAMILY – “NO HEART FEELINGS”

 

REJJIE SNOW – “I WILL STILL KEEP YOU”

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Freedom – Akon

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Freedom

Akon

Genre: R&B/Soul

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: December 2, 2008

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Joey Graceffa Explains New Sense Of Freedom

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Freedom & Surrender – Lizz Wright

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Freedom & Surrender

Lizz Wright

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 9.99

Expected Release Date: September 4, 2015

© ℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

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Freedom – Single – Pharrell Williams


Freedom – Single
Pharrell Williams

Release Date:
July 1, 2015
Total Songs:
1

Genre:
Pop

Price:
$ 1.29

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℗ 2015 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment


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Forever Young, Gifted & Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit – Nina Simone

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Forever Young, Gifted & Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit

Nina Simone

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: January 1, 2006

© ℗ Originally Recorded 1967, 1968, 1969. All rights reserved by BMG Music; (P) 2006 BMG Music

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Freedom – Refused


Freedom
Refused

Release Date:
June 26, 2015
Total Songs:
10

Genre:
Rock

Price:
By Song Only

Copyright
℗ 2015 Refused, under exclusive license to Epitaph


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40 Oz. to Freedom – Sublime

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40 Oz. to Freedom

Sublime

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 11.99

Release Date: December 31, 1991

© ℗ 1992 Gasoline Alley Records Inc.

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Freedom & Dreams – North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne

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Freedom & Dreams

North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne

Genre: Blues

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: February 17, 2015

© ℗ 2015 NMO Records

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged) – Nick Offerman

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Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Unabridged)

Nick Offerman

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 26.95

Publish Date: May 26, 2015

© ℗ © 2015 Penguin Audio

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Faith No More’s Mike Patton: ‘You Create Your Own Freedom’

The lead singer of the mercurial rock (and funk and rap and whatever else will fit) band talks about the long path to Sol Invictus, the first Faith No More album in 18 years.

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Indy Star Blasts Gov. Mike Pence Over ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘Fix This Now’

The Indianapolis Star is holding Gov. Mike Pence (R) accountable for the state’s controversial “religious freedom” law.

On Thursday, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued. The LGBT community is often targeted by this type of discrimination.

Tuesday’s bold front page features an editorial blasting Pence for signing the law, and urging him to fix the damage it has already done to the Hoosier State.

We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history.

And much is at stake.

Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

Major companies, such as Apple, Walmart and Salesforce, have since announced they will boycott doing business in Indiana. Two states, Washington and Connecticut, said they will ban state-funded travel to Indiana.

The newspaper’s editorial board is calling for the passage of a statewide human rights law that would protect the LGBT community and take a clear stand against discrimination. Indianapolis’ Republican mayor Greg Ballard took similar measures on Monday by signing an executive order that forces businesses to abide by the city’s human rights ordinance, which prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation.

So far, the state’s Republican leaders have defended the law and remained steadfast in saying it does not discriminate. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pence said the law is “not a license to discriminate” and “simply reflects” federal legislation. Other state GOP leaders said they were “shocked” that their religious freedom law was seen as anti-gay, and that they simply didn’t anticipate the backlash.

But Indy Star has a strong message for these political leaders:

We urge Gov. Pence and lawmakers to stop clinging to arguments about whether RFRA really does what critics fear; to stop clinging to ideology or personal preferences; to focus instead on fixing this.

Governor, Indiana is in a state of crisis. It is worse than you seem to understand.

Read the full editorial at Indy Star.

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Indy Star Blasts Gov. Mike Pence Over ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘Fix This Now’

The Indianapolis Star is holding Gov. Mike Pence (R) accountable for the state’s controversial “religious freedom” law.

On Thursday, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued. The LGBT community is often targeted by this type of discrimination.

Tuesday’s bold front page features an editorial blasting Pence for signing the law, and urging him to fix the damage it has already done to the Hoosier State.

We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history.

And much is at stake.

Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

Major companies, such as Apple, Walmart and Salesforce, have since announced they will boycott doing business in Indiana. Two states, Washington and Connecticut, said they will ban state-funded travel to Indiana.

