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Gingrich: Religious Rights Of Catholics Are ‘Outlawed’ By Gay Rights (Video)



Newt Gingrich claimed on Sunday’s “Meet The Press” that the religious rights of Catholics are being “outlawed” by gay rights in what he sees as a one-sided national debate. “But what I’m struck with is the one-sidedness of the desire for rights,” Gingrich curiously interjected into a conversation that was about the possibility of a Republican president supporting same-sex marriage. “There are no rights for Catholics to have adoption services in Massachusetts,” the twice-divorced, thrice-married, former Speaker of the House told NBC’s David Gregory. “They’re outlawed.

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Gingrich concluded that it is “impossible for the Catholic Church to have an adoption service in Massachusetts that follows Catholic doctrine.”

Newt Gingrich is lying.

What is “outlawed” is a private institution accepting public funds but not abiding by the state’s anti-discrimination law — which, for those falsely claiming same-sex marriage has anything to do with the adoption controversies, predated marriage equality by more than a decade.

What Catholic Charities did was choose — over “a unanimous vote by the agency’s 42-member board to continue facilitating adoptions by gay people” — was to close their publicly financially-supported adoption service rather than continue to let same-sex couples adopt.

Catholic Charities “voluntarily ceased doing adoptions after the state’s four Catholic Bishops got wind that gay parents had been adopting kids through Catholic Charities from an October 2005 Boston Globe story,” writes award-winnng journalist Laura Kiritsy at GLAD.

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“The Globe reported that over the course of about two decades, Catholic Charities placed 13 children with gay parents, out of about 720 adoptions they facilitated during those years,” Kiritsy, herself a “product” of Boston’s Catholic Charities, reports:

For the record, those 13 children were considered hard to place with adoptive parents because they were older or had physical or emotional difficulties, meaning had they not found loving parents who happened to be gay, they’d likely not have parents. Catholic Charities was accepting state funds to provide adoption services and was thus bound by the state’s gay-inclusive anti-discrimination law not to reject qualified adoptive parents based on sexual orientation.

On “Meet The Press,” Gingrich continued, asking if “being able to be gay in America” means “that you have to actually affirmatively eliminate any institution which does not automatically accept that, and therefore, you’re now going to have a secular state say to a wide range of religious groups — Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Mormons, and frankly, Muslims — ‘You cannot practice your religion the way you believe it, and we will outlaw your institutions?'”

Newt Gingrich and his friends are welcome to start and privately fund a religion-based adoption agency in Massachusetts or any other state, not accept any public funding, and make decisions on who can and cannot adopt children based on whatever religious principles they choose to observe.

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Note: The New Civil Rights Movement published the entire clip because we want our readers to see the excellent responses from Joy Ann Reid, editor of The Grio, and, in our opinion, the offensively misogynistic manner in which National Review editor Rich Lowry dismisses her and insists on interrupting her.

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Mystery Grand Jury Witness in Trump Hush Money Probe Is Former ‘Enquirer’ Publisher and Trump Ally



Avid followers of the Manhattan District Attorney’s moves noted the grand jury had been called into service for Monday, and soon news leaked that yet another witness would be testifying in the probe into Donald Trump’s alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

Monday afternoon, NBC News’ Garrett Haake reported live on MSNBC that the mystery witness was David Pecker, the former tabloid publisher of the “National Enquirer,” who reportedly had been looking for stories in 2016 to protect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Haake notes Monday was Pecker’s second appearance before the grand jury in the hush money case.

The New York Times also reported David Pecker as the grand jury witness, calling Pecker “a key player in the hush-money matter. He and the tabloid’s top editor helped broker the deal between the porn star, Stormy Daniels, and Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s fixer at the time.”

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“While the focus of Mr. Pecker’s testimony is unclear, he could provide valuable information for prosecutors. A longtime ally of Mr. Trump, he agreed to keep an eye out for potentially damaging stories about Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign,” The Times reports. “For a brief time in October 2016, Ms. Daniels appeared to have just that kind of story. Her agent and lawyer discussed the possibility of selling exclusive rights to her story of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump to The National Enquirer, which would then promise to never publish it, a practice known as ‘catch and kill.'”

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, noting, “nothing about that decision [to have Pecker testify] suggests any change of heart on Bragg’s part to indict Trump.”

Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU professor of law, notes that Pecker’s “testimony can show the [hush money] scheme was designed to affect outcome of election.”

“He reportedly communicated directly with Trump on payment,” Goodman adds.

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‘Our Children Deserve Better’: First Lady Jill Biden Speaks Out After Six Die in Nashville School Mass Shooting



First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, speaking Monday afternoon at a National League of Cities conference, told attendees, “Our children deserve better,” as she broke the news of the Nashville school mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School where three children and three adults were shot dead.

“You know,” Dr. Biden, herself an educator and clearly pained by the news, began her remarks by saying, “I hate to say what I’m gonna say next because you know you’re so enthusiastic and with so much energy and hope and I feel it.”

“But while you’ve been in this room, I don’t know whether you’ve been on your phones but we just learned about another shooting in Tennessee, a school shooting and I am truly without words and our children deserve better, and we stand – all of us – we stand with Nashville in prayer.”

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The First Lady, a former public high school English teacher and currently a professor of English at a community college, was speaking at the organization’s Congressional City Conference.

Watch Dr. Biden below or at this link.

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Death Toll Rises to Six as Three Children and Three Adults Declared Dead In Covenant School Mass Shooting (Streaming Video)



Six people have now died after a shooter shot and killed three young children and three adults at The Covenant Presbyterian School, a private Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. Police say the shooter was a 28-year old woman who had two assault rifles and a handgun.

WSMV announced the rise in deaths on-air, noting that the shooter is also dead. A police spokesperson later increased the announced death toll from five to six. Including the shooter the death toll is seven.

Live streaming video via CBS News below.

This article has been updated with additional video.

1:56 PM ET: Updated to change age of shooter based on new reporting from WSMV.

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