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Burritos and assault rifles don’t mix, a nervous Chipotle suggests after Texas stunt

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The Chipotle restaurant chain said Monday that firearms are not permitted inside its locations. Talking Points Memo reported that the company released a statement about its no-guns policy after “open carry” activists staged an armed demonstration at a Chipotle in Dallas, TX.

“Recently participants from an ‘open carry’ demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort,” read the statement to CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth. “Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

The company gave a nod to pro-gun advocates, saying that there are “strong arguments” on both sides of the gun rights issue.

“The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request,” the statement continued. “And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.”

Earlier this month, Open Carry Texas demonstrators showed up unannounced at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Ft. Worth, heavily armed but bearing no protest signs or banners. Restaurant employees thought they were being robbed and barricaded themselves in the walk-in freezer as a manager called police.

That incident opened a rift between Open Carry Texas and the now separate organization Open Carry Tarrant County. The protesters who carried assault rifles and other weapons into the Dallas Chipotle represented Open Carry Texas.

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The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a petition asking Chipotle to ban guns from its premises. The group has similarly petitioned Starbucks and other U.S. companies in an effort to keep weapons out of public places.

In an open letter last year, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked customers not to bring guns to its restaurants. He was responding to a series of gun groups’ decision to hold “Starbucks Appreciation Days,” in which members were encouraged to openly carry weapons at the popular coffee shops.

The pro-gun activists were protesting increased scrutiny of gun ownership in the U.S. that came after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in December of 2012.

“Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called ‘Starbucks Appreciation Days’ that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of ‘open carry.’” said Schultz in September. “To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.”

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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Christian university president quits after massive backlash over inviting Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence's role in toxic administrations caused such a backlash that a Christian university is now searching for a new president.

"Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker," Religious News Service reported Monday.

Students and alumni had protested the invitation.

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Florida library forced to cancel ‘Pride Prom’ after death threat sparks fear for teens’ safety

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A Jacksonville, Florida library worked to hold a prom for LGBTQ teens who feel uncomfortable about going to their high school prom as they are or with the person they truly want to bring. That's why they started the Pride Prom. But after fears for the safety for the teens, the library had to cancel.

According to WOKV, the prom was supposed to be this Friday, with a Storybook theme where attendees were encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook character. There would be music, dancing, a selfie station and more. All of that is over now, however.

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