An Ohio bakery is set to receive $11 million after a court ruled in favor of them from a libel suit filed against Oberlin College.
A jury in Lorain County awarded damages to Gibson’s Bakery, which has been in operation since 1885, after they were protested and called racist by a social justice mob after black students were caught shoplifting at the location a day after President Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.
“The jury saw that Oberlin College went out of their way to harm a good family and longtime business in their community for no real reason, and the jury said we aren’t going to tolerate that in our community anymore,” Owen Rarric, an attorney for the Gibsons, said to Legal Insurrection.
The award could triple during a hearing on punitive damages next Tuesday, and this decision could have ramifications across the country against liberal university administrators who have succumbed to leftist campus mobs.
“The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences,” Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson said.
“The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners,” Jacobson said. “The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.”
The bakery was targeted by social justice warriors in the Oberlin College school senate where it was claimed that Gibson’s had “a long history of racial profiling.” Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo was accused of egging on the abusive behavior by passing out fliers against the bakery.
Oberlin College still refuses to take responsibility for its actions in allowing this business to be targeted.
Oberlin general counsel Donica Thomas Varner said she was “disappointed” with the decision and maintains that the college “worked to ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful.”
“As we have stated, colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of their students,” Varner said.
“Institutions of higher education are obligated to protect freedom of speech on their campuses and respect students’ decisions to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Oberlin College acted in accordance with these obligations,” she added.
But the attorney for Gibson’s is not buying the spin coming from Oberlin personnel desperate to save face after their culture of permitting witch hunts was exposed in embarrassing and costly fashion.
“The College kept saying we don’t control our students,” Rarric said. “But the jury told them we can tolerate some of this fro time to time, but not what you did this time.”
Allyn W. Gibson will receive $3 million from the decision while his son David will receive $5.8 million. Gibson Brothers will receive $2.3 million. This will help them recover from the lost business caused by the senseless actions of the leftist mob.
Courageous Bishops Criticize “Devout Catholics” Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi Over Abortion Stances
God bless these bishops.
The mainstream media never tires of highlighting Joe Biden’s cradle Catholicism. “Joe Biden is a devout Catholic!” they exclaim. “Joe Biden was spotted attending Mass on Sunday!” they report. “Joe Biden’s Catholic faith is deeply personal and all about healing!” they declare.
It’s all part of a careful attempt to demonstrate that one can be committed to both the Catholic faith and the tenets of 21st century liberal progressivism.
But many Catholics beg to differ. We think certain tenets of 21st century liberal progressivism—and thus much of the current Democratic Party platform—are fundamentally incompatible with Church teaching, namely that abortion falls under the purview of “reproductive rights,” that same-sex marriage has the same moral legitimacy as heterosexual marriage, and that your gender identity need not conform to your biological sex, to name a few.
And some courageous Catholic priests and bishops have stuck out their necks in order to remind the faithful of this. For example, a recent statement released by the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, reads in part that “our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender. Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”
Archbishop Gomez says it’s important to bring this to everyone’s attention because “the nation’s bishops are given the duty of proclaiming the Gospel in all its truth and power, in season and out of season, even when that teaching is inconvenient or when the Gospel’s truths run contrary to the directions of the wider society and culture.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco also recently released a statement in response to Nancy Pelosi, who said that many pro-life voters’ support for Donald Trump “gives me great grief as a Catholic” and accused them of being “willing to sell the whole democracy down the river for that one issue.”
“To begin with the obvious: Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church. She speaks as a high-level important government leader, and as a private citizen. And on the question of the equal dignity of human life in the womb, she also speaks in direct contradiction to a fundamental human right that Catholic teaching has consistently championed for 2,000 years,” the first paragraph of the archbishop’s statement reads.
The penultimate paragraph: “I myself will not presume to know what was in the minds of Catholic voters when they voted for the Presidential candidate of their choice, no matter who their preferred candidate was. There are many issues of very grave moral consequence that Catholics must weigh in good conscience when they vote. But one thing is clear: No Catholic in good conscience can favor abortion. ‘Right to choose’ is a smokescreen for perpetuating an entire industry that profits from one of the most heinous evils imaginable. Our land is soaked with the blood of the innocent, and it must stop.”
Nancy Pelosi is notorious for pulling the “Catholic card,” probably even more so than Joe Biden. In 2012 she even met with then Pope Benedict XVI, who no doubt reminded her that human life begins at conception and that all Catholics have an obligation to believe and uphold that truth. Nine years later, however, and her stance on abortion has not changed a bit.
It is clear that one cannot be a devout Catholic and hold the liberal progressive stance on abortion. God bless these bishops for standing up and being willing to correct our leaders who are normally immune from any mainstream criticism.
And if you’re Christian, Catholic or non-Catholic, pray for the souls of people like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. They probably need it. Pray also for the souls of the untold millions of infants who have been murdered by the heinous act of abortion.
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