Yesterday we began our five-part series, “19-Year Old Gay Teen’s Suicide” with Part 1: “Watch The Bigots Who Pushed Him Over The Edge.” (See part three: 19-Year Old Gay Teenâ€™s Suicide: Part 3 â€“ â€œGayâ€ Same As â€œFornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostituteâ€) In it, we showed you a video of a so-called concerned citizen whom I dubbed “Mr. Slippery Slope,” who had the gall to stand in front of his town’s mayor, city council and fellow citizens to protest a proclamation to name October “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.”
You’ll remember Mr. Slippery Slope predicted with certainty, should the proclamation be adopted, that homosexuality will be â€œinfiltratedâ€ into the schools, schools will be forced to teach about how people came out, there will be pictures of gay sex shown to children in school, â€œrecruiting children into these lifestyles will be very easy,â€ hate crimes laws will be passed to discriminate against anyone who speaks out about homophobia, the bible will be banned, the bible will be called a hate book, clergy will be put in jailâ€¦
Sadly, it is words like this, and the words you’ll hear below, that pushed nineteen-year old Zach Harrington into suicide. Yes, Zach’s parents believe their son’s death came as a result of hearing three hours of “debate” on the merits of something as innocuous as a proclamation honoring LGBT history.
The Norman, Oklahoma newspaper reports Harringtonâ€™s father, Van, while blaming the comments from the debate for his sonâ€™s suicide, doesnâ€™t hold them solely responsible. â€œVan Harrington said he feels a lack of acceptance from society and what he calls a â€œtoxic meetingâ€ last month is what finally pushed Zach over the edge.â€
I also believe we have the professional bullies to blame for this ignorance, ignorance that caused this young manâ€™s death, and that caused the death of ten other teens in September alone.
Today, watch this Norman citizen say, “The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that never shuts up.” He then compares a proclamation for “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month” to a proclamation for “wife-swapping.” Classy. “In conclusion,” he says, “If you choose to vote this down, no one will be physically harmed.” Think again.
Our thoughts are with the families of all teens who succumbed to suicide after enduring anti-gay hate. It is my hope that all the people who had a hand in spreading that hate, homophobia, and ignorance, turn their lives around and embrace people’s differences as much as their similarities.
I invite anyone from Norman to contact me to share their thoughts on the proclamation, and on the life and death of Zach Harrington.
(See the next installment: 19-Year Old Gay Teenâ€™s Suicide: Part 3 â€“ â€œGayâ€ Same As â€œFornicator, Adulterer, Bigamist, Prostituteâ€)
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Ron DeSantis Is ‘Sick’ of Your ‘Judgment’ of Unvaccinated Floridians: ‘Nobody’s Trying to Get Ill Here’
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday, announcing he is “sick” of people’s “judgmental” attitude toward those who, after months of vaccines being available, for free, and within five miles of the vast majority of Americans (and even available in-home for some,) have chosen to not get vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus that’s killed 629,927 Americans so far.
“We obviously have some people that are not vaccinated that have been admitted to hospitals. Are you going to sit there, are you going to sit there, and are you going to sit there and criticize, or we going to try to treat and try to help the folks? You know, I’m just sick of this judge – I’m sick of the judgment, the judgmental stuff on some of this stuff, nobody’s trying to, to, to get ill here, okay?” DeSantis complained.
Just 49.1% of Florida adults are fully vaccinated.
Florida is currently the “epicenter” of the coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis’ state continues to break daily records for number of people hospitalized for coronavirus, and now “leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID.” It’s also breaking records for number of new cases daily. Not surprisingly, coronavirus deaths are also spiking:
“There’s people that were hermits for a year and a half that wore six masks and did that and still contracted it,” he declared, apparently still not understanding the CDC guidance was to protect others from contracting coronavirus.
The AP reported Sunday that “DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.”
“Okay,” continued the Florida governor, who is widely expected to run for president in 2024, “so, so let’s just be real here and let’s just, let’s not indulge these things that somehow ‘it’s their fault’ for not doing it, so, okay we’ll see you guys later.”
