Nobody should expect any integrity from the National Organization of Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher, who routinely lies her head offÂ to further her group’s hateful message that gays are sub-humans undeserving of rights.
NOM’s denial of gay people’s humanity is manifest in, for example, an all-day anti-gay hate fest held at Liberty University, where William Duncan, who is with NOM’s Ruth Institute, held a sessionÂ titled “Homosexuals or Homo sapiens; Who Deserves Â Protected Class Status.”
Get it? NOM tells people that gays are not human.
Nonetheless, no matter how low you believe NOM may already have sunk, you can be sure it will always sink lower.
Gallagher, for example, just last month published on The National Review a transparently duplicitous post “Is Maggie Gallagher a Victim?”
The post is classic Gallagher, lying through her teeth while talking out both sides of her gay-bashing bigot mouth. She quotes Andrew Sullivan who said: â€œListening to Maggie Gallagher this week, you may be struck by how she seesÂ herselfÂ as the victim.â€ Gallagher of course does not inform her readers of the context in which Sullivan made his observation; she does not even link to his post. His post is titled “The Politics of Spite.” He describes spitefulness in Gallagher’s motives, and then says that despite her spiteful anti-gay motives, Gallagher disingenuously is claiming victimhood. Gallagher jettisons Sullivan’s idea, plucks out of it his observation that she likes to paint herself as a victim, and then instructs her followers to say that theyÂ are victims, of a “Wall of Hatred” coming against them from homosexuals.
Sullivan of course was on to something essential about Gallagher in her current gay-bashing bigot’s evolution, but what he was on to needs further clarification.
The point is not that Gallagher cares most about portraying herself as a victim, though that is indispensable to her and she will not stop doing it. The most important thing to understand is that Gallagher is communicating to the anti-gay bigots in her target audience the dirty-tricks strategy by which they should fraudulently claim victimhood, the better to attempt to run a steamroller over gay people’s civil and human rights.Â In fact, as we are gong to see, Gallagher’s post is a gross dirty trick, telling her readers that no, she does not consider herself a victim — though Sullivan (and many others) have caught the pathological liar portraying herself exactly that way — but that they — her Godly followers who know about sins and abominations —Â are facing a “wall of hatred” from homosexuals who — as NOM has already reminded them, and reminded them, and reminded them — are not human and do not deserve rights.
Gallagher actually says that it would be “absurd” for her to claim to be a victim — and it is absurd — but the fact is, she has been very actively portraying herself as a victim, to get her gay-bashing bigot followers to think of themselves as victims of homosexuals. The hateful hypocrisy is towering, and Gallagher’s intent to instruct her bigot audience, to give them their marching orders, transparent. Gallagher is in essence telling her followers “You are victims of the homosexuals. Go forth and tell everybody that in our fight to defend our unwillingness to let the government extend anti-discrimination protections to homos, we are the victims.” Gallagher’s behavior in this is a textbook case study in scapegoating a minority.
It must not go ignored that standard NOM propaganda will say that the organization is concerned only with the issue of marriage, yet in Gallagher’s post, we read that the alleged “Wall of Hatred” is “now directed at anyone who opposes gay marriage or traditional understandings of sex and gender.” Â Make notes to yourselves; Gallagher has said she is on the warpath over “traditional understandings of sex and gender.” If you do not act precisely as Gallagher and her bigot henchman believe you should be acting, according to their expectations for your gender, look for them to clobber you. Who knows? Maybe Gallagher can develop a side-interest in getting Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden banned from school libraries; the novel has androgynous characters who engage in gender play-acting.
Remember, NOM and Gallagher want every last gay person stuffed back into the closet, and for no gay person ever again to mention the notion that a gay person should have rights.Â Gallagher has said that she is “unwilling” to live in a country with anti-discrimination protections for gay people. In her 2001 column “Fixing Sexual Orientation,” Gallagher insultingly called homosexuality a “dysfunction,” and referred to homosexual orientation as a “lifestyle choice.” She praised Dr. Robert L. Spitzer as “a brave man” for having carried out an unscientific, biased study about “pray away the gay” quackery — a hoax which Spitzer has since unambiguously renounced and apologized for. Wayne Besen and others of Truth Wins Out haveÂ frequently askedÂ whether Gallagher will acknowledge that Spitzer admitted his “study” was a hoax; Gallagher’s silence is deafening.
