If you thought Prop 8 was outrageous, you may find this proposed ballot initiative to be totally insane.
Earlier this month, Christian anti-gay activist Matt McLaughlin took advantage of California’s extremely lenient policy on ballot initiatives by filing papers to have residents vote on hisÂ Sodomite Suppression Act. If you’re wondering if that is what it sounds like, it is.
“Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst,” the measure reads, “the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”
Yes, you read that right.
Matt McLaughlin, who is also an attorney, would like the people of California to vote on whether or not they want a law to “put to death by bullets to the head” all gay people or “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification.”
Apparently, it is not illegal to file papers wit the State of California calling for the genocide of a group or class of citizens.
Even though nearly 6000 people have signed a petition asking the State Bar to revoke McLaughlin’s license to practice law, “the measure is likely to proceed to the signature-gathering stage.”
At the moment, its fate rests with state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is charged with writing a title and summary for the proposal. Legal experts say she has little choice but to let the process continue and that McLaughlin is unlikely to face professional repercussions.
It only takes the proper paperwork and $200 to file for a ballot initiative. Once the Attorney General processes it, the filer will need to obtain valid signaturesÂ â€“ in this case 350,000Â â€“ to have the measure appear on the ballot. That’s a pretty steep hurdle, but who knows, anything can happen.
McLaughlin, who has remained silent, in 2004 went the same route, but triedÂ to getÂ the Bible in curriculum studies in public schools, an effort that would probably have been unconstitutional and cost the state about $200 million.
Who knows, next year, if McLaughlin is successful, residents of the Golden State will be asked if they want to put their gay neighbors, co-workers, and family members to death.
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Newsmax Host Off Air After Online Outrage Over Antisemitic Remarks
Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over his antisemitic remarks Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel, not the U.S., in a rant attacking President Joe Biden.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield had said, as Media Matters reported.
Outrage, especially from Americans who also identify as Jewish, was massive, as NCRM documented.
In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”
Active Duty US Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Alleged Role in January 6 Insurrection: DOJ
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has announced the arrest of a 40-year old active duty U.S. Marine, a commissioned officer stationed at Quantico, for his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection.
Citing court documents and security camera footage, DOJ in a statement says Major Christopher Warnagiris “violently entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, after pushing through a line of police officers guarding the East Rotunda doors. Once inside, Warnagiris positioned himself in the corner of the doorway, using his body to keep the door open and pull others inside. When a U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officer tried to pull the doors shut, Warnagiris refused and continued pushing it open. Warnagiris can be seen pushing the officer in an effort to maintain his position in the open door in security camera footage and publicly available video footage captured shortly after 2:25 p.m.”
Warnagiris “is charged with federal offenses that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder; and obstruction of justice, among other charges. Warnagiris will make his initial court appearance today at 2:00 p.m. in the Eastern District of Virginia,” the DOJ said.
HuffPost senior justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly adds:
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) May 13, 2021
On Wednesday several Republican members of Congress stated: “There was no insurrection. To call it an insurrection is a bold-faced lie,” the insurrectionists were merely “peaceful protestors,” and the attack on the U.S. Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit.”
Matt Gaetz Pal Joel Greenberg Now Scheduled to Enter Plea Deal in Fraud and Sex Trafficking Case
Joel Greenberg, the Florida former tax collector who was a good friend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is now scheduled to appear in court and enter into a plea agreement on Monday in his fraud and sex trafficking case.
Greenberg is expected to agree to hand federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office evidence against Gaetz as part of that plea agreement, in what The Washington Post calls “a worrisome development for the congressman.”
“Details of the plea of the agreement have not yet been revealed,” the Orlando Sentinel reports, “including whether he gave federal prosecutors any information regarding his friend, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under federal investigation for accusations that he had sex with a 17-year-old girl.”
Greenberg had been cooperating with federal investigators since last fall and told them that he had paid for sexual encounters involving himself and Gaetz with at least one 17-year-old, according to a New York Times report. Investigators have also been looking into whether Greenberg and the Republican congressman from Florida’s Panhandle had recruited women online to pay for sex.”
On Tuesday in an extensive report The Daily Beast revealed: “Multiple women paid by Rep. Matt Gaetz’s wingman and close associate Joel Greenberg claim they felt pressured to do drugs and have sex with him.”
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