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Disney and Hollywood Hypocrisy over Georgia’s Equal Religious Protections with Georgia’s LGBT Legislation.

james-gottryBy James Gottry –

Walt Disney Studios LogoThe Walt Disney Company has long blurred the lines between fantasy and reality, creating alternate universes and new worlds through its theme parks and films.

But now, Disney is seeking to completely abandon the encumbrances of reality by perpetuating the most fantastic of myths—that words are meaningless. And by claiming to stand on principle, Disney and its friends in Hollywood have served only to put the spotlight on their hypocrisy.

Disney, the Absent-Minded Oppressor

Georgia LogoDisney’s latest fairy tale unfolded in Georgia, where the state’s House and Senate recently passed a bill to protect the religious freedom of its citizens.

The Free Exercise Protection Act was crafted, in relevant part, to protect the free exercise of religion of religious officials, and to protect the property or religious institutions from infringement of religious freedom.

Specifically, the bill:

  • Provides that religious officials “shall be free to solemnize any marriage, perform any rite, or administer any sacrament or to decline to do the same, in their discretion, in the exercise of their rights to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.”
  • Provides that “[n]o faith based organization shall be required to rent, lease, or otherwise grant permission for property to be used by another person for purposes which are objectionable to such religious organization.”

Oh, and one other bombshell:

No business or industry shall be required by ordinance or resolution of any county, municipality, or consolidated government to operate on either of the two rest days (Saturday or Sunday).

In other words, the bill allows religious organizations and ministers to be religious organizations and ministers—meaning to adhere to the tenets of their faith in what they do and allow to be done on their property.

Here’s what it does not do, in the words of National Review writer David French:

[T]he bill as drafted could not be used to “bring back Jim Crow,” nor could it offer any person, outside clergy and faith-based employers, any effective defense against the enforcement of state anti-discrimination laws. It wouldn’t block a single gay marriage. It wouldn’t deny a single gay person access to the marketplace. Instead, it would merely offer a bare minimum of legal protections to Georgia citizens who are already confronting anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination.

Walt Disney Studios LogoDisney, the great purveyor of all things fantastical, saw the bill differently and threatened to take its ball (and attending princesses) and go home if the Georgia governor allowed “discriminatory practices [to] be signed into state law.” Unfortunately, the “villain” won—and Georgia citizens lost—as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, vetoed the bill, choosing to bet Georgia’s future on a script made in Hollywood rather than honoring the principles that were made for America.

If Disney wants to throw its weight around in the political realm, it ought to at least base its opinions on a true story. Instead, Disney embraced the “creative process,” concocted a story about the bill, and proceeded to bellow with outrage. As with Pocahontas, however, the ascertainable truth contradicts Disney’s sensationalized reboot.

One Hundred and One Hypocrites

Not only is Disney’s threat based on fantasy, but it also serves only to expose the company’s hypocrisy.

Not only is Disney’s threat based on fantasy, but it also serves only to expose the company’s hypocrisy.

Disney claims to be concerned about discrimination toward LGBT individuals—so much so that it was willing to pack up and leave Georgia once and for all if the Free Exercise Protection Act became law. One would expect that its principled stand would extend to any location where Disney movies are filmed. One would be wrong.

In the last five years, Disney has produced or released several movies that were filmed in countries that penalize homosexual acts, with penalties ranging from fines to life imprisonment and even death.

  1. United Arab Emirates – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), “all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is illegal.” Punishments for homosexuality include fines; imprisonment; and, arguably, death. Disney apparently had no qualms about green-lighting the production of this $200 million film.

  1. Uganda – Chimpanzee (2012)

A Pew Research Center survey in June 2013 reported that 96 percent of Ugandans disapprove of homosexuality. Under Uganda’s penal code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment. According to the African Human Rights Coalition, 33 out of 54 countries in Africa criminalize homosexuality, and LGBT people in Africa face “dire religious, community, and state-sanctioned persecution.”

  1. India – Dangal (2016), Mohenjo Daro (2016), Million Dollar Arm (2014)

In India, homosexual activity is a crime, with punishments ranging from 10 years to lifelong imprisonment.

  1. Kenya – African Cats (2011)

The U.N. has stated that, in Kenya, homosexuality is “largely considered to be taboo and repugnant to [the] cultural values and morality” of Kenya. Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto has said there is “no room” for homosexuality in Kenyan society, and the state punishes same-sex sexual acts as crimes.

  1. Sri Lanka – Monkey Kingdom (2015)

In Sri Lanka, homosexual sex is punishable by law, and Sections 365 and 365A of Sri Lanka’s Penal Code criminalize “unnatural” sex and “acts of gross indecency,” including homosexuality and lesbianism. 

Despite the fact that—unlike Georgia—these countries have policies or legislation that criminalize homosexuality, Disney has given no indication that its relationship with any of these countries is in jeopardy. Instead, Disney chose to focus its wrath on Georgia, and on a law that is designed to provide an environment in which people of different faiths and beliefs about sexuality can peaceably co-exist.

Not to be outdone by Disney, other studios and actors have raced to display their hypocrisy to the world.

