Boss Fires Employees for Supporting Obama

The Salt Lake Tribune published a story on a smoothie shop in Vernal City, Utah, that charges liberals more for their drinks. Sure. It's called "business." But the comment section found something truly bonkers: a boss who fired Obama supporters.

"We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes," Terry Lee of Terry Lee Forensics wrote. "Found two Obongo [a racial epithet for Obama] supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits." In a follow-up interview, Lee tried to say that the employees' politics weren't the only factor in the firing decision, but he defended it anyway. "Is your political affiliation protected?" he asked rhetorically. "I don't believe it is, but I don't know."

Crazily enough, he's right. AOL News says that California, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Mississippi have laws that prevent employers from firing over political views. But in Utah and the rest of the 44 states, Lee's decision is protected by the government. So, great. Definitely building bridges, totally focusing on how the things that unite us are greater than the things that divide us and certainly not driving a wedge even deeper into an already deeply and sadly partisan country ...

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Travis harger

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Travis harger commented…

No Obama fan by any means but this is messed up. lol

jimmy miller

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jimmy miller commented…

Look who is to blame fo an already deeply and sadly partisan country...http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-adv-inaug-fever-201...

J Conley

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J Conley commented…

What appalling and disgraceful behavior.

glesner

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glesner commented…

A speech given yesterday at The Well (http://www.thewellatspringfield.org/)

Sunday, January 20th
Embracing Our Identity: Connected

Erin Gruwell walked into her first day of teaching in an inner city high school in Long Beach, California sure that she could make a difference. The granddaughter of a civil rights activist, she was passionate about uncovering the gifts of her struggling students. Many were in gangs, many lived in the projects and all were divided by their differences.

She immediately realized the challenges she would face in engaging her students. Traditional methods would not work, and school leadership had given up on the potential of these troubled teens.

Erin would not give up. Watch this scene, taken from the movie “Freedom Writers” in which the students’ realization that they are in this together serves as a turning point in their stories...

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Divided by race, by conflict about who is most entitled to power, by who is better and tougher, these high schoolers remind us that dwelling on our differnece can lead down a dead end street.
Violence and even death were the result.
It was not until this group, this community, recognized what they had in common that they were able to hear and to live out a dream together.

They became the Freedom Writers and wrote a collection of stories based on their own experiences. Their name was a play on the Freedom Riders, a brave group of men and women, black and white, young and old who boarded buses, trains and planes headed for the deep South to test the 1960 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in all interstate public facilities.

Both the Freedom Writers and the Freedom Riders believed in the possibility of a new future. They also believed that this new future would only be realized as they faced their differences, saw what connected them and moved forward in pursuit of their common dream.

Those receiving Paul’s letter to the Corinthians were also dreamers. They had gotten a glimpse of life in the KOG, and they had turned their backs on the religion of the land to follow the way of Jesus. In a new church like theirs, it does not take long for conflict to arise as they sought to build a community of faith. Paul wastes no time in addressing their dissent. He begins the letter by telling them to get over their differences - to be one in purpose and in mind.

Even in a group as small as ours, and we know in our community and city, there are many things that divide us. Right now, I want us to share out loud a word or phrase describing something that divides us.
(add even our gifts can divide us)
There are many things that divide us including our gifts. Thankfully, here in this letter to the church at, Paul tells this group of believers that they should not be striving for uniformity. Instead, their goal should be connectedness. Their different were shaping them into the body of Christ. Only as they were each free to express their unique giftedness would they ever experience true connectedness. And, only as they were connected would they ever live into God’s dream for their lives, for their church and for the world.

Well, that pretty much stinks. If you’ve ever been a part of a group that is trying to move in a particular direction than you know why. It’s hard work to make decisions when you are not all the same. It’s difficult to be unified when people have different personalities, preferences, political ideals...not to mention, different cultures, different incomes, and different family backgrounds with different traditions. Add to that difference gifts, and we have even more of a challenge..
There is so much that separates us that it is difficult to see that anything holds us together.

Into the threat of division, Paul offers these words
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

While we get distracted by differences, God’s Spirit continues to work.
While we critique and compare our gifts, the Spirit longs to unite us for a common purpose.
And, while we argue about whose gifts are more or less important, the Spirit is revealing that there is so much more that draws us together than divides us.

If we truly desire to pursue God’s dream, we must give up control over ours and others’ giftedness. We must see that we really do need each other, and that only as we live as human beings connected to God and to one another will we live into God’s dream for us.

These words are true for the church, and they are true for all of humanity.

No one recognized this more than civil rights movement leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In his book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? these words are found...

"We have inherited a large house, a great "world house" in which we have to live together-black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu-a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace."
~~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

His dream was one of freedom, of opportunity, of equality, of justice and liberty for all and he knew it would take all of us to make that dream come true.

We too have also been given a dream.
We dream of a day when people will move out of shame-filled living and into the freedom of God’s love.
We have a dream that the church can once again be a place of safety that welcomes all people to explore and expand their faith.
We have a dream that those who struggle with failure, with addiction, with being left out, forgotten and oppressed will be free to experience life in the kingdom of God.

God has an even bigger dream - that one day all of creation will be restored and all things in heaven and on earth will be one.

We have been, we are and we will be connected by God’s Spirit. When we embrace this part our identity, we become part of God’s dream.

We have journeyed through what it means to have our identities shaped by God’s story.
We’ve dared to ask:
What would it look like if we were able to live as those having been and still being transformed?
What would it look like if we each lived from of place where we know and trust that we are loved? And today…
How would the world change if we were able to embrace our identity as those deeply connected to one another?

For me, the word that comes to mind is free.
Embracing our identity frees us to be who God has created us to be and to honor God’s presence in the lives of others.

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