The Florida pastor who canceled a man’s funeral because he was gay has no regrets.
T.W. Jenkins,Â pastor of Tampa, Florida’sÂ New Hope Missionary Baptist Church is under fire after he canceled funeral services for Julion Evans-Capers, because he was gay. After parishioners read that their church would be holding the service for Evans-Capers — the obituary mentioned his husband — they complained toÂ Pastor Jenkins (photo, above), who calledÂ Julie Atwood,Â Evans-Capers’ mother, less than 24-hours before the funeral was to begin.
She was standing at her 42-year old son’s coffin when she got the call.
Pastor Jenkins has been the subject of countless news reports. The church’s Facebook page receivedÂ well over 1000 negative reviews and commentsÂ — until it was taken down.Â The church removed all their contact information from their website. And on Sunday, for a time, they refused entry to a local news reporter.
But once inside, Tampa’s WTSP recorded the pastor talking about the nation’s anger.Â “Our trials come to make us strong,” Jenkins told his flock. “My family is doing fine,” Jenkins can be heard telling his parishioners. And he asked his “church family” to “please remain focused and prayerful … and we will continue to stand on the word of God.” The church members applauded.
Jenkins’ family may be doing fine, but it’s safe to assume the same cannot be said forÂ Kendall Capers, or his mother-in-law, Julie Atwood.Â Last year — after spending 17 years together — Capers married the man he says was his “best friend,”Â Julion Evans-Capers.
Julion Evans-CapersÂ died from Amyloidosis, the sameÂ disease that claimed the life of his father and brother.
Watch the news video at WTSP.
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Legal Expert Calls Susan Collins Statement on Bolton News ‘Weak Tea’ – and Drops Bombshell: Chief Justice Can Issue Subpoena
Former American Constitution Society president Caroline Fredrickson has some harsh words for U.S. Senator Susan Collins over the Maine Republican lawmaker’s statement on the John Bolton bombshell. Fredrickson also dropped a bombshell of her own, about the powers of the Chief Justice during an impeachment trial.
“It’s less than weak tea, it’s not even water,” Fredrickson said on MSNBC Monday morning. She was referring to Collins’ remarks on news Bolton’s unpublished book reveals Trump personally told the former National Security Advisor in August that he wanted to continue to withhold aid to Ukraine to extort that country into producing “dirt” on Joe Biden.
Collins, once thought of as a moderate, is now the most unpopular Senator in the country and facing a trough re-election. Her swings to the right and slight appearances to the left have decimated her credibility among Maine voters.
“The reports about John Bolton’s book strengthen the case for witnesses and have prompted a number of conversations among my colleagues,” Collins said in a statement late Monday morning.
My statement on Bolton developments. pic.twitter.com/3M59J7suts
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 27, 2020
Fredrickson also revealed to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that during an impeachment trial in the Senate the Chief Justice can issue subpoenas himself.
“In an impeachment trial executive privilege shouldn’t have weight at all,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who was anchoring the 11 AM hour.
Matthews asked if Chief Justice John Roberts can “subpoena the documents,” referring toi the unpublished Bolton manuscript.
“He can. Under the rules of the Senate that pertain to impeachment hearings,” she explained, the Chief Justice “has the absolute power to do so.”
‘Cat Is Out of the Bag’: Trump Supporter Byron York Breaks Ranks – Says GOP Must Now Allow Bolton Impeachment Testimony
The Washington Examiner‘s Byron York has long been sympathetic to President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly defended the president’s conduct in Ukraine and attacked the Democratic case. Just a week ago, he penned a column criticizing the idea that Trump has been less cooperative in the impeachment trial than President Bill Clinton. And in particular, he has opposed Democratic demands for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to be called to testify against the president, saying, “if anything is covered by executive privilege, it would be the president’s private conversations with his national security adviser about issues of foreign policy and national security.”
But now, with The New York Times reporting that Bolton has alleged in his book that the president told him he was imposing a quid pro quo on Ukraine for military aid, York has changed his tune — and tweeted on Monday that the public must see Bolton’s testimony:
Much talk about WH claims of privilege if Bolton testifies. But Bolton has already changed the game. He has put down his account on paper. That written account has circulated. Cat is out of the bag. Public needs to see it now.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 27, 2020
Bolton’s allegation creates a number of new problems for the president and his defenders in Congress. In addition to weakening claims to executive privilege, it also blew up Senate Republicans’ talking point that none of the witnesses Democrats are demanding had actual knowledge of the Ukraine scheme’s motivation.
Though York has changed his mind, it remains to be seen what Senate Republicans will do.
GOP Senators ‘Feel Blindsided’ Administration Had Bombshell Bolton Book and Didn’t Tell Them – Experts Call It a ‘Cover Up’
Republican Senators are angry and “feel blindsided” the White House did not tell them it had a draft copy of John Bolton’s upcoming book before they defended President Trump’s lies that he did not extort Ukraine. The New York Times late Sunday revealed it had obtained the unpublished manuscript in which Bolton writes that in August Trump told him he wanted to continue to withhold aid from Ukraine until they agreed to manufacture “dirt” on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden.
One fo the authors of that NY Times article, Maggie Haberman, Monday added to her reporting, via Twitter:
Per sources, some GOP senators privately pushing White House for information on who at administration had visibility into the manuscript over the last month. Senators feel blindsided.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2020
But many are convinced that Republican Senators had to have known that Trump was lying about his “perfect call” with Ukraine President Zelensky, as they lied for him.
And some experts are pointing to Haberman’s tweet and doubting they didn’t know – and accusing the lawmakers and Trump of engaging in a “cover up.”
If any R’s are looking for cover – an excuse (not that they need one) to break ranks & end Trump’s cover up, they’ve got it now. It’s likely the last chance to put country over party & save the republic. That there is so little hope this can happen is Trump’s chief accomplishment https://t.co/aApO8qpIZo
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) January 27, 2020
Understand why this is important: GOP Senators (and even House) have staked their careers on a defense story that the White House encouraged. Now they look like they were part of the cover up.
They were betting Trump had all this nailed down better. https://t.co/3YHMV9XPlH
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) January 27, 2020
“How do you expect us to assist in your cover up if you don’t tell us what we’re supposed to be covering up?” 🙄 https://t.co/yGO1oUmjbK
— scary lawyerguy (@scarylawyerguy) January 27, 2020
Senate GOP outraged that they weren’t more closely kept in the loop on coverup. https://t.co/93JWicXVq0
— Michael Czin (@MikeCzin) January 27, 2020
"If we're going to run a cover-up for you, can you at least let us know when facts are going to come out that will make us look like fools?" https://t.co/sBD2FHG1sn
— Sasha Samberg-Champion (@ssamcham) January 27, 2020
"We are incredibly offended that the White House is making us look bad because the damaging information that we've worked very hard to keep out of the Senate impeachment trial (one might say, 'cover up') is now going to come out anyway."
Seems about right… https://t.co/47cspQ1j9a
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 27, 2020
TFW you're trying to cover-up for the president & someone from the president's office releases information making the cover-up more difficult https://t.co/zN0pkbmQC5
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) January 27, 2020
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