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Not Serving Pork Is Just Like Not Serving Gays, Say Two Federal Lawmakers In Ridiculous Op-Ed



In a ridiculous and ridiculously long op-ed, two Republicans insist that businesses should have the right to choose not only what they serve, but whom they serve.

On March 2, 1962, CBS aired an episode of “The Twilight Zone” titled, “To Serve Man.” For those who remember that iconic episode, “To Serve Man” was a pun, and the name of a book brought by aliens who landed on Earth. As it turns out, it was not a pledge of assistance, but a cookbook.

Apparently, Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma) and his House colleague, GOP Rep. Randy Forbes (Virginia) – both co-chairs of the Congressional Prayer Caucus – never got the pun, and assume one meaning is the same as the other.

In a ridiculous op-ed published by the Christian Post today, the two men point to Mexican-style restaurant Chipotle, which recently dropped a pork supplier that failed to meet the fast-food outlet’s ethical treatment of animal standards, as an example of “diversity” of belief that should be incubated. Fair enough.

That same desire to create a “corporate conscience” that adheres to high standards of product sourcing and ethical treatment, the Republican duo claim, is exactly the same as another business that wishes to exercise “religious freedom” by choosing its customers by their sexual orientation.

“It is crucial that the same freedom enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remains equally available to business owners of faith,” the two Republicans insist.

“There is a distinct social good to preserving the freedom of individuals to form and operate a business based on deeply held principles rooted in conscience,” the pair present. “Many great leaders throughout our Nation’s history have understood the importance of this freedom—how it elevates and benefits our society as a whole when individuals openly and fully live their lives according to the moral values that motivate them, even when reasonable people disagree with those values.”

Actually, no, there is no “distinct social good to preserving the freedom of individuals” to refuse to do business with LGBT people, or Black people, or women, “based on deeply held principles rooted in conscience.” Especially not when those businesses are licensed by the state and must follow the state’s laws, including non-discrimination laws.

“Faith animates compassion, and compassion leads to greater integrity and ownership of caring for those in need around us,” the lawmakers claim, despite all evidence to the contrary – including evidence provided by Lankford and Forbes.


Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: Right Wing Watch

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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. 

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#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.

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.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.



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FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers



The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

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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