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Breaking: Bobby Jindal Issuing Executive Order To ‘Accomplish The Intent’ Of Failed Anti-Gay Bill

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Governor Bobby Jindal isn’t accepting defeat whatsoever, over an anti-gay marriage “religious freedom” bill he’s been pushing.

For months Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has been pushing an anti-gay “religious liberty” bill called the Louisiana Marriage And Conscience Act. earlier this afternoon it was defeated by a whopping 10-2 vote by a House committee.

Almost immediately, Gov. Jindal issued a statement in response.

“We are disappointed by the committee’s action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar,” Gov. Jindal told The Advocate, a local Louisiana newspaper. “We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.” 

“This Executive Order will prohibit the state from denying or revoking a tax exemption, tax deduction, contract, cooperative agreement, loan, professional license, certification, accreditation, or employment on the basis the person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

HB 707 was designed to discriminate against same-sex couples specifically, and LGBT people in general.

A website created by the bill’s author to advance the legislation, Louisiana for Liberty, details why the bill was created: to indemnify “charities, schools and small businesses,” who, the site claims, “are already being fined and punished for not endorsing same-sex marriage.”

Ironically, Governor Jindal, who will likely soon announce he is running for President, has been especially outspoken against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.

Calling the executive order “an arrogant, cynical political move,” Gov. Jindal said President Obama “should go make the case to Congress and our people.”

 

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‘Been Hitting the Pipe a Little Too Hard’: Pompeo Rebrands – Gets Mercilessly Mocked for Illegal Drug Pun

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2024 GOP likely presidential hopeful Mike Pompeo, the Trump-era Secretary of State, has resurrected his old leadership political action committee, CAVPAC, and drawn attention to himself with what many see as a bad illegal drug pun.

The unfortunate tweet includes the word “pipehitter,” and Pompeo’s made-up definition: “someone who is unapologetically American, someone who fights for our future, someone who never gives an inch, someone who is dedicated to stand against the radical Left’s agenda.”

The new “pipehitter” theme signals Pompeo distancing himself from his former boss. He had tried to position himself as the logical successor to the “America First” movement, but for reasons unspecified Pompeo is now hewing to a different brand, one that is decidedly more “Pompeo.”

While the new branding may have passed a Madison Avenue test, it did not pass the Twitter test.

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Fox Has Mentioned ‘Critical Race Theory’ 1300 Times – Meet the Man Who Promised to Make It ‘Crazy’ and ‘Toxic’

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Fox News has mentioned “critical race theory” 1300 times over the past three-and-a-half months, making the term, an area of study in colleges and universities, not in local public schools, not just mainstream, but “toxic.”

“Just last week, Fox mentioned ‘critical race theory’ a record 244 times — an increase from the previous record high of 170 mentions the week before,” Media Matters reports.

One man with connections from the Trump White House to top right wing think tanks promised to make that happen. It appears he was successful.

There’s tremendous fear, hatred, and disinformation on the right about critical race theory, which The Washington Post calls “an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic, and not just demonstrated by individual people with prejudices. The theory holds that racial inequality is woven into legal systems and negatively affects people of color in their schools, doctors’ offices, the criminal justice system and countless other parts of life.”

Many on the right feel threatened by that, likely in large part thanks to Fox News constantly hammering viewers over the head with the term, without properly explaining it.

How did this happen?

Meet Christopher Rufo, a research fellow at the religious right-linked Discovery Institute, and a senior fellow at the right wing Manhattan Institute.

The Manhattan Institute was once home to political scientist Charles Murray, whose infamous “Bell Curve” book has been deemed racist. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Murray as a white nationalist, and says he uses “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.”

But back to Rufo.

On Tuesday NBC News published an extensive exposé on “critical race theory,” and had this to say about Rufo:

Rufo, who said he was in touch with then-President Donald Trump’s staff before he issued an executive order last September banning critical race theory’s use by federal agencies, promised in a March tweet to make critical race theory “toxic” in the public imagination. Rufo declined an interview request.

“The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,’” he wrote. “We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.”

He clearly has been successful.

Republicans across the country are working to ban critical race theory from schools, yet another example of far right wing indoctrination and censorship becoming mainstream.

NBC News notes that “organizations like the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, which produces model bills on Republican causes, held webinars that warned about the threat of teaching critical race theory.”

In a series of tweets promoting its report on Rufo, The New Republic says, “Almost overnight, Christopher Rufo has become the standard-bearer for a hysterical movement to solve a problem that may not even exist—and in the process, charted a course for the right in the Biden era.”

In addition to Rufo, one right wing activist, Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, has ridden the critical race theory propaganda wave.

“Fishbein said she took part in a private briefing hosted by the Heritage Foundation in May that featured lawmakers from Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Texas and other states to discuss model legislation to block critical race theory,” NBC adds. “Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma and Tennessee have already advanced some form of a restriction, and 15 states have legislation pending. The Heritage Foundation declined to comment.”

Why has this extremist cabal of right wing think tanks, activists, and Fox News been so focused on fear-mongering falsehoods about critical race theory, and systemic racism?

“Fox has admitted its reason for this souped-up coverage: the 2022 midterm elections,” Media Matter notes. “And in order to drum up outrage, the network has repeatedly amplified a lie that critical race theory teaches that one race is ‘inherently superior to another.’ More recently, in its continued efforts to demonize it, Fox News has promoted a pamphlet that echoes the white nationalist ‘Great Replacement’ conspiracy theory.”

In addition to Fox’s seemingly endless repetition of the term “critical race theory,” its false assessments are terrifying to those who believe them.

“Fox’s obsession with what it defines as ‘critical race theory’ has frequently crossed the threshold into the absurd and overly dramatic. Fox host Tucker Carlson called it ‘a cult,’ while host Will Cain said it is ‘modern-day Jim Crow.’ Fox contributor Miranda Devine claimed that teaching the theory would ‘warp the minds of American children’ and ‘is a recipe for social upheaval and mental illness.’ Fox’s Newt Gingrich said it was being driven by ‘people who want to brainwash your child.'”

 

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Greene Apologized for Comparing Masks to Holocaust – Days Before Censure Resolution, But Not Sorry for Likening Dems to Nazis

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) Monday evening held a small press conference to apologize for having repeatedly compared face masks worn to protect from the coronavirus to the Holocaust, but refused to apologize for comparing Democrats and the Democratic Party to Nazis and Hitler’s Nazi Party.

Greene’s remarks came after being given a tour of Washington, D.C.’s Holocaust Museum, which reportedly came after a week of negotiations. But they also came just days before a resolution to censure her over her Holocaust comparisons is set to be introduced, The Washington Post reports.

The QAnon-supporting congresswoman “declined to walk back other controversial statements she has made, including one in which she compared the Democratic Party to Hitler’s party, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”

“One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it,” Greene, who appeared to be speaking off-the-cuff Monday, told reporters.

Her remarks suggest she does not see her comments equating Democrats with Nazis as a mistake.

Last month, The Post notes, “Greene also compared the Democratic Party to the Nazi party, which went by the full name Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.”

Despite the name, the Nazi party was not a socialist party; it was a right-wing, ultranationalist party. Even so, Greene told attendees at the rally in May: “You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

When asked if she would also apologize and refute her attack on Democrats, Greene refused, exposing her biased ignorance.

“You know, socialism is extremely dangerous, and so is communism,” she told reporters. “And anytime a government moves into policies where there’s more control and there’s freedoms taken away, yes, that’s a danger for everyone. And I think that’s something that we should all be wary of. … I’ll never stop saying we have to save America and stop socialism.”

 

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