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Scott Walker Under Fire For Saying Boy Scouts Need To Be ‘Protected’ From Gay Adult Leaders

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Scott Walker likes to talk about how he is an Eagle Scout, but perhaps he should revisit the pledge he took before suggesting gays are pedophiles.

Scott Walker declared his candidacy for president this week and ever since he’s owned a good portion of the media spotlight. The 15th Republican to enter the race for the White House, Walker has either veered dramatically to the right – especially the religious right – or had hidden his extremist views from most of the public. Take your pick.

On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they are working toward removing their decades-old ban on gay adult Scout leaders, something sorely needed in Scouting. That decision and movement came from former U.S Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who served under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. Gates is now the head of the BSA.

Of course, to anti-gay religious extremists like Governor Walker, the news was not welcome.

Walker told one right wing news outlet that he is against the move, because boy scouts need to be “protected” from gay people, and allowing gay Scout leaders is bad for the “values” that Boy Scouts should be exposed to.

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“I was an Eagle Scout, my kids have been involved, Tonette (Walker) was a den mother,” Walker told IJReview.

“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values.”

Walker’s comments were also not welcomed by many on the left.

Almost immediately, the Democratic National Committee issued a statement, classifying the Wisconsin Republican governor’s comments as un-presidential.

“Last night Scott Walker told Sean Hannity that he’s ‘not going to change to fit the times.’ He’s proven that over and over, especially when it comes to his attitudes toward women and LGBT people,” TJ Helmstetter, DNC Midwest Press Secretary & Director of LGBT Media said via a statement. “His view that children were somehow more ‘protected’ when the Boy Scouts excluded gay leaders is offensive, outrageous, and out of touch. His comment is not worthy of someone running for president in this country.”

The Human Rights Campaign also unleashed its anger.

“Scott Walker’s suggestion that the Boy Scouts of America’s current discriminatory policy somehow ‘protects’ children from gay adults is offensive, outrageous, and absolutely unacceptable,” HRC President Chad Griffin said, also in a statement. “His comments imply that we represent a threat to the safety and well-being of young people. For a sitting governor and presidential candidate to make such a disgraceful claim is unconscionable. If Scott Walker is trying to get his merit badge in being shamefully irresponsible, he just earned it with flying colors.”

But Walker’s comments were also not embraced by at least some on the (center) right, like Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, who called it a “classless slap at gay men,” and accusing Walker of “pandering to the far right today.”

“Walker is making himself into a traditionally divisive Republican,” Rubin decided, scolding him with this:

Does he think children need “protection” from gay men? His wife’s cousin and his sons might want to explain how ludicrous and insulting that is.

Meanwhile, the fireworks on Twitter were even more spectacular:

 

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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