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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Trump About to Toss His Brand New Director of National Intelligence to the Curb for Another Also Unqualified Nominee
Blowhard Anti-Gay Congressman Who Says ‘Democrats Are in Love With Terrorists’ Likely to Be Trump’s Top Intel Chief
Ambassador Richard Grenell had been President Donald Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence for less than a full day and already the disloyal president is preparing to toss him to the curb. Grenell has no qualifications for the role – by law the DNI must have “extensive national security expertise” – but he does hold one card that beats all the others: blind, obedient loyal to Trump.
That is all the president cares about when it comes to choosing the person who will be in charge of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and offices.
At 7:25 PM on Wednesday Trump officially made the announcement he was installing Grenell as acting DNI.
I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him. I would like to thank Joe Maguire….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020
Grenell, who is loathed by Germany, the country to which he serves as U.S. Ambassador, started his new job Thursday.
At 10:51 PM Thursday, barely 24 hours after announcing Grenell, Trump announced Grenell’s stint would be short.
Thank you to our great US Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, for stepping in to serve as acting DNI. I will be nominating a terrific candidate for the job very soon. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2020
Sure enough, on Air Force One Trump told reporters he is considering plucking the also bombastic U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia, and making him the latest DNI. Collins literally could be the third DNI in a week, although he will need to be Senate confirmed.
Many Americans likely are familiar with Collins, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee who throws temper tantrums for a living on national TV.
Here he is just last month saying “Democrats are in love with terrorists.”
.@RepDougCollins went on Fox News and claimed that Democrats are “in love with terrorists”
Republicans have crossed the line. This isn’t partisan politics. They are deliberately spreading misinformation to try & smear fellow Americans pic.twitter.com/yFCZyQU4xE
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) January 9, 2020
Congressman Collins, who is anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, and opposed the Violence Against Women Act, is running for an open Senate seat in Georgia. Trump and the GOP are backing his challenger, Kelly Loeffler.
Collins, like Grenell, doesn’t have to worry too much about being totally unqualified. He’s got that blind loyalty to Trump bit down pat:
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) February 17, 2020
Here’s how a few experts responding to the Collins news:
By law (50 USC 3023) and common sense, the DIrector of National Intelligence must have “extensive national security expertise.” Collins lacks such expertise, but so does new acting DNI Grenell, so if GOP senators don’t make a big fuss now they’ll be stuck with one or the other. https://t.co/d8AKFxKbQA
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) February 21, 2020
He’s just trying to make Ric Grenell look apolitical and qualified. Everything’s relative.
(In truth this might have been Moscow Mitch’s idea— he wants Collins out of the way in GA) https://t.co/2ewAbuJeAa
— Dan Baer (@danbbaer) February 21, 2020
Former CIA Director Sounds Alarm: ‘Trump Is Abetting a Russian Covert Operation to Keep Him in Office’
Former CIA Director John Brennan is sounding the alarm about the news that President Donald Trump not only knows that Russia is once again actively and currently working to attack the U.S. elections on his behalf, but is actively and currently working to prevent Congress and the American people from having that information.
And he’s calling it a “full-blown national security crisis.”
Brennan served as Director of CIA from 2013 to 2017. He also has served chief counterterrorism advisor to the president, Deputy National Security Advisor, and served at CIA as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as an analyst, and as a station chief.
If that’s not enough to establish his bona fides in intelligence and national security, Brennan served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, in addition to roles in the private sector.
“We are now in a full-blown national security crisis,” Brennan tweeted. “By trying to prevent the flow of intelligence to Congress, Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office for Moscow’s interests, not America’s.”
Brennan on Twitter Thursday night pointed to The New York Times’ bombshell report that unequivocally states a senior national intelligence official last week briefed House lawmakers about Russia’s ongoing attacks, and in response Trump fired her boss, his Director of National Intelligence.
The DNI is the singular person at the head of all 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies and offices.
Trump then installed an administration official to that post, his Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell. Grenell does not have the qualifications mandated by law to fill that post, but Trump installed him as acting Director of National Intelligence, so he will escape any Senate confirmation inquiries.
We are now in a full-blown national security crisis. By trying to prevent the flow of intelligence to Congress, Trump is abetting a Russian covert operation to keep him in office for Moscow’s interests, not America’s. https://t.co/Vj6lUV5ZNu
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) February 21, 2020
Russia Is Working to Re-Elect Trump, He Knows It, the Intel Community Knows It, and He’s Furious House Democrats Were Told
Russia is working to re-elect President Donald Trump. That should come as little surprise to many – it’s actually unclear they ever stopped attacking the U.S. elections – “meddling,” as far too many put it – since they began as far back as 2013, according to the U.S. intelligence community.
But the U.S. intelligence community knows Russia is working to help Trump. Trump knows Russia is working to help Trump. House Democrats were told last week Russia is working to help Trump. And now Trump is furious.
“Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected,” The New York Times, citing five sources, reports late Thursday afternoon. The newspaper adds that the “disclosure … angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.”
It’s unclear what Attorney General Bill Barr or the Dept. of Justice is doing about the Russian assault on the nation.
That briefing of House lawmakers exactly one week ago was done by the intelligence community’s top election security official, Shelby Pierson. In response, President Donald Trump Wednesday night fired her boss, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
In Maguire’s place the president installed a strong Trump loyalist, Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who has exactly zero qualifications for the role (there is actually a law requiring “extensive national security expertise”) which includes overseeing all 17 intelligence agencies and offices. Grenell will retain his position as Ambassador, showing Trump acted out of desperation to plug a massive leak.
So, Russia is once again attacking the U.S. to benefit Trump. Trump knows this, and he is doing everything he can to surround himself with those who will be loyal to him.
Just after the news of Grenell’s installation and Maguire’s conflagration came out, it was reported that Grenell is tied to Trump’s Ukraine extortion scheme.Here’s a quick Maddow take:
“During the situation that was going on with the Firtash case, Victoria [Toensing] called Ric Grenell…
“She basically asked him, if he sees any pressure coming from DOJ to extradite Firtash, if he could let us know. She told me he said he would.” https://t.co/WuJAf56DfV
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 19, 2020
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