Maggie are you there? Surely you have noticed that many people are asking if you will acknowledge Spitzer’s apology for his hoax. Where are you? Why are you silent on this?
One of Gallagher’s aims is to annul by force the marriage of every last same-sex married couple in the United States, with no empathy for her victims. Gallagher the gay-bashing bigot, in fact, wants to inflict hurt. Gallagher wants to lead an army of gay-bashing bigots to inflict harm on innocent people they do not even know.Â An anti-gay bigot is by definition malicious and sadistic, beating down cruelly on the minority, and alleging that unless the minority is beaten down, the bigot will not be able to live, and civilization will end. What is it, if not cruel, to organize heterosupremacists en masse with the goal of forcibly ending loving gay couples’ marriage recognition? In what other circumstances have we heard of a bigoted majority organizing to take away the rights of a minority?
Like a cockroach, Gallagher is a dark night feeder, grabbing up and digesting all of the nastiest, most unhygenic morsels of bigotry she can find in the blackness, and in the process, contaminating the living environment for others, leaving behind her a trail of bigot debris. When light shines on her bigot lies, she scampers away, to lie in wait for her next feelers-waving, skittering, repulsive attack on the environment.
Repeatedly on national television, Gallagher caught out in her absolutely endless lies has claimed she never said such things, but then immediately, the documentation that she did indeed say such things is found and published by multiple bloggers. With her lies, she has disgusted U.S. Congresspeople during hearings; she knows no shame. Her fellow bigots love her; no decent person would. She is, in spirit, a nexus of horror of every schoolyard anti-gay bully who shoved a victim into lockers and yelled “Fag!” at them. Gallagher may not use the word “Fag!” in public, but if you examine the aggregate of her thought, it has the precise meaning of “God hates fags!” Why else, at an Evangelical university — where it is endlessly emphasized that one must “accept Jesus” — Â are we seeing NOM officials leading such sessions as “Homosexuals or Homo Sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status?“?
Gallagher in her postÂ talks about an alleged “wall of hatred” that meets people trying to block gay rights. She has the unmitigated gall to allege that the “wall of hatred” defines the marriage equality movement. Let that sink in a minute, that Gallagher the pathological bigot liar is instructing her bigot followers to say that the gay rights movement is about hatred, that gay rights supporters are motivated above all by hatred. Let it sink in, what Gallagher is doing, how she is lying about, and inciting others to lie about, gay human beings’ motivations in wanting their rights. Immediately after marriage equality passed in New York in June, 2011, Gallagher began organizing a “protest” of the first marriages, which were to take place on July 24.
New York State Senator and Reverend RubÃ©n DÃazÂ — whom Gallagher calls her “hero” — participated in the protests of the marriages. Just two months earlier, DÃazÂ had looked on and smiled at a NOM-sponsored anti-gay hate rally in the Bronx where a NOM-approved speaker told the mob that homosexuals are “worthy to death.” At the July protest against the love relationships of other people — (gay people whom DÃazÂ and Gallagher think are sub-human and “worthy to death,” only because they are homosexual) — DÃazÂ told his gay-bashing followers, with Gallagher nearby, that to gather strength to fight the horror of the same-sex marriages, he wanted them to feel filled with the Holy spirit, as did the apostles in the days following the resurrection. Gallagher is instructing her bigot followers and donors to feel intense resentment that the disgusting fags and lezzies have even dared to ask for rights. According to Gallagher and her hero DÃaz, this is God’s world, God hates fags, and fags have no business asking for a Constitution to be based on ungodly civil laws. Gallagher and DÃazÂ cultivate in their bigot followers the notion that these loathsome abominations in God’s eyes should not even be daring to impose a request for rights on them– when they so rightfully are not willing to live in a country that gives sub-human fags and lezzies anti-discrimination protections — and all of that proves that they, as followers of God’s word — should not have to face this wall of hatred from fags and lezzies daring to ask for rights that they so clearly do not deserve as sub-humans. The fag-and-lezzie movement for “special” rights has nothing to do with fags and lezzies; it is all about sub-human homos wanting to mount a wall of hatred against you, a heroic, God-fearing defender of civilization.
