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Conservatives Cry ‘Christians Are All Now Dred Scot’ And ‘Collapse Of Civilization’ Over Marriage

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The list of comparisons Christian conservatives have made up to respond to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week supporting the rights of same-sex couples to marry is long, including “the collapse of Western civilization in one day,” and “Christians are all now Dred Scot.” And yes, Dred Scott — image, top, right) should have two “t”s.

Because clearly, Christians are all slaves who have wrongly been deprived their freedom by the Supreme Court.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Battles Top Right Wing Conservatives On DOMA Ruling — And Wins.

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and later, the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council (FRC), claimed that that marriages of same-sex couples “threaten the entire superstructure” of society.

“I believe it can come down,” Dobson said. “This has been devastating. Even if eventually legally we somehow walk it back a bit, I don’t see our ever completely recovering from what has happened here.”

No word on how conservatives plan to “legally somehow walk it back a bit.”

Tony Perkins of the FRC promised he has only begun to fight. “This is far from over,” he cried, claiming the Supreme Court “carjacked the nation” with their marriage rulings.

Bill Becker, an attorney who does work for the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF, formerly the Alliance Defending Freedom) and the Discovery Institute said of the Court’s rulings on marriage, including the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, “We’re talking here about the foundation of civilization and I wrote today that I believe we’ve seen the collapse of Western civilization in one day.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, took to Twitter and unleashed a rant including these ludicrous claims:

 

 

And this interesting, possibly anarchy-supporting tweet:

To grasp the full mettle of Fischer’s “logic,” just read his post-SCOTUS marriage decision column that claims the liberal Supreme Court justices “are a batch of homophobic bigots who harbor malice in their hearts toward homosexuals.”

Other ridiculous comments to come out of radical religious conservatives included the claim that “the U.S. Supreme Court has become the most prominent hate group in the country,” by “accusing backers of traditional marriage of being motivated only by animus against homosexuals,” by Robert Knight, a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union (not the ACLU.)

“The American Civil Liberties Union,” Knight adds, “ran a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal the next day, proclaiming jihad against the 36 states that aren’t in the ‘freedom to marry party.’ As for the freedom of millions who disagree? Ah, well. The jihad won’t stop with the same-sex counterfeit. If sexual complementarity is no longer a valid requirement, why should marriage be limited to two people?”

Of course, conservative politicians had to get in on the act.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) — who has promised to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — said last week that “every time” the Supreme Court “comes out with a decision, it’s just like a brand new constitutional convention — they’re making it up as they go along.” Huelskamp says the justices “rewrite this Constitution every chance they get,” calling the DOMA decision an attack on Jesus Christ.

Apparently, the gays got to Kennedy.

Good old Pat Robertson last week asked, “about Anthony Kennedy, does he have some clerks who happen to be gays?”

Of course, Robertson also compared the Supreme Court’s ruling to Sodom and Gomorrah — it’s practically an occupational requirement.

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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:

And many others:

 

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