Todd Starnes is back attacking LGBT people, delivering an anti-gay sermon that included a startling “celebrity” endorsement.
Todd Starnes ventured outside of New York City this weekend, back to his home state of Georgia to deliver a sermon at Augusta’sÂ Abilene Baptist Church. TheÂ Fox News religion reporter as he often does, tried to open on a light note before delving into the depravity of gay people and same-sex marriage.Â
Lamenting the lack of sweet tea in the Empire State, Starnes relayed his excitement upon landing and seeing “a Waffle House, a Cracker Barrel, and of course aÂ Chick-fil-A,” which the anti-gay reporter anointed “the official chicken of Jesus,” according to his Baptist
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After telling his audience that he believesÂ “the reason that God blessed America is because we know how to smoke a pork butt,”Â Starnes dropped the comedy act and launched into his anti-gay tirade.
“There is a war on religious liberty! he cried. “And this war is not targeting people of the Muslim faith or the Jewish faith or the Hindu faith. This war on religious liberty is targeting people of the Christian faith,” he warned. Starnes, who sees everything that does not fit into his personal Christian worldview as an attack on Christianity, earlier this year claimed thatÂ New York City’s decision to include two Muslim holidays on its school calendar is anti-Christian “discrimination.”
Christians “are on the verge of having our faith criminalized,”Â Starnes also told the audience.
“I believe that we are just a few short years away from the government imposing their will on Christian churches,” Starnes fear-mongered, ignoring the fact that “the government” is the American people. “And I believeÂ that pastors could find themselvesÂ at odds with the law of the land.”
He went on to insist that “the Supreme Court may have redefined marriage but God hasn’t redefined anything.”
Starnes, who is pro-confederate flag, added, “if you think the cultural purging of the ‘Dukes of Hazard’ has been breathtaking in recent days, wait until you see what they’re about to do to Christians.”
And, of course, he falsely characterized the State of Oregon’s decision in the Sweet Cakes by Melissa case.
“The Supreme Court decision now means that gay rights trump religious liberty,” Starnes falsely claimed, referring to the marriage ruling last month. “And churches and faith-based organizations must prepare for the lawsuits and government investigations that are on the way.”
And, then this insane statement:
“Pastors that refuse to perform gay marriages and preach from the Bible should prepare for hate crime charges,” the Fox News journalist insisted, despite the existence of the First Amendment. “All dissent will be silenced,” Starnes added, using his false classification of the Sweet Cakes decision to shore up his false analysis.
The Fox News reporter went on and on, claiming that four-year olds are being taught about “transgenderism,” mockingly announcingÂ that they may wake up as one gender but by third period feel like another.
And then he launched into a list of people who lost their jobs, falsely classifying the reasons why to attack the LGBT community.
“The time has come for all of us to stand together with one voice!” Starnes preached. “They may demand to know the content of our prayers, they may try to shut down our bakeries, they may try to silence our voices, but we will not be silenced! We will not be intimidated!”
The amount of ignorance, hate, false statements, and fear-mongering Starnes packed into one speech is astonishing. The fact that his audience ate it up like aÂ Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich and waffle fries is the real tragedy.
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‘This Is for the People to Decide’: Jaw-Dropping CNN Supercut Lays Bare the GOP’s Stunning Hypocrisy on SCOTUS
As the battle over replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who died Friday from complications of pancreatic cancer — takes shape in Washington, D.C., Republican senators who previously refused to hold a vote on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick are now having their words thrown in their faces.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Saturday played a devastating supercut that features Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explaining why they would not vote on Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.
“I want you to use my words against me,” Graham said in 2016 — laying out what Cooper described as an “eerily similar” situation as the one currently playing out in Congress. “If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say, ‘Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,’ and you could use my words against me and you would be absolutely right.”
“We’re setting a precedent here today, Republicans are, that in the last year, at least of a lame duck eight-year term, I would say it’s going to be a four-year term, that you’re not going to fill a vacancy of the Supreme Court based on what we’re doing here today,” he added. “That’s going to be the new rule.”
In his own floor speech on the matter in 2016, McConnell likewise urged Congress to give the American people a say in the Supreme Court pick.
“The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country. So, of course, of course the American people should have a say in the court’s direction,” McConnell said.
Cruz — who was shortlisted by Trump as a potential SCOTUS pick earlier this month — also insisted in 2016 that Congress should not move to replace Scalia until after the election.
“I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term, Cruz said. “I would say that if it was a republican president.”
“President Obama is eager to appoint Justice Scalia’s replacement this year,” he continued. “But do you know in the last 80 years we have not once has the Senate confirmed a nomination made in an election year and now is no year to start. This is for the people to decide. I intend to make 2016 a referendum on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Of course, all three men have now signaled they’re much more likely in 2020 to jam a conservative Supreme Court justice down voters’ throats on the eve of an election. After President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that the Senate has an “obligation” select a replacement for Ginsburg, Graham said he “fully” understands where the president is coming from.
In case that statement seems vague, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman added: ”I will support President [Trump] in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg.”
And McConnell has also insisted “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
And in perhaps the least surprising flip-flop of all, Cruz on Saturday wrote an opinion piece for Fox News that outlined 3 reasons why the Senate must confirm Ginsburg’s replacement before election day. In it, he touted Trump’s “list of extremely qualified, principled constitutionalists who could serve on the Supreme Court” — which, of course, included himself — and argued that going into an election with an 8 person bench could trigger a constitutional crisis in the event of a contested election.
Amazing how now of the senators were concerned with such a problem when Obama appointed his nominee.
Watch the video below to see the blatant hypocrisy for yourself:
‘You Don’t See Any Hypocrisy?’ Chris Wallace Filets Tom Cotton by Replaying His Merrick Garland Speech
Fox News host Chris Wallace accused Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) of hypocrisy on Sunday after he vowed to push forward with a vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in an election year.
“Why the rush to judgement?” Wallace asked Cotton after the senator promised a swift vote on President Donald Trump’s eventual nominee.
“We’re not going to rush,” Cotton insisted. “We not going to skip steps. We’re going to move forward without delay.”
Wallace reminded Cotton that President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
“Senate Republicans blocked the choice of Garland,” Wallace noted before playing a clip of Cotton defending the move at the time.
In the clip, Cotton notes that the country will have a new president “in a few short months.”
“Why would we cut off the national debate about this next justice?” Cotton says in the clip. “Why would we squelch the voice of the people, why would we deny the voters a chance to weigh in on the make up of the Supreme Court?”
Wallace continued following the clip: “Garland was nominated nine months before the election and you were saying then, nine months before the election, it was wrong to deny voters a chance to weigh in. So if it was wrong then nine months before the election, why is it OK now six weeks before the election?”
For his part, Cotton argued that Republicans won the Senate in 2014 to stop President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, and then he claimed that the current Republican Senate is in power to uphold nominations by President Donald Trump.
“You really don’t think there is any hypocrisy at all,” Wallace pressed, “in saying, we need to give voters — because you can parse the 2014 election, the 2018 election any way you want — but you stated a pretty firm principle in 2016 about Merrick Garland: It’s wrong to deny voters a chance to weigh in.”
“You don’t see any hypocrisy between that position then and this position now?” the Fox News host wondered.
“Chris, the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us,” Cotton opined.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls
President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”
He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.
Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.
CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.
Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.
Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.
Trump: I can see most likely it would be a woman, yeah I think I can say that. pic.twitter.com/1csAZefqUF
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 19, 2020
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