Let us be clear about this. On July 24, 2011, when gay couples were first able to marry in New York, for those couples, the day was all about love. Many couples together for decades celebrated their decades together by finally getting married, and their heterosexual family members, friends and associates joyously celebrated with them, thrilled that state-level sexual orientation apartheid in marriage had finally come to an end. The day was about love. The gay marrying couples and their gay and heterosexual family member, friends and associates were not mounting a “Wall of Hatred” against Gallagher and her bigot goons. Gallagher should tell it to The Horse Marines. Along with Gallagher, the Westboro Baptist Church came to New York to protest the marriages. And, it must be noted that one of the Westboro protesters held a sign that said “Thank God for 9/11.” Â Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University — (where NOM’s William Duncan held a session on the theme that homosexuals are not human) — blamed gays for 9/11 and said that the attacks were “probably deserved.” After heavy criticism for those remarks, Falwell walked them back, only laterÂ to tellÂ CNN’s Christine Amanpour — shortly before he died — that he was standing by them. That is the company NOM keeps, while fraudulently alleging that homosexuals are sub-humans “worthy to death” mounting a “Wall of Hatred” against NOM and its associated fanatics.
Gallagher simply has no shame. Where same-sex American couples are able to marry, she is in the malevolent fight of her life to get their marriages annulled against their wills, and to prevent all additional same-sex couples from marrying — ever Â — whereas no outsider — Not. A. Single. One.Â Â — Â is trying to dissolve her marriage to Raman Srivastav. Yet the gay-bashing bigot has the nerve to say that the marriage equality movement is not about live-and-let-live. She organized protests of marriages — marriages! — (who protests a marriage?) — on a day when she could instead have been helping the homeless — indeed, she refused my offer to help her to do so — and now, here she is riling up her bigot following, fanning their hostilities against gays, telling them that gay rights are not about live-and-let-live. What bad thing would have happened to this nasty piece of NOM work, if she herself had lived-and-let-live, instead of protesting on the happiest day of other people’s lives — people this gay-bashing propaganda witch does not even know? If Gallagher is so interested in “live-and-let-live” — if live-and-let-live is a virtue she values — then why did she organize a protest of other people’s marriages, and spend the day of the protest far away from her cipher husband Raman Srivastav, and their son Bair Srivastav, who, as a junior-league bigot,Â gay-bashes on Facebook?
Gallagher has zero interest in helping people to have richly-developed, satisfying, enduring loving relationships. She does not in her person know anything about such relationships; she spent time separated from her cipher husband Raman Srivastav, dragging their child back and forth between different houses for visits; were a gay couple to do that with their child, Gallagher would clobber them about it, and instruct her followers to clobber them about it too.Â Gallagher’s “interest” in marriage is focused virtually exclusively on carrying out malicious acts of political gay bashing.
When Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger openly questioned the status of Gallagher’s marriage, Gallagher repeatedly said that her own family circumstances are irrelevant to her fight against loving gay couples. Well, no they are not. Gallagher leaves her child without her guidance or presence on weekends to hate-monger against gays all over the country, and then that child — Bair Srivastav — is gay-bashing on Facebook. Where do you suppose Bair learned to mock people on the basis of homosexual orientation? Granted, in circles where children are taught to sing “Ain’t no homos gonna make it into heaven,” this behavior is applauded. But what do professional child psychiatrists think when children of bigots parrot their parents’ bigotry? Do not hold your breath, waiting for Gallagher to show this article to a number of professional psychiatrists to get a consensus opinion about her cultivating anti-gay bigotry in her son.
