A Tampa church reneged on burying a legally-married gay man less than 24 hours before his scheduled funeral.
Pastor T.W. Jenkins of Tampa, Florida’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church calledÂ Julie Atwood less than 24 hours before her 42-year old son, Julion Evans,Â was to be buried. She was standing at his casket during the wake when her phone rang. Pastor Jenkins told her that even though his church had agreed to bury her son,Â even though she and her son both grew up in his church, her son could not be buried there because he was gay. He reportedly used the wordÂ “blasphemous.”
“It was devastating,” Atwood told WFLA. “I did feel like he was being denied the dignity of death.”
Evans’ husband, Kendall Capers, says the pair were partners for 17 years and married last year in Maryland. Evans died at home after a 4-year battle with a rare illness called Amyloidosis, which destroys organs in the body.
He says the obituary named him as “husband,” and that their marriage was no secret.
“Everyone who knew us knew about our relationship,” he said. “We didn’t keep secrets.”
Parishioners reportedly complained to Pastor Jenkins after seeing the obituary printed in a local paper.Â
Jenkins “says was not aware of that Evans had a husband or was gay” until parishioners complained.
Jenkins said his church preaches against gay marriage.
“Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in our church,” Jenkins said. “I’m not trying to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles.”
Pastor Jenkins did not state if his church had buried others who had lived a life in contradiction to his interpretation of the Bible.
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Shocking Emails Document Trump Administration’s Scheme to Muzzle the CDC — and Misinform Americans
Emails obtained by The New York Times detail how Trump administration political appointees sought to silence the Centers for Disease Control during the coronavirus pandemic.
“On June 30, as the coronavirus was cresting toward its summer peak, Dr. Paul Alexander, a new science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, composed a scathing two-page critique of an interview given by a revered scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the newspaper reported. “Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C. and its principal deputy director, had appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, ‘We have way too much virus across the country.’ But Dr. Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods, appeared sure he understood the coronavirus better.”
“Her aim is to embarrass the president,” Alexander argued because Dr. Schuchat had urged masks while speaking to Journal of the American Medical Association. “She is duplicitous.”
The emails make it look like the Trump appointees actually believed Trump’s spin on the pandemic.
“Dr. Alexander’s point-by-point assessment, broken into seven parts and forwarded by Mr. Caputo to Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director, was one of several emails obtained by The New York Times that illustrate how Mr. Caputo and Dr. Alexander attempted to browbeat career officials at the C.D.C. at the height of the pandemic, challenging the science behind their public statements and attempting to silence agency staff,” the newspaper reported. “Far from hiding what they knew about the virus’s danger, as Bob Woodward’s new book contends President Trump was doing, the emails seem to indicate that aides in Washington were convinced of their own rosy prognostications, even as coronavirus infections were shooting skyward.”
“At the same time, Mr. Caputo moved to punish the C.D.C.’s communications team for granting interviews to NPR and attempting to help a CNN reporter reach him about a public-relations campaign. Current and former C.D.C. officials called it a five-month campaign of bullying and intimidation,” The Times reported.
New: Emails show how two senior HHS officials, including Michael Caputo, attempted to browbeat career CDC officials, challenge science and silence agency staff https://t.co/iUuyzo9Qvg
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After CDC Director Robert Redfield testified before Congress on Wednesday that a vaccine would not be ready until early spring of 2021, or some time in the summer next year, Trump claimed he had been mistaken.
And then Trump went even further, promising not just that a coronavirus vaccine would be ready within weeks, but that timeline included “distribution” to Americans.
“I’m telling you, here’s the bottom line,” Trump said at Wednesday’s press conference, attacking a reporter. “Distribution’s going to be very rapid, he might not know that,” Trump said of the CDC director,.
“Maybe he’s not aware of that, and maybe he’s not dealing with the military, etc., like I do. Distribution’s going to be very rapid.”
But on Friday Trump totally changed his prediction.
Calling it “historic progress we’re making to deliver a safe and effective vaccine in record time,” Trump announced “three vaccines are already in the final stage.”
And then, Trump declared, “we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.”
Not September, October, or November.
The president added, “We’ll have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month,” he said.
Again, not September, October, or November.
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“The estimates I’m providing today are based on the manufacturing that’s in process and that’s in process immediately right now,” he says pic.twitter.com/wFMPA1H324
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“The White House is preparing a shortlist of candidates to replace Christopher Wray as FBI Director,” Newsmax White House Correspondent Emerald Robinson reported, but has not been confirmed by other reporters.
Wray would be the second FBI director Trump will have fired over Russia.
“The intelligence community’s consensus is that Russia continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence,” Director Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday.
He added, “we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts by the Russians to influence our election in 2020.”
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Far right wing Georgia Congressman called for Wray to resign Thursday:
It’s time for Chris Wray to resign. https://t.co/Ymdo80EQu7
— Doug Collins (@CollinsforGA) September 17, 2020
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FBI Dir. Chris Wray testified that “people ascribing to some sort of white supremacist-type ideology” are the “biggest chunk” of racially motivated violent extremism, which is the largest segment of the domestic terrorism category. https://t.co/UG7tfswMcw pic.twitter.com/KmIqF7Nd1b
— ABC News (@ABC) September 18, 2020
US Naval War College professor and Russia expert Tom Nichols weighed in on the Newsmax claim:
Well, of course they are. I look forward to hearing from my conservative friends how this will strengthen the rule of law and the credibility of the “national security party”. Because they’ll say it will and they’ll find a way to keep supporting Trump anyway. https://t.co/MMy1JPlmV6
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 18, 2020
Newsmax is already interviewing supposed short list candidates:
WHITE HOUSE 📍: After Newsmax TV’s @EmeraldRobinson reported that @SidneyPowell1 is on a short-list of candidates to possibly replace FBI Director Christopher Wray, Powell reacts to the news. @JohnFBachman https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO pic.twitter.com/s262qURfZu
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 18, 2020
And minutes ago CNN asked former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe if he thinks Trump will fire Wray:
Q: Do you think the president may try to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray?
Andrew McCabe: “I think you have to consider that a possibility with this president and any official who stands up and confronts him or makes plain a truth that the president finds inconvenient.” pic.twitter.com/XCNprxtWxH
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