A statement from the Archbishop of Philadelphia in response to the gay bashing of a young same-sex couple in Center City by a dozen Catholic high school graduates offers not an ounce of apology or even sympathy.
A horrific anti-gay attack in downtown Philadelphia last week, on September 11 no less, has left the LGBT community reeling. The crime would be a hate crime but for Pennsylvania’s antediluvian laws that don’t include sexual orientation in its hate crime statutes. It is believed to have been perpetuated by a gang of twenty-something year olds, about a dozen of them, who are being described in the media and by police as “clean-cut” and “preppy.”
The victims, a gay couple, alsoÂ twenty-something year olds, had be be treated in the hospital. One will get to eat through a straw for the next two month, his jaw being wired shut thanks to his homophobic attacker.
One of the assailants was a basketball coach at a local Philadelphia Catholic high school. He was fired — technically given the opportunity to resign in lieu of being fired — for his role in the attack.
The Archbishop of Philadelphia, in a carefully and craftily-worded statement, addressed the issue by absolving the Catholic Church of any blame. He also chose to wallpaper over the fact that this was an anti-gay (hate) crime.Â
But perhaps worse, the Archbishop just couldn’t bring himself to even offer a single word of support, as a human being, for the victims.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput’s statement, published as a press release yesterday, just 133 words, in full:
“A key part of a Catholic education is forming students to respect the dignity of every human person whether we agree with them or not. What students do with that formation when they enter the adult world determines their own maturity and dignity, or their lack of it. Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian. A recent beating incident in Center City allegedly involved, in some way, a part-time coach at Archbishop Wood High School. After inquiries by school leadership, the coach was contacted regarding the matter and he resigned. Archbishop Wood’s handling of the matter was appropriate, and I support their efforts to ensure that Catholic convictions guide the behavior of their whole school community, including their staff.”
Note the lack of the word “gay,” note the fact he did not acknowledge the victims’ relationship, note that he did not even have the decency to offer a hope for their healthy recovery.
In a statement the previous day, the Archbishop denounced the attack and added it was “not an accurate reflection of our Catholic values.”
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Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations
President Donald Trump will meet with the foreign leader who may have been named in a whistleblower complaint filed against the American president by an as-yet unknown U.S. intelligence official. Trump will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York, according to multiple sources, including AFP.
Both presidents will be in New York City next week to participate in the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“In New York, the head of state will hold a series of bilateral meetings with foreign leaders, in particular with President of the United States Donald Trump,” Ukrinform, the Ukrainian state news agency reports.
Based on reports from multiple news outlets, especially The Washington Post, the whistleblower complaint is believed to allege Trump strong-armed Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate and dig up dirt on his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, who is now running for president. Trump withheld $250 million in military aid, which some suggest may have been his bargaining chip.
The complaint also alleges Trump took multiple actions that were troubling, including making a disturbing “promise.” What that promise was is currently unknown.
President Trump’s personal attorney admitted, in a crazed rant on CNN Thursday night, that he asked Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son.
If true, experts say, Trump’s actions could be both criminal and impeachable.
The intelligence community’s inspector general characterized the whistleblower complaint as both “credible” and “urgent.”
The Trump White House has, in direct contraction to law, experts believe, refused to give Congress the whistleblower’s complaint.
Trump Tries to Reframe Whistleblower’s Allegations as Just ‘Dicey’ Conversation – Declares ‘Nothing Said Wrong’
Knowing that Fox News has barely covered the explosive allegations from an anonymous intelligence official’s whistleblower complaint, President Donald Trump Friday morning was hard at work trying to reframe the allegations to his base.
Based on multiple Washington Post reports, the whistleblower is alleging President Trump committed repeated acts that were considered so troubling the intel community’s inspector general called the whistleblower’s complaint “credible” and “urgent.”
They include Trump apparently withholding U.S. Military aid from Ukraine in an attempt to strong-arm that nation’s new president into digging up dirt against his top political opponent, Joe Biden.
If true, legal experts say, it is not only impeachable, but a criminal offense.
Trump Friday morning is claiming there are multiple whistleblowers, which if true is news, and they are “highly partisan,” which he puts in quotes as if to suggest the media has characterized them that way, which is false.
He also suggests the media is minimizing what the complaint alleges: he claims the media is calling his threat to withhold military aid merely “a ‘dicey’ conversation.”
And he’s of course claiming “there was nothing said wrong,” but then, curiously seems to admit to a conversation, saying “it was pitch perfect!”
Here’s how Trump is spinning what could possibly be the end of his presidency:
The Radical Left Democrats and their Fake News Media partners, headed up again by Little Adam Schiff, and batting Zero for 21 against me, are at it again! They think I may have had a “dicey” conversation with a certain foreign leader based on a “highly partisan” whistleblowers..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
….statement. Strange that with so many other people hearing or knowing of the perfectly fine and respectful conversation, that they would not have also come forward. Do you know the reason why they did not? Because there was nothing said wrong, it was pitch perfect!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
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“There’s not anything that can get you impeached if the Democrats do not act on this.”
Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed President Donald Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s president should be a “game changer” — and was clearly “impeachable.”
The July 25 call appears to have triggered a complaint from a whistleblower, after the president allegedly offered military and financial aid to Ukraine in exchange for pursuing an investigation into Joe Biden’s son doing business there.
“It does feel like a moment in time,” said MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch. “We’ve sat on this set after so many Trump’s snafus and this is it — this is a game changer. If the Democrats can’t smell this. I’ve been going all along, step away from impeachment because when it’s a process thing, when it’s campaign finance, this is the big one. If this is the case, this is the Super Bowl, and the Democrats need to pounce aggressively.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski said details about the call likely would be revealed, and soon, and host Joe Scarborough said even Republicans — including the Senate majority leader, who finally caved on an election security bill — seemed to understand these allegations were explosive.
“I found it very telling that Mitch McConnell caved yesterday,” Scarborough said, “very telling that after doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding over the past several years, and refusing to listen to all the intel chiefs that Donald Trump appointed to protect American democracy against what they call an imminent threat, that Mitch McConnell chose yesterday, as this story was exploding about other foreign interference in American democracy, that’s when he finally caved and stopped worrying about Vladimir Putin and started worrying about protecting and defending American democracy.”
Scarborough called the allegations against Trump impeachable, and former Bush White House aide Elise Jordan said they obviously called for impeachment.
“I don’t know what is an impeachable offense if this is not,” she said. “Like, basically there’s not anything that can get you impeached if the Democrats do not act on this, and I don’t want ever again Lindsey Graham to lecture me about how, if I don’t want to send X number of troops to start a new land war, I’m not tough on national security, if this is what Republicans are willing to tolerate these days.”
Jordan pointed out that Trump’s call to Ukraine came the day after special counsel Robert Mueller testified, and the president was emboldened that he had escaped consequences for Russian efforts to get him elected — and his efforts to cover up those contacts.
“You almost have to wonder if President Trump thought, ‘Got away with it once, no consequences first go-round, let’s gear up for 2020, let’s see what we can do,” Jordan said, and then turned to Rudy Giuliani’s admissions to CNN about their new scheme. “It is just simply astounding to watch drunk grandpa last night, who needs to be just pulled off to hospice.”
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