In any event, if Gallagher is genuinely interested in live-and-let-live, then I am a heterosexual opposed to gay rights!
Gallagher and NOM can fraudulently demonize gay human beings to NOM’s bigot supporters — and they can deny gay people’s humanity to those bigot supporters as well — but in court, under oath, NOM can not so readily get away with its gay-bashing lies. Relevant to Gallagher’s “wall of hatred” allegation, is that in every one of the campaign finance-related cases that NOM has brought, claiming that NOM’s supporters have received criminal threats and harassment, judges have ruled that those claims are without merit. Every single judge given to rule on that topic has ruled that NOM’s claims are without merit. NOM’s strategy of fraudulently alleging that gay rights supporters have made criminal threats is common to many political gay-bashers. After a Greensburg, Indiana church congregation was discovered abusing children by encouraging them to sing “Ain’t no homos gonna make it into heaven,” Reverend Jeff Sengle claimed he had received death threats, but law enforcement told reporters that there had been no such threats.
In her post, Gallagher fraudulently cites — as a victim of the supposed gay-rights-sourced “wall of hatred” — Daniel Glowacki, who disrupted his Howell, Michigan public school class on Spirit Day, 2010. Gallagher could not be bothered to link to Andrew Sullivan’s post, but she is all about linking to NOM’s fund-raising video with Glowacki as its star alleged victim of homosexuals. Spirit Day commemorates LGBT bullying victims lost to suicide. Teacher Jay McDowell had asked a student in the class to remove a belt with a Confederate flag buckle. The school district had recently suffered an incident of race-baiting, in which white supremacist students set up an anti-black, anti-other-non-whites hate page on Facebook, using the Confederate flag as its logo. Glowacki disrupted the class by asking McDowell why the student had to remove their Confederate flag garment, when others in the class were wearing purple “Tyler’s Army” Spirit Day shirts, which offend him as much as the Confederate flag offends McDowell.
Got it? Glowacki is offended by shirts commemorating bullied gay teens lost to suicide. Maggie Gallagher, too, apparently, is offended by shirts commemorating bullied gay teens lost to suicide; leastwise, she is willing to exploit a pipsqueak bigot who is offended by them to attract donations to fuel her political gay bashing. Keep in mind; an anti-gay bigot like Gallagher who believes that homosexuals are “worthy to death” really could get offended by shirts sorrowfully commemorating bullied gay teens lost to suicide.
After Glowacki refused to stop his Spirit Day gay-bashing, McDowell gave him a snap suspension. Other students in the class were commemorating students lost to severe anti-gay bullying; Glowacki was desecrating their memories, disrespecting his fellow students, and creating an inappropriate atmosphere of theologically-fueled, bullying non-acceptance of gay human beings. He repeatedly told McDowell that his Catholic religion is against “the homosexual lifestyle.” Through The Thomas More Law Center, Glowacki is bringing a first amendment lawsuit against the school. He thinks he should be able to gay-bash on Spirit Day, and Maggie Gallagher agrees with him. Â The Glowacki court pleading is not a professional, concise listing of alleged facts of the case. It is, rather, more of an apparent anti-gay hate-mongering fund-raising vehicle for The Thomas More Law Center, which does not charge clients, and which operates off of donations from the public.
Brazenly — hatefully — Glowacki’s attorneys claim in their pleading that Tyler Clementi committed suicide because he was homosexual, i.e. not at all because of anti-gay stigma and discrimination, to say nothing of criminal harassment that was directed against him in a bias crime. Gallagher and NOM have exploited Glowacki in a fund-raising video and elsewhere — Gallagher links to the fund-raising video in her “Is Maggie Gallagher a Victim?” post — yet the video does not specify that the Glowacki incident occurred on Spirit Day, and that Glowacki likened the offensiveness of the Confederate flag to that of purple Tyler’s Army shirts.
