Watch as Jeb Bush moves much further to the right of his recent statements on same-sex marriage.
Having lived through the most difficult week of his yet-to-be announced presidential campaign to date, Jeb Bush on Sunday moved much further to the right on the issue of same-sex marriage, all but denouncing the legal, civil unions of two men or two women.
The 62-year old Roman Catholic told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody that neither America, nor, especially, children born into poverty, can succeed without a traditional marriage society. Bush also said that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, regardless of what the Supreme Court rules.
“I think traditional marriage is a sacrament,” Bush said, assuring CBN’s Brody that he is “concerned” about “the marriage issue.”
“Itâ€™s talking about being formed by oneâ€™s faith, itâ€™s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system is hard to imagine,” the former Florida Republican governor added, framing marriage as solely a religious institution.Â
“So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I donâ€™t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”
Calling ‘traditional marriage’ “a core American value,” Bush used the name of his hundred million dollar Super PAC as a talking point.
“If we want to create a right to rise society,Â where peopleÂ â€“ particularly children born in poverty,Â if we want to have them have a chance…we have to restoreÂ committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”
Bush, who has said he “personally” believes only different-sex couples should be able to adopt, and supported a 2001 federal judge’s ruling of that position, did not bother to mention the 200,000 children currently being raised by same-sex parents, many of whom are not their biological offspring.
Bush has been in hot water since last Monday for saying that, like his brother, he would have taken America to war even “knowing what we know now” about weapons of mass destruction actually not being in Iraq, and the tremendous loss of military and civilian life that plagued one of our nation’s longest wars. He changed his response to Monday’s question every day until acquiescing on Thursday he would not have gone into Iraq.
“Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage because thatâ€™s the argument in front of the Supreme Court?,” Brody asked.
“I donâ€™t but Iâ€™m not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,”Â Bush, quick to respond, said.
“Whatâ€™s interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you,” he added, making a demonstrably false statement. “Itâ€™s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warps speed. Itâ€™s hard to fathom why it is this way.”
Bush over recent months appeared to have taken a more moderate stance on same-sex marriage than he did today, telling big money Silicon Valley donors “we shouldnâ€™t discriminate based on sexual orientation.”
In February,Â Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins penned a widely-read piece titled, “Jeb Bush, 2016â€™s Gay-Friendly Republican,” in which heÂ wrote, “inside Bushâ€™s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements.”
Clearly, that is not the case.
Video andÂ Image Screenshot via CBNÂ News/The Brody File
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Radical Right-Wing Paramilitary Group Recruiting Texas Cops for ‘Bloody Civil War’: Report
According to a report from the Star-Telegram, a senior member of the rightwing paramilitary group Oath Keepers who moved to Texas in 2015 is actively recruiting local law enforcement employees while telling them a “bloody civil war” against the U.S. government is on the horizon.
The report states that John D. Shirley, the national director of the Las Vegas-based Oath Keepers finagled himself a job as a county constable in Hood County which provided him with access to other police officers and now he is using his position to recruit.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Oath Keepers organization is “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the U.S. today” with, reportedly, thousands of members made up of former law enforcement officials and military veterans.
The Star-Telegram reports that Shirley’s “Oath Keepers of Hood County” drive was scheduled at a local golf course earlier in the week before being canceled by the management because they felt the group had misrepresented itself when they booked the meeting place.
The report notes that Shirley has attempted to allay fears about the group’s intentions despite claims on their own website about a coming “New World order” and antisemitic rhetoric, that goes hand-in-hand with their unyielding defense of gun ownership.
According to Shirley, in column for the online publication Hood County Today, the Oath Keepers are not “anti-government” because, as he wrote, “I am a public servant OF the government,” before adding, “The U.S. Constitution, the document this organization holds as sacrosanct, is the foundational document of our GOVERNMENT.”
The report notes that local law officials say there is no policy that bans police from joining the group which has one local running for sheriff extremely concerned.
According to Vance Keyes of Fort Worth, “I am absolutely concerned about militia groups infiltrating law enforcement. Their presence in policing undermines our obligation and ability to provide impartial justice … free from the thinly veiled, and often outright, racial bias that exist in such organizations.”
He added, “They destroy sincere efforts to strengthen police/community relations in minority communities. Their anti-government rhetoric is also an affront to police professionals that take seriously their obligation to public service and the rule of law.”
You can read more here.
Intelligence Agencies Saw Growing Risk From Coronavirus-Like Outbreak — but Stayed Quiet for Fear of Trump’s Wrath
U.S. intelligence agencies have been warning against the likelihood of a global pandemic — just as coronavirus seems poised to become — but have recently backed down for fear of angering President Donald Trump.
Intelligence analysts assessed in 2017 and 2018 that a pandemic could strain resources and harm the global economy, but they agreed not to release a public warning so far this year because they’re reluctant to discuss intelligence that might displease the president, officials told NBC News.
“We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or large-scale outbreak of a contagious disease that could lead to massive rates of death and disability, severely affect the world economy, strain international resources, and increase calls on the United States for support,” said the most recent worldwide threat assessment, issued in January 2019 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
But so far this year the leaders of intelligence agencies have agreed not to release their threat assessments publicly, which has prevented Congress from getting public testimony about the implications of the outbreak’s impact on the economy and national security.
The intelligence analysis found that outbreaks are being spread from animals to humans, just as COVID-19 is believed to have originated — and analysts even mentioned a close cousin to the coronavirus strain in one report.
Bill Barr’s DOJ Intervenes to Support Lawsuit Filed by Christian Photographer Refusing to Photograph Same-Sex Weddings
The U.S. Dept. of Justice under Attorney General Bill Barr has intervened in a pre-emptive lawsuit filed by a Kentucky wedding photographer who claims her interpretation of her Christian religion bars her from taking photos of weddings of same-sex couples.
No same-sex couple has ever tried to hire Chelsey Nelson to photograph their nuptials, but her attorneys, the far right wing Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the lawsuit against Louisville city officials anyway, according to the AP. The ADF appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.
And now the Justice Dept. in a 23-page “statement of interest” says the “Court should find that Plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits.”
In other words, the DOJ has told the court hearing her case directly that it agrees with the ADF.
The Louisville law bans businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people. Many legal experts agree that refusing to provide a service to an entire class of people is discrimination, hence the countless laws across the country that protect LGBTQ people and other minorities from being refused services their non-LGBTQ peers regularly pay for and receive without question.
The DOJ, however, in a press release claims the legal statement it filed explains that Nelson “is likely to succeed on her claim that requiring her to photograph weddings against her conscience constitutes government-compelled speech that violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”
“The First Amendment forbids the government from forcing someone to speak in a manner that violates individual conscience,” said Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to protect the right of all persons to exercise their constitutional right to speech and expression.”
The ACLU disagrees, and “filed a brief defending the city, arguing that the Nelson’s intent to offer wedding photography only to heterosexual couples violates the city law.”
The renowned civil rights group calls Nelson’s position “identity-based discrimination.”
The SPLC says the Alliance Defending Freedom “has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society.”
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