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Catholic farmer ousted from Michigan market over same-sex marriage views

01 Jun

Thought-criminal dissent from the prog zeitgeist will not be tolerated.

A Catholic farmer in Michigan is suing the city of East Lansing after he was barred from a municipal farmers market over his views on same-sex marriage.

Stephen Tennes filed a lawsuit at a federal court on Wednesday (May 31), seeking his reinstatement.

In it, Tennes says he was prohibited from selling his products after his business, Country Mill Farms, refused to host a lesbian couple’s wedding at its orchard in Charlotte, 22 miles outside the city and he stated on Facebook “his Catholic belief that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.”

Country Mill Farms had sold fruit and produce at the market for six years, but after city officials learned about the Facebook post, they “strongly and immediately pressured us not to return to the farmers market,” Tennes told a news conference at the state Capitol.

According to the lawsuit, Country Mill is the only business to have been prohibited under the market’s anti-discrimination policy.

In a statement, the city of East Lansing said the farmer’s refusal to host a same-sex wedding violated a “long-standing ordinance that protects sexual orientation as well as the Supreme Court’s ruling that grants the right for same-sex couples to be married.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian-based nonprofit legal organization representing Tennes, said his religious views have no bearing on his involvement at the market and said the city’s actions amounted to a First Amendment violation.

“Steve and his farm have been singled out and excluded from full participation in the life of the community for only one reason,” said ADF counsel Kate Anderson. “Steve expressed a viewpoint the city did not like.”

Flanked by supportive state lawmakers at the news conference, Tennes insisted his views on marriage had not prevented him from serving all farmers market customers equally.

“It’s our faith that informs us how to treat all who come to our farm and the farmers market with dignity and decency … serving customers of many races, religions, cultures and those who identify with the LBGT community,” he said.

His farm is outside of the city, and it’s his own property, but the city government considers his actions there to nevertheless be their business, when of course it’s none of their damned business.

But, that’s progs; no-one is safe, anywhere, from dissent, if they decide on a whim to bring the weight of the state to bear upon you.

Nevertheless, let’s pray that he wins his lawsuit.

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11 responses to “Catholic farmer ousted from Michigan market over same-sex marriage views

  1. Vanamee

    June 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    If you were black, would you want to support the business of a Klansman? If you were queer, would you really want your cake or wedding by some “bigot” who thinks you’re living in sin?

    It’s not about encouraging tolerance. It’s about shoving their lifestyle down everybody’s throat by running to Daddy Government and then sticking it to everybody they don’t like.

     
    • Will S.

      June 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Exactly.

       
    • Ironsides

      June 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Sure — pure monkey dominance games by these swine.

       
  2. speculativeramblings

    June 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Will (because I’m afraid I don’t know who else I can confide in: my pastor speaks a bunch of nonsense [no I can’t change church] and my father is by no means helpful, like my mother), I need some advice. I am afraid that I am of a weak mind. I can’t take opposing opinions very well. I don’t really know how to listen to others without shutting myself off (and not hearing whatever useful information that I could have gained) or otherwise being influenced or swayed by the opinion. What should I do? How do I make myself less of a weak-minded person? I don’t want to lose my faith in college (I’m there on full scholarship [no debt] and my father says I have to do this and not trade school [children, obey thy parents], so there’s no backing out).

    By the way, I’ve read you said you work in science. What specifically?

     
    • Will S.

      June 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Hi spec,

      I don’t have any professional background in counselling or anything related (my background is chemistry, and I work in a related field; I won’t say any more here, I don’t discuss my work here).

      And I don’t have any specific advice, other than know what Scripture teaches, so that you may be grounded in all that matters in that, and try to take honest disagreement in the spirt of ‘iron sharpens iron’ (Prov. 27:17), as something not to be avoided, but to be hashed out, so that you can have better reasons for what you believe, and sometimes God may even work in you to change your mind in areas as He sees fit.

      I would suggest praying about it, and asking God to help you to “continue in the things you have learned” (2 Tim. 3:14), asking Him to help strengthen your faith (“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mk. 9:24)), so that He can plant you more firmly in the Truth, and then you hopefully will find yourself less of weak mind. We are commanded to be strong in the Lord, and to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; surely, if we call upon Him and ask Him to help us serve Him better, He will honour such a request, and will come to our aid.

      Also, I will pray for you, my brother! We are a community, here; no reason why we can’t pray for each other just as we do with fellow believers we know in person.

      (I would also invite anyone else of faith, reading this conversation, to pray for our brother here; that he may be strengthened and encouraged in his faith and knowledge, and confidence, through the Lord.)

       
  3. Smultronstallet

    June 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Some days ago, my mother told me that she had met an old teacher of mine. And I remembered him telling us again and again that in the middle ages, rulers didn’t care at all what their subjects thought, for instance, when they simply gave their land to a foreign prince. Like, there were some contracts and coalitions and then that prince had to marry this princess, and so some part that belonged to modern Italy suddenly belonged to Austria etc.

    But in a way, it’s even WORSE today. Modern rulers care GREATLY what their subjects think. It is not longer enough for us to simply shut up and submit, the modern state demands accomplices. Accomplices, who do not only follow the law but who also, in their heart of hearts (and of course also on their property IF they are so lucky to still have some) support that law.

    Just look at how many people don’t even let you out of a conversation about Trump or women’s rights or gay rights or refugees or whatever; it’s not even enough to shut up and submit, you have to become their partner in crime.

     
    • Will S.

      June 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Yep. In olden days, they could and did say ‘oderint dum metuant’, let them hate, so long as they fear.

      Now, they desire conformity of thought, not just actions.

       
  4. feeriker

    June 4, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Just have a separate “faggot’s day market” one day per week where their sensitive little queer ears aren’t offended by normal humanity’s observations of their disgusting, deviant lifestyle – but only on the condition that they stay the hell away from the regular farmers market and the normal humanity that patronizes it.

     

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