A former newspaper editor has filed a federal complaint against his former employer, claiming his religious beliefs were violated when he was fired for writing a blog post that referred to gay people as the “Gaystapo” and “the enemy.”
Back in April, asÂ The New Civil Rights Movement reported, editor Bob EschlimanÂ (image) was fired from his job at theÂ Newton Daily News,Â a small local Iowa newspaper, after writing a personal blog post ranting against the LGBT community. In that post, as first reported by iconic news media blogger Jim Romenesko,Â Eschliman referred to gay people as “the enemy,” “the deceivers,” the “Gaystapo,” and “the LGBTQXYZ crowd.”
Eschliman has now reportedly filed a federal complaint against his former bosses withÂ the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming he was fired for hisÂ religious beliefs. TheÂ Liberty Institute is representing him.
“Iâ€™d like to talk a little bit about deceivers among us, most notably the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo effort to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,'” Eschliman wrote, in a post titled, “The deceivers are hard at work.”Â
A few weeks ago, I came across the website for the Queen James Bible (because King James was a flaming homo, donâ€™t you know). The editors are very keen to let folks know they didnâ€™t remove passages from the Bible, but instead reworded them to â€œmake it more relevant.â€
Eschliman went on to write,Â “If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.”
Shaw Media, which ownsÂ theÂ Newton Daily News, on its website says it is “the third oldest, continuously owned and operated family newspaper in the nation,” having been in business since 1851. Its Code of Conduct requires employees to, among other behaviors, “Respect Others,” “Ask Why,” “Be Fair,” and “Be Kind.”Â
Noting that the “First AmendmentÂ does notÂ eliminate responsibility and accountability for oneâ€™s words and actions,” Eschliman’sÂ former bossesÂ wroteÂ an apology to readers, statingÂ that while EschlimanÂ “is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it.”
In the past week, we have lost some of that public trust that is so vital to our existence. Today, we hope to begin earning it back.
There will be some who will criticize our action, and mistakenly cite Mr. Eschlimanâ€™s First Amendment rights as a reason he should continue on as editor of the Newton Daily News.
As previously stated, he has a right to voice his opinion. And we have a right to select an editor who we believe best represents our company and best serves the interests of our readers.
Of course, Todd Starnes, Fox News’ religion reporter who has been described as “a terrible reporter,”Â writes, “based on my conversations with Liberty Institute attorneys â€“ theyâ€™re going to go after the newspaper like a pit bull going after a pork chop.”
“So are Shaw Media and the Newton Daily News anti-Christian?,” Starnes asks. “Do they employ executives who are religious bigots? Should journalists who endorse traditional marriage simply not apply for jobs?”
Jim Romenesko reported at the time that he “asked Eschliman in an email if his paper can cover gay issues fairly and objectively when heâ€™s declared gays the enemy. I also asked if heâ€™d let one of his reporters write a similar blog post.”
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‘Flashback Much?’: Senator Mocked for Saying IG Report Made Him Feel Like He Had ‘Dropped Acid’
“About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
A prominent Republican Senator is getting his own special due process on social media after using his precious time to question U.S. Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz by saying reading the 434 page report on the FBI’s Russia investigation was like dropping acid.
U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) admitted to Horowitz on Wednesday that he had not finished reading the lengthy document but was about 70 percent done. He also appeared to be trying to make the infractions about FISA warrants committed by FBI agents to be seen as unprecedented and historically offensive, in an attempt to serve President Donald Trump by damaging the reputation of the FBI.
“About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave,” Sen. Kennedy announced. “About 25 percent of the way through it I thought I dropped acid. It’s surreal.”
Someone can be heard laughing in the background.
Here’s John Kennedy comparing reading government documents to dropping acid, for some reason pic.twitter.com/EzQCLwvW32
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
Kennedy chose to focus on the misconduct by the FBI agents instead of on the actual investigation, which the Inspector General found to be warranted: that is, opening up the Russia probe to determine not only how Putin and his cronies attacked the U.S. election but to what extent any Trump campaign officials may have been involved.
The Louisiana Republican Senator was not done. He made clear someone would have to pay for the misdeeds.
Apparently it would not matter to Kennedy who.
“I hope you’ll tell your colleagues at the FBI that we appreciate their work, but this has got to be fixed. At minimum someone’s got to be fired,” he announced.
Many were perplexed and shared their concerns about Sen. Kennedy on social media.
So far in his line of questioning, Sen. John Kennedy has:
-complimented IG on the durability of his kidneys
-said he (Kennedy) thinks he might have dropped acid
-coined new nickname for Trump probe (“Misfire Hurricane”)
-used the word “chuckleheads”
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 11, 2019
If you’ve listened to U.A. Senator John Kennedy of late you’d also think that he’s dropped acid, more than once.
— Rabbi Jacob Herber (@rjherber) December 11, 2019
WHO KNEW that Rep. Sen. John Kennedy was once a Flower Child?
He was caught reminiscing during the senate hearing today,
“I thought I had dropped acid” he said with astonishment
— Dave Stancliff (@AsItStands63) December 11, 2019
— Thicky Ricardo- DRY wit not a DIMwit (@MsSmartie2u) December 11, 2019
Sen. Krazy Kennedy just said he ‘thought he’d dropped acid” in some context.
It fits just about any context in his case.
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) December 11, 2019
— T (@jnaneswari1) December 11, 2019
Senator Kennedy felt like he dropped acid? pic.twitter.com/A1LM63iPJ4
— Ardie (@Ardie85854079) December 11, 2019
I have @MSNBC on in the background while working and just had to stop and utter “WTF?” out loud when Kennedy said he felt like he had dropped acid?!?! hahaha I have no idea what that feels like but maybe it is a possible explanation for what’s wrong with him? lol #SenateHearing pic.twitter.com/ctXaSN6JwR
— Deanna Rilling🌹🏒🛳 (@DeannaRilling) December 11, 2019
Ted Cruz ‘Just Pumped Nonsensical Disinformation Into American Air Waves’: Former FBI Special Agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn’t really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC’s Clint Watts wrote that Cruz “just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.”
Senator Cruz just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves.
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) December 11, 2019
Watch Cruz’s rant in the video below:
Lindsey Graham Explodes in Anger Demanding to Know Why FBI ‘Didn’t Tell Trump’ His Campaign Was Under Investigation
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham exploded in anger as he questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz, demanding to know why the FBI did not notify then-candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in 2016 that they were the subjects of a counterintelligence investigation to determine how Russia was attacking the U.S. and if any members of the Trump campaign were involved.
Chairman Graham appeared to ignore all the signs that Donald Trump and his campaign may have been conspiring with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, including Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” remarks.
The FBI “never made any effort to brief Donald Trump about suspected problems within his campaign,” Graham lamented, again, ignoring the FBI was working to determine if Trump or anyone else was colluding with Russia.
The FBI did warn the Trump campaign Russia was working to undermine the election. Trump appears to have taken that warning as an invitation to an opportunity to win the election rather than to protect the nation.
“Why did they not tell him that” people like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos might be working wirh Russia, Graham asked.
Graham later says, “I hope all of us would appreciate if you really believe there may be somebody in my campaign working with a foreign power, please tell me. Why didn’t they tell Trump?”
Again, the FBI likely had reason to suspect Trump was that somebody.
Despite all this, the RNC opted to immediately post a clip of Graham defending Trump on YouTube and Twitter (below).
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 11, 2019
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