Fox News Religion Reporter Anoints Chick-fil-A Official Chicken Of Jesus
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
@Clarknt67 @toddstarnes @ChickfilA @FoxNews Chick-Fil-A is clearly what the Bible calls an “abomination.” pic.twitter.com/t2NJjMf2bd
â€” DG (@DevinGoldenberg) July 13, 2015
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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Hat tip and video: David Edwards atÂ Raw Story
Image: Screenshot via Abilene Baptist Church/Vimeo
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
Image by Elvert Barnes via Flickr and a CC license
Trump Trial Could Go Well Into the 2024 Election – Or Possibly Even Past It: Former Prosecutor
Donald Trump, and all of America, could spend the next 18 months – or longer – engrossed in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s trial of the ex-president, and that could bring the trial close to Election Day.
That’s according to a former prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, Charles Coleman, who is now a civil rights attorney and MSNBC legal analyst.
Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, “How long typically might a case like this take?” Coleman offered a two-tiered answer.
“A case like this is usually going to take a year or a year and a half,” Coleman said.
That could be through September of 2024.
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“Wow,” a surprised Jansing replied. “So it’s going right up into the campaign.”
“Absolutely,” agreed Coleman. “But it’s important to understand I said a case ‘like this.’ This particular case, I expect may take longer because I am anticipating a number of different legal maneuvers by Donald Trump’s defense team.”
That theoretically means into October of 2024, or longer.
“I do see motions to dismiss at a number of different terms, more likely than not to the point that the judge probably will ultimately end up admonishing them and telling them stop filing motions to dismiss. I think that that’s going to happen,” Coleman explained.
“I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, I do believe that we are going to see an attempt to try to change the venue, in this case outside of somewhere in the five boroughs. All of that is going to extend the time deeper and deeper into election season.”
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Reuters agrees, reporting Friday morning, “any potential trial is still at minimum more than a year away, legal experts said, raising the possibility that the former U.S. president could face a jury in a Manhattan courtroom during or even after the 2024 presidential campaign, as he seeks a return to the White House.”
And because “Trump’s case is far from typical,” Reuters notes, his trial could extend “past Election Day in November 2024.”
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