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Why The Salt Lake City Gay Kiss Case Is A Huge Win For Gays

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What Happened To Charges Of “Passionate Kissing, Groping, Profane and Lewd Language, and Using Alcohol”?

Main Street Plaza

Salt Lake City's Main Street Plaza, where gay couple was arrested.

Salt Lake City Prosecutor Sim Gill just announced he is dropping all charges against the gay couple arrested on July 9 for kissing at the Mormon Church’s Main Street pedestrian plaza. This is fascinating and leads me to ask this question: Were representatives of the Mormon Church lying to police and to the public, or at least incorrectly characterizing a gay couple’s behavior, when they claimed, more than one week after the initial incident, and not in their first released statement, that, “There was much more involved that a simple kiss of the cheek,” and, “They engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol”?

I’ll ask that question again:
Were representatives of the Mormon Church lying to police and to the public, or at least incorrectly characterizing a gay couple’s behavior, when, in a written statement, more than one week after the initial incident, and not in their first released statement, according to several news sources, church spokeswoman Kim Farah said, “There was much more involved that a simple kiss of the cheek,” and, “They engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol”?

Because, if all charges were dropped, why weren’t the men charged with whatever local ordinances Salt Lake City has against public passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and the use of alcohol in public?

The Church has claimed all along that the same-sex couple who were detained by Church officials, and subsequently arrested by police, were not arrested for a simple public kiss, contrary to statements the couple made. The Church claims the men crossed the line of what they consider public decency, and the police arrested them. Later, the “passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol” part was added to the Church’s statements.

So, if all charges were dropped, and SLC Prosecutor Sim Gill said, “The two individuals believed — albeit mistakenly — that they had the right to be there. […] Fairness requires that either that property be not open to the public or you condition that [openness] in a way that the person who comes on understands that it is private property,” why was there NO mention by Gill, or reported in the press of the men’s engaging in “passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol”?

Read the news stories in order. You’ll find an interesting pattern:

1. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing.

2. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing and using profanity, and were engaging in lewd behavior including groping, and they were drunk.

3. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing and using profanity, and were engaging in lewd behavior including groping, and they were drunk. What seems like the entire city of Salt Lake goes to town, hitting blogs and news sites, saying the men were drunk and groping each other and their behavior is disgusting and the Mormon Church is a victim.

4. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing and using profanity, and were engaging in lewd behavior including groping, and they were drunk. What seems like the entire city of Salt Lake goes to town, hitting blogs and news sites, saying the men were drunk and groping each other and their behavior is disgusting and the Mormon Church is a victim, and gays want special rights and special treatment.

5. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing and using profanity, and were engaging in lewd behavior including groping, and they were drunk. What seems like the entire city of Salt Lake goes to town, hitting blogs and news sites, saying the men were drunk and groping each other and their behavior is disgusting and the Mormon Church is a victim, and gays want special rights and special treatment, and Kiss-Ins are bad and don’t work and gays just want to flaunt their sexuality in public.

6. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing and using profanity, and were engaging in lewd behavior including groping, and they were drunk. What seems like the entire city of Salt Lake goes to town, hitting blogs and news sites, saying the men were drunk and groping each other and their behavior is disgusting and the Mormon Church is a victim, and gays want special rights and special treatment, and Kiss-Ins are bad and don’t work and gays just want to flaunt their sexuality in public. Homosexuality is a sin.

7. Gay couple arrested on Church property for kissing. Church had said it was more than a simple kiss. Prosecutor drops all charges. No mention of passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, or the use of alcohol in public.

See a pattern here?

Again, I’ll ask the question that MUST be answered:

Were representatives of the Mormon Church lying to police and to the public, or at least incorrectly characterizing a gay couple’s behavior, when, in a written statement, more than one week after the initial incident, and not in their first released statement, according to several news sources, church spokeswoman Kim Farah said, “There was much more involved that a simple kiss of the cheek,” and, “They engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol”?

So, why is this a huge win for gays? Because it says “No” to The Mormon Church. And, in reality, that’s a huge win for everyone.

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire

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U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.

“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”

NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.

The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.

One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.

Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.

“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”

Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.

Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:

Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.

 

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’

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Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.

Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”

Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”

RELATED: Watch: Charlie Kirk Calls for Texans to Be ‘Deputized’ to Protect ‘White Demographics in America’

On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”

That’s false.

The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.

“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”

That too is false.

RELATED: ‘When Do We Get to Use the Guns?’: TP USA Audience Member Asks Charlie Kirk When Can ‘We Kill’ Democrats? (Video)

“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.

As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.

In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”

Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.

Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.

 

 

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Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert

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Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.

“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”

READ MORE: Longtime friend of GOP’s Eric Greitens calls him a ‘broken man’ and accuses him of lying about his beliefs

“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”

As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”

See the discussion below.

Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks  via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 

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