Josh Duggar, head ofÂ Family Research Council Action and one of the “19 Kids” from TLC’s reality show, wants you to know he knows a lot of gay people, and he loves them, in only the way a religious right anti-gay Christian activist can.
Josh Duggar, one of the kids from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” isn’t a kid anymore. Today, he’s a 26-year oldÂ ExecutiveÂ Director of the political arm of one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate groups. And he gets in front of cameras and microphones a lotÂ â€“ not just TLC’s, but his boss’s, Tony Perkins.
Duggar sat down with Richard Land, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics &Â Religious Liberty Commission who stepped down after a racism and plagiarism scandal.
The pair had a lovely chat about gay people, and the gay “agenda,” and the gay “lifestyle.”
Duggar wanted everyone to know that he has lots of gay friends, but becauseÂ he loves them so much, he feels obligated to share the “truth,” as he believes it to be, with them. ThatÂ “truth,” of course, is the claim that all gay people are sinners who are going to hell.Â
He also claimed that “the other side,” meaning liberals and people who support equality, “want to silence” the Christian right, which of course must be true since we report on them daily and record their words and transcribe them so everyone can hear and read them.
“We’re going to stand up in love,” Duggar continued, “I have so many people that I know, who are gay.” He said that “we have to go out there and we have to show them the kind of love and respect that they deserve as human beings, but we also have to stand up for our religious conscience rights and making sure that people are protected.” Note that the “people” who Duggar wants to ensure are “protected” are right-wing Christians like himself, not LGBT people.
Land chimed in and turned the conversation to a more activist route, claiming gay people’s “goal is to use the power of the state to force everyone to accept and affirm their lifestyle, and to marginalize anyone who disagreesÂ with them.”Â
He then congratulated “all the people in Fayetteville” who voted against and successfully repealed a non-discrimination ordinance.Â
Duggar also said that “what makes America great” is all the people who “stand up for what they believe,” i.e., that gays are bad.
But fortunately for gay people, they have Duggar and Land to save them from a “sad, lonely lifestyle.”
â€œIt just seemed to me that one of the cruelest jokes,” Land says according to Right Wing Watch, “the devil has ever played is to have that lifestyle described as â€˜gay.â€™â€Â
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The bill also bans any government agency from requiring private companies or entities from requiring any proof of any vaccination.
The bill, SB 345, was filed on January 14 with five original co-sponsors. It now has 17, including state Senator Jeff Mullis, whose campaign website prominently features photos of him with former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.
“No agency shall require proof of any vaccination of any person as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency,” the bill’s text reads in part.
Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis posted Georgia’s school vaccine requirements, suggesting those would be optional were the bill to become law.
Legislation has been introduced in the Georgia Senate with to ban any public entity from requiring *any* vaccination as a precondition for services or facility access, wiping out the preexisting standards. #gapol https://t.co/uKg5Y85T71 pic.twitter.com/TsyljBC10x
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) January 24, 2022
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For nearly three years during the Obama administration, Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He now sits on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
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“Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
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