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Rachel Maddow (Again) Mocks Franklin Graham, Now For His Explanation For Moving To A Pro-LGBT Bank

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Rachel Maddow, for the second night in a row, is quite enjoying Franklin Graham’s embarrassing anti-gay actions.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opened Thursday night’s show with a look at various gay pride parades, including South Florida’s Miami Beach gay pride parade, which she notes “also stands out for its role in one of the most hilariously satisfying news stories of this summer so far.”

Maddow detailed the now well-know story that Franklin Graham, scion of the iconic evangelical preacher Billy Graham, last week was so enraged that Wells Fargo bank aired a TV ad showing a lesbian couple learning sign language so they could adopt a young deaf girl, he announced he was pulling his millions out of Wells Fargo.

And so he moved his accounts, including those of his father’s Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of their charity, Samaritan’s Purse, to BB&T bank, which, amusingly, is a proud supporter of, yes, South Florida’s Miami Beach gay pride parade.

In a Thursday USA Today op-ed, Franklin Graham explained why it was OK to boycott Wells Fargo while doing business with BB&T.

So why did we move from one bank to the other? Because, in our view, Wells Fargo went beyond being gay-friendly to being a public advocate — through a national TV advertising campaign — for a lifestyle we, as a Christian organization, believe to be biblically wrong,” Graham explained.

I think there is a difference between being friendly and being a public advocate. By staying at Wells Fargo, we would not only be associating with the promotion of a lifestyle we believe to be wrong, we also would actually be helping to pay for the advertisements by virtue of banking with them — because a bank has no money to advertise with other than the money its customers place in its trust and the interest earned on that money. We simply chose not to continue doing business with a bank that is promoting something that violates our conscience and beliefs.”

Calling the story “delicious” and “funny,” Maddow points out there’s no difference between airing an ad that respectfully depicts a same-sex couple adopting a special needs child, and financially supporting a gay pride parade.

Maddow moved on from Graham’s ridiculousness, to the fact that the fight for LGBT rights and equality is not over, and far from it.

She details the stories of two “really radical” losses on the equality front Thursday. 

As NCRM reported yesterday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder signed into law three bills that allow all adoption agencies, including those that are tax-funded (although Maddow did not make a point of that important fact), to refuse to let LGBT people and same-sex couples adopt children if they claim a sincerely held religious belief against it.

The second was the North Carolina legislature’s successful override of its governor’s veto of a “religious freedom” bill that allows magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The LGBT community is gaining on the civil rights front, but make no mistake: regardless of whichever way the Supreme Court decides, there will still be a great deal more work to do.

 

Image: Screenshot via MSNBC

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‘Basically Outlaws Responding to This Pandemic’: Texans Blast Abbott for New ‘Right to Infect’ Order

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott is under fire after signing a wide-ranging COVID-19 executive order Thursday that bans any mask or vaccine mandates, bans anyone requesting or requiring proof of vaccination to obtain goods or services, but promotes “personal responsibility” as the means to control what is quickly becoming a new Delta variant-fueled wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the CDC Texas has had over 47,000 new COVID cases and 240 new COVID deaths in the past seven days, with a huge 15%-19.9% positivity rate. Since the start of the pandemic Texas has, under Governor Abbott’s leadership, seen nearly 3.1 million coronavirus cases and almost 52,000 deaths. Texas reports just 52% of its population 12 and older has been vaccinated.

Abbott’s executive order says, “There are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment,” and “no person may he required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.”

“Texans are strongly encouraged as a matter of personal responsibility to consistently follow good hygiene, social-distancing. and other mitigation practices,” and vaccines “will never be mandated by the government,” although “it is strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one.”

The order also overrides and voids any “COVID-19-related limitations imposed by local governmental entities or officials.”

One local Texas NBC affiliate reports, “Abbott pushes personal responsibility over government mandates as pandemic surges.”

Here’s what some Texans are saying:

 

 

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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’

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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP  lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.

While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.

Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.

Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:

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Far Right Republican Concocts Fundraising Scheme to Bail Out Mask Rule-Breakers — but the Cash Goes to His Campaign

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Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.

Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.

While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.

“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.

See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:

 

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