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NYPD Reps Held Secret Talks With Virginia Republican Who Calls Gays ‘Very Sick’

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Top NYPD union leaders held a secret meeting to get advice on improving police-community relations with a Virginia Republican whose anti-gay comments were central to his campaign.

NYPD police sergeants led by Edward Mullins, the President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, went to Washington, D.C. last week and met in secret with several radical religious right leaders from the African-American community. The purpose, according to an exclusive report in the New York Observer, was to get advice on “improving police-community relations on a national level,” even though the NYPD only has jurisdiction over New York City.

The NYPD has been waging war against Bill de Blasio in the wake of the choke hold killing by an NYPD officer of Eric Garner. The NYC mayor in a press conference had acknowledged he had told his own son, whose mother is Black, to be wary of police officers – as many parents of African-American children feel the need to do, given the record of police.

The Sergeants last week in D.C. met with anti-gay activists E.W. Jackson and Alveda King, (niece of civil rights leader, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and other “national African-American leaders,” the Observer reports.

E.W. Jackson conducted a divisive and caustic campaign in 2013 when he ran as the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor in Virginia. He lost, but not before making ugly attacks on LGBT people, who were only too happy to highlight his record of anti-LGBT rhetoric, which Right Wing Watch copiously documented.

Claiming a “direct connection” between gays and pedophilia, Bishop Jackson said gays and lesbians are “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened,” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.” Of homosexuality, he said “it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of,” and it is “killing black men by the thousands.”

Unlike most NYC residents, Bishop Jackson is a staunch conservative extremist. Unlike New York City mayor Bill de Blasio – one of the most liberal Democrats in America – he is extremely against liberalism.

Jackson has said “liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”

And he has claimed that “the Democrat Party has shown itself to be anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-family, anti-life and anti-God… We’re calling people to come out of the Democrat Party and not support candidates who represent its values and the rebellion that it represents against God. That certainly would include President Barack Obama.”

It’s unclear why NYPD leaders and union officials would need to venture outside New York City to improve police-community relations. And certainly some LGBT activists are concerned.

 

Image of E.W. Jackson via Flickr

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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