Listen as 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz spins a lie-filled web of anti-gay hate in an interview with a religious right talk radio host.
Ted Cruz is warning that “the modern Democratic Party” has “gotten so extreme and so radical in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment.”
TheÂ Tea Party freshman Republican U.S. Senator and 2016 presidential candidate also warned listeners that same-sex marriage is one of the greatest threats to religious liberty in the history of this nation.
“We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, I think the greatest threats weâ€™ve ever seen,” Cruz told conservative author and talk radio host Eric Metaxas, as Right Wing Watch documented in the audio recording below.
Cruz also flat-out lied, claiming that during oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Donald Virelli told the justices the IRS will end tax-exempt status of churches if marriage equality becomes the law of the land.
“The next step on this is your church being told it now pays income taxes on the tithes that are given each week, that it is now singled out and discriminated against, that universities like Notre Dame or Georgetown and Brigham Young or any university that is founded as a Christian university,” Cruz claimed, “if it continues to follow biblical teachings on marriage, the federal government is asserting the power to discriminate and persecute them.”Â
Right Wing Watch points to the Washington Post to prove “Verrilli had said nothing of the sort.”
Cruz also fibbed by claiming that “over and over again” he has fought for and won religious liberty “nationally” for the past two decades. That entire claim, along with much of Cruz’s other claims to Metaxas, is faulty, at best.Â
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Eric Trump Has Been Refusing to Testify in Fraud Case – a Judge Just Ordered Him To
A judge has ordered Eric Trump, the middle son of President Donald Trump, to testify in the New York Attorney General’s fraud investigation into whether or not the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of some of its properties.
Eric Trump has tried to delay his testimony until after the November 3 election. On Wednesday New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ordered him to comply with a subpoena. He has two weeks to do so, CNBC reports.
“We simply can’t delay compliance for another two months,” a lawyer for the New York Attorney General’s office told the judge.
One of the properties under investigation is the Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, New York.
“The Financial Times last year noted that Trump purchased Seven Springs for $7.5 million in 1996, but valued it at more than $290 million in 2012. Forbes magazine in 2014 said that the entire property was worth less than $19.5 million, citing recent property sales and local realtors and assessors.”
‘This Was a Black Lives Don’t Matter Ruling’: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Delivers Powerful Rebuke to Breonna Taylor Grand Jury
MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid slammed the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor killing, declaring it a “Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”
A Louisville, Kentucky grand jury charged former police officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. As Reid noted, none of the charges are related to Taylor’s killing.
What former Officer Hankison “is being charged with was having extreme indifference to the lives of everyone,” Reid noted, but he is not being charged with extreme indifference to the life of Breonna Taylor.
“So what they’re saying is, officers, ‘Aim at the people in the apartment. As long as you don’t wantonly aim, so that the neighbors are endangered, you’re good.'”
“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor. There’s nothing in this charge that accounts for her life or the value of it.”
“There’s no charge here that says, ‘You need to at least care about, in the conduct of your investigation, the lives of the people in front OF YOU.’ It’s saying, ‘Ignore their lives, care about the neighbors, care about what’s through the wall, don’t shoot around because you might shoot, you know, the postman or someone nearby. But don’t worry about the lives.'”
“Police officers are trained in a use of force matrix, in which they are allowed to use a certain amount of force depending on the situation. There’s verbal force that you use, there’s physical force, it goes all the way to deadly force.”
“What the law is saying,” Reid continued, “is that the matrix doesn’t have any concern for the life of the person in front of you. So long as you, as an officer can come up with a justification for firing your weapon, you can kill at will. We need to think about as a society: Do we want police officers to have the right to kill at will? Do we want to be safe in our own homes, and know that police cannot enter?”
“We fought an entire revolution saying we didn’t want the British to be able to bust into our homes and start shooting, or quarter themselves in our homes. There was a Castle Doctrine for a reason. We need to decide whether we feel comfortable giving an officer the ability to kill at will, anyone in front of them as long as he aims, and as long as they’re dead. Because you don’t get charged, otherwise, right?”
“We’re not charging these officers. It’s not just about punishing them. It’s about setting a public policy baseline that says you just can’t kill people. Period. But apparently, in the state of Kentucky today, you can.”
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 23, 2020
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 23, 2020
Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Police Officer in Killing of Breonna Taylor
A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment.
No homicide charges were announced.
The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.
.@TheRevAl reacts to 1 former Louisville police officer indicted by grand jury on charges of “wanton endangerment” in relation to the Breonna Taylor shooting case: "I think it's grossly insufficient."
"When we say Black Lives Matter, this indictment says, it does not matter." pic.twitter.com/aXBWrkB2Vq
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 23, 2020
“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”
“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.
“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.
The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:
They’re basically saying that shooting at #BreonnaTaylor WAS LIKE SHOOTING INTO THE AIR.
Black Lives could not matter LESS to these people.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 23, 2020
BREAKING: NBC News Special Report: Grand jury presents its Breonna Taylor case report to judge. https://t.co/yVtmGtdr5w
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 23, 2020
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