An Oklahoma State Senator who insists gay people have no right to service, now says LGBT activists are sending death threats to him and his children.
Joseph SilkÂ believesÂ that LGBT people have no right to equal service, and has filed a bill to ensure business owners have the legal authority to discriminate against anyone, citing their deeply held religious beliefs. The language is so sweeping it is a get out of jail free card for discrimination against anyone.
Silk, under fire for the past week after telling the New York Times that gay people “donâ€™t have a right to be served in every single store,â€ later called LGBT people “this radical, intolerant, movement.”
Now, he is accusing LGBT activists of sending death threats to him and to his children.Â
The far right website TruthRevolt, founded by Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, this week published an interview with Sen. Silk.
“Silk said that since he was quoted inÂ The New York TimesÂ Thursday saying homosexuals ‘don’t have a right to be served in every single store,’ he has received hundreds of angry e-mails and phone calls from LGBT activists who believe he is sanctioning discrimination. ‘A couple of them have been death threats against me and my children,’ Silk said.
It is unknown if Silk has filed police reports, but the charges he raises are serious and severe. Any death threat is unacceptable. All should be taken seriously and strong protective measures should also be taken.
Sen. Silk also accuses theÂ Executive Director of FreedomÂ Oklahoma, an LGBT organization, of leaking the name of his father’s business.
“Silk strongly suspects that Stevenson was responsible for leaking the cabin business information shortly after they met in order to encourage activists to send harassing messages,” TruthRevolt states. “Silk said he is ‘very certain’ it was Stevenson because ‘he has family ties to that community in our same industry [and] that is the only way people could know that.'”
Of course, a simple Google search would reveal that information as well.
Freedom Oklahoma’s Executive Director has responded,Â calling the allegations against him “unfounded and outrageous.”
â€œFirst, if Senator Silk has indeed received threats, they should be investigated and prosecuted,” Freedom Oklahoma executive director Troy Stevenson said in a statement.Â “Freedom Oklahoma is calling on the proper authorities to investigate these alleged threats, immediately. If threats were made, they did not come from us and we will strongly condemn anyone who made them.”
One final note: Why did TruthRevolt publish a photograph of Senator Silk’s children in their report that states they are receiving death threats?
NCRM has opted to not link to the TruthRevolt story out of concern for Sen. Silk’s family.Â
Image viaÂ Facebook
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.
NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.
Trump Cabinet Secretary Set Up a $300 Million Offshore Company in the Caymans — While Still in Office
According to a report from the HuffPost, former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was busy attending to his own financial well-being while serving under Donald Trump — raking in at least $53 million and starting up a new business in the Cayman Islands.
Ross, who was recently accused of creating “an environment of paranoia and retaliation” at Commerce, was working on the taxpayers’ dime while keeping his business deals ongoing during his tenure.
The HuffPost reports, “Ross reported making somewhere between $53 million and $127 million during his four years as head of the Commerce Department. The federal government only requires officials to report broad ranges of outside income,” before adding, “Ross’ many and profitable entanglements with private companies while he was supposed to be looking out for the American taxpayer triggered concern and criticism.”
The report goes on to note that Ross’s Commerce duties didn’t stop him from setting up a new offshore business.
“Ross is already engaged in a new enterprise, a special purpose acquisition company that reportedly attracted $300 million from investors. He established the company in the Cayman Islands in January while he was still in public office, ” the report states.
During his time in the Donald Trump’s cabinet, Ross faced multiple complaints about his business dealings, with CREW accusing him “possible insider trading and other violations when he reportedly shorted Navigator stock after learning that a negative story was coming out in The New York Times about his links to the company,” among other ethical issues.
You can read more here.
‘I Dare You to Deny Me Communion’: 60 Democrats Blast Bishops for Move to Punish Biden by ‘Weaponizing’ Eucharist
They were warned.
Before their three-day meeting that culminated Friday with a vote to move toward denying America’s second Catholic President, Joe Biden, communion over his stance of supporting a woman’s right to choose an abortion, the Vatican told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to not politicize communion or other sacraments.
They did it anyway, and now powerful Democrats – and many others – are furious.
“Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion,” U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, a Democrat of California, and a Catholic, with a massive 1.6 million followers on Twitter, threatened the Bishops.
His comments were in response to Friday’s news of the USCCB’s politically-motivated decision, and in response to SiriusXM host Michelangelo Signorile, who asked if other Catholics will be denied communion over their “sins.” Signorile pointed to Newt Gingrich, whose history includes adultery, divorce, and re-marriage. Gingrich’s wife was President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the Vatican.
