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Open Letter To Ted Cruz Spokesman Rick Tyler Who Says His Boss Doesn’t Pander On Same-Sex Marriage

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Ted Cruz panders to high-money donors on same-sex marriage, which is disgusting considering what he tells homeschooling moms about gay people.

Ted Cruz is a politician, plain and simple. That would be OK if Ted Cruz didn’t pretend he wasn’t, that he is just a Washington outsider who has a consistent message that’s based on the Bible (as frightening as that sounds.)

Today, Cruz is in hot water after Politico leaked audio of Cruz telling high-money Manhattan donors at a Madison Avenue white shoe law firm that fighting same-sex marriage isn’t even on his top three list of priorities.

Cruz today told an audience that it’s no big deal, what he said in the audio is what he’s said all along on TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPWMwcXV9y8

And just now, Cruz for President campaign spokesperson Rick Tyler took to MSNBC to try to slither his boss out of a mess that Cruz is claiming doesn’t even exist.

Cruz says what he told the donors behind closed doors is exactly what he’s said publicly on TV. Tyler challenged viewers to Google Cruz’s comments, and I agree, they should. In fact, let me save you all the trouble.

Sure, Cruz has told the late night hosts that he’s all about the Constitution, and that marriage is a states’ rights issue (which it’s not, but that’s not the issue at hand.)

But what Tyler and his boss won’t tell MSNBC viewers, or anyone else today, is what Ted Cruz tells audiences who wholly support his theocratic beliefs.

Take, for example, what Cruz told a group of Christian homeschooling parents back in April, when the national debate was over so-called “religious liberty” bills designed to write anti-gay discrimination into law.

LOOK: Ted Cruz’s Top 10 Anti-Gay Statements

“We look at the jihad that is being waged right now, in Indiana, and in Arkansas,” Cruz preached, “going after people of faith who respect the biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

In other words, gay people, Cruz said, are waging a jihad – which is an Arabic word for war against non-believers of Islam – against Christians.

I dare Ted Cruz to go on Seth Meyers’ show, or Stephen Colbert’s, or even on Fox News, and repeat those words. Even the majority of people who are opposed to same-sex marriage don’t see gay people who want to marry as – to use one of Cruz’s other favorite phrases – “radical Islamic terrorists.”

LOOK: So, Ted Cruz Has Something To Say About The Supreme Court’s Marriage Announcement…

I also dare Ted Cruz to go on national television and admit to the world that last month he accepted the invitation of a Christian pastor who has repeatedly called for gays to be executed, because, Jesus. Pastor Kevin Swanson has said, Bible in hand, that gays are worthy of death. Cruz knew this quite well even before he stood on stage with Pastor Swanson at the National Religious Liberties Conference. Swanson also said that AIDS is “God’s retribution.”

Will Ted Cruz also go on national television and admit his own father, whom he has said is his top advisor, claimed back in October that the next step on the agenda of LGBT activists is to legalize pedophilia?

And I dare Ted Cruz to go on national TV and repeat these words that he said on right wing radio, that “the modern Democratic Party” has “gotten so extreme and so radical in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they’ve decided there’s no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment,” and calling same-sex marriage one of “the greatest threats we’ve ever seen…to religious liberty in America.”

I could go on and on, but I’ve made my point. Yes, Ted Cruz is a pandering religious fanatic. What he says on the late night talk shows or in polite company is one thing. He’s just a “constitutionalist,” who thinks social issues are for the states to decide.

Bull.

Mr. Tyler, I dare you to get you boss to tell all of America what he says about gay people and same-sex marriage when he’s among friends, like the Christian homeschooling parents.

You’ve nothing to worry about. Your boss definitely hates gays more than probably any other GOP presidential candidate in this race. 

 

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Suggests July 4 Mass Shooting Was a False Flag ‘Designed to Persuade’ GOP to Support Gun Control

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has promoted several very different responses over the past few hours to the July 4 mass shooting that left seven people dead, scores injured, and a two-year-old boy orphaned.

The Republican from Georgia went from promoting the right wing’s latest talking points, that antidepressants are to blame for the massacre, and demanding to see the alleged shooter’s medical records, to claiming it “sounds like” a false flag operation, “designed to persuade Republicans to go along with” gun control.

“Now, here’s what I have to say,” Greene declared on her podcast. “I mean, two shootings on July 4, one in a rich white neighborhood and the other at a fireworks display.”

(There were 218 shootings on July 4, according to information from the Gun Violence Archive.)

“Almost sounds like it’s designed to persuade Republicans to go along with more gun control,” she announced, strongly suggesting false flag operations. Police have offered no indication anyone except the alleged shooter planned the Independence Day massacre, and have said he spent weeks doing so.

“I mean, after all, remember we didn’t see that happen at all the Pride parades in the month of June,” she lamented angrily, ignoring all the right-wing violence at Pride celebrations this year.

“But as soon as we hit MAGA month, as soon as we hit the month that we’re all celebrating – loving our country,” she said, implying Democrats don’t love America and don’t celebrate Independence Day, “we have shootings on July 4. I mean, that’s a, you know, that would sound like a conspiracy theory, right? Of course. But what’s the definition of a right-wing conspiracy theory? Well, by the way, it’s the news that’s just six-months early.”