The newspaper’s editorial board is calling for the passage of a statewide human rights law that would protect the LGBT community and take a clear stand against discrimination. Indianapolis’ Republican mayor Greg Ballard took similar measures on Monday by signing an executive order that forces businesses to abide by the city’s human rights ordinance, which prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation.

So far, the state’s Republican leaders have defended the law and remained steadfast in saying it does not discriminate. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pence said the law is “not a license to discriminate” and “simply reflects” federal legislation. Other state GOP leaders said they were “shocked” that their religious freedom law was seen as anti-gay, and that they simply didn’t anticipate the backlash.

But Indy Star has a strong message for these political leaders:

We urge Gov. Pence and lawmakers to stop clinging to arguments about whether RFRA really does what critics fear; to stop clinging to ideology or personal preferences; to focus instead on fixing this.

Governor, Indiana is in a state of crisis. It is worse than you seem to understand.

Read the full editorial at Indy Star.

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Apple CEO: Pro-discrimination ‘religious Freedom ’ Laws Are Dangerous – The Washington Post

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.

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Charles Barkley Calls Indiana’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ‘Unacceptable’

A new “religious freedom” law in Indiana has NCAA basketball analyst and NBA legend Charles Barkley calling foul — and calling on officials to move next week’s March Madness Final Four tournament out of the state.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me,” Barkley said in a statement Friday afternoon. “As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”

The legislation, signed into law Thursday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), does not explicitly mention discrimination against gays or anyone else. Rather, it “prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise their religion,” according to The Indianapolis Star.

But critics say the bill could give businesses a legal foothold to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the name of religious freedom.

Barkley’s remarks echo the NCAA’s own position, which President Mark Emmert voiced Thursday in a prepared statement.

“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” said Emmert. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees. We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week’s Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill.”

“Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce,” Emmert’s statement continued.

Reggie Miller, a former NBA star who spent 18 years playing for the Indiana Pacers, also voiced concerns over the law, sending this message Friday to his 651,000 followers on Twitter:

Many other prominent figures have spoken out against the law, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who promptly canceled the company’s planned events in the state following the bill’s passage.
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What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That’s what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days.

Those circumstances were the perfect yet unfortunate set up for a lot of heartache. As my teenage years progressed, I gradually discovered that I was the devil in disguise, so to speak, for everyone around me. I was a homosexual, the despised and mythical creature about whom the Sunday school teacher warned us. I’m being dramatic about it now, but back then the stakes were quite high.

Nothing seems to change in my home state. It seemed a bit of a miracle when the marriage ban was struck down, then perhaps a bit predictable when Indiana became the latest state to pass a religious freedom act. On Monday, the state became the latest to pass such legislation. Gov. Mike Pence has said he’ll sign it.

I’m no longer a Christian, but I very much remember the mindset of the fundamentalist. Modern American fundamentalism is a faith of mean-ness — of exclusion — of turning your fears into God’s will and your gossip into prayer requests. I remember it well.

The irony is they completely think they’re doing the right thing…what Jesus would do.

The Jesus Christ of my imagination gladly makes flowers and cakes for gay people. I mean, that seemed to be his M.O. in scripture, hanging out with and helping people regardless of what they believed. Alas, the Jesus Christ of my imagination is irrelevant. What matters now is the savior in the minds of those pressing for the protection of their so-called religious freedom.

It seems an easy realization, that this religious freedom comes at the cost of oppressing another. But in defense, they would very much say the same applies to them, and now we are in a Catch 22 of prejudice.

The answer (and I can’t believe I’m about to say this) is Jesus. The man who who loved all unconditionally. For those so concerned with the inevitable coming of gay marriage, is it not time to sincerely ask, “What would Jesus do?”
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Gen Con Threatens To Take Popular Convention, And Millions, Out Of Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill

Organizers of Gen Con, said to be the largest gaming convention in the U.S., have threatened to take their event — and potentially millions of dollars — out of Indiana if Governor Mike Pence (R) signs a controversial religious freedom bill into law.

Senate Bill 101 will prohibit state and local governments from “substantially burdening someone’s religious beliefs, unless that entity can prove it’s relying on the least restrictive means possible to further a compelling governmental interest,” MSNBC reports.

