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‘They Want To Let Sodomites Queer Our Country’: How Christian GOP Activists Lobbied TX AG On SCOTUS

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Several powerful, rich, well-connected far right Christian Republican activists lobbied the Attorney General of Texas instructing him how to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

On June 26, just two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision that ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Dr. Steve Hotze sent a message to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“Greetings in the name of Christ our King!,” his email began.

Hotze (image above, at the Supreme Court during oral arguments in Obergefell), a wealthy, well-connected, powerful Christian anti-gay activist and president of the influential Conservative Republicans of Texas, instructed Paxton on how he would like him to respond to the Supreme Court ruling.

“Do what the Louisiana AG has done,” he told the AG. Louisiana had tried to claim it was under no legal mandate to obey the court’s ruling because nothing in the ruling instructed the State of Louisiana specifically to comply.

“The illegitimate SCOTUS ruling does not name Texas, so fight those lousy bastards,” Hotze wrote in the email, as first reported today by the Dallas Morning News, which obtained emails under a Texas’ open records law request. “They hate God and want to let the Sodomites queer our country.”

Hotze, who for decades has been an ardent anti-gay activist, was not the only Christian GOP activist to detail how he would like the Texas AG to respond to the marriage ruling.

Midland energy executive Tim Dunn also wrote Paxton, “urging him to make the resources of the attorney general’s office available to any Texas businesses, schools or individuals who incur governmental penalties for resisting gay marriage,” the Dallas Morning News adds.

“It seems that the AG’s office could represent citizens, churches and schools who … have their constitutional religious liberties attacked — by government,” wrote Dunn, a major financial patron of Empower Texans, led by conservative hard-liner Michael Quinn Sullivan. “That at least would take away their ability to simply bankrupt everyone with legal fees.”

In other words, use taxpayer money to extend anti-gay discrimination efforts – taxpayer money that includes taxes paid by Texas’ LGBT citizens.

Paxton, ultimately, issued a highly questionable memorandum instructing Texas county clerks, judges, justices of the peace, and other state employees that they could cite their deeply held religious beliefs to opt-out of assisting same-sex couples wanting to marry, but also warned they might be subject to legal action if they did.

Dr. Hotze is well-connected with GOP state Rep. Cecil Bell, and was on hand when Bell’s bill, which would literally have defunded same-sex marriage in Texas, was up for a vote.

Just two weeks ago Hotze, whose day job is CEO & Founder at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, made news when he spoke before a new anti-gay Texas group, REAL MARRIAGE: One Man/One Woman For Life.

“If we redefine marriage, the homosexual political movement will force churches, schools, families, businesses and individuals to accept, to affirm, and even to celebrate those who participate in anal sex, or anal sodomy,” Dr. Hotze falsely announced on video. “It will be mandated to be taught to the children in the schools, at an early age, starting in kindergarten. They will be encouraged by their teachers to participate in anal sex.”

 

 

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Experts Sound Alarm as ‘Urgent and Heated’ Threats of Civil War Ramp Up Before Midterm Election

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According to a report from the New York Times, analysts and experts who follow online trends with regard to threats of political violence are warning the U.S. is moving into dangerous territory as the 2022 midterm election day grows closer.

As the Times’ Ken Bensinger and Sheera Frenkel wrote, there have been upticks in calls for a civil war since the FBI initiated a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort seeking stolen government documents and then again when President Joe Biden called the former president and “MAGA Republicans” a threat to “the very foundations of our republic.”

Following the Mar-a-Lago search, “civil war’ talk on conservative social media platforms more than doubled and now “experts are bracing for renewed discussions of civil war, as the Nov. 8 midterm elections approach and political talk grows more urgent and heated.”

“Polling, social media studies and a rise in threats suggest that a growing number of Americans are anticipating, or even welcoming, the possibility of sustained political violence, researchers studying extremism say. What was once the subject of serious discussion only on the political periphery has migrated closer to the mainstream,” the report states before adding, “Social media platforms are rife with groups and boards dedicated to discussions of civil war. One, on Gab, describes itself as a place for ‘action reports,’ ‘combat vids’ and reports of killed in action in ‘the civil war that is also looking to be a 2nd American Revolution.'”

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According to Robert Pape, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, “What you’re seeing is a narrative that was limited to the fringe going into the mainstream.”

Kurt Braddock, an American University professor who studies the recruitment techniques of fringe groups claimed the former president is not helping matters.

“Ideas go into echo chambers and it’s the only voice that’s heard; there are no voices of dissent,” he explained before warning, “The statements Trump makes are not overt calls to action, but when you have a huge and devoted following, the chances that one or more people are activated by that are high.”

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‘Oddest’: Legal Experts Mock Trump’s ‘Nutty’ and ‘Doomed to Fail’ Emergency Supreme Court Motion

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It weighs in at 240 pages but legal experts are still mocking Donald Trump’s emergency petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an 11th Circuit Court ruling and allow the special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents retrieved from him Mar-a-Lago home.

“Oddest SCOTUS petition. Very technical and not terribly logical,” observed Andrew Weissmann, an NYU School of Law law professor and former DOJ official who served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The motion was addressed to Justice Clarence Thomas,  who oversees the 11th Circuit courts. His wife, Ginni Thomas, is an avowed supporter of Trump and his “Big Lie” claims he won the 2020 election.

READ MORE: Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case

“SCOTUS should send him packing,” tweets former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now an MSNBC/NBC News legal analyst. “No surprise here, this was why he paid former Florida Solicitor General Chris Kise $3 million to sign on, no one else on his team could handle this.”

“Just watch SCOTUS turn Trump down 9-0. (Or 8-1 if Thomas dissents . . . ),” writes retired Harvard professor of law Laurence Tribe. “Will The Donald start calling ‘his’ three justices traitors? Will he say they have a ‘death wish’ as he did with McConnell?”

Weissmann took another hit at Trump’s Lawsuit, declaring it “nutty.”

“Trump argument to SCOTUS: 11th circuit had power to stay Cannon decision BUT it [could] not take the classified docs away from SM Dearie review. Nutty and if he won Dearie wd just say he won’t review the docs bc they are not Trump’s.”

University of Texas School of Law professor of law Steve Vladeck says that while the lawsuit is “not *entirely* laughable,” but he thinks “it’s both (1) doomed to fail; and (2) unlikely to accomplish much even if it succeeds.”

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says, “I would not be surprised if the Supreme Court decides not to hear it.”

 

 

 

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Intervene for Him in Classified Documents Case

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Donald Trump on Tuesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his classified documents case, and reverse a ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed the U.S. Dept. of Justice access to the more than 100 classified and top secret documents federal agents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence and resort.

Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to order a special master to continue to inspect the 103 classified documents, despite the special master emphatically stating the government, not Trump, gets to decide what is classified and what is not, especially when Trump refused to provide a list of what he considered declassified.

The lawsuit, which is a massive 240 pages, mostly made up of other documents including the now infamous FBI photo of the classified documents on the Mar-a-Lago rug, is addressed to “The Honorable Clarence Thomas, Circuit Justice for the Eleventh Circuit,” and refers to the former president as “President Trump.”

The lawsuit also mentions the contents that federal agents took, including “89 empty envelopes,” while not noting they were classified document envelopes.

“As part of the 11th Circuit’s decision, the panel allowed the criminal investigation to use the seized documents, something [Judge] Cannon had previously barred,” The Washington Post notes. “Trump’s filing seeks only to reverse the appeals court’s ruling on the special master’s access to the documents, not the part of the decision concerning the investigation.”

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

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