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Pastor Derails Gay Rights Bill Because Gays ‘Never Had To Drink Out Of An LGBT Water Fountain’

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A Michigan pastor and anti-LGBT activist successfully stopped a non-discrimination bill because he feels LGBT people haven’t suffered the exact same indignities as Black people have.

When a judge ruled in May that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, a group of Black Christian pastors joined together to denounce the ruling at a lively press conference arranged by a coalition of well-known religious non-profits.

“You are my enemy! Anybody that’s an enemy of God is an enemy of mine,” declared Pastor Roland Caldwell of the Burnette Inspiration Baptist Church of Detroit. “And now the fight is on! We’ve come together to say, ‘Hell no. We’re not going to sit back.’”

Rev. Stacy Swimp of Flint, Michigan told the audience that same-sex marriage will “destroy the backbone of our society.”

Yesterday, Pastor Swimp was back on the public stage, this time offering his opinion at the Michigan State House. Same-sex marriage wasn’t the topic, but a statewide non-discrimination ordinance was.

Labeling the bill “yet another step in the assault on religious freedom,” Pastor Swimp demanded of lawmakers, “can you truly define sexual orientation? Do you truly know what you are potentially aligning yourselves with?”

Swimp, calling being LGBT a “choice of sexual behavior,” made clear his mistaken belief that the civil rights movement is only for African Americans. 

“There’s a comparison between the homosexual allegation of gay rights and black civil rights,” Swimp railed. “And as a minister of the Gospel, and as a black American whose parents participated in the Freedom Rides — my ancestors were slaves in plantations in the state of South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Indiana and Mississippi — I stand here today rather offended.” And he called the non-discrimination bill one “that would grant special privileges, guarantee special protections, or grant special status” to LGBT people.

“I ask, has anyone from the LGBT community ever had to stand up or step off of the sidewalk whenever a straight person walked by? Lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender Americans have never been denied their voting rights, nor have they been denied the right to assemble. No one from the LGBT community has ever had fire hoses turned on them by the police department, they have never had to drink out of an LGBT water fountain. There is no record of LGBT — homosexuals, lesbians being forced to sit at the back of the bus in an LGBT section.”

Raw Story‘s David Edwards, who reported on Swimp’s performance today, notes that “Swimp argued that LGBT Americans already enjoyed a higher annual median income and employment rate than that of African-Americans.” 

At the conclusion of Swimp’s testimony, [Rep.] Foster pointed out that it was wrong to imply that Americans did not face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

“If you don’t think the LGBT community has been discriminated against, been drug behind cars, been hung up by their necks to they’re dead, been denied housing, been denied commerce opportunities then you’re just not looking very far,” Foster observed.

“Can you cite one legal case in which a homosexual, a lesbian has been subject to discrimination and denied housing — supported by the public policy — potentially discriminated against, and set at the back of the restaurant?” Swimp asked.

“Did you listen to the ACLU’s testimony? Because I’ll be happy to bring them back up again,” Foster replied.

“I just want to remind you of the lynching of Matthew Shepard,” state Rep. Henry Yanez (D) said to applause.

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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser

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President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at  Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”

Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.

The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”

Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.

The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.

“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.

The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”

 

 

 

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Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

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In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.

Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”

According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.

“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.

As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.

“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”

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Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories

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In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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