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Antidepressants, Pot, and Women to Blame for Horrific July 4 Mass Shooting According to Tucker Carlson

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Barely hours after authorities announced charges against the 21-year-old police believe shot and killed seven people and wounded scores of others at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, Tucker Carlson explained to his Fox News audience why Robert Crimo allegedly committed mass murder: women, marijuana, and antidepressants, along with a life filled with pornography, video games, and social media.

Experts disagree.

Carlson said Crimo seems “like a nutcase,” but he “he didn’t stand out, maybe because there’s a lot of young men in America who suddenly look and act a lot like this guy.”

“That’s not an attack, it’s just true,” Carlson insisted, as Media Matters reports. “Like Crimo, they inhabit a solitary fantasy world of social media, porn, and video games. They are high on government-endorsed weed. ‘Smoke some more! It’s good for you,'” he mocked.

“They’re numbed by the endless psychotropic drugs that are handed out at every school in the country by crackpots posing as counselors,'” Carlson claimed, apparently referring to antidepressants, also known as SSRIs. School counselors, unless they are also MDs, cannot prescribe SSRIs.

(SSRIs are prescribed for “depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, migraine (prophylaxis), and other conditions.”)

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Then Carlson arrived at the root of what he determined drives these young men, presumably these young men who kill.

Carlson, who has been labeled a “white nationalist,” and a “white supremacist,” neglected to mention the young men who are pulling the trigger at mass shootings are almost always white.

Instead, he says, “they are angry.”

Why?

Because, Carlson declares, “the authorities in their lives — mostly women — never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege. ‘You’re male! You’re privileged.’ Imagine that. Try to imagine an unhealthier, unhappier life than that. So, a lot of young men in America are going nuts. Are you surprised?”

Meanwhile, very little is known about the shooter. It is not known if he’s taking antidepressants, using pot, has a mother who attacks him for his privilege, or uses porn. But Carlson and others at Fox News are suggesting to viewers they know why he flooded more than 70 rounds into an Independence Day parade.

There have been 320 mass shootings in America this year – and we’re only on day 187.

The nation has suffered 22,583 deaths from guns just this year alone. That’s 120 deaths on average every day.

Despite those numbers, the vast, vast majority of people taking antidepressants, or using pot or porn, are not pulling the trigger in a mass shooting.

Carlson points to no statistics to show women “never stop lecturing them about their so-called privilege.”

In fact, he offers up no statistics, no proof at all of any of his claims.

Same with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who blames the mass shooting on pot.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene quickly dredged up the “psychiatric drugs” allegation less than 24 hours after the shooting started.

“What drugs and/or psychiatric drugs was he on for his mind to be ruined in alternate reality games that caused him to commit a mass shooting? His parents know. The police know. School, arrest, hospital records? The public DESERVES to know.,” she tweeted.

Dr. Sherry Pagoto is a licensed clinical psychologist, social media researcher, professor at the University of Connecticut, and Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media. She’s also the former president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

And she’s pushing back against the SSRI blame game.

“Psychologist here,” writes Dr. Pagoto. “Yep. And far more women take SSRIs than men and yet women never commit mass shootings. The SSRI hypothesis has absolutely no scientific support. Quite the contrary, SSRIs save lives.”

In 2019 Politifact looked at the “dubious claim that psychiatric drugs fuel mass shootings?” The fact-checking group talked with six medical experts, with one explaining “that in her view there is no evidence that psychiatric medicine is linked to mass shootings.”

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RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM

Christian Right Facing ‘Credibility’ Issues — Just as They Try to Force Their Will on Everyone Else: Analyst

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On Tuesday, writing for MSNBC’s ReidOutBlog, Ja’han Jones outlined how the Christian Right is facing renewed moral scrutiny and a crisis of “credibility” — at exactly the moment they have captured the Supreme Court and have begun striking down rights and protections they have long declared to be counter to moral society.

Specifically, he argued, the latest rash of sex abuse allegations against conservative Christian institutions puts their moral authority on the line.

The Catholic Church has long faced criticism for overlooking and shielding priests accused of molesting children — but now, noted Jones, other denominations are coming under scrutiny for similar alleged misconduct.

“First, there’s the scandal still unfolding at Agapè Boarding School, a Christian facility for young men in Missouri that’s facing a slew of child abuse allegations. Agapè pitches guardians on its ability to ‘biblically teach your child the importance of submission to authority and the joys of being an obedient law-abiding citizen,'” wrote Jones. “The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been investigating Agapè for systemic child abuse for more than a year now. On Monday, The Daily Beast reported new details about several students who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually abused and beaten by workers at the school.”

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“That alleged culture of abuse sounds similar to the one victims say was fostered by the Southern Baptist Convention, an ultraconservative denomination of Christian nationalists,” wrote Jones. “In May, church leaders released a report showing hundreds of pastors and church workers have been accused of sexual abuse. The SBC, which is in ideological lockstep with the conservative movement, has since released the names of pastors it says were accused between 2000 and 2019. When the news dropped, SBC President Ed Litton said in a statement there ‘are not adequate words to express my sorrow at the things revealed in this report,’ and that Southern Baptists ‘must resolve to change our culture and implement desperately needed reforms.'”

All of this, he noted, comes as many right-wing Christian organizations are claiming that their hate speech and discrimination against LGBTQ people is in the name of “defending children.” And this is “an impossible sell when the worlds they operate appear even more broken than the one they want to ‘fix.'”

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