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Religious Rights On ‘Collision Course With Gay Rights’ Rants Catholic Activist (Video)

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var addthis_config = {“data_track_addressbar”:true};Bill Donohue was in full anti-gay force this morning on CNN’s “New Day,” spewing lies and half truths about gay people, discrimination, and overall displaying great anger at losing the battle in Arizona after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB-1062 last night.

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Donohue, head of the virulently anti-gay Catholic League, headquartered in a beautiful Park Avenue office in NYC, spends his days “defending” the Roman Catholic Church — not Catholics, but the Church itself.

“Where are all the examples of gays being discriminated against?” Donohue asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “If they’re being discriminated against, how come they make more money than straight people on average?”

Of course, like many of his dated talking points, the “gays make more money than straights” myth is just plain false.

“Is somebody being denied at Applebee’s getting a hamburger? Where are these examples of gay people being persecuted?” Donohue, embarrassingly asked host Chris Cuomo.

“Can you enumerate for me examples of gay people in Arizona who are having their rights violated by people of faith?” Donohue continued.

“That’s the exact right question — but it’s the reverse,” Cuomo, patiently, tried to explain to Donohue. “Can you point out a business that was made a substantial burden religiously because of what they had to do vis-a-vis a gay person?”

Then Donohue went all-out nuts.

“If we have a federal administration which ignores the express rule of the people in DOMA… we’re being besieged — the gay rights –” Donohue ranted.

Cuomo quickly shut him down. “That’s a scare tactic.”

“We have a religious rights, and we have a collision course with gay rights,” Donohue claimed. Shockingly, he added, “we need to protect both.”

“But my rights to religion are in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Since when should they take a back seat?”

Or, in other words, Donohue suggests that his rights as a Catholic trump the roights of LGBT people — wholly ignoring that there are a great many LGBT Catholics and Christians, and LGBT people of all faiths.

Donohue, ludicrously, tried to insist that gay people will start to force churches to perform same-sex weddings, and the government will support that position. Which, of course, totally ignores the First Amendment.

Donohue also falsely stated that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told state Attorneys General they are not obligated to enforce laws. (Holder said they are not obligated to defend in court marriage bans, if they believe they are unconstitutional.)

And, in usual form, Donohue managed to conflate same-sex marriage with polygamy. Just because.

“We feel — people of faith — that our rights are being whittled away in the name of gay rights having to trample…”

There was far more ugliness than this video shows. We’ll try to get that video too.

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Hat tip: Towleroad and Mediaite

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Silenced by Psaki: Reporter Pushing Right Wing Talking Points Can’t Answer Press Secretary’s Basic Questions About Them

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A reporter was silent after pushing right-wing talking points during the White House’s daily press briefing and being asked to explain her question. The Q&A was so disturbing one well-known political scientist weighed in on social media to declare the White House press corps an “embarrassment.”

“Just a quick question on inflation,” the unnamed reporter began as she asked her question on the administration’s plan to strengthen the social safety net and grow jobs. “Many believe that government spending is a big factor in the current inflation levels. Can you speak to concerns that spending plans that come out of Build Back Better aren’t paid for, and so could mean higher deficits and more inflation in the future.”

Psaki, a little stunned, confirmed she heard correctly: “Aren’t paid for? Build Back Better is paid for.”

The reporter was silent. As time moved on, so did Psaki.

“Entirely,” she added, definitively.

“Okay,” replied the reporter, apparently out of facts and with little understanding of what she was asking. “Can you speak to the concerns that are coming in that it’s not, actually?”

“Who are the concerns from though?” Psaki asked.

Silence again.

“Who’s saying it’s not paid for?” Psaki pressed.

More silence.

“Because there have been a range of economists saying it’s entirely paid for, and that has been a priority for the President. It has also been concluded by a number of Nobel laureates and experts from a range of economic experts on the outside that it will not contribute to inflation. So those are the global experts that we would point to, but there may be others suggesting something else, but I don’t know who those people are,” she said, allowing the reporter to offer a different response, to possibly retain her dignity.

“So if those bills do pass it will not raise taxes?” the reporter asked, which is an entirely different question.

“Well, something being entirely paid for means that part of that is the highest income Americans highest that companies would be asked to pay a little bit more. That has been part of the proposal and part of reforming the tax system to make it more fair,” Psaki explained.

“So they’re also not expected to contribute to future inflation, then?”

“The Build Back Better Bill? Again, it’s fully paid for, we would point to Nobel laureates and a range of global economists who have conveyed that it would not contribute to inflationary pressures.”

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Influential Far Right Conservatives Ballistic Over Breyer Retirement: ‘They Must Be Stopped’

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As soon as the news broke that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire at the end of the current session, right-wing activists began declaring that Breyer had been “bullied” into stepping down and therefore Republicans must do everything they can to block whomever President Joe Biden nominates to fill that seat.

Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network and Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch both asserted that Breyer had been forced out of his seat on the court.

Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America declared that Biden must use the vacancy to unify the nation by appointing to the court a “constitutionalist” (which is conservative code for “right-wing ideologue”).

Proclaiming that the Senate is the “our last line of defense against radical leftist SCOTUS justices,” Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel used the opportunity to promote his own campaign.

Rep. Lauren Boebert proclaimed that Biden should take a hint from Breyer and “follow him out the door.”

Right-wing activist Brigitte Gabriel openly asserted that it doesn’t even matter whom Biden nominates, “they must be stopped.”

Right-wing commentator Matt Walsh demanded that the position remain vacant until following the midterm elections in November, insisting that “it would be an assault on our democracy” to confirm any nominee before then.

Taking things a step further, radical Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers called on the U.S. Senate to “filibuster, stall, delay and hold Biden’s Supreme Court pick until 2024.”

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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Watch: Florida Dems Walk Out After DeSantis’ Surgeon General Refuses to Say if Vaccines Work

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Democrats on a Florida state Senate committee walked out of the confirmation hearing of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a far right-wing anti-science extremist after he refused to answer if vaccines are safe and effective, and why the Dept. of Health has stopped publicly posting COVID data.

Ladapo, who has been in the position for months, has ties to an infamous conspiracy theorist doctor who talks about alien DNA, demon sperm, and pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure.

Asked if the COVID vaccines are effective, Ladapo refused to say “yes” or “no.” The Tallahassee Democrat reported Ladapo’s answers were “long-winded, indirect,” and that he “gave murky answers about his criticism of the Biden administration and his ability to work with the federal government, and whether he had a plan for ending the pandemic in Florida.”

“I would say that, that the, the question is a scientific one and it’s one that is answered with data. So, so, the, the question, the question is informed by data on specific outcomes and specific, specific therapies. So that’s a that’s the, that’s the scientific question.”

The Senator, polite but frustrated, pushed back: “Just a yes or no. Do vaccines work? In fighting against COVID-19? Yes or no?”

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“Senator,” replied Ladapo, an anti-vaxxer who opposes testing for the deadly coronavirus. “I just, I as a scientist, you know, I I, I am compelled to answer the scientific question, and I’d be happy to answer any specific scientific question that you have related to vaccines and COVID-19.”

So she tried again.

“Scientifically, does the, do the vaccines work against preventing COVID-19? Yes or no?”

“So, yes or no questions are not that easy to find in science,” Ladapo obfuscated. “So, I will I understand I think I have better clarity about your your question at this point. So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States, which would be the the Pfizer product and the product that was was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.”

Later, he was asked why the state has stopped publicly releasing COVID data. He again obfuscated.

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