Fox News contributor Erick Erickson issued his most strident attack on the LGBT community this week, comparing gay activists to ISIS.
Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor, the Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com, and was recently named the “Most Powerful Conservative” in America. That last honor is a stretch at best (anyone hear of the Koch Brothers?) but it’s a clear indicator that Erickson, God help America, is a thought leader on the right.
On Thursday, Erickson published an editorial he wrote that claims the “divide between Islamic extremists and gay rights extremists is at death.”
He goes on to lament the news about a Washington florist who refused to arrange flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding, citing her deeply-held religious beliefs. Erickson, falsely, states “Barronelle Stutzman is now going to lose her business, her life savings, and possibly her own home for putting her faith into practice. Both her customer and the State of Oregon are taking everything she has for not bowing at the altar of sexual sin.”
(In fact, the fines, if any, have not been determined. Even the Kleins, the Oregon bakers who lost their case, have had no fines determined, years after they refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.)
“Islamic extremists take lives because of the Islamic extremists’ beliefs,” Erickson continues. “They will take life for being offended. There will be no magnanimity and there will be no mercy.”
Never mind the fact that ISIS repeatedly has thrown people they accused of just being gay off the rooftops of buildings, then stoned them on the ground – just in case the impact or the terror didn’t kill them. The analogy between gays and ISIS is mind-bogglingly false.
Calling gay rights activists “the Imams of America’s cultural ghetto,” Erickson notes they, for the most part, “have not turned physically violent. But they are intent on destroying any who disagree with them. They will take the homes, businesses, and life savings of any who defy them. They will use the tools of the state and mob action through boycotts, fear, and intimidation to make it happen. They will not kill but they will threaten and scare.”
One might think every baker, florist, and photographer in America has been sued and lost their businesses, life savings and their homes for refusing to follow the laws enacted not by gay people, but by state legislatures and local city councils. In actuality, none have.
Dissatisfied at comparing gays to ISIS, Erickson takes one last swipe at the LGBT community.
“Christians have more children than homosexuals. We also have a God who stands with us, loves us, and will see us through to eternity.”
In Erickson’s eyes, gays are terrorists, there are no gays who are Christians, those children Christians are having aren’t gay, and God does not stand with or love gay people.
This is the thought leader the right has chosen.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Erickson as RedState’s founder.
Hat tip: Joe Jervis
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Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated and recently tested positive for COVID-19 three times, was caught dining out in New York City Wednesday evening. A credentialed news photographer was reportedly accosted after he asked her dining companions if they were “concerned” the Republican former governor “tested positive for COVID.”
One man stood up, walked over to the photographer, and according to the website Upper East Site, “roughed up a news photographer filming them dining outdoors.”
Palin, who is in NYC for her defamation case against The New York Times, waved at the photographer, but one of her dinner companions got up and repeatedly asked the journalist, “Are you looking for trouble?” as the video below shows.
“Are you going to hurt –?” the photographer replied, but then the camera shakes as if it had been knocked down, and the video ends.
“The unidentified, large man dining with Palin grabbed the victim’s fingers with both hands, wrenching and twisting them down, slamming the camera to the concrete, the photographer told Upper East Site.”
Police were called and an assault report was filed, Upper East Site reports.
Looks like Sarah Palin’s dinner date wasn’t happy about being filmed. pic.twitter.com/sM8JSBSIZJ
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 28, 2022
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Republicans will be making a political mistake if they seek to go all-in against President Joe Biden’s nomination to replace Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, a top GOP strategist explained on Friday.
Former George W. Bush White House speechwriter Marc Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post that “while Biden now gets to pick a justice, he is powerless to change the court’s ideological makeup.”
“The truth is, while every Supreme Court appointment is consequential, this will be the least consequential appointment in decades. So, Republicans should be gracious in victory, and let Democrats have their day,” he counseled.
His advice runs contrary to the approach of one GOP senator.
“Already, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is warning that if Biden “chooses to nominate a left wing activist who will bless his campaign against parents, his abuse of the FBI, his refusal to enforce our immigration laws, and his lawless vaccine mandates, expect a major battle in the Senate.” Here’s a better idea: Unless Biden appoints someone obviously unqualified, don’t pick a losing fight,” he wrote. “After all, the confirmation of Biden’s nominee is virtually assured. Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have supported all of Biden’s judicial nominees, and it is difficult to imagine that they will treat this one differently.”
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At issue are the grand jury transcripts that the Florida lawmaker successfully kept away from the paper.
Explaining the Post’s case, Musgrave wrote, “The newspaper went to court after records showed only one teen was called to testify to the grand jury even though dozens told police Epstein sexually abused them at his Palm Beach mansion.”
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