Supporters of the bill say that the legislation will protect people and business owners with strong religious beliefs from government interference. Opponents contend that the law could sanction discrimination, particularly against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“Gen Con proudly welcomes a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds,” Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con, wrote in a letter sent to Pence this week. “Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.”

Gen Con claims to be the “longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world.” According to Swartout, more than 56,000 people attended the convention at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis last year. Swartout added that the convention pumps “more than $ 50 million dollars [into] the city” annually.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Gen Con is under contract to host the event in Indianapolis through 2020. A spokesperson told the news outlet that though there are currently “no plans to break the contract,” the state’s decision on the religious freedom bill “would factor into future decisions.”

Indiana’s Republican-controlled Senate gave the measure final approval on Tuesday with a 40-10 vote. The bill is now awaiting Pence’s signature.

In recent days, several personalities, including Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, first openly gay pro athlete Jason Collins and “Star Trek” actor George Takei, have spoken out against the bill.

On Facebook Tuesday, Takei wrote:

The Governor of Indiana has indicated that he will sign SB101—a law that allows businesses to discriminate against…

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Visit Indy, the tourism bureau for Indianapolis, has expressed concern that the legislation could greatly impact tourism to the city. Losing Gen Con, in particular, “would be a huge loss,” Visit Indy vice president Chris Gahl told WXIN.

“Anytime something impacts our ability to market Indianapolis and drive convention business, we of course get concerned,” Gahl said.

Pence appears determined to sign the bill. Responding to Gen Con’s letter, a spokesperson told the Indianapolis Star: “The governor has been clear on where he stands on this issue and we don’t have anything to add at this time.”
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The Interview Movie – Freedom Prevails!

Christmas came early and you can now get The Interview on digital HD! See Seth Rogen and James Franco in their hilarious new comedy.

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Audiences ‘Let Freedom Ring’ At ‘The Interview’ Screenings In New York City

“The Interview” probably should have been called “The Honey Pot.”

It’s a term and idea frequently referenced in the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-directed film, in which Rogen’s character explains, “It’s an attractive spy woman who lures men into doing shit they’re not supposed to do.”

At the 10 a.m. Christmas Day screening of “The Interview” at Cinema Village — the only theater currently showing the film in Manhattan — it was hard not to feel like audiences had been honey-potted in some respect. In this case, they were lured into showing up with notions of protecting free speech and and the sexiness of sticking it to the hackers who, last week, dared to evoke the memory of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in their threats.

The idea that seeing “The Interview” in theaters was important or even patriotic was only amplified by the scene in and around Cinema Village. Many media members (myself included) pounced on moviegoers as they purchased tickets. Inside, theater manager Lee Peterson introduced the comedy by quoting “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

“Let freedom ring,” Peterson said to the crowd of around 100 people. “No one can tell us what we can or can’t see. So enjoy the film.”

It’s a seductive narrative, mostly because people don’t like being told they can’t see something –especially by hackers that may or may not be working for a brutal dictatorship in North Korea. It’s likely one of the reasons that all of Cinema Village’s afternoon screenings are sold out — even after Sony made the film available to stream online for half the price of a theater ticket.

It’s all this buzz surrounding the movie, and Sony’s flip flop on releasing the film, that was what brought Jacqueline and Anthony Goodling to the movie theater.

“I wanted to come down here and see all the hype around something,” said Anthony Goodling. “But, in reality, it’s a movie, and for everyone to blow it out of proportion like they did, I just think it’s going to be really good and really funny.”

Jacqueline, his wife, added that they didn’t have any plans to see “The Interview” before Sony pulled it from theaters last week, but decided to after it became an issue of free speech.

Other theatergoers, such as Karen Shea and her husband, planned to see the film all along, but admitted they came out today due to “curiosity” and due to the “novelty” of Sony briefly pulling it from theaters.

The movie itself is everything you’d expect from a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco –dick jokes, fart jokes, celebrity cameos and even the delightful integration of language from the Internet’s favorite Deranged Sorority Girl Email. It’s not exactly ground-breaking stuff, but audiences are at least now able to make the choice to see those dick and fart jokes for themselves.

“We live in an area where we have freedom of speech, and can see anything as far as movies and media,” Jacqueline Goodling said. “And this was shut down for a period of time, just because of the hacking and because of the fear that we had. That’s not what we’re about.”
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