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Duck Dynasty Dad Warns #IStandSunday Believers They’re Headed For Jail For Being Christian

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Phil Robertson spoke at the Houston Hate Rally #IStandSunday last night, warning Christians they’re headed for jail for being Christian.

Sunday night at the Houston Hate Rally I Stand Sunday, the Duck Dynasty dad, Phil Robertson, warned the audience of several thousand that they are headed for jail because they are Christian.

The rally, which of course became a fundraising event, was hosted by the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, to show support for Houston’s pastors after Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed sermons and emails related to their attempts to attack the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

Robertson opened with an ugly “joke” about HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which the religious right calls a “bathroom bill” for its inclusion of transgender people. 

LOOK: Anti-Gay Group’s #iStandSunday Hashtag Backfires, Becomes Pro-LGBT Campaign On Twitter

“For all you ladies, in Texas,” the Duck Dynasty patriarch quipped, “trust me when I tell you this. When you’re seated in your restroom, putting on your Maybelline, when I need to take a leak I’m not going there.”

The crowd laughed, cheered, and applauded.

Robertson then told his captive audience, “America, America, it cannot be said too strongly or too often that this great nation was not founded by religionists, but by Christians. Not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

He attributed the quote to Patrick Henry. Of course, Patrick Henry did not say that, but conservatives and the religious right have been wrongly attributing comments to the Founding Fathers for years to “prove” their points.

Robertson the spent nearly seven minutes on Biblical passages about the Apostle Paul, and used them to warn his audience they are headed for jail, “chains,” because they are Christians, feeding directly into the false meme the entire hate rally was based upon.

The religious right had seized upon the subpoenas issued by Houston as “evidence” of a secular agenda trampling on the first Amendment. Of course, pastors are not exempt from ordinary inquiries like subpoenas, but facts are irrelevant to the religious right.

He read to the audience from the Bible, the story of a man converted to Jesus Christ who was imprisoned.

“They arrested him and locked him up,” Robertson said. “You say, ‘Is America headed that way Phil?’ We’re headed that way,” he warned.

“It has been granted to you, you lucky Texans. When you walk around with the love of God in you and the power of the holy spirit in you, a lot can happen,” Robertson promised.

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.

 

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‘Will Harm Every American’: Trump Blasted for Telling GOP It’s ‘Unpatriotic’ to Not Block Dems on Debt He Created

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The former President of the United States, still the leader of the GOP and supposed “kingmaker” to any Republican desperate for his endorsement, is doing his best to undermine the Democrats and President Joe Biden, and he’s being criticized for it.

In one of his many press releases that still do not admit he is a former president, Trump on Wednesday said it would be “foolish and unpatriotic” of Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as a tool against the Democrats’ agenda, as he urged what could be economic catastrophe for the United States, should it default on its credit obligations and the government shut down.

As many have noted, raising the debt ceiling is to pay for the trillions of dollars in spending Trump signed into law.

“Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do,” he claimed, implying he wants to see them carry out a scorched-earth policy.

Trump also falsely claimed Democrats are “trying to inflict…horror” upon America’s future.

He then called Democrats’ voting rights legislation that will protect and expand the franchise, “the end of our democracy.”

If the debt ceiling is not raised, ultimately, the federal government would default on its bills. What does that mean?

“If the U.S. government cannot pay its bills, millions of Americans would be affected,” CBS News reports today. “Social Security payments would not go out; U.S. troops and federal civilian employees would not be paid. Veterans could see compensation or pension payments lapse. And millions of Americans on food assistance would see benefits stop.”

Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands is warning if the GOP follows Trump’s demands it “will harm every American.”

Trump’s press release:

 

 

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President Biden Had Two Vulgar Words to Say When He First Encountered One of Trump’s ‘Toys’ in the White House

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According to the book “Peril,” as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president’s “toys,” and responded with a two-word vulgarity.

“Trump’s existence permeated the White House, even the residence,” Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world’s most famous golf courses.”

The new President had just two words to say about the golf “toy.”

“What a fucking asshole,” President Biden responded.

 

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