Not only is Gallagher guilty of manipulating the Glowacki case to get her gay-bashing followers to disingenuously reject the facts of connections between anti-gay bigotry, bullying, and gay youth suicide, Gallagher has a long record of lying about gay youth suicide statistics. As I have previously written:
Gallagher lied about Massachusetts gay youth attempted suicide statistics in her October 20, 2010 articleÂ Does Gay Marriage Prevent Gay Teen Suicide?Â In that article, Gallagher double-dealingly purports to answer whether the blood of gay bullying victims lost to suicide is on her hands â€“ and then she lies about the bi-annual Center for Disease Controlâ€™s Youth Risk Survey results for Massachusetts. The survey, filled out by live students, does not report on the experiences of actual gay suicide victims, for the obvious reason that such victims are dead. In her article, Gallagher repeatedly alleges that the survey measured â€œLGBTâ€ students. The actual survey questionnaires, though,Â have not yet even ever askedÂ whether respondents identify as transgender. Gallagherâ€™s claim that the survey represents transgender students is a lie. I have given Gallagher umpteen opportunities to acknowledge that these surveys have never mentioned transgender students; she has never done so. Another of Gallagherâ€™s lies here is her reading of the survey numbers, in which Gallagher very deceitfully implies that youth suicide attempts have not at all lessened since equality became law in Massachusetts. While LGB students have continued to attempt suicide about four times more often than heterosexual students, (just as Gallagher in this same period has been very aggressively fanning anti-gay hostility in Massachusetts) the actual numbers of suicidesÂ forÂ each groupÂ have overall, over time, gone down,confirming Dr. Mark Hatzenbuelerâ€™sÂ study which shows that in more liberal areas,Â bothÂ LGB and hetero youth are less likely to attempt suicide than LGB and hetero youth living in conservative areas.
To spell this out; marriage equality in Massachusetts corresponds to a period of decreasing numbers of youth suicides among both gay and heterosexual youth, but Gallagher distorts the documentation to mislead people into believing that there has been no youth suicide reduction in Massachusetts since equality became law. So FYI, Ms. Gallagher-Srivastav; the period of marriage equality in Massachusetts does correspond to a reduction of all youth suicides in the state.
The point merits emphasis and articulation. With malice aforethought, Gallagher is engaging in a disinformation campaign related to gay youth suicide. Where there is a demonstrated correlation between enhanced gay rights and a decrease in youth suicide, Gallagher deliberately distorts the evidence, and lies about it, by saying that enhanced gay rights did not at all improve the youth suicide rate. As if that were not despicable enough, Gallagher inserts herself into a situation where a gay-bashing bigot in a public school desecrated the memories of gay youth lost to bullying, and declares that the gay-bashing bigot is a victim facing a “wall of hatred,” and she does so in a context that never mentions that her little bigot darling Daniel Glowacki disrupted his class with bullying theocratic non-acceptance of gay people on Spirit Day. As a reminder, the same year that Glowacki gay-bashed on Spirit Day, Arkansas school board member Clint McCance said:Â “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide.” Just as — before NOM’s race-baiting strategy was verified through court-order-released NOM documents — it was evident to all that NOM was carrying out a race-baiting strategy — it is evident now that NOM has an intent to mount, and carry out, a disinformation campaign regarding gay teen suicide. You really have to watch the video of Gallagher receiving GetEqual’s Anita Bryant Bigotry Award: at the 1:05 point, GetEqual’s Michael Dixon reproaches Gallagher for spreading anti-gay hate that leads to some gay teens killing themselves. Gallagher then alleges that she “took the trouble“ to investigate the youth suicide rate in Massachusetts, and that “gay marriage is not a solution to the problem.” Meanwhile, the statistics clearly show that over time, since equality became law in Massachusetts, all categories of youth suicide have gone down in number. Yet the bigot wants people to know that she “took the trouble” to look at the statistics, and that “gay marriage is not a solution to the problem.” Â This fiendish woman — claiming victimhood, and instructing her anti-gay-rights followers to claim victimhood, while lying through her teeth about youth suicide statistics, the better to beat down on gays — Â is an apparently conscienceless monster. Gallagher’sÂ derriÃ¨re should be put under oath on a witness stand, where she can talk in front of a judge about how she “took the trouble” to examine youth suicide statistics for Massachusetts since equality became law there.
