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Thousands To Quit Mormon Church Over New Anti-Gay Decree – Public Mass Resignation Event Saturday

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Thousands of Mormons are leaving their faith after the LDS Church last week attacked same-sex families, including their children. 

The Mormon Church’s decree last week that people in same-sex relationships are now apostates and their children cannot be baptized without literally denouncing and distancing themselves from their parents has had devastating effects on LGBTQ Mormons and their families.

First, there has been a spike in calls to suicide prevention groups, and the mother of a transgender teen says she’s “aware of a couple of suicides that have happened.”

Kate Kendell, the well-respected executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which is one of the nation’s most-effective LGBT civil rights organizations, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday, announcing she is leaving the Mormon Church.

Kendell blames the LDS Church’s “gratuitously cruel and stigmatizing treatment of children” in its latest anti-LGBT move for pushing her “to disavow the church” of her childhood.

“It is impossible for me to be a part of a religion that would attack its own members and punish them by denying their children involvement in the church. The move is as clever as it is draconian. Members seeking to live lives of integrity as openly LGBT people must not only leave the church, but take their children with them. It requires a particular streak of evil genius to manufacture such a ‘Sophie’s choice.'”

Kendell is not the only one denouncing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and leaving it over its latest attack on the LGBT community.

Nearly 1000 Mormons in Salt Lake City have signed up on Facebook to announce that on Saturday they will march around the Church’s Temple Square and mail letters of resignation to the LDS Church – formally leaving the church – in protest of its attack on LGBT families. Since leaving the Church can be a tricky enterprise, far different from leaving other faiths, attorney Mark Naugle will be on hand to assist.

Naugle tells KIVI-TV he is also processing the resignations of 1400 other Mormons in addition to those planning on attending Saturday’s mass resignation.

 

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‘Contempt of Congress Is Illegal’ Declared One of Trump’s Newest Attorneys – Just Days Before the House Voted to Impeach

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One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.

“Contempt of Congress is illegal,” said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.

The Washington Post’s Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate could force Hunter Biden and others to testify or face prosecution for contempt of Congress, said former independent counsel Robert Ray, who was involved in the investigation that led to Clinton’s impeachment.

“The Senate has the power to compel witnesses. So, subpoenas would be enforceable. Contempt of Congress is illegal. I don’t know that they have the votes, as a political question,” Ray told The Daily Signal. 

That’s problematic for Trump, given his attorney has said the actions for which he is being charged are illegal.

Related: Internet Mocks Trump’s Choice to Have Pam Bondi, Alan Dershowitz, and Ken Starr Defend Him at Senate Impeachment Trial

Also problematic are these words: “No person is above the law, even the president of the United States.” Ray made that damning statement, as The New York Times reports, 20 years ago when Bill Clinton was the impeached president being tried by the Senate.

But if all that weren’t enough, proving just how bad a defense Ray has been spinning for Trump, his appearance on Fox News Business should have been an automatic “no” when Trump considered him.

On September 26, Ray told Maria Bartiromo there were not enough votes in the House, “yet,” to impeach Trump. Less than three months later Trump was impeached.

He also said, “impeachment to me is two things. You have to show both the high crime and misdemeanor, and you have to show an abuse of power.”

Trump was literally impeached for an abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Remember, Ray said “contempt of Congress is illegal,” and “you have to show an abuse of power.”

He seems to have been making the House’s arguments for them.

 

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‘Obsessed’ Trump Blasted for ‘Craven’ Decision to Gut Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch Rules on Her Birthday

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This Friday, the Trump administration announced that it will be rolling back school lunch standards on vegetables and fruits that were championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Hill reports.

The Agriculture Department said in a statement that the new standards will allow schools more flexibility “because they know their children best.”

But according to President Trump’s critics on Twitter, the move is just another vindictive attempt to reverse any and all accomplishments that came out of the Obama White House:

 

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Watch: Reince Priebus Reveals Trump’s Impeachment Defense Will Be ‘So What?’

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Fired former Trump White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has revealed what the president’s main impeachment defense will be starting next week when he is tried for the high crimes and misdemeanors of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“So what?”

That’s literally going to be the summation of all the allegations against a sitting president of the United States of America, the supposed leader of the free world.

“Sometimes the best defense is the ‘so what?’ defense. If everything the Democrats said is true, it’s still not impeachable. If everything Lev Parnas said is true, it’s still not impeachable. That’s what this is about,” Priebus, who Trump fired in 2017, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night.

Of course, Priebus is wrong. Constitutional scholars and legal experts will have no problem refuting that argument.

Related: Internet Mocks Trump’s Choice to Have Pam Bondi, Alan Dershowitz, and Ken Starr Defend Him at Senate Impeachment Trial

Call it the 21st century version of disgraced President Richard M. Nixon’s infamous “Well when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

(That is actually false. Illegal is illegal, regardless of whether or not the president is committing the crime, with very few exceptions – like disclosure of classified information.)

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent calls the new “so what?” defense “particularly ugly.”

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