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Fox Freak Out: ‘If Biblical Truth Is Defined As Hate Speech, America As We Know It Ceases To Exist’

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Watch the fireworks as guests on Fox News’ “Hannity” have an all out freak out over Marco Rubio’s false claims attacking same-sex marriage.

If you’ve never actually watched a Fox News segment of “Hannity,” this is the one for you.

Wednesday night, Sean Hannity exhibited perfectly his zone of intolerance for anyone on the left, while promoting a fact-free zone of hyperbole, hate, hysteria, and lies for his religious right wing guests.

In short, the message Hannity was telegraphing is gay rights are the cause of Christian persecution in America – ignoring the fact that there is no Christian persecution in America.

In a segment titled, “Why is Christianity under attack in America?,” (it’s not,) Hannity played a clip of GOP Senator Marco Rubio falsely claiming that the advancement of same-sex marriage may very well mean that those who speak from the bible are committing hate speech.

LOOK: Marco Rubio: Advancement Of Same-Sex Marriage ‘A Real And Present Danger’ To Christians (Video)

Let’s just see how Fox News guests respond to it.

Hannity asked if pastors will be forced to marry same-sex couples.

First up is American Atheists president David Silverman, who, when asked, told Hannity that no one in America is trying to force priests or pastors or any clergy person to marry any same-sex couple.

“There’s nobody out there who is saying that Christian preachers should be forced to marry people against their will. But really what this is about is bigotry. You and I can both agree that bigotry is wrong, and bigotry is ugly and bigotry is stupid,” Silverman stated, noting that the vast majority of Christian support marriage equality. “We’re not talking about attacks on Christianity, we’re talking about attacks on bigotry.”

Hannity wasn’t buying Silverman’s very clear and intelligent answer, so he turned to Fox News contributor Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Texas megachurch pastor so controversial even Tim Tebow decided to cancel an appearance at Jeffress’ anti-gay, anti-Islam, anti-Mormon, anti-Catholic First Baptist Church.

“Is Senator Rubio right?,” Hannity asked, conflating his own question, will pastors be forced to marry same-sex couples, with Rubio’s comments.

Dr. Jeffress apparently either hasn’t read the part of the bible about bearing false witness, or hasn’t read the Supreme Court transcripts from last month’s same-sex marriage oral arguments. He incorrectly framed U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli’s statement to the Supreme Court, and suggested that pastors who refuse to marry same sex couples will be breaking the law and will be targeted by the federal government.

“The Obama administration is sending us a signal that they are going to come after those who believe in traditional marriage,” Jeffress falsely claimed. 

“We can debate gay marriage all day and all night, but the fact is traditional marriage has been in civilization for thousands of years,” Jeffress said. “It has been embraced by our country for hundreds of years, and has been embraced by liberals like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton until the last several years.”

Any viewer who had not heard the Supreme Court’s oral arguments would likely have walked away believing pastors will be forced to marry same sex couples. 

Then came Dr. Samuel Rodriguez‘s turn.

“Sean, I completely agree with Senator Marcio Rubio,” Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said. Rodriguez’s group is where Mike Huckabee last month infamously said, “I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish. But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus.”

Rodriguez issued a stark shot.

“The moment in America, the moment in our nation biblical truth is defined as hate speech, America as we know it ceases to exist,” he insisted.

“There are two types of persecutions against Christians,” Rodriguez continued. “Globally, an explicit one via ISIS. In America,” Rodriguez claimed, “legislative persecution. And the latter always proceeds [sic] the former.”

“Today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity,” he warned.

It’s no wonder Fox News viewers believe Christians are under attack, when they have religious leaders falsely stoking fears the Obama administration is targeting them, and that an ISIS-like war against Christians is about to begin in America.

 

Image: Screenshot via Fox News
Hat tip: Mediaite

 

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Raphael Warnock Beats Trump-Backed Herschel Walker – Democrats Increase Senate Majority

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Millions of Americans in Georgia voted to re-elect Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and send him back to Washington D.C., NBC News projects. It is a clear mandate for the policies enacted by the Biden administration and a strong rebuke for the flailing former president, Donald Trump.

Senator Warnock faced a challenge from a Texas Republican who claimed to live in the Peach State, Trump-backed former NFL star Herschel Walker.

The New York Times, confirming Warnock is the projected winner, reports a huge number of Georgians, more than 3.3 million, voted in the runoff election.

An admitted Texas resident, Walker’s long list of hypocritical claims and actions, falsehoods, lies, and troubling business and tax dealings were only outweighed by the women who accused him of violent behavior, pressuring them and paying for them to get abortions, and revelations he had not one child but four, including a son he almost never sees.

READ MORE: ‘Everything Has Been a Lie’: Christian Walker Drops Damning New Video Blasting His Father’s ‘Lies’ Over Abortion

Warnock, who is also the Senior Pastor at the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, Ebenezer Baptist, out-raised and out-campaigned Walker, especially in the last week.