Dear @USCCB: I’m Catholic and I support:
-A woman’s right to choose
-Treatments for infertility
-The right for people to get a divorce
-The right of same sex marriage
Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion. https://t.co/bUmiyJ8TtH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 18, 2021
Another California Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman, suggested the church should lose its tax-exempt status.
If they're going to politically weaponize religion by "rebuking" Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a "rebuke" of their tax-exempt status may be in order. https://t.co/P6TGVCOMYp
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) June 18, 2021
Lieu and Huffman were far from the only Democratic lawmakers to speak out against the USCCB’s move toward denying communion to politicians who support abortion rights.
“We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents,” 60 House Democrats said in a three-page “Statement of Principles” letter released Friday afternoon.
“The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of abortion is contradictory.”
And they carefully noted the hypocrisy of the Bishops, who have never even suggested denying communion to Republican lawmakers who support the death penalty or engage if the separation of families at the border and caging of children.
“No elected officials have been threatened with being denied the Eucharist as they support and have supported policies contrary to the Church teachings, including supporting the death penalty, separating migrant children from their parents, denying asylum to those seeking safety in the United States, and denying rights and dignity to immigrants.”
Some other prominent House Democrats who signed on to the letter include Cheri Bustos, Joaquin Castro, Gerry Connolly, Rosa DeLauro, Debbie Dingell, Ruben Gallego, Marie Newman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jackie Speier.
US Catholic Bishops Move Toward Denying Biden Communion in Political Decision Violating Vatican Direction
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly voted on Friday to move toward chastising President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, for his policies supporting and defending a woman’s right to choose an abortion. It is the first official step toward denying the U.S. President communion. Biden personally opposes abortion but believes it should be a safe, protected, and legal right, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
The Bishops voted 168-55 to create a “teaching document,” as NBC News reports, to serve as a “rebuke” of Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion. The Roman Catholic Church opposes the move.
“The Vatican has warned conservative American bishops to hit the brakes on their push to deny communion to politicians supportive of abortion rights — including President Biden, a faithful churchgoer and the first Roman Catholic to occupy the Oval Office in 60 years,” The New York Times reported Monday, suggesting the U.S. Bishops’ move is just as much a political gesture as a religious rebuke.
“Some leading bishops, whose priorities clearly aligned with former President Donald J. Trump, now want to reassert the centrality of opposition to abortion in the Catholic faith and lay down a hard line — especially with a liberal Catholic in the Oval Office.”
The Times reports the push to go after President Biden is being led by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (photo), the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“The focus of this proposed teaching document,” Archbishop Gomez wrote in a memo, “is on how best to help people to understand the beauty and the mystery of the Eucharist as the center of their Christian lives.”
But the Times noted the Vatican does not want “to use access to the Eucharist as a political weapon,” Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit priest and close ally of Francis, said.
Conservative American bishops were demanding “a strong rebuke of Biden,” NBC notes, “because of his recent actions protecting and expanding abortion access, while opponents warned that such action would portray the bishops as a partisan force during a time of bitter political divisions across the country.”
- GOP EXTREMISM3 days ago
Insurrection ‘Truther’ Marjorie Taylor Greene: FBI Was ‘Involved in Organizing and Carrying Out the Capitol Riot’
- RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS2 days ago
Republican Candidate in Secret Recording Says He Has Access to Russian Hit Squad and Would ‘End’ Opponent’s Life: Report
- News2 days ago
Watching Biden Meet Putin Was ‘The Real Moment’ Trump Realized He Wasn’t President Anymore: NYT’s Haberman
- News3 days ago
Putin Tells Black US Reporter He Would ‘Prevent’ Black Lives Matter in Russia After She Asks What He’s ‘Afraid Of’
- News3 days ago
GOP Congressman Refuses to Shake Hand of Cop Who Saved His Neck on January 6
- 'WISEGUY'3 days ago
‘Let’s Get It Straight’: Biden Sternly Smacks Down Two Reporters for Making False Claims About Him in Geneva
- ALMOST NO REPUBLICAN IS EXTREME ENOUGH FOR TUCKER3 days ago
‘Radical Social Change’: Tucker Carlson Furious Congress Almost Unanimously Voted to Make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday
- BREAKING NEWS2 days ago
Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Catholic Adoption Agency That Refused to Work With Same-Sex Couples