Discredited anti-gay researcherÂ Mark Regnerus is still respected in some circles, like at this week’s virulently anti-gay World Congress of Families.
The World Congress of Families is this week. For four days over 100 professional anti-gay activists will speak to thousands of people converging in Salt Lake City from all over the globe. Why? They’re meeting to undermine LGBT civil rights and to advance a virulently anti-gay agenda steeped in religious extremism.
Mark Regnerus, the University of Texas researcherÂ whose anti-gay “study” was thoroughly discredited by many sources, including in well over 75 articles byÂ The New Civil Rights Movement, spoke this afternoon to WCF attendees.
Regnerus was asked if he would support a policy of cutting welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, orÂ Medicare from single parents, including unwed mothers, in an effort to force them to marry.
His answer? Yes.
AcknowledgingÂ that he is not a policy analyst, Regnerus weighed some of the pros and cons â€“Â never once mentioning that the actual effect would be to literally take food out of hungry children’s mouths, and to increase the rate of disease and poverty among the most needy in society.
In a video captured by journalist Eric Ethington, Regnerus notes how difficultÂ it is to “stimulate marriage” among “people who are on social welfare and not married to the father of theirÂ children.”
“It’s plausible,” Regnerus responded, adding that there would be challenges like identifying who is in the household.
“Your policy is not a bad one, moving people toward marriage, we want to do that,” he said supportively, adding he was unsure if it would work.
In short, Regnerus had no issue with putting the most vulnerable among society into even more drastic circumstances, merely to advance his (and the questioner’s) idea of an ideal social structure.Â
There’s an underlying assumption among those who advocate for (one man, one woman only)Â marriage that unmarried people, especially those raising children, somehow don’t want to marry but should, for the good of society, as opposed to accepting that some people don’t want to marry, or have married and have lost a spouse to death or divorce, but somehow should be penalized for that.
These policies also target LGBT people and spouses of members of the military at much higher rates.
Here is the video with Regnerus’ remarks:
Image: Screenshot via Eric Ethington/YouTube
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Online Database Has 426 Videos of Police Attacking George Floyd Protestors
The nationwide protests against police violence have created numerous instances of police violence. As hundreds of thousands have non-violently protested without incident, they’re capturing police attacks against demonstrators on camera, and now there’s a database where you can watch them all.
Lawyer T. Greg Doucette and mathematician Jason Miller have placed these clips into a public Google Sheet entitled “GeorgeFloyd Protest – police brutality videos on Twitter.” It contains links to at least 426 videos of police violence committed in cities across the United States.
“[The videos] come in from a variety of spots, but the vast majority are sent via DM. I’ve got nearly 1,000 unopened DMs at this point plus ppl I’ve already talked with sending me more,” Doucette told Vice News.
Doucette makes sure to verify the time and place of each video so he doesn’t re-circulate old footage from years ago.
The importance of cataloging such videos is that they counter police narratives about police being provoked into violence or lies about protestors being injured after “tripping” or “resisting arrest.” After all, if it weren’t for the now-viral video of George Floyd having his neck kneeled on by police, the national public might not be rallying in such large numbers in the first place.
“I’m a political “anti-state” conservative, and police brutality angers me on a visceral level,” Doucette said. “People need to understand that what they’re seeing now is *normal.* It happens several times a week, every week, every year, for years now. It’s not a one-off; it’s cultural rot and flagrant lawlessness.”
Police attacks against journalists have also been increasing since the Floyd protests began. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now suing on behalf of journalists assaulted by police. In 2018, the U.S. was named as one of the top five most dangerous countries for journalists to work by the organization Journalists Without Borders.
The U.S. Marine Corps Will No Longer Allow Racist Confederate Flags at Their Bases
On Friday evening, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) released guidelines banning the Confederate Flag at any of its domestic or foreign military installations, including bases, training, operating, and storage facilities.
In an image explaining the new guidelines published on Twitter, the USMC wrote, “The Confederate battle flag has all too often been co-opted by violent extremist and racist groups whose divisive beliefs have no place in our corps. Our history as a nation, and events like the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, highlight the divisiveness the use of the Confederate battle flag has had on our society. This presents a threat to our core values.”
The USMC now forbids any display of the flag on bumper stickers, clothing, mugs, posters, flags and in any other forms.
Today, the Marine Corps released guidance on the removal of public displays of the Confederate battle flag.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) June 6, 2020
Since confederate flags are hate symbols flown by states that fought for the right to own black people as slaves. While some people claim that the confederate flag is merely a symbol of southern “heritage, not hate,” it was re-popularized in the U.S. by white southerners who opposed racial integration.
The USMC’s decision comes alongside decisions by leaders across the U.S. to scrap similar monuments dedicated to racist confederates in light of the ongoing protests against racism in policing and the judicial system.
Texas GOP Leaders Call George Floyd’s Death a Hoax and MLK a Monkey
Leaders of the Republican Party in Texas have been publishing conspiracy theories and racist posts on social media in response to the national protests against anti-Black policing. Amid calls for them to step down, all have refused.
Bexar County Republican Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm posted a now-deleted Facebook post in which she claimed George Floyd’s May 25 death was actually a “staged event” to spark opposition to President Donald Trump.
In her post Brehm wrote, “I think there is at the very least the ‘possibility’ that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge in the growing group of anti deep state sentiment from common people that have already been psychologically traumatized by Covid 19 fears.”
— Gilbert Garcia (@gilgamesh470) June 3, 2020
There’s absolutely zero proof whatsoever that Floyd’s murder was a fabricated hoax—he was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he begged for his life.
Nueces County GOP Chair Jim Kaelin shared her post, calling it an “interesting perspective.” Harrison County GOP chair Lee Lester shared her post as well as “food for thought.”
It’s worth noting that on May 22, Brehm claimed that Democrats were overemphasizing coronavirus just to hurt Trump.
Similarly, Comal County GOP Chair Sue Piner, posted a message with an image of Jewish billionaire and political reformer George Soros which read, “I pay white cops to murder black people. And then I pay black people to riot because race wars keep the sheep in line.”
Elsewhere, Keith Nielsen, the GOP chairman-elect in Harris County, posted an image on Facebook showing a Martin Luther King Jr. quote — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — on a background with a banana. Associating Black people with apes and monkeys is a long-used racist trope to insult Black people as sub-human wild animals.
In response to calls for him to resign, Nielsen wrote, “It is unfortunate that the sentiment of the quote and my admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been overshadowed by people’s misinterpretation of an image… My hope is I will continue to be part of the solution and never part of the problem.”
He didn’t explain why his image had a banana in it.
Republicans in Texas and in the U.S. Congress have said that the GOP leaders who made the racist posts should step down. None of the GOP leaders have said that they will.
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