A top Christian anti-gay activistâ€™s latest manifesto for money claims that gay rights advances will transform American democracy into the â€œtotalitarianismâ€ of Hitlerâ€™s Germany.Â Tony Perkins, head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, sent an email blast to supporters last night, titled, â€œThuggery, Persecution, Bullyingâ€¦ are you next on their list?â€
In the email, Perkins accuses LGBT rights advocates of â€œThuggery,â€ â€œTyranny,â€ â€œAnti-Christian persecution,â€ and â€œBullying.â€
Itâ€™s a manifesto filled with falsehoods.
Thuggery. Thatâ€™s what it was, plain and simple â€” when Mozilla fired CEO Brendan Eich after just two-and-a-half weeks . . . after they learned heâ€™d given a donation in support of traditional marriage through Proposition 8 in California . . . five years prior.
Mozilla confirmed that Eich resigned. And they knew, as did all of America since it was reported in a top U.S. newspaper in 2010, that Eich had contributed to Prop 8, but promoted him despite that knowledge.
Tyranny. Thatâ€™s what it was when Senior Master Sergeant Philip Monk declined to support homosexual â€œmarriageâ€ â€” and found himself relieved of his duties. It used to be â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ for homosexuals; now it applies to Christians â€” while homosexuality is championed.
Ford explains thatÂ â€œthe case is not about his beliefs about marriage or homosexuality, but about his willingness to follow his commanderâ€™s instructions and enforce military policy. It doesnâ€™t matter that Monkâ€™s commanding officer was a lesbian or that her opinion on marriage equality differs from his. Furthermore, he wasnâ€™t â€œfired,â€ he was simply reassigned, and he even admits that he was due for a reassignmentÂ andÂ that his new position is commensurate with his rank and experience. What he is worried about is whether heâ€™ll receive a Meritorious Service Medal heâ€™d been recommended for â€” before he apparently refused to follow his commanderâ€™s orders.â€
Bullying. Thatâ€™s exactly what the homosexual group GLAAD did to HGTV to force them to cancel the new reality show â€œFlip-it Forwardâ€ with David and Jason Benham because they are Christians who have spoken in favor of natural marriage.
As we all know, both Brendan Eich and the Benham Brothers lost their gigs because of grassroots activism by Americans who said, â€œEnough!â€ Americans no longer are willing to support, or even turn a blind eye, to anti-gay discrimination, and those who practice it have indeed been put on notice.
Perkins claims that the Employment non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) â€œwould strip Americans of their religious liberties,â€ and â€œwill grant special rights and privileges, special power over an employerâ€™s religious convictions, to an entire group of people â€” simply because of their preference for a certain type of sexual activity.â€
You no longer enjoy freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom of association. The First Amendment is dead to you â€” because of your biblical views on the sin of homosexuality.
If the federal government can coerce you to comply with its views . . . cooperate with its policies . . . contribute to its plans for the transformation of America . . .
. . . well, sadly, this looks more and more like totalitarianism. We only have to look back to 1930 in Germany, or the USSR in the 1950s, to see what happens when leaders impose a totalitarian state on the people.
It doesnâ€™t start at the end of a gun barrel. It starts small and silent. It starts with a line of type in a seemingly innocuous bill submitted in a legislative session. It starts with the elites mocking those who would dare warn of the logical conclusions of their deceptively labeled legislation. But it builds. And the other end of this story is that people â€” even hearing about the possibility of an ENDA-type law being passed â€” shrink back, fall silent, decline to step up and speak their mind. They give up their freedom of speech, of religion, of assembly, to â€œavoid trouble.â€
Of course, the entire purpose of Tony Perkinsâ€™ falsehoods is to get innocent Americans who just donâ€™t know better and believe whatever is put in front of them, without question, to fork over their hard-earned and hard-saved cash.
According toÂ Charity Navigator, the Family Research Council gets just four out of five stars. The FRC hides its Board Members, Audited Financials, and Form 990 on its website. It spends more than 14 percent of its income â€” which is more than $14 million â€” on fundraising. And its president, Tony Perkins, makes about $170,000 a year.
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MN Police Officer Sentenced 3.5 Years for Death of George Floyd
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.
Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human
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.
In response to March’s bill the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance said in a statement, “In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and despite the vast majority of Virginians who oppose it, Virginia’s anti-abortion elected officials keep proving there are no limits to their extremism and true intentions to ban abortion for all Virginians.”
Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat
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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