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Fox News’ Erickson: ISIS And Gay Activists Are Pretty Much The Same, Except For The Killing Part

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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.

UPDATE: Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson: ‘I Don’t Think Barack Obama Is A Christian’

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

 

More on Erick Erickson at The New Civil Rights Movement:

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Completed More Cancer Treatment

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent outpatient pancreatic cancer radiation therapy and has been declared cancer-free, according MSNBC’s Pete Williams and a statement from the Supreme Court.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the SCOTUS statement says. “No further treatment is needed at this time.”

The three-week treatment was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Ginsburg, who is 86 and keeps an active schedule, has maintained she will continue to serve as long as she feel capable.

Here’s MSNBC’s report:

 

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Internet Responds to Death of Billionaire Conservative Activist David Koch by Reminding Everyone What He Stood For

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Billionaire conservative political activist David Koch has just died. He was 79. With his brother he founded and ran the massive Koch Industries. He was worth an estimated $48 billion.

Koch will be lauded by some as a philanthropist – his name appears on buildings like New York City’s Lincoln Center, and he donated to hospitals, museums, and universities. But many Americans will remember him as one of the major players behind the Tea Party, and using his vast wealth to help massively reconstruct American politics into, some say, the vitriolic insanity we see today.

Jane Mayer, who literally wrote the book on “Dark Money” in politics, including the impact of the Koch brothers, last year penned another deep dive into their history.

She wrote at The New Yorker that in 1980 “Charles convinced his younger brother David to run for Vice-President on the Libertarian Party ticket. The brothers regarded Ronald Reagan, who was running for President that year, as too liberal. The Libertarian platform called for abolishing all federal income taxes and virtually every federal agency, including the I.R.S., the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the F.E.C., the E.P.A., the F.D.A., and the S.E.C. The party also opposed Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, public education, and minimum-wage and child-labor laws. Charles and David, former members of the John Birch Society, which their father, Fred, helped found, regarded centralized government as a scourge akin to Communism. At the time, however, such views were considered kooky even by most conservatives. The conservative stalwart William F. Buckley, Jr., called the Kochs’ views “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.” The voters’ verdict was equally harsh. David spent two million dollars of his own money on his candidacy in 1980, but he was trounced. The Libertarian Party earned only one per cent of the vote.”

On social media some are sharing their remembrances of David Koch, and what he stood for.

Here’s CNN’s Keith Boykin:

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte:

Others:

 

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Trump’s Claims About His Performance on Jobs Just Got Destroyed by One of His Own Federal Agencies

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Job Growth Was Much Weaker Than First Reported – and Much Weaker Than Trump Brags About

President Donald Trump’s approval rating is consistently dismal, but the one area that always pulls his low numbers up is how voters think he’s handling the economy and unemployment. Trump talks all the time about how great the economy is – like taking credit when the DOW jumps up or when unemployment drops down, but never taking blame when the reverse occurs.

For example, here’s President Trump talking about the economy and low unemployment numbers – to children and their families – at a White House Easter egg roll:

Trump’s claims about jobs just got slammed, and the wrecking ball comes from one of his own federal agencies: the Dept. of Labor.

Every year the DOL goes back and reviews the numbers it puts out, dives deeper by comparing them to state unemployment insurance reports, and issues a report measuring what unemployment and job growth really was.

And for 2018, the numbers are much different than what the initial reports showed.

“Employers added a half-million fewer jobs in 2018 and early 2019 than previously reported,” according to the Labor Department, The New York Times reports, calling the revision downward “the largest in recent years.”

In other words, the DOL initially reported an additional 500,000 jobs that were never created.

Here’s what that looks like:

A contributing editor at Digital Trends says it’s a 21% drop in job growth numbers from what the Trump administration often claims:

And this senior economist offers up what the revision to the jobs numbers might look like if spread out over just a few months.

“2018, which had ranked among the strongest years of job growth in the decade-long recovery, was weaker than previously believed,” the Times also reports.

 

 

 

 

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