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Christians Boycott A Starbucks Boycott In Same-Sex Marriage Fight

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“Christian? Don’t Boycott Starbucks, Thank Them!”

Last week, Starbucks joined more than 100 large and small businesses in welcoming LGBT marriages in the state of Washington. Almost instantly after the announcement, a group of individuals led by USA Christian Ministries organized a boycott under the false premise that all “Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God.”

In reality, a majority of religious groups are supportive of the LGBT community and their freedom to marry. Public Religion Research Institute recently released a study showing these trends, which continue to rise as more and more religious communities change their minds towards welcome.

READ: Majority Of Catholics Support Same-Sex Marriage, Same-Sex Sex Not A Sin

Believe Out Loud has called on Christian and LGBT allies to show their support and thank Starbucks and other businesses that stand up for LGBT marriages. In just a few hours, over 400 signatures were collected and many people have left their own personal thanks on the Believe Out Loud blog for this decision:

“On behalf of this Christian, thank you for making me feel less guilty for my $3 per day habit. Seriously, I get so tired of the presumptuous declarations of some who profess to know the hearts and minds of all “Christians” and the mind of God.”

“As one of God’s most recalcitrant children, I thank you for standing up for what is right and good.  Standing for equality for all human beings is right and good.  I haven’t drank coffee in at least one decade.  I may have to stop by and sample one of your unique blends.”

“I am so thankful to you for respecting and supporting the LGBT community. I am straight and most companies support us, it’s time for EQUALITY in this world and you are stepping forward to do it! BRAVO!!!”

“This Christian is thanking you for your stand. The Christians that are boycotting Starbucks must have the edited version of the Holy Bible that omits all of the teachings of Jesus.”

“As a Christian heterosexual married woman, I would like to thank you for the support of homosexual marriages. I found the love of my life, and I believe that everyone should be allowed to marry that person when they find them! I believe that the Bible and Christianity has been misused to spread hate and fear, and while some Christians are surely upset with your decision, many of us are very happy about it!”

While we recognize there are real differences of opinion across the Christian community, we believe that as many continue their journey exploring the meaning behind scripture, that they too have the potential to change their minds towards welcome. Show your support, and send a big “thank-you” to Starbucks by signing our virtual thank you card. We will deliver it to Starbucks headquarters next month.

Joseph Ward is the Director of Believe Out Loud, an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, and a writer on religion and LGBT equality issues. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWardIII.

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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