As Florida hits another COVID hospitalization record, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) defends the unvaccinated who are getting sick:
“I’m sick of the judgmental stuff … Nobody’s trying to get ill here.” pic.twitter.com/HVhvDqHuzb
— The Recount (@therecount) August 3, 2021
‘Tyrants’: Conservatives Freak Out as NYC Becomes First to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants and Gyms
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday will formally announce New York City will soon require anyone entering a restaurant, bar, theater, gym, or other indoor events, like concerts, to provide proof of vaccination in a city that is lagging. It is an effort to motivate New Yorkers to get vaccinated and to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, now that the delta variant accounts for nearly all new cases.
“The policy is similar to mandates issued in France and Italy last month and is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States,” The New York Times reports.
In New York City, 72% of adults have had one dose of the vaccine (the national average is 70%), and just 66% have had two doses or are fully vaccinated. In The Bronx just 58% of adults are fully vaccinated, Brooklyn sits at 60%, and Staten Island is at 62%.
Rather than use this as an opportunity to help protect themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus which has killed 629,913 Americans and infected at least 35,900,045 people across the country, anti-science conservatives are lashing out once again.
Joe Borelli, a Trump-supporting Republican and the minority whip of the New York City Council immediately threw a racial twist on the news.
Mayor de Blasio is announcing that 69% of Blacks, 58% of Latinos, and the majority of Bronx residents are ineligible to eat in a restaurant or go to a gym. https://t.co/oyw8kgRDKS
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) August 3, 2021
J.D. Vance, once an anti-Trump conservative author – now a pro-Trump Republican venture capitalist and candidate for the U.S. Senate from Ohio declared, “I can’t think of any disease or pandemic in American history that prompted this level of control.”
Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis proved just how wrong Vance was:
In 1901, the New York City Bureau of Contagious Diseases along with 200 New York City police officers surrounded tenements in East Harlem in the middle of the night and forcibly vaccinated every tenant for smallpox to curb an outbreak. https://t.co/19XPJCLKzN
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) August 3, 2021
NYC-based comedian Dave Smith, who appears on Fox News programs, claims we’ve been living under a “Chinese-style” system and didn’t even know it.
The ruling elite in this country would have us living under a Chinese style social credit system right now if they thought they could get away with it. NYC just took a major step in that direction. We need major pushback on this before it goes into effect or it might be too late.
— Dave Smith (@ComicDaveSmith) August 3, 2021
Fox News personality Lisa Boothe thinks there are people who are not at risk from COVID. Also, children who cannot get vaccinated are exceptionally at risk, and even those who are vaccinated can contract the virus – and spread it to those who have not been vaccinated.
How the fu** does this protect people who aren’t at risk from COVID?! And if you are at risk and got the vaccine, then what are you worried about?! Insane tyrants.
NYC to mandate proof of vaccination for many indoor settings https://t.co/k5pJNreV70
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) August 3, 2021
Andrew Surabian, who was called “Steve Bannon’s political right hand in charge of strategy” in a Politico advertorial, declares America is living under government “segregation and discrimination” for requiring vaccines to enter certain businesses, despite every child in America, and anyone enlisting in the Armed Forces, being required to have up to 18 vaccinations.
Government enforced segregation and discrimination is here in America.
“New York City will mandate proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses — including restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms — and deny entry to those without the jab”https://t.co/9YBx7vC3jO
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) August 3, 2021
Deneen Borelli, another Fox News personality and author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation” calls it “Jim Crow” and claims “Most black New Yorkers are not vaccinated.”
So is Mayor de Blasio ushering in a new Jim Crow law in NYC by banning blacks from restaurants via vaccine passports? Most black New Yorkers are not vaccinated.https://t.co/iXA8aDR5Nv
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) August 3, 2021
NY Gov. Cuomo ‘Sexually Harassed Multiple Women’ Says State Attorney General
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women,” and created a hostile work environment, breaking federal and state law, according to state Attorney General Letitia James.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announces investigation into sexual harassment claims found “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law.” pic.twitter.com/bjyWfk4MM3
— The Recount (@therecount) August 3, 2021
“The probe found Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees,” NBC News reports. “It also found the Governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward.”
Cuomo has repeated denied touching anyone inappropriately and said he would wait for the investigation to conclude before discussing any possible future decisions.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
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