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LaBarbera: “Homo-Fascism” And “Homo-Communism” Part Of “Satan’s Plan”

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“Homo-fascism” and “homo-communism” are all part of “Satan’s plan,” says Peter LaBarbera, the head of the SPLC-certified hate group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality. LaBarbera warns that the religious right’s desire to amplify and project their anti-gay hate onto the masses is being threatened because Americans are actually becoming wise to their nonsense. Well, LaBarbera doesn’t put it in those terms exactly.

LaBarbera has moved even further right and is becoming more visible after the federal government relinquished the tax-exempt status of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality.

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch writes today,

On Saturday, Peter LaBarbera told radio host Linda Harvey that the gay rights movement is on its way to ending freedom in America and “creating a more dangerous environment” for right-wing activists like themselves. LaBarbera said that “homo-fascism” and “homo-communism” are all part of “Satan’s plan” to transform the persecution of gays and lesbians into the persecution of anti-gay activists. Harvey warned that thee “human rights” and even the “personal safety” of anti-gay activists are under attack.

Tashman offers this transcript. Visit Right Wing Watch to hear the audio.

LaBarbera: The homo-fascism is on the rise, and let’s just call it for what it is, or if you want to call it homo-communism, because why should the fascists get all the bad—the communists also wanted to shut down speech and did so. What’s happening is they’re ratcheting up what constitutes so-called hate, what is acceptable speech, and because the media is in the tank with the homosexual lobby and will not defend our freedoms, Christian’s religious freedom, then essentially they’ve basically given a get out of jail free card essentially to the homosexual activists. They can do anything they want and it seems like there’s very little critical, media attention which would restrain them.

Harvey: This is fascism. And if people don’t see what it is, even if they don’t agree, if people don’t see that these are the tactics of fascism, they’re trying to shut down debate, shut down free speech, and it will not simply end at the door of the right-wing. When you have fascists, everybody will suffer.

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LaBarbera: Remember the left used that phrase “climate of hate”? The would say, “oh people like Linda Harvey and Peter LaBarbera are creating a climate of hate against gays.” As usual, this is Satan’s plan: the very thing they’re charging us with is what they do. They’re creating a more dangerous environment for us!

Harvey: Exactly and they don’t care. The people who’ve been screaming about human rights and the fact that they’ve been mistreated, really I’m getting the sense that they don’t care about our personal safety. There is not a humanity here.

For the record, it appears as if LaBarbera made up the term “homo-fascism,” and the term “homo-communism” apparently has little real-world use also. Click the links to see what Google has to say.

For her part, Linda Harvey seems to be working overtime to meet an imaginary deadline at the Southern Poverty Law Center for “So You Think You Can Be A Hate Group.”

Harvey recently has said that Trick Or Treating Is Cheating On Jesus, Harvey has warned parents to Protect Kids From “Homosexual Lifestyle” Practicing Doctors, claimed All Gays Hate Jesus Christ And His Followers, said of homosexuals, “There Are No Such Humans,” and demanded that Gays And Lesbians Be Banned From Teaching Our Kids In Our Schools. And that’s just through August.

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Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of Black city resident George Floyd.

Keung, age 29, had accepted a plea deal in order to avoid an additional charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His guilty plea acknowledged that the restraining holds used by police on Floyd were excessive and likely to cause serious harm.

Video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of city police captured footage of Keung kneeling on Floyd’s back while another officer knelt of the man’s neck. for over nine minutes, officers applied pressure to Floyd while he laid face down in the street, crying and telling officers that he couldn’t breathe while also calling out for his mother.

Video of Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and inspired protests against institutional racism and police brutality.

Keung is the fourth and final police officer to receive prison time for his role in Floyd’s death. He will serve his new sentence and a federal sentence for Floyd’s death concurrently, serving a total of about 2 1/2 years for the killing.

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Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human

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Virginia State Delegate Marie March (R) has pre-filed House Bill 1395, a law that would define life as beginning at fertilization.

“Life begins at conception and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States,” the proposed bill states.

The proposed bill would effectively outlaw all abortions in the state and even endanger the use of Plan B (aka. “The morning-after pill”), a medication that prevents fertilized egg cells from attaching to a woman’s uterine wall.

The bill could also effectively criminalize in vitro fertilization, a method of inducing pregnancy that uses fertilized eggs and discards any unused ones.

Even though Republicans control the state’s House of Delegates, it’s unclear if the bill would have any chance of passing the state’s Democratic-led Senate. The legislature won’t reconvene until January 11, 2023.

Virginia currently allows a woman to get an abortion within roughly 26 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has proposed passing a law that would reduce that window to 15 weeks, a period of time in which most women may not even realize they’re pregnant.

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Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat

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When two Republicans lost Georgia’s special runoff senate elections in January 2021, state Republicans in the General Assembly re-wrote voting laws to restrict absentee ballots and give voters fewer days to vote in future runoff elections.

However, after Republicans lost yet another runoff election for Georgia’s Senate seat — with Herschel Walker losing to his Democratic competitor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, earlier this month — state Republicans want to re-re-write the rules, hopeful of a more favorable outcome.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), the official who oversees the state’s voting procedures, said he plans on giving three proposals to lawmakers when they return to the General Assembly in January.

“[The proposals] include forcing large counties to open more early-voting locations (in an attempt to reduce the hours-long lines some voters waited in) … lowering the threshold candidates must achieve to avoid a runoff from 50 percent to 45 percent; and instituting a ranked-choice instant-runoff system that would not require voters to come back to the polls again after the general election,” The New York Times reported.

To be clear, it’s unclear whether these changes would’ve helped Walker win. But they stand in contrast to the changes state Republicans made to voting laws following their failed January 2021 Senate runoff ambitions.

The changes after that time severely restricted the types of people eligible to receive an absentee ballot. While 24 percent of the January 2021 vote came via mail-in absentee ballots, the rule changes resulted in 5 percent of mail-in votes coming in for the January 2022 runoff.

Republicans also lowered the number of in-person early voting days to five (though the rule change allowed counties to add extra days.) The Times found that 28 of Georgia’s 159 counties opted to add extra in-person early voting days — 17 of the counties that did largely backed Warnock while 11 backed his challenger.

Before the recent run-off election, Raffensperger also tried to enforce a state law forbidding in-person early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, Warnock successfully sued to prevent the law from going into effect.

Overall, the changes may have “backfired,” Republicans told The Times, actually encouraging Democratic voters to come out in greater numbers.

While Republicans point to the large turnout of runoff voters as “proof” that their changes didn’t discourage voting, Warnock’s campaign criticized the changes, saying that such restrictions shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote in the first place.

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