Sony LogoSony Pictures called the Georgia bill “anathema to our studio and to all those who value diversity and inclusion.” Meanwhile, it bankrolled Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, a country that executes homosexuals and believes that women should stay indoors (the female director had to stay in a van “with a walkie-talkie and a monitor” when the crew filmed outdoors).

Lionsgate LogoLionsgate also condemned the Georgia bill, calling it “deplorable and regressive legislation.” They expressed no similar concerns regarding the locations in which they filmed The Expendables movies, which include China, Romania, and Bulgaria.

In China, according to a 2013 survey by Pew Research, only 21 percent of China’s population favors the “acceptance” of homosexuality, and “a number of clinics in China offer so-called ‘conversion’ shock treatment to ‘cure’ homosexuality.” Romania does not recognize same-sex marriage, and Bulgaria protects one-man, one-woman marriage in its constitution.

MGM LogoMGM Studios stuck to the script as well, calling the bill “hateful and bigoted legislation.” Meanwhile, recent James Bond movies have been filmed in locations including the Czech Republic, Japan, and Turkey. None of these countries allows same-sex marriage. Japan does not offer any national protection for sexual orientation, and Turkey does not allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.

Taking their cue from the studios that pay them millions of dollars, some actors, writers, and directors also spoke out against the Georgia bill and pledged to stop filming there if the bill was passed.

Not surprisingly, they have also failed to apply their outrage consistently. Here are just a few examples:

Anne-Hathaway-Interstellar-Interview-VideoAnne Hathaway: Hathaway has appeared in movies filmed in Russia and France, among other places. Russia criminalizes the “propaganda of homosexuality,” and France has been referred to as the “least tolerant country in Western Europe,” one in which nearly 30 percent of the population would not want a homosexual neighbor.

Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy): MacFarlane’s concern with tolerance is particularly remarkable, considering the Family Guy episode “The 2000-Year-Old Virgin,” which portrayed Jesus as a “lying sex-crazed adulterer.”

Rob ReinerRob Reiner: The beloved director has filmed in Egypt, India, France, and China. In Egypt, “members of the LGBT community are often arrested and charged with pornography, prostitution or debauchery,” including at least 20 homosexual and transgender individuals in 2014. The cultural climates of China, France, and India are described above.

Considering this impressively deep hypocrisy, it seems appropriate that the word “hypocrite” derives from the Greek word for “actor.” And just as you shouldn’t trust your health with an actor who is not a doctor but plays one on TV, neither should you trust the policy recommendations of a hypocritical company that lives in Fantasy land.

An Orwellian Approach to Tolerance 

Hollywood attacked—and destroyed—commonsense legislation in Georgia that offered the narrowest of protections for ministers and religious organizations, legislation that essentially served to clarify that the First Amendment does not take a back seat to city ordinances.

In doing so, Disney and others also endorsed the new Orwellian approach to “tolerance,” where the self-appointed tolerant class deems what is intolerant and thus cannot be tolerated­—like religious freedom for ministers.  Meanwhile, Hollywood continues to turn a blind eye—and open wallet—to countries that imprison or even kill individuals who identify as homosexual.

Disney and its film-making friends care about public perception and about money. They don’t care about diversity and tolerance—not for people of faith, as their opposition to Georgia’s bill demonstrates, and not for LGBT people, as evidenced by their refusal to stop doing business in countries that punish or even kill homosexuals.

james-gottryAt best, it’s naïve to trust the motivation and messaging of entities and individuals that are inconsistently applying their so-called principles. At worst, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad way to set policy.

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Donald Trump has law on his side with Temporary Ban on Muslims

McCarran-Walter Act of 1952               Donald Trump was recently severely criticized for suggesting that the U.S. should limit or temporarily suspend the immigration of certain ethnic groups, nationalities, and even people of certain religions (Muslims). The criticisms condemned such a suggestion as, among other things, being “Un-American,” dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous and racist. Congressmen and Senators swore that they would never allow such legislation, and Obama called such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional (as if, all of a sudden, he cares about the Constitution).
It seems that the selective immigration ban is already law and has been applied on several occasions. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, a.k.a., the McCarran-Walter Act allows for the “Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by the president (something which we haven’t had for the past seven and a half years). Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Note that McCarran and Walter were Democrats and this act was utilized by Jimmy Carter, no less, in 1979 to keep Iranians out of the United States . . . but he actually did more. He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then he deported a bunch. Seven thousand were found in violation of their visas, 15,000 Iranians were forced to leave the United States in 1979. You won’t hear a word about this from the liberal media, propaganda machine.
It is of note that the act requires that an applicant for immigration ”must be of good moral character” and “attached to the principles of the Constitution.” Since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, technically, all Muslims should be refused immigration.

Nebraska Taxpayer’s for Freedom Endorsed a Pro-Amnesty Candidate

SSShowpic 12 18 2012 001Nebraskans, It’s unfortunate that otherwise good people and organizations put me in the position to expose their support of pro-Amnesty candidates.  

I’ve known and worked with Doug Kagan of Nebraska Taxpayer’s for Freedom since 2006 on various issues, but mainly illegal immigration.  He is probably one of the hardest working community activists I’ve met and had the pleasure to work with over the years.

