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GEORGIA: Anti-Gay Pro-Discrimination ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Advances To Committee For Vote

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The dangerous Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday passed a vote of the House subcommittee and move forward for a vote Thursday.

The religious right, having largely failed to ban same-sex couples from marrying, have settled upon a new method of discrimination: so-called “religious freedom” laws. When Republican Governor Mike Pence today signs Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law (in a shameful, cowardly, private, no press or public ceremony) 20 states across the nation will have enacted RFRAs to “protect” Christians from having to do business with LGBT people. 

That of course is the true goal of RFRAs: end non-discrimination lawsuits against supposed people of faith who believe Jesus would have told a same-sex couple to bake their own damn wedding cake, Jesus would have told a same-sex couple to pick their own flowers, Jesus would not even break bread – much less serve it to a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person.

And of course, they’re wrong.

Regardless, the faithful are quickly moving to make Georgia the 21st state with a law offering a license to discriminate against gay people.

Republican State Senator Josh McKoon (photo), recently labeled “The Cruelest Republican in Georgia,” earlier this month successfully passed his Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SB129, through the Senate, and has been pushing to get the House to pass it as well.

On Wednesday evening, a House subcommittee approved the anti-gay legislation, and forwarded it to the house Judiciary Committee, where it will receive a vote today.

“Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) and Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) proposed multiple amendments to the bill that would have added protections for the LGBT community, but each of them were voted down,” the Georgia Voice reported Wednesday night.

“It is so clear from the testimony that was provided yesterday and the ongoing conversations of supporters of SB 129 and the complete rejection of every amendments to keep LGBT discrimination from happening that this bill is meant to provide a vehicle and a means to discriminate against LGBT Georgians,” Georgia Equality executive director Jeff Graham said Wednesday evening. “I applaud the efforts of Mary Margaret Oliver and Stacey Evans to try and ensure that the bill would not be used to discriminate, and I’m incredibly disappointed in Rep. Beth Beskin, who time and time again voted to support discrimination against the LGBT community.”

The bill does have the full support of Fox News contributor, RedState editor-in-chief and Georgia resident Erick Erickson, who recently wrote that the only difference between gay people and ISIS is the killing part.

Opponents of the bill were quick to voice their concern:

 

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'WHAT'S THE NEXT LINE?'

‘Performative Drivel’: Marco Rubio Mocked and Schooled After Taking MLK Quote Out of Context

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Washington Post National Political Reporter Eugene Scott set the stage Sunday evening:

Sure enough, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was only too happy to oblige, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Florida Republican, who almost daily posts a Bible passage to Twitter, is notorious for being among the many conservatives who are battling Critical Race Theory, the right’s latest non-existent boogey man.

Rubio has introduced legislation with far right extremist U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), to “prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory.” A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Just as Scott warned, Senator Rubio posted a tweet that reads:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)

It’s from the third paragraph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it exposes Rubio’s ignorance and hypocrisy.

New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie was among those who asked, “so, uh, what’s the next line?”

Bouie offered Rubio the answer:

He was far from the only one to chastise and expose Rubio.

Equality Florida’s Press Secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub anti-LGBTQ hate crime massacre (which Rubio used to reverse his promise to never run for office again):

“And yet you filibuster his dream over and over,” tweeted American Independent Senior Writer Joshua Israel.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning New York Times journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project”:

More:

 

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Lara Trump Thinks Microsoft Office Assistant ‘Clippy’ Is a Real Person Spying on Everything She Writes

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Fox host Lara Trump either has a new conspiracy theory, or she is very confused.

Hosting the 5 p.m. EST hour, Trump was ranting about Microsoft Word’s Clippy and the suggested changes to words like “postman” into “letter carrier” and “mankind” into “humankind.” It’s part of the right’s latest attack on “wokism,” which they define as anything done in polite society that makes them uncomfortable.

“Someone is reading this?! And assessing what I’m writing?” Trump said, assuming that a person was actually watching and reading what she was typing in Word instead of an AI programed into what they call “office assistant.” It was once named Clippy, and it was never a real person.

According to Trump, the “office assistant” is a lot like her fancy new car that doesn’t require a key, just a push-button to start it. She said that the car wouldn’t start if she didn’t jingle the keys around. That’s false. Push-button start cars use safety technology that requires your foot on the break, the car in park, and the key fob in the car with you. It’s essentially a small low-frequency transmitter. So if the car won’t start, it’s likely that you need to replace the batteries.

According to Microsoft, the assistant doesn’t have to be turned on.

“The checker can be turned on and off in a menu called ‘Grammar & Refinements’, which lists everything it checks: Age bias, Cultural bias, Ethnic slurs, Gender bias, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Gender-Specific Language, Racial Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias and Socioeconomic Bias,” said the statement.

See Lara Trump’s rant below:

 

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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