Gallagher and NOM made a separate fund-raising video with Florida public school teacher Jerry Buell, who in a non-confidential internet venue said that same-sex marriages make him want to puke. Buell, moreover, told his class — with a gay student present — that homosexuals should be allowed to serve in the military, at the front lines with hetero soldiers deserting them from behind.
If Gallagher can show us where a public school teacher has ever told his students that the only good heterosexual is a dead heterosexual, she should step right up with the evidence. Meanwhile though, Gallagher and NOM are still hate-mongering and fund-raising off a video promoting a bigot who told his class that the only good gay is a dead gay.
Gallagher has never apologized for sponsoring her anti-gay hate rally in the Bronx, where a NOM-approved speaker told the mob that homosexuals are “worthy to death,” just blocks from where there had been a gangland-style sequestration and torturing of gay victims. You can bet if somebody were up yelling at the public that Maggie Gallagher is “worthy to death,” Maggie Gallagher would understand why an apology was in order. Instead, she participates in an act of theocratic terrorism against the gay population (just blocks from where there had been a gangland-style sequestration and torturing of gay victims) and feels herself justified in doing it. Â With Senator Diaz of the Bronx constantly hate-mongering against gays, where do you suppose the thugs who carried out their tortures on those gay people in the Bronx ever got the idea to view gay people as inferior and “worthy to death“?
GallagherÂ the lying, scumbag, gay-bashing bigot — is personally responsible for so much anti-gay hate mongering, Â that one would hardly be able to decide which element of it she should apologize for first, were she interested in apologizing for the tidal waves of hate she unleashes.
Maybe, though, we should not make it personal. Maybe we should ask Gallagher to apologize, in NOM’s name, for William Duncan’s seminar calling gays sub-humans: “Homosexuals or Homo sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status.”
Think what it means — really think — that a candidate to be President of the United States — (which country’s actual PledgeÂ promises “liberty and justice for all“) –Â Â has signed the NOMzis’ gay-bashing bigot pledge, handed to him by these filthy political gay-bashers, for whom no dirty trick is too low-down, and who literally say that gay people are not human.
Don’t hold your breath, expecting Gallagher to apologize.
New York Cityâ€“ based novelist and freelance writerÂ Scott Roseâ€™sÂ LGBTâ€“ interest byâ€“ line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His â€œMr. David Cooperâ€™s Happy Suicideâ€ is about aÂ New York City advertising executive assigned to aÂ condom account.
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Trump An ‘Enemy of the Constitution’ Declares Nicolle Wallace, Blasting Call to ‘Terminate’ Nation’s Founding Document
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace slammed Donald Trump as an “enemy of the Constitution” on Monday after the ex-president, over the weekend, called for the U.S. Constitution to be terminated.
Trump demanded “the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” in light of his most recent – and false – claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
That was Saturday, on his Truth Social account.
On Monday, Trump denied having ever said it, despite the post still being up.
Wallace characterized Trump’s call to terminate the Constitution “an extraordinary statement even by the standards of a failed wannabe autocrat who plotted a coup against his own government and recently dined with white supremacists.”
“The disgraced ex-president made his contempt for our democracy as clear as ever, when he called for the United States Constitution to be ‘terminated.'”
Quoting The Washington Post, Wallace said: “Trump’s message on his Truth Social platform reiterated the baseless claims he has made since 2020, that the election was stolen, but he went further by suggesting that the country abandon one of its founding documents.”
She also played a clip of Republican Congressman Dave Joyce of Ohio from Sunday’s ABC News.
Rep. Joyce in the clip twists and turns but ultimately admits that if Trump is the GOP nominee for president in 2024 he will vote for him.
