Confederate Flag Cleansing Frenzy Continues With What This Golf Champ Just Vowed To Do

Earlier this week, Western Journalism told you how the classic television show Dukes of Hazzard has been dropped by the cable network TV Land because the iconic car the Duke boys drove around had a Confederate flag painted on its top. The show was canned by the net that carries programs such as The Brady Bunch and Leave It to Beaver, not because the characters were racist or the story lines depicted racist themes, but because of a symbol atop the show’s familiar 1969 Dodge Charger — a symbol that is now the target of what could be called a relentless PC purge.

It was back in the mid 1980’s when CBS stopped production of Dukes of Hazzard with its “Good Ol’ Boys” theme song performed by Waylon Jennings. A big fan of the show later stepped up and bought one of the official vehicles used in the filming — one of the General Lee cars. That fan was pro golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Now the third-ranked golfer in the world, Watson let his fans and followers know on Thursday that he would not keep the classic car and TV star in its original condition. The news broke big on social media after Watson tweeted his plan for painting over the Confederate flag on the General Lee and replacing it with an American flag.

Image Credit: Twitter/@bubbawatson

Image Credit: Twitter/@bubbawatson

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Image Credit: Twitter/@DavidNelsonNews

According to a report in the Pensacola News Journal, Bubba Watson bought the General Lee at auction: “Watson became the proud owner of the General Lee 01 in 2012 after spending $110,000 at auction to win the iconic orange 1969 Dodge Charger used by the Duke brothers in the popular 80s TV show ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’”

Reaction on social media to the pro golfer’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the vehicle was mixed, with many people questioning or criticizing the move to fundamentally transform a piece of TV history.

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There’s no word, as yet, on whether Bubba Watson will also eliminate from the General Lee the name “General Lee,” which, of course, refers to Robert E. Lee, the commanding general and brilliant tactician of the Confederate Army.

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Bakery Owners Who Refused Lesbian Wedding Service Just Told What State Will Do To Them

For Melissa and Aaron Klein — owners of a small, family-run bakery in Sandy, Or. — Thursday was not a day for baking a cake in celebration of a victory for their First Amendment rights. In fact, it may have been the day that will be remembered for having forced the Kleins to power down the ovens and turn out the lights of their business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

As The Blaze reports, The Oregon Labor Commissioner — citing Oregon law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation — has issued a final order imposing a whopping fine on the Kleins.

“The owners of an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple were ordered Thursday to pay $135,000 ‘in damages for emotional and mental suffering resulting from the denial of service.’”

After learning they would be fined $135,000 for declining the lesbian couple’s wedding cake order, the Kleins posted a message on the Facebook page for their business — a message that, as of this writing, has gotten well over 9,300 likes. The Kleins pledge they will not give up the fight, saying they are “here to obey God not man.” An image of the entire Facebook post appears below.

Image Credit: Facebook/Sweet Cakes by Melissa

Image Credit: Facebook/Sweet Cakes by Melissa

A GoFundMe page that had been set up for donations to help support the Kleins was shut down. However, through another online donation site called Continue to Give, people are now stepping up frequently and generously with pledges toward the fundraising goal of $150,000.

On the website for their bakery, the Kleins say they’re still in business, still baking cakes that are “custom made and designed to fit you.” As for their wedding services, the wording on the website for Sweet Cakes is explicit and leaves no doubt about their stance on traditional marriage.

“We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives….”.

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WATCH The Insane Thing That Happens When A Thrashing Shark Capsizes Fisherman’s Boat

When it comes to big fish stories, here’s one about the monster that didn’t get away…though, quite possibly, you might think that an angler in his right mind would have gladly let it go.

Sharks have been in the news quite a lot lately. Seven reported shark attacks in shallow coastal waters off North Caroline over the past few weeks have vacationers keeping a very close eye on the surf. And when Western Journalism shared a Tennessee woman’s self-made video about how to avoid shark attacks — a video called “Summer Safety Tips” that’s been viewed close to 6 million times — people who watched the very entertaining piece about a very serious subject went wild with appreciation.

Now, another video about a determined fisherman’s wild experience off Florida when a bull shark as big as his kayak took the bait and took the man for a scary ride. Fox News identifies the intrepid angler as Capt. Ben Chancey, who had to swim for his life when the 8-foot fish thrashed about and capsized the small boat.

However, once Chancey swam to the safety of a nearby vessel and caught his breath, he got right back on the horse, so to speak, hopped back into his kayak, and reeled in the shark that was still on his line. After besting the beast, Chancey reportedly let it go.

You can watch the insane recording of this dangerously close encounter by clicking on the video above.

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In Wake Of Supreme Court Ruling, This Gay Teacher Is Suing Catholic School For Discrimination

The fallout over last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring ‘gay marriage’ a constitutional right continued this week when a one-time Catholic school teacher sued his former employer for discrimination.

Flint Dollar claims in his suit that he was fired three weeks after signing a contract with Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga. Though his story now includes the assertion that he told administrators he was planning to marry his boyfriend upon finalizing his paperwork last May, he said at the time that the wedding announcement came via a Facebook post.

While serving as the school’s band director several years ago, Dollar’s suit asserts he informed President David Held that he was involved in a same-sex relationship. Furthermore, he claims the school’s handbook does not specifically require employees to abide by the Catholic Church’s doctrine.

Reports indicate Dollar is asking for his case to be decided by a jury. He is suing to get his job back plus compensation for back pay, emotional pain and attorney’s fees.

Although the Diocese of Savannah spoke out in support of Held’s decision to fire Dollar, a board of trustees meeting served as the backdrop for a protest attended by dozens of critics. Some cited Pope Benedict’s more progressive view on social issues, with a few signs bearing his quote: “Who am I to judge?”

Breitbart readers were overwhelmingly critical of the lawsuit’s supposed merits. Many pointed out that this is but one of the possible consequences of last week’s Supreme Court decision.

“This has opened up a can of worms which will eventually shutter churches, schools, universities, and every other religious institution in this country due to the efforts of the gay mafia already underway to repeal their tax exempt status,” one commenter concluded.

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America Ferrara Writes Letter To Trump: ‘Thank You For Mobilizing Latino Voters’

The latest celebrity to weigh in on presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent remarks about illegal immigrants did so via an open letter published Thursday by the Huffington Post. America Ferrara, known for her leading role in the ABC series Ugly Betty, took a different approach with her criticism than fellow Latina actress Eva Longoria.

As Western Journalism reported, Longoria suggested that both Trump and Adolf Hitler relied on “just words” to spread a dangerous ideology. From her headline, one might assume Ferrara’s take is completely contrary to Longoria’s.

Her letter bears the title “Thank You, Donald Trump!” and goes on to describe how she believes Trump’s rhetoric will compel even more Hispanic voters to make their way to the polls next November.

“Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls,” she wrote, “while your tactic proves the most effective.”

Ferrara cited Trump and other candidates she claims campaign “on a platform of hateful rhetoric,” explaining they are alienating a growing voting bloc at their own peril.

“This is the America we are actually living in,” she continued. “I hope by now you understand that without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election.”

While she claimed Trump is “living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America,” many obviously still embrace the ideals he expressed. One Huffington Post reader, for example, took exception to another comment complaining of the “GOP hate parade” to which Trump ostensibly belongs.

“I didnt [sic] know being against illegal immigrants who dont [sic] belong here so that america [sic] could be stronger was a ‘hate parade,’” he wrote. “But of course your idea of just paying for everyone who can hop, skip, jump, or swim across the border is also good.”

Is Donald Trump encouraging more Latinos to vote Democrat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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