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Anti-Gay Activist: Christians Need ‘Militant, Warrior Mentality’ To Defeat ‘Satanic’ LGBT Movement

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Dr. Steve Hotze Claims Caitlyn Jenner Would Have Been Locked Up 30 Years Ago for Being Transgender

Anti-LGBT Houston activist Dr. Steve Hotze says Christians need to adopt a “militant, warrior mentality” to defeat the “wicked, evil, satanic” LGBT rights movement. Hotze also says that 30 years ago, Caitlyn Jenner would have been “locked up” for being transgender. 

Hotze, who was a top donor to the campaign to defeat Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), made the comments Monday night during a “Take Back Our Party” rally in Pasadena, Texas. 

The rally was one of several organized across the state by anti-LGBT attorney and former Houston GOP chair Jared Woodfill, who served as spokesman for the anti-HERO campaign. According to Woodfill, the rallies are designed to “recruit, train and empower” Republicans interested in returning the Texas GOP to the “core values” defined in its platform. (Among other things, the 2014 Texas GOP platform endorses so-called “reparative therapy” and describes homosexuality as “a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”)

In addition to Hotze and his Conservative Republicans of Texas, sponsors of the rallies include Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz and Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams. According to The Houston Press, only about 25 people — mostly older and white — attended Monday’s rally at Greater Harvest Church in Pasadena. And although Hotze didn’t wield a sword, as he did at an anti-gay rally this summer where he declared war on “homofascists,” his anti-LGBT rhetoric was equally violent in nature. 

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“I think what we’re missing in the Christian church today is a militant, warrior mentality,” Hotze told the crowd. “I know Jesus said not to take up arms, but I take the Old Testament literally. … They want to force us to celebrate homosexuality and other perverted acts — that’s all they think about. What has our society come to when Bruce Jenner puts on a dress and goes on the ESPN and gets an award for courage?”

The Houston Press reports that Hotze then deepened his voice for an impression of Jenner: “Uh, I’m Caitlyn Jenner, uh, yeah.” 

“Thirty years ago, they would have locked Jenner up,” Hotze said. “These people are crazy as a bedbug. This is a wicked, evil, satanic movement. They want to recruit, brainwash our children, right when the hormones start kicking in. I know, I’m a doctor. We’ve got sick, sexually perverted presidents. Then we’ve got the Muslim problem, which is one thing I like about Dan, uh, Dan, uh, Dan, uh, Donald Trump. If you know about that religion, then you know they want you to do what they want you to do or they’ll cut your head off! We need people to stand up against this absurd, ungodly tomfoolery. We’re putting on a full-court press. We’re challenging 35 seats to say enough is enough. We’re going to do everything we can to take them down.”

In an email Sunday publicizing the rally, Hotze attacked current GOP Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who’s frequently targeted by right-wingers for being too liberal — and yes, not anti-LGBT enough. Before becoming speaker, Straus voted in favor of both the state’s marriage amendment and a proposed ban on gay foster parents. However, Hotze and others blame Straus and his leadership team for the defeat of more than 20 anti-LGBT bills in last year’s legislative session. 

“Speaker Joe Straus and his RINO lieutenants, members of the Homosexual Political Movement (LGBT and Log Cabin Republicans), their corporate business donors and pro-Muslim sympathizers are organizing and spending millions of dollars to drive Christian conservatives and their values out of the Texas Republican Party,” Hotze wrote.

“I am not going to tell you that if this liberal, secular cabal has its way, then the criminalization of Christianity will be the order of the day,” Hotze continued – suggesting that is exactly what he would say. 

Woodfill, meanwhile, is running for state party chair after he lost his re-eletion bid in Houston in 2014, and for him the rallies appear to be thinly disguised campaign events. Woodfill is challenging incumbent Texas GOP chair Tom Mechler, who once said he’d cancel his subscription if the local newspaper published a photo of a gay couple kissing. Apparently, that’s just not “militant” enough. 

At the end of his speech at Monday’s rally, Hotze reportedly wondered why the church wasn’t full. 

“I sent out mail and thousands of robocalls … we gotta get more soldiers,” he said. 

 

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Federal Agencies Tapped Phones of Portland’s Racial Justice Protestors to Prove They’re Terrorists

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Two current officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have confirmed that the DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) during this summer’s racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon for a covert operation focused on “extracting information from protester’s phones.”

The officials told The Nation that a DHS colleague with expertise in electronic surveillance was sent to Portland as part of “an interagency task force” using a classified cell phone cloning attack to “intercept protesters’ phone communications.”

“Cell phone cloning involves stealing a phone’s unique identifiers and copying them to another device in order to intercept the communications received by the original device,” The Nation explains. It’s a tactic conducted to better understand your target, their network and their planning. The DEA is believed to have had a “special key” to help carry out the surveillance.

While it’s unclear who specifically was targeted by the surveillance, “They were abusing people’s rights,” one official said. The DHS hasn’t responded to congressional calls to explain the program either.

The officials quoted in The Nation’s article say that colleagues from the DHS were asked to “volunteer” to participate in the program, something departments do to conduct operations outside of the department’s official and legal capacity.

The overall goal, the officials state, was to substantiate thin claims by Attorney General William Barr that Antifa (anti-fascist) activists are receiving foreign sponsorship, something that is a necessary criterion to formally designate the group as a terrorist organization, something Trump vowed to do as recently as yesterday.

Considering that the U.S. has a long history of surveilling, harassing and possibly even killing racial justice activists since before the Civil Rights era, this newest program is hardly surprising, albeit still frightening.

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“Armed Militias to Intimidate Voters”: Donald Trump Jr.’s New Ad Recruits GOP “Army” to “Secure” Election

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The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appears in a social media video ad asking people to join an “army” to stop the “radical left” and their plan to “steal” the election. Nevermind, that Trump Sr. has already refused to ensure a peaceful transfer of power if he loses and has also said he can only lose if the vote is rigged.

Here’s the ad itself:

In the ad, Trump Jr. says:

“The radical left are laying the groundwork to steal this election from my father, President Donald Trump. They are planting stories that President Trump will have a landslide lead on election night but will lose when they finish counting the mail-in ballots. Their plan is to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election. We cannot let that happen.”

“We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation at defendyourballot.com. We need you to help us watch them, not just on Election Day but also during early voting and at the counting boards. President Trump is going to win. Don’t let them steal it. Go to defendyourballot.com and enlist today.”

While the actual website DefendYourBallot.com is just a Trump campaign get out the vote effort that doesn’t actually instruct supporters to monitor polling places or post offices, one tech culture website said the “ads incite armed militias to intimidate voters.” Keep in mind, Trump Sr. has already promised to deploy thousands of law enforcement officials to polling places on Election Day, a move that will discourage voting by people with a distrust of police.

Considering the numerous armed protesters at anti-lockdown rallies during the start of the COVID-19 epidemic and Trump Sr.’s repeated lie that Democrats want to abolish the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, it’s easy to see how Donald Jr.’s appeal could inspire right-wing gun nuts to “monitor” polling places and post offices by scaring voters, poll workers, and postal delivery people by challenging anything that looks even remotely suspicious to them.

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“A Direct Attack on Millions of Americans”: Reactions to Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination

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Yesterday, The New York Times announced that President Donald Trump has chosen far right-wing religious extremist, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to be his third Supreme Court pick.

Although Trump won’t make his official announcement until 5 p.m. ET today, reactions against Barrett have already started rolling in. Here’s a growing sample voicing concern over her hypocritical and extremist positions:

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