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Apple CEO Tim Cook: Anti-Gay Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Are ‘Very Dangerous’

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In a rare public statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook pens a Washington Post op-ed decrying the dozens of anti-gay “religious freedom” bills spreading across the country.

Apple CEO Tim Cook rarely enters the national conversation, but he has recently several times in opposition to so-called “religious freedom” legislation increasingly being debated in state legislatures across the country.

Last week, Cook took to Twitter to announce that Apple is “deeply disappointed” in Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law and to warn Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar law.

On Sunday, the Washington Post published an op-ed written by Cook, “Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous.”

There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country,” Cook begins. “A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors.”

He echoed the sentiment he shared in his tweet, and he warned “there are nearly 100 bills designed to enshrine discrimination in state law” currently active in state legislatures.

“These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear,” the 54-year old Alabama native shared. “They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.”

I have great reverence for religious freedom. As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate.

I remember what it was like to grow up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. Discrimination isn’t something that’s easy to oppose. It doesn’t always stare you in the face. It moves in the shadows. And sometimes it shrouds itself within the very laws meant to protect us.

Also Sunday, embattled Indiana Governor Mike Pence granted ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos an interview, but it did not go well. Pence eight times refused to answer simple, basic questions about his state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and grossly mischaracterized its intent and what it can actually do.

WATCH – Mike Pence Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Law: ‘We’re Not Going To Change This’ (Video)

That led HRC to release an embarrassing video edit of his comments.

Finally, also on Sunday, a damning image appeared of Gov. Pence signing of the bill into law, revealing at least three professional anti-gay lobbyists surrounding the governor.

 

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1/6 Committee Issues Subpoena With Damning Revelation About Trump’s Focus to Former White House Spokesperson

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A top Trump White House spokesperson who pushed the “Big Lie” and reportedly has “firsthand knowledge” of then-President Donald Trump’s behavior on the day before and day of the insurrection has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who earlier Friday issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans believed to have submitted false and forged Electoral College claims, has sent a subpoena to former Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere, CNN reports.

The Committee indicated to Deere it wants to focus on the day before the attempted coup, and “specifically said it wanted to speak with him about the January 5 staff meeting in the Oval Office with the President.”

In a damning revelation, Chairman Thompson’s letter “said it had obtained information that Trump repeatedly asked in the meeting: ‘What are your ideas for getting the RINOs to do the right thing tomorrow? How do we convince Congress?'”

U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), who sits on the January 6 Committee, Friday evening told CNN, the Committee thinks Deere “had a hand in formulating the strategy and some of the media discussions on the day of Jan. 6 and the president’s response.”

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Watch: Anti-Vaxx ‘Expert’ Claims COVID-19 Vaccines Will Turn People Into ‘Transhumanist Cyborgs’ Controlled by 5G

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Sherri Tenpenny is an influential religious-right anti-vaccine activist who has testified before the Ohio state House, appeared on Charlie Kirk’s podcast, and been a speaker at multiple ReAwaken America events, where she has shared the stage with the likes of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Eric Trump, Mike Lindell, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, and Alex Jones.

Despite the fact that Tenpenny is an osteopathic doctor with no expertise on vaccines, she regularly appears on right-wing programs where she spreads wild conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines.

Recently, she has begun to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are designed to create “quantum entanglement” between those who take them and the internet in an effort to turn humanity into “transhumanist cyborgs.”

“The stated goal is to depopulate the planet and the ones that are left, either make them chronically sick or turn them into transhumanist cyborgs that can be manipulated externally by 5G, by magnets, by all sorts of things,” Tenpenny said during an appearance on “The Stew Peters Show” Thursday night. “I got dragged through the mud by the mainstream media when I said that in May of last year in front of the House committee in Columbus, [Ohio]. Well, guess what? It’s all true.”

“The whole issue of quantum entanglement and what the shots do in terms of the frequencies and the electronic frequencies that come inside of your body and hook you up to the ‘Internet of Things,’ the quantum entanglement that happens immediately after you’re injected,” she continued. “You get hooked up to what they’re trying to develop. It’s called the hive mind, and they want all of us there as a node and as an electronic avatar that is an exact replica of us except it’s an electronic replica, it’s not our God given body that we were born with. And all of that will be running through the metaverse that they’re talking about. All of these things are real, Stew. All of them. And it’s happening right now. It’s not some science fiction thing happening out in the future; it’s happening right now in real time.”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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1/6 Committee Subpoenas 14 Republicans Who Allegedly Submitted Forged Electoral Certificates

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Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Friday afternoon announced the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has issued subpoenas to 14 Republicans from seven states who submitted the forged and “bogus” Electoral College certificates falsely claiming Donald Trump and not Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in their states.

The Chairman appeared to suggest the existence of a conspiracy as well, noting the “the planning and coordination of efforts,” saying “these so-called alternate electors met,” and may know “who was behind that scheme.”

He adds that “groups of individuals met on December 14th, 2020 in seven states carried by President Biden.”

“The so-called alternate electors from those states then transmitted the purported Electoral-College certificates to Congress, which multiple people advising former President Trump or his campaign used to justify delaying or blocking the certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th, 2021.”

Some legal experts have said their actions may constitute a felony.

 

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