Doug KaganBUT – after alerting Mr. Kagan, several times, of Don Bacon’s pro-Amnesty position he refused to withdraw NTF’s endorsement,  so I asked him to cancel my membership. Surprisingly his response was “PISS OFF!” and hung up the phone.

Friends, it defeats our purpose, time and effort to fight against high taxes and amnesty bills to then turn around and support candidates/elected officials whose pro-amnesty position will surely increase costs to taxpayers and encourage even more illegal immigration.  

Jim Suttle-NTF supported Democrat Jim Suttle for Mayor instead of Hal Daub who was against Amnesty.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert-Continues to invite pro amnesty Republican Mayor Jean Stothert as a speaker without holding her feet to the fire over her leading the fight on drivers licenses and commercial/business licenses for illegal aliens and who has done more for illegal aliens than our past two Democratic mayors.

Chris Baker laughingContinues to invite pro-amnesty local radio talk show host Chris Baker as Emcee for his events, who seconds after his sympathetic interview with Sarah Root’s father starts the next segment with “…they’re not going anywhere..the wall will never be built…deportation will never happen…so what we need to do is educate them on how to fit in with us..teach them how to be Americans…” he also supported the Drivers License and the Business and Commercial license bills for illegal aliens.

Wilson right BO liedMany of us have been duped by candidates in the past who say they are against Amnesty and then find out later they support or vote for benefits, services or pathways to legal status or citizenship.  Forms of Amnesty that’s in direct conflict with our current federal immigration laws.

It’s only fair to let voters and endorsers know before they vote and that’s what I’ve been doing since Don Bacon’s real amnesty position was revealed in an OWH article on 4/26/16.  I contacted Doug Kagan on 4/27.  On 4/29 I spoke with Doug again who said that the Bacon campaign (Mark Dreiling) said the OWH staff writer misquoted him.  Since then I’ve left messages and emails on to Ms. Robynn Tysver for confirmation – you may wish to contact her as well 402-444-1000.  I will report on this as soon as I hear back from her.  To date, Mr. Bacon has not responded to my inquiries and neither has Ms. Tysver.

More about Don Bacon at


13178939_1091445437568466_8713256973756464088_nExcellent video! Chip Maxwell gives some solid reasons why Amnesty, in any shape for form, is bad for our country, citizens and legal immigrants.

13041145_1083976954981981_8617992965162501092_oI agree with Chip Maxwell who posted this on his Face Book page: “My Republican opponent told the Omaha World Herald on April 26th that he does not believe that 11 million illegal immigrants in this country can be deported. He also would support a pathway that would give them legal status to stay.

He says he is against special rights for illegals and wants to hold them accountable, but allowing people to stay here who have broken the law IS giving them special rights. This is doublespeak for amnesty. If given legal status how long before they are allowed to vote?

This is a disservice for the people who have followed the rule of law and have come here legally. “

8756_1062316287148048_3838716584323944702_nChip Maxwell and Don Bacon on the Scott Voorhees show  – Chip Maxwell held DBs feet to the fire over “legal status for illegal aliens” comment in OWH.  See how Bacon avoids the question three times.

12983461_1077672092279134_3528613207703351873_oKETV Chronicles: Chip Maxwell

 12771997_1047733855272958_242833726387439537_oDan Frei: ..” if you look at all of the endorsements Don has you will see that most of them are the same ones that Lee Terry had when he last ran for office. Unfortunately for the party there were about 20,000 Republicans that voted for Sasse and Ricketts that didn’t give two shakes about these endorsements and refused to vote for more of the same status quo establishment politics. I trust that this election cycle will be the same. The voters will reject Washington’s candidate and vote for Chip to shake things up in DC…”

Chip MaxwellPress Club & League of Women Voters Chip Maxwell vs Don Bacon Debate:



Chip Maxwell sign against baby feet

Donald Trump Rally in Omaha, Ne

13177487_10205938968168629_7802211381163165529_nOMAHA TRUMP RALLY

Gov Pete RickettsGovernor Ricketts welcomes and introduces Mr. Trump.

First Ejection of Protester at Trump Rally

2nd group of protesters ejected.  Overall the protesters followed the laws and had a peaceful demonstration.

13177624_10205938893086752_8993363834238166222_nGovernor Heineman, Honorary State Trump Chairman and Sen. Beau McCoy, State Trump Chairman.

13138869_10205938893166754_2471020091718757279_nGov Heineman, Sen Mccoy at Rally

Chip MaxwellChip Maxwell for Congress at the Rally

Headquarters in Omaha opens Saturday, April 30th at 9:00 am. We will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm through the May 10th primary. The headquarters will function as a volunteer center for you to come make phone calls, meet others to knock on doors, and assist with tasks around the office. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering:  We will even provide food if you volunteer during the lunch/dinner hour!   5006 S. 108th St. Omaha, NE 68137. It is located about a mile south of Rockport Village. We are in the same plaza as the Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet on 108th St. Together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!  Scott Hagerstrom, Nebraska State Director