Republican state Senator Joseph Silk is defending his stunningly anti-gay comments by coming out with even more outrageous ones.
Joseph Silk has two anti-gay bills before the Oklahoma state senate. One bars same-sex couples from participating in covenant marriage, the other is an anti-gay license to discriminate so sweepingly broad itÂ allows anyone to refuse to provide “any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges,” or “counseling, adoption, foster care, and other social services” to anyone else, based on theirÂ “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Not only does it remove the basic right to equal protection guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution to every LGBT person, it also removes that right from women and minorities, all based on the business owner’s personal interpretation of their chosen religion.
Senator Silk told the New York TimesÂ last week that gay people “donâ€™t have a right to be served in every single store,” prompting an outcry across the nation. The response was so quick and intense Silk closed his Facebook page afterÂ The New Civil Rights Movement published our report.
Silk, who is 28, is a property manager who works for his father at a vacation property business. In a new post on his campaign website, he takes full ownership of his anti-gay comments.
“Yes I did say that homosexuals do not have the right to be served in every store, just as I do not believe that I nor my family have the right to be served in every private business,” Silk writes. “The right to provide services should be the decision of the business owners. We need to keep our country free and stop this radical, intolerant, movement.”
But that’s not the end of Silk’s attack on the LGBT community, which includes some of his constituents.
“The problem with the current LGBT movement is they have zero tolerance or consideration of other peoples rights,” Silk continues, adding this dangerous claim: “they are a threat to our freedoms and liberties in the United States and Oklahoma.”
Silk neglects to specify exactly whose “freedoms and liberties” gay people are supposedly threatening, nor does he offer up one iota of proof.
“I am not questioning the rights of the LGBT movement, I believe they have the right to live how they want to live,” he concedes. “They on the other hand, are launching a massive campaign that is attempting to strip other peoples individual liberties away if they hold different beliefs…this is complete intolerance.”
Clearly, it is the anti-gay lawmaker whose Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 (SB 440)Â who is the one “attempting to strip other peoples individual liberties away.”
Silk acknowledges his bill “has outraged the LGBT community,” but says “they are crying discrimination and making themselves the only ‘target’, in reality it has nothing to do with them.”
If “in reality it has nothing to do with them,” why is he claiming “homosexuals do not have the right to be served in every store,” the LGBT movement has “zero tolerance or consideration of other peoples rights,” and gay people “are a threat to our freedoms and liberties in the United States and Oklahoma”?
Silk concludes the “intent of the bill is to protect private property rights and religious liberty. As a legislator, I will always fight to protect people’s liberty to live thei [sic] lives according to their beliefs and convictions.”
Just not the liberty and lives of gay people.
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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police
A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.
“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”
“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.
There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.
“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave
Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.
Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.
Everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas.
Today, I signed bills into LAW to reform ERCOT & weatherize & improve the reliability of the state’s power grid.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 8, 2021
On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.
In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.
“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”
BREAKING: ERCOT is now asking people to conserve electricity through Friday, saying there are a significant number of power plants offline and expecting possible record use for June. pic.twitter.com/zWZkf0bkPq
— Matt Largey (@mattlargey) June 14, 2021
Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.
— Heather (TX) 🇺🇸 (@hka003) June 14, 2021
Thanks to @GovAbbott, on one of the first hot days, we’re already being told to conserve electricity.
They didn’t FIX the grid because they were too busy legislating women’s vaginas & stopping POC from voting.
VOTE @GregAbbott_TX out in 2022 to save TEXAS!!! #AbbottFailedTexas https://t.co/a97aR7DO2u
— Kelly ツ (@kellwoohoo) June 14, 2021
So now ERCOT ‘CAN’T HANDLE COLD OR HEAT’. Someone should check the flight logs to Cancun bc I’m sure Cruz is already on his way there. And fuck Abbott too #AbbottFailedTexas
— Amelia (@agerson24) June 14, 2021
…are you FREAKING KIDDING ME, Texas?!
ERCOT: Our grid wasn’t built for temperatures this cold!!!
ERCOT: uhm….it’s too hot! How could we ever have anticipated this! https://t.co/vlqcXW6wUN
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 14, 2021
— KiKi ♡✌🇺🇸🌊👑💙📣 (@KLoYo77) June 14, 2021
What could go possibly wrong with a combination of Texas’s summer power outages and its new conceal-carry for all law?#AbbottFailedTexas
— Truth Integrity Logic Fully Vaccinated (@LogicIntegrity) June 14, 2021
ERCOT has issued a new warning to Cancun that Ted Cruz might be back sooner than expected.
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) June 14, 2021
If you listen closely, you can hear Ted Cruz booking a flight to Cancun https://t.co/gmPLkaeMXi
— Nunca Trumpismo (@NeverTrumpTexan) June 14, 2021
— Rachel (@Rachelmoor29) June 14, 2021
— ₚₒₗᵢₜᵢcₐₗ ⱼₒᵢₙₜ™ (@PoliticalJoint) June 14, 2021
We need Beto.
While Abbott prattles on about a bloody wall, we need our grid repaired now. This is going to a long, hot summer.
— ToutdeSuiteLaSinner (@ToutSuiteSinner) June 14, 2021
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Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.
The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.
This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.
CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.
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