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UPDATED: Kim Davis’ Attorneys Refuse To Retract, Apologize For False Claim 100,000 Peruvians Rallied For Her

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No, despite repeated claims by Kim Davis’ attorneys, 100,000 Christians in Peru did not attend a prayer rally for Kim Davis, and they don’t seem like they’re going to apologize or admit they were wrong.

Editor’s note: See update at bottom.

Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver Saturday night told hundreds of conservatives attending Family Research Council Action’s Values Voter Summit Saturday night that 100,000 Christians in Lima, Peru held a prayer rally for Kim Davis.

Here’s the photo Staver claimed was proof of the prayer rally:

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When Zack Ford at ThinkProgress, working with Twitter user @DCHomos, thoroughly debunked Staver’s claim, he doubled down, issuing two press releases insisting the event took place.

While meetings of 70,000 to 100,000 Christians in a soccer stadium may shock people in the United States, they are much more common in Peru. Oftentimes such gatherings do not appear on traditional media any more than the weekly church services in the United States appear on television,’ Staver’s press release claimed.

Late Monday night, Ford and @DCHomos located and published the original source of the photo Staver insisted was proof of “the worldwide support expressed by Christians for Kim Davis.”

Posted by Movimiento Misionero Mundial en el Perú on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yes, a May, 2014 post to Facebook by the World Missionary Movement in Peru. May, 2014, and obviously nothing to do with Kim Davis, a year before she even came into the spotlight.

Matt Barber, who runs the viciously anti-gay website BarbWire and works with or has worked with Liberty Counsel had published an attack against Ford and Think Progress, but was forced to admit and apologize for his error: 

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But Liberty Counsel as of this writing is digging in its heels.

Its press release still remains on its website, and the only acknowledgment of ThinkProgress’ thorough and now repeated debunking of its false claim is this tweet, passing off all responsibility:

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Is it Liberty Counsel’s policy to merely repeat any claims told to them, without question or investigation, and then, refuse to apologize or correct the record when proven wrong?

If and when Liberty Counsel publicly acknowledges their claim was false and apologizes, we’ll update this post.

UPDATE: 12:15 PM Eastern –
As promised, we are updating this post with Liberty Counsel’s response, which as of this writing is not linked to their front page, where their original press release insisting the photo was real still exists.

It now appears that while prayer meetings did occur throughout Peru, the photograph presented to Mat Staver was an honest mistake and was of a different Christian assembly in a soccer field,” the statement, rather lengthy, reads, not mentioning the photo is more than a year old. “While people in Peru did pray on September 13, we have now learned that the photograph was not of the prayer meeting.”

Staver still insists “the photograph was an honest mistake.”

You’ll note that if you read the entire statement at Liberty Counsel’s website, it does not state that 100,000 people in Peru gathered together to pray for Kim Davis. Note, too, that there was no apology, nor likely, will there be any attempt to notify the hundreds of people Staver misrepresented the image to. Liberty Counsel is welcome to contact us with proof should they make that attempt.

 

EARLIER:

Liberty Counsel Totally Stands By Discredited Claim 100,000 Peruvians Rallied For Kim Davis

Did Kim Davis’ Attorney Lie That 100,000 Christians In Peru Gathered To Pray For Her?

 

Image: Screenshot via FRC Action/YouTube

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Religious Right Activists Petition Pompeo’s ‘Unalienable Rights’ Commission to ‘Make the Family Great Again’

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The commission created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reconsider U.S. human rights policy, ostensibly according to the principles of unalienable rights and a particular interpretation of natural law, held its most recent public meeting at the U.S. State Department on Friday, where the Ruth Institute’s Jennifer Roback Morse used the Q&A time to read a statement and submit a petition that urges President Donald Trump and Pompeo to “Make the Family Great Again.” Morse claimed that “the family itself has human rights.” Morse is essentially asking the commission to endorse the idea that the so-called “traditional family” has “fundamental” rights that equal or exceed those of individuals.

When the Commission on Unalienable Rights was created last year, anti-LGBTQ activist Brian Brown called it an “extraordinary opening to push for clear and consistent recognition of the natural family,” adding that it “gives us a forum to challenge American foreign policy that has in the past advanced the extreme agenda of the left that has been cloaked in the language of so-called human rights.”

