The Mormon Church is losing members, gay and straight, over its recent attack on LGBT families.
As expected, on Saturday, hundreds of Mormons rallied in a Salt Lake City park adjacent to the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, filled out forms, supported each other, and began the process of officially resigning from their church.
The Mormon Church is under fire after creating a new policy that declares people in same-sex relationships “apostates” subject to excommunication, and banning children raised by same-sex couples from being baptized.
AttorneyÂ Mark Naugle says he processed 1830 resignation letters on SaturdayÂ â€“ all pro-bono.
“All of your letters went out in today’s mail. 1830 (Eighteen hundred and thirty). Not all of those were from Saturday, but the majority were. You guys are the greatest! Thank you for standing up for what is right!!,” he wrote on a Facebook page that organized the mass resignation event.
Those resigning were people directly and indirectly affected by the Mormon Church’s new policies, which were published as updates to the Mormon Handbook and were not intended to be made public.
Some have posted responses they’ve received from the LDS ChurchÂ after mailing their resignation letters, like this one, which was sent before Saturday’s rally, apparently trying to make the resignation process harder:
Many who have resigned naturally are feeling a sense of loss. Brooke Swallow, one of the resignation event’s organizers, on Facebook wrote:
“Behind the scenes, many people who resigned yesterday are experiencing devastating sanctions from their Mormon families and neighbors. Please send words of encouragement!”
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On Saturday there will be another rally, the “Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, & Acceptance.”
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Trump’s Chilling Re-Election Calculus Is to Focus on Economy Instead of Lives Says Former Administration Official: Report
Two top Washington Post journalists are out with a stunning story Saturday morning, an inside look at President Donald Trump’s “risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis.”
Robert Costa and Philip Rucker took a deep dive into this week’s developments, writing that “in private discussions, the president has been driven much more by economic concerns, according to people involved in internal debates or briefed on them. Trump has long viewed the stock market as a barometer for his own reelection hopes, and he has been distraught at the meltdown in recent weeks. He has been inundated with calls from business leaders, wealthy supporters and conservative allies urging him to get Americans back to work and stave off further calamity, even if doing so carries health risks.”
Then, this chilling insight from a former Trump official:
“There’s a fatalism that no matter what he does, he’s going to get blamed by half of the country,” said a former senior administration official with knowledge of Trump’s thinking. “If there is something he has some measure of control over, which is the economy, why not potentially try to take action? Yes, there will be a death toll, and he’ll get blamed one way or another, but in all likelihood, whether he gets reelected or not will depend on where the economy is and where people’s perceptions of the economy are six months from now. That’s where he is primarily focused.”
Read the entire story here.
Image: Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour via Flickr
Hours After Announcing He Invoked the Defense Production Act for Ventilators Trump Backtracks – for the Second Time Today
President Donald Trump once again is bowing to corporate America and vacillating on using the full force of the law to save American lives.
Two hours after the White House issued a statement announcing President Trump had invoked the Defense Production Act, directing General Motors to produce ventilators (quantity, timeline, and cost not announced), Trump is again backtracking – for the second time in as many hours.
After the White House press statement, Trump sat at the Resolute Desk, telling reporters in the Oval Office, “I’ve enacted the Act, we’ve used it three of four times.” That’s false. He had never officially used the law.
“We did activate it with respect to General Motors,” he continued, announcing he has ordered the car company to produce ventilators. He added, “maybe we won’t need the full activation we’ll find out.”
That’s not how the law works.
And now, at his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump again backtracked.
“This invocation of the DPA should demonstrate clearly to all that we will not hesitate to use the full authority of the federal government to combat this crisis. We thought we had a deal for example with General Motors and I guess they thought otherwise. They didn’t agree, and now they do, they do agree, and I think we might be able to pull it,” he said, referring to his direction under the DPA to GM to make ventilators.
Proving he has no intention of actually using the law, Trump scolded the $137 billion multinational corporation: “We let them know how we felt, and they can’t be doin’ that.”
It is unclear if Trump will actually use the law, as intended, to mandate GM produce the life-saving equipment. There appears to be no contract, no order, no number of ventilators to be produced, nor at what cost. There also appears to be no specifications, and no timeline as to how many are to be delivered when.
Minutes later, talking about ventilators being made, Trump says, “Hopefully General Motors will join the fray.”
He did not explain why he said “hopefully.”
Later, Trump explains that he doesn’t want to “get ripped off on price,” then says: “So General Motors, we’ll see what happens.”
Trump Again Claims He’s Invoked the Defense Production Act – Then Backtracks Saying ‘Maybe We Won’t Need’ to Fully Use It
President Donald Trump Friday afternoon announced he has invoked the Defense Production Act to require GM to produce vitally-needed life-saving ventilators. But it’s not the first time has and his administration have claimed the DPA was being used to require the production of critical equipment, nor is it being used as it should be.
In announcing he had finally invoked it, to force GM to make ventilators they already have announced they will produce, Trump immediately backtracked, nonsensically saying he might not need to fully use the law.
“I’ve enacted the Act, we’ve used it three of four times,” Trump said, which is a lie, claiming “the companies came through in the end they didn’t need the Act.”
That’s not how the law works.
“It’s been great leverage I have instituted it against General Electric, we thought we had a deal for 40,000 ventilators,” Trump claimed, which again is false, it was for 20,000.
“We did activate it with respect to General Motors and hopefully – maybe we won’t need the full activation we’ll find out,” he said, after calling the car company “General Electric.”
Here’s Trump saying of the Defense Production Act that “I have instituted it against General Electric,” then saying 30 seconds later that “we did activate it with respect to General Motors” 🙃 pic.twitter.com/VyvXBJa6l0
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 27, 2020
Every day that went by that theDPA remained unused is a day in the future more people will die, literally unable to breathe due to an insufficient number of ventilators across the nation.
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