“Well, again, it’s early I think there’s gonna be a lot of people in the primary I think at the end of the day, you will have — wherever the Republicans tend to pick up I will fall in behind because that’s –”
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos interjected, asking,”Even if it’s Donald Trump, as he’s called for suspending the Constitution?”
“Again, I think it’s gonna be a big field. I don’t think Donald Trump’s gonna clear out the field like he did in 2016.”
“I will support whoever the Republican nominee is,” Joyce added.
“And I don’t don’t think that at this point he will be able to get there because I think there’s a lot of other good quality candidates out there.”
“He says a lot of things,” Joyce continued, refusing to denounce Trump.
“Let’s not speed past that moment,” Wallace urged. “This is exactly how Trump happened. All the Republicans in Washington and around the country said, [Trump] ‘says all sorts of stupid you know what. Dorsn’t mean he’s going to do it.'”
“He did all of it, all of it. And then some,” she chastised.
Watch below or at this link.
“It’s an extraordinary statement, even by the standards of a failed wannabe autocrat who plotted a coup… the disgraced ex-president made his contempt for our democracy as clear as possible when he called for the U.S. Constitution to be terminated” – @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/WWrt1wdSZ0
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) December 5, 2022
‘Venom’: Experts Shocked as Gorsuch Angrily Accuses Colorado of Forcing Anti-LGBTQ Baker Into ‘Re-Education Program’
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch appeared angry and even hostile at several points throughout Monday’s oral arguments in a case brought by a Colorado right-wing evangelical Christian website designer who is suing the state because she wants to be able to discriminate against same-sex couples who are getting married.
The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, promises to be one of the most important of the term, and arguments extended more than two hours.
During one of the more heated moments, conservative Justice Gorsuch attacked Colorado Solicitor General Eric Olson, claiming the state forced an infamous anti-LGBTQ baker who also went before the Supreme Court, winning his 2018 case in a very narrow ruling, into a “re-education program.”
Jack Phillips, a business owner who refused to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, citing his religious beliefs, was required to attend a class so he could become familiar with Colorado anti-discrimination law.
The Supreme Court’s ruling at the time called it, “additional remedial measures, including ‘comprehensive staff training on the Public Accommodations section'” of Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.
Justice Gorsuch instead called it a “re-education program,” and slammed the state’s Solicitor General, Eric Olson, with it on Monday.
“Mr. Phillips did go through a re-education training program, pursuant to Colorado law, did he not, Mr. Olson?” Gorsuch asked the solicitor general.
“He went through a process that ensured he was familiar –” Olson responded, before Gorsuch cut him off.
“It was a re-education program, right?” the justice blared.
“It was not a ‘re-education program,'” Olson replied, holding his ground.
“What do you call it?” Gorsuch, dissatisfied, pressed.
“It was a process to make sure he was familiar with Colorado law,” Olson explained.
“Some might be excused for calling that a ‘re-education program,’” Gorsuch snapped.
“I strongly disagree, Justice Gorsuch,” Olson said, defending the law.
Gorsuch presses Colorado Solicitor General Eric Olson to say that Colorado forced Jack Phillips, the anti-gay baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop, to undergo a “reeducation training program.” Olson resists. pic.twitter.com/AIQQA6B1Ia
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) December 5, 2022
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, who provided the clip above, warns: “It does not bode well for the future of civil rights law that Gorsuch believes a state imposes ‘reeducation training’ on employers when it reminds them how to comply with nondiscrimination rules.”
“Astounding that Gorsuch, A Supreme Court Justice,” tweeted Adam Cohen of Attorneys for Good Government, “Refers to Colorado giving courses on following civil rights law, As ‘reeducation training.'”
“Like being taught not to discriminate against LGBTQ is the same as being sent to a gulag for protesting communism in the Soviet Union,” he added.
Professor Elizabeth Sepper of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law says, “Justice Gorsuch describes education about antidiscrimination law and compliance as a REEDUCATION PROGRAM. This is beyond offensive. It was a central and SOFT tool of many civil rights movements and was essential to targeting market discrimination.”