Herschel Walker appeared at only two events this weekend, Politico reported, “a tailgate in Atlanta before a University of Georgia football game on Saturday, where he did not speak, and a Sunday rally in Loganville, where his stump speech touched on everything from complaints about pronouns and critical race theory to funding law enforcement.”

With 51 votes in the Senate, Democrats will not be forced into a power-sharing agreement with Republicans as they were two years ago. President Biden will be able to nominate and have confirmed even more judges, an area he has excelled. And Democrats will have full committee majorities, giving them power to issue subpoenas in investigations.

RELATED: ‘The Child Would Not Be Safe’: Woman Who Says Herschel Walker Pressured Her to Have Abortion Says She Felt ‘Threatened’

The Washington Post on Tuesday noted that Democrats having 51 votes is “an insurance policy against the unthinkable — the possibility that vacancies or party switches could flip the majority. That has happened before, most recently in 2001. The reason that it hasn’t happened more often is mostly because the Senate isn’t usually this closely divided. But vacancies and seat flips do happen — a lot. In fact, since World War II, about 70 percent of Congresses have featured some kind of shift in partisan balance of the Senate between elections.”

The unthinkable includes the possibility that a Democratic Senator in a state headed by a Republican governor could resign or die, allowing a Republican to be installed in their place. As The Post notes, there are 11 cases currently where that could happen.

Warnock unseated a GOP Senator in a 2020 special election, making this his first full elected six-year term.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain notes President Biden “becomes the first President since FDR 1934 to see every Senator in his party re-elected (who was seeking re-election.)”

 

 

 

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Guilty on All Counts: Trump Organization Loses Big in Criminal Fraud Case

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A jury has found thew crown jewel of Donald Trump’s real estate empire, The Trump Organization, guilty on all counts in a state criminal tax fraud case.

Calling it “a remarkable rebuke of the former president’s company and what prosecutors described as its ‘culture of fraud and deception,'” The New York Times reports the details include “conviction on all 17 counts.”

Charges include tax fraud, a scheme to defraud, and conspiracy and falsifying business records, but The Times says it is “hardly a death sentence for the Trump Organization.”

The Times adds the conviction comes “after more than a day of jury deliberations in State Supreme Court in Manhattan,” which “resulted from a long-running scheme in which the Trump Organization doled out off-the-books luxury perks to some executives: They received fancy apartments, leased Mercedes-Benzes, even private school tuition for relatives, none of which they paid taxes on.”

Donald Trump was not a defendant in the case, but the case will be front and center during his presidential run.

According to a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, The Trump Organization and the Trump Payroll Corp. were convicted of the following charges:

  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Criminal Tax Fraud in Third Degree, a class D felony, two counts
  • Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony, three counts

The Trump Corporation was also convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony.

MSNBC reported the verdict on-air:

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Watch: McConnell Refuses to Say He Will Not Support Trump for President Even After ‘Terminate the Constitution’ Demand

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Even after Donald Trump called for the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution this weekend and demanded he be put back into office or be given a do-over national presidential election, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say he will not support the ex-president’s current run for the White House.

McConnell kicked off his weekly press conference Tuesday by mildly criticizing Trump, although not mentioning him by name.

“First, let me just say that anyone seeking the presidency who thinks that the Constitution could somehow be suspended or not followed, it seems to me would have a very hard time being sworn in as president of United States,” McConnell told reporters.

But when asked if he “categorically” would refuse to support Trump – personally or in his role as Senate Republican Minority Leader – McConnell refused to go that far.

READ MORE: Watch: McConnell and McCarthy Shunned as Congressional Gold Medal Recipients Refuse to Shake Their Hands

“This is the second week in a row you’ve come out to begin your press conference criticizing Donald Trump,” a reporter off-camera said. “Can you say categorically that you do not support him if he were the Republican nominee?”

McConnell could not.

“What I’m saying is it would be pretty hard to be sworn in, to the presidency, if you’re not willing to uphold the Constitution. That’s what I said, and I just said it again,” McConnell stated.

“How about your personal support?” the reporter shot back.

McConnell ignored the question.

During the 2016 campaign Trump also made clear he did not feel beholden to upholding the Constitution, so it’s unclear why McConnell would suggest he could not be sworn in again should he be elected in 2024.

READ MORE: Far Right Republican Slammed by Raskin for Trying to Derail Respect for Marriage Bill with Failed Religious Amendment

In fact, Trump’s concerning remarks surrounding the Constitution in 2016 led Brown University political science professor Corey Brettschneider to pen a piece for Politico: “Trump vs. the Constitution: A Guide.”

“It may be true that Donald Trump has read the Constitution. But it’s unclear if he understands it,” it begins.

McConnell is not only the second longest serving leader of a party’s caucus in the Senate, nor his he just the Senate Republican Minority Leader.

He wields massive power and influence via his ties to a Super PAC.

According to CNN, the Senate Leadership Fund is “a super PAC affiliated with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

This year alone, the Senate Leadership Fund has spent nearly $300 million to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate. In 2020 it spent over $475 million.

Many have seen their ads, which are almost entirely, according to Open Secrets, against Democrats, not for Republicans.

Watch McConnell below or at this link.

 

 

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