The Ruth Institute started as a project of Brown’s National Organization for Marriage, so it’s not surprising that Morse shares his view about the potential for the commission to help them advance their anti-equality agenda. Morse’s petition signers include an array of U.S. and international anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ activists, including Gary Bauer, Janice Crouse, Robert George, Mike Huckabee, Alveda King, Rick Scarborough, and Sharon Slater. Among the signers from outside the U.S. is Levan Vasadze, the businessman and anti-LGBTQ activist who hosted the 2016 World Congress of Families global summit in the capital of Georgia, the former Soviet republic.

The petition urges the Commission on Unalienable Rights to “work for recognition of the following fundamental rights”:

  1. The right of every child to a relationship with his or her natural mother and father except for an unavoidable tragedy.
  2. The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents.
  3. The right to life from conception to natural death.
  4. The right of families to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values without being undermined by the state.

Human rights advocates, LGBTQ-equality activists, and others are concerned that the commission—dominated by conservative academics—was created to provide intellectual justification for bringing human rights advocacy in line with right-wing complaints about human rights “inflation.” And they worry that most commission members aim to put a right-wing interpretation of religious liberty into a top tier of rights that would exclude other rights recognized by the U.S. and the international community since the founding of the United Nations. The commission has been holding monthly public meetings, hearing from speakers expressing a range of views, and taking public questions. Its report is expected sometime this spring.

Pompeo and other Trump administration officials have also spent the past year mobilizing a new “pro-family” coalition of conservative and authoritarian governments designed to resist any international agreements or action by U.N. agencies that recognize reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality (which is deemed to be “anti-family”), and comprehensive sex education.

Morse claimed a few years ago that the goal of “radical feminists” and “sexual revolutionaries” was to expand the power of the state to take control over family life—and that they were using divorce and gay marriage to do it.

The Ruth Institute bills itself as “a global non-profit organization equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love.” It promotes “those who have walked away from a same sex lifestyle” and other “survivors of the sexual revolution.”

Morse’s statement at the State Department was promoted by One News Now, a news arm of the American Family Association.

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This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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Trump Butchers Language During Massive India Welcome Rally — as Crowd Walks Out on His Speech

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President Donald Trump butchered several Indian words during a speech on his first official visit to the country.

Trump addressed a massive public rally Monday in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and struggled to pronounce several words, reported BBC.

The U.S. president bungled his pronunciation of Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, and the name of Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda.

Trump, who entered to the music of Elton John, also called the Vedas — ancient Hindu texts — the “Vestas.”

BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.

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Carnival Celebration Includes Burning Effigy of Kissing Same-Sex Couple as Children Watch and Adults Applaud

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The town of Imotski in the mostly-Catholic country of Croatia is getting attention after its leaders decided to burn an effigy of a same-sex couple kissing, and holding a child, as part of a 150-year old annual carnival celebration.

As the video below shows, the figures of two men kissing were lit on fire, and were quickly engulfed by flames as adults cheered and applauded and young children stood and watched. Confetti was thrown, some of the children were unsure what to make of the hateful spectacle, and a few appeared excited. One little girl applauded and then quickly walked off. Several attendees, including children, filmed the event for posterity.

One of the figures burned “clearly showed the face of Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazic, who has campaigned in parliament for same-sex couples to be allowed to foster children,” BalkanInsight reports. “His character had also a red star on his forehead, the symbol of former communist Yugoslavia.”

One of the carnival organizers defended the choice of burning a same-sex couple.

“We remain conservative, sticking to tradition. Give the baby to a mother, as the saying goes. We think that’s right.”

But political leaders, including the country’s president, and activists are speaking out.

“The symbolic burning of same-sex partners with a foster child in Imotski is a sad, inhumane and totally unacceptable act in the guise of the ‘Bakova povorka’ festivities,” President Zoran Milanovic wrote on Facebook, according to Total Croatia News.

The organizers who staged this shameful event, in the name of tradition, deserve the strongest public condemnation because of the hatred they have demonstrated toward for others. Intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition,” he added, while pointing out that “many children watched this event, thus witnessing the spread of hatred and inciting violence.”

The nation’s Education Minister, Blazenka Divjak, and Economy Minister, Darko Horvat, also condemned the display.

“The scary scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” the Rainbow Family Association’s Daniel Martinovic said. “What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with lesbian mothers or gay fathers?”

Total Croatia News reports criminal charges will be brought against the carnival’s organizer.

Watch – the hateful act begins near the end of the video at about the 1:41:00 mark:

Hat tip: Towleroad

This article has been updated to include a more accurate translation.

 

 

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