Bad Reactions

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Helluva week last week.  Supreme Court rulings upholding Obamacare and recognizing same sex marriage as a right.  Obama sings at a funeral for slain pastor after he and others are killed by a white supremacist, and Confederate flags start coming down.  Good week for progressives.

They’re going nuts over at National Review Online.  The once austere magazine and website is looking more life something from the mind (ass?) of Glenn Beck.

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And more locally….

CHARLOTTE — A Wake County man has been charged with assault after police say he entered an LGBT bar, angrily criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and then slapped the owner.

The Charlotte Observer reports Mecklenburg County jail records show 21-year-old Lucas Dylan Wilhelmson, of Holly Springs, was charged with simple assault and with communicating threats in the incident which took place Sunday at The Bar at 316, which caters to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Rob Tufano says Wilhelmson walked into the bar and started “calling out people using derogatory terms.” Tufano says after being asked to leave and escorted to the door, Wilhelmson began slapping the bar’s owner.

Wilhelmson was released on bail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney

Well, I guess you gotta expect this. But here’s the worst:  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement yesterday in which he argued that county clerks in Texas can refuse to issue marriage licenses if they have a religious objection to same-sex marriage, despite last week’s Supreme Court decision, to which he referred as a “fabricated” constitutional right granted by an “activist” court.

His statement began:

Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist. In so doing, the Court weakened itself and weakened the rule of law, but did nothing to weaken our resolve to protect religious liberty and return to democratic self-government in the face of judicial activists attempting to tell us how to live.

Wow.  “How to live?”  How did the Supreme Court tell anybody how to live?

They didn’t even try to tell people how to THINK!

Paston then goes on with a bunch of BS about religious objections, ignoring the fact that county clerks deal with divorce and other things which are religiously objectionable:

Texas must speak with one voice against this lawlessness, and act on multiple levels to further protect religious liberties for all Texans, but most immediately do anything we can to help our County Clerks and public officials who now are forced with defending their religious beliefs against the Court’s ruling.

For an attorney general to say that a Supreme Court ruling is “lawlessness” — well, you wonder why the people in that state feel as they do regarding the federal government.

The truth is that Paxton cannot do this.  If he wanted to, he could seek a rehearing from the Supreme Court on the issue.  He has 25 days to do this.  After that, it would be contempt of court every time a marriage license is denied.  Paxton probably knows this; he is probably grandstanding.  If not, this could become like Brown v Board of Education.  Will the National Guard be called in to make sure gay marriages can take place?

UPDATE:  This text exchange, however, is going viral.  A soon-to-be-wed man sends a message to a wedding photographer he retained: