Common Sense Breaks Out

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By Charlie Johnston

In Lexington, Kentucky, Circuit Judge James Ishmael has made a decision using blindingly obvious common sense. So why do I make such a fuss about it? Because common sense in public life has become like a rose in a dung heap – striking and rare.

The judge ruled that a Christian T-shirt company was properly exercising their rights by refusing to make t-shirts promoting a “gay pride” festival. Judge Ishmael noted in his ruling that the company clearly was not discriminating based on orientation, but declined because of the message it would have been required to print.

Just thought you would like a little good news to kick off the day. And if you feel moved to send the judge a note thanking him for exercising a little common sense AND defending the speech and assembly rights of Christians as well as all others, you can send the note to:

Judge James D. Ishmael, Jr.

Fayette Circuit Court, 3rd. Div.

120 N. Limestone, 5th Floor

Lexington, Kentucky 40507

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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12 Responses to Common Sense Breaks Out

  1. audiemarie2014 says:

    Man, I really needed to read this today. My head is spinning. Thanks Charlie.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nanannda2 says:

    Thanks Charlie. I definitely will write that note. Would that “common sense” would spread like a virus through our justice system, infecting everyone, without discrimination (a little pun there🙂 !)


  3. Donna says:

    Thank you for the address! These judges are human and I am certain affirmations and thanks will be appreciated when he receives the inevitable wave of anger.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. johnmcfarm says:

    I had read about that decision…finally a glimmer of hope in the legal system…there are good men still left in our government. They are just becoming more rare…as you said “like a rose growing in dung heap” or something to that nature. On the other hand, GoFundMe removed another Christian bakery owner…the lady from Washington. I think it is time to boycott them and let them know that their main customer base was Christians…atheists are notoriously selfish and do not donate.

    Thank God for today, may His blessings continue to enrich our lives with His loving grace. May each here receive comfort and courage from His love. May we each serve Him rather than man.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Actually, it was the Washington florist, Baronnelle Stutzman, whose account was also banned. I fully agree, John. May the GoFundMe site be consigned to the ash heap that ultimately awaits all fascists RIGHT NOW. I will never use it or give to anything through it again.

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  5. mmbev says:

    Charlie, you have given me a completely new appreciation for the floor plan of my house. When I read, “a decision using blindingly obvious common sense”, I was able to make it to the washroom which is five feet from the computer in time. It’s your fault I now have sore stomach muscles.

    And I intend to send a lovely note to the judge who exercised same. (Minus, of course, of this information.)


  6. johnmcfarm says:

    More good news on the front, Christian leaders send warning to the Supreme Court “We will not obey!”


  7. Vijaya says:

    Charlie, I only recently discovered your blog and it is sobering. Lots to process since we are neophytes but it dovetails with what we’re learning at local Catholic conferences. I just wrote about it this as well at
    Pax Christi


  8. Jacqueline Marie says:

    Praise God. We all can use real reasons for hope. I love to praise God!!!!


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