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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.

 

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'ANGRY AND APPALLED'

Former Trump Defense Secretary Mattis Breaks Silence – Scorches Ex-Boss – Stands Up for Protestors in Scathing Statement

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Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served in the military from 1969 to 2013, has finally broken his long silence. In a scathing rebuke far more devastating than any delivered by any former Trump official (except his resignation letter), Mattis denounces Trump for violating the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, and stands up for the protestors.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try,” Mattis says, as The Atlantic reports.

“Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”

Mattis makes clear he is disgusted with how Trump has handled the protests across the nation – and that he supports the protestors.

“I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

He doesn’t stop there.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

Read The Atlantic’s full report, or Mattis’ full statement at CNN.

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WHAT LEADERSHIP LOOKS LIKE

‘Showing Off With These Complete Sentences’: Internet Rejoices as ‘Real President’ Obama Speaks – ‘I Miss Him’

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Former President Barack Obama delivered forward-looking, encouraging remarks in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests, and the Internet rejoiced. President Obama’s comments, part of a town hall organized by his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, were focused for his younger audience, and were short and seemingly off-the-cuff, yet inspired a nation thirsting for caring, intelligence, and leadership.

Take a look.

 

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FASCISM

The Pentagon Announced It Was Pulling Hundreds of Troops Out of DC. The Defense Secretary Just Canceled That Order.

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It took Secretary of Defense Mark Esper just two hours to countermand a decision the Pentagon had announced, that it was pulling hundreds of active-duty troops out of Washington, D.C.

“Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions,” the AP reports. “It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to respond to any protest problems if needed.”

Secretary Esper surprised many Wednesday morning when he announced at a hastily-called press conference he disagrees with invoking The Insurrection Act to deploy U.S. troops to cities across the nation to, as President Donald Trump has said, “quell” protestors. President Trump fully supports invoking the law, and has already heavily militarized D.C.

In more than 140 cities Americans have been protesting the police killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, now for nine days and nights.

President Donald Trump has demanded mayors and governors “dominate” the protestors, and has posted threatening tweets advocating his position against the protestors.

About one hour ago several large military vehicles were deployed to the area in front of St. John’s Church, where President Trump held his Bible photo-op on Monday.

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