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GOP Lawmaker Pushes ‘Religious Freedom’ To Kill Bill Allowing Gays Equal Adoption Rights

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Powerful Utah Republican Committee Chair Ensures Law Giving Different-Sex Couples Preferential Treatment Remains Intact

Republican State Rep. LaVar Christensen is the original sponsor of Amendment 3, Utah’s constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage. That amendment of course was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal court, and ultimately deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rep. Christiansen has not given up his war against LGBT people, however. In addition to creating an entirely new concept, “marriage sovereignty,” to “reserve” rights for the State of Utah over the federal government – rights against same-sex couples – in a bill that surely is as unconstitutional as was his same-sex marriage ban, Christiansen Wednesday managed to ensure a bill that would merely allow same-sex couples equal rights in adopting children, failed.

Christiansen is the powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Wednesday HB 234 failed in a 5-5 vote, thanks to Christiansen and four other Republicans. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Angela Romero, would merely have removed language from current adoption law that gives preferential treatment to different-sex couples, and allowed same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as all other couples.

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What a portion of the new law would like like had the bill passed

“I have a lot of constituents who are very loving parents. For us to deny them a right because of who they love is ridiculous,” Romero told her Judiciary Committee colleagues during the vote, the Deseret News reports.

Christiansen, however, has chosen to interpret the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell as simply confined to marriage, and no other aspect of family life, telling committee members HB 234 “is based on a flawed premise,” namely, that same-sex couples should have equal rights.

Rep. Christensen “said the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the rights of same-sex couples to marry did not compel states to change laws