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“Ground Zero Mosque” Leader’s Homophobic Comments Outrage Gay Community

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Homophobic comments by a new religious leader at the proposed Park 51 community center in lower Manhattan — also known as the “Ground Zero Mosque” by its detractors and as “Cordoba House” by its supporters — have angered the gay community and its supporters, and added fuel to the already extreme outrage exhibited by some conservatives and the Tea Party. (Remember who they’re really angry at.)

Via NY1 (who has a video, too,):

“In a lecture Imam Abdallah Adhami sells on the Internet, he offers the following explanation for the existence of homosexuality:

“An enormously, overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life. Again, not necessarily in their childhood….A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom on some level as well.”

“For gay rights advocates, the words are unacceptable.

“They are destructive. They play into old, worn-out stereotypes that somehow there is an illness to being gay,” said Gay City News Editor Paul Schindler.”

“Schindler says that unless Imam Adhami is willing to clarify or change his views, Park51’s ability to welcome everyone will be compromised beyond repair.

“It’s a hostile message and one that I think attacks the dignity of gay people,” Schindler said.

“Some prominent gay New Yorkers say even though they find the remarks made by the Park51 imam offensive, it’s nothing they haven’t heard before.

“It’s not a new statement, it’s been made repeatedly by people who practice homophobia as a way of life. It’s also unfortunately not limited to one religion,” said Gay Rights Activist David Mixner.”

Park 51 has been embroiled in a cultural war (leading to craziness like this,) ever since Fox News decided, after first supporting it, that it could get better ratings by opposing it. (Or, as Rachel Maddow calls it, “Scaring White People For Fun And Profit.”)

This is an extremely disappointing development. Not only are the words and point of view behind them entirely unacceptable, but they damage the reputation of the Park 51 project among its supporters, (liker the 9/11 mom who lost her daughter but has supported the project,) and now give right-wing conservatives and Tea Party crazies more fuel.

Pamela Geller, an extremist even by Tea Party standards, runs a little blog called Atlas Shrugged. In it she writes,

“The new Ground Zero imam who advocates Islamic law and jail for apostates, and calls unindicted co-conspirator in the WTC bombing, Siraj Wahhaj, his “beloved imam,” is a homophobe. Adhami’s repulsion of gays is consistent with the oppression, and in many Muslim countries, the execution of gays.

“Mayor Doomberg is in a real fix now. Which special interest will he satisfy? He has no spine. I bet he’ll dhimmi down and throw the gay community under the bus.

“Interesting that the gay Muslim interviewed in this video said that Adhami’s anti-gay remarks represented progress. Perhaps he hasn’t installed a gallows at Ground Zero ….. yet.”

While Geller’s juvenile delinquent rant (it’s Mayor Bloomberg, for those who aren’t familiar with the thrice-elected public servant,) is asinine, it’s a good depiction of what right-wing hate looks like. (And consider all the religious liberties issues this brings up. Surprised Geller doesn’t mention them…)

Trust me, Geller’s fans aren’t upset about the homophobic comments. In fact, they’re probably thrilled.

Oh, and they have planned a protest in front of Park 51 on February 3. Evidently, they want a Wal-Mart there instead. They give sign ideas here. Like,

Build It or Incite Retailers All Over The World!

Death To Those Who Defame Walmart

Walmart! Not In My Mosque’s Backyard!

Falling Skyscrapers – Yes!!! Falling Prices – No!!! (Isn’t that backwards?)

We Roll Back The Prices, You Roll Back Civilization

Price Cutter or Box Cutter?

A week later, at CPAC, they’ll be showing the “world premiere” of The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks.

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Dominion Lawsuit: Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell and Rudy Giuliani Pushed Trump Lies for Fame, Glory — and Pillows

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Attorneys for Dominion Voting Systems accused Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell of spreading lies about Donald Trump’s election loss for fame and glory.

The voting technology company’s lawyers argued Thursday in a court hearing that Trump’s former campaign lawyers and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell believed they could attain power and influence by helping the former president remain in office by overturning his election loss with baseless claims of fraud and tampering, reported CNN.

“That’s the place they could get in-person audiences,” said Dominion attorney Megan Meier. “[Washington was] the place where Powell could become a household name.”

Attorneys for Giuliani, Powell and Lindell — who have been sued for $1.3 billion in the defamation suit — at times attempted to re-litigate the election during the four-hour hearing, which began a few hours after a New York court suspended Giuliani’s law license over his election fraud lies.

The former New York City mayor did not attend the hearing, but Powell and Lindell did.

Another attorney for Dominion argued that the case can remain alive in court, even if jurors find the defendants’ claims “improbable,” because the case isn’t about “the marketplace of ideas,” as Lindell’s attorney has argued.

“There is a quantum of information available to [Lindell] by the time he made these statements,” Clare said. “He made the preconceived notion that the election was stolen.”

The lawsuit accuses Lindell of using election lies and Qanon conspiracy theories to promote his pillow company.

“[He] sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,” the suit alleges.

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‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book

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President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”

Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.

“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.

But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.

General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.

During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

Read the entire report at CNN.

 

Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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‘No Time to Waste’: DeSantis Blasted for Going on Fox News as Biden and Miami Mayor Urge Him to Request State of Emergency

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is taking time to pose for the cameras and talk to Fox News in the wake of the stunning partial building collapse that more than 12 hours later has left 99 people missing, and feared dead.

DeSantis reportedly added an interview with far right Fox News host Mark Levin to his calendar for Thursday.

President Joe Biden during a news conference announcing a bipartisan agreement on, appropriately, an infrastructure bill on-camera Thursday afternoon urged the Florida Republican governor to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, but DeSantis has yet to do so – nor has he declared a state of emergency himself for the Surfside disaster. President Biden appears to have ordered FEMA to Florida to assess the situation, which is the most they are allowed to do until the governor acts.

Also urging DeSantis to request a state of emergency declaration is Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who says “there is no time to waste.”

Apparently DeSantis believes there is, and many are blasting the likely 2024 GOP presidential hopeful.

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