Columbia Law School’s Elizabeth Reiner Platt, the Director of The Law, Rights, and Religion Project responded, “OMG Gorsuch repeatedly insists that a training on civil rights law is a ‘reeducation program.’ Good grief.”
Attorney Andrew L. Seidel, Vice President of Strategic Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State tweeted, “WHOA. Gorsuch asks a very hostile question about sending the bakery to ‘a re-education program.’ He spits the phrase with venom and repeats it several times. He’s regurgitating right wing talking points.”
‘What the Hell, Sam’: Justice Alito Slammed for Making ‘Joke’ About Black Children in KKK Costumes
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in one of the most important cases of the term, a case that will determine if the nation’s highest court will or will not allow a person citing their personal religious beliefs to openly discriminate in the marketplace against same-sex couples.
In likely the most salient and important hypothetical example, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson described in great detail a photographer wanting to re-create scenes from 1940’s Christmases with Santa Clauses and children, in sepia tones, and making them historically accurate.
She asked the attorney representing the right-wing Christian website designer who does not want to have to provide her product to same-sex couples, if under her legal theory the hypothetical photographer would have to create photos of a white Santa with Black children.
Kristen Waggoner, the Alliance Defending Freedom‘s attorney arguing in favor of anti-LGBTQ discrimination, was forced to admit that the photographer would be able to say they would not take photos of Black children with a white Santa.
Later, Justice Samuel Alito, one of the Court’s most far-right jurists, decided to use Justice Jackson’s hypothetical analogy to make a point, and he did so by mockingly joking about Black children wearing KKK costumes.
“Justice Jackson’s example of that, the Santa in the mall who doesn’t want his picture taken with Black children,” Justice Alito began, getting the basics of the analogy incorrect.
“So if there’s a Black Santa at the other end of the mall, and he doesn’t want to have his picture taken with a child who is dressed up in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, now does that Black Santa have to do that?”
Colorado Solicitor General Eric Olson replied, “No, because Klu Klux Klan outfits are not protected characteristics under public accommodation laws.”
“And presumably,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor interjected, “that would be the same Ku Klux Klan outfit regardless whether if the child was Black or white or any other characteristic.”
That’s when Alito decided to make a “joke,” while thousands of Americans were listening to the Court’s live proceedings.
“You do see a lot of Black children in Ku Klux Klan outfits all the time,” he said, presumably sarcastically.
He then laughed, and some viewers in the gallery joined with him.
Justice Alito jokes with Justice Kagan that, “You do see a lot of Black children in Ku Klux Klan outfits all the time,” during oral arguments in a free speech case. pic.twitter.com/QoCfDVhuEQ
— The Recount (@therecount) December 5, 2022
Many on social media were outraged and offended.
“He is so inappropriate today. And offensive,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). “The Black kids in KuKluxKlan outfits? Not funny. Is this the highest Court of the most powerful country in the world? Good grief.”
Minutes later, NYU School of Law Professor of Law Melissa Murray weighed in, saying, “I’m going to need Justice Alito to stop joking about seeing ‘Black children in Ku Klux Klan costumes.'”
“Seriously, what am I listening to?” she asked, to which Ifill replied, “Just awful.”
“The joke about Black kids in KuKluxKlan outfits?” Ifill also lamented. “No Justice Alito, these ‘jokes’ are so inappropriate, no matter how many in the courtroom chuckle mindlessly.”
Columbia University Professor of Law Katherine Franke tweeted, “Justice Alito is resorting to KKK jokes. Ha ha ha. As if what’s at stake here is funny, and isn’t taking place in a context in which LGBTQ people feel like we have a target on our backs. And, ahem – Klan jokes aren’t funny under any context.”
The Rewire News Group tweeted, in all caps, “I knew Alito wouldn’t be able to resist bringing up the Ku Klux Klan,” and then: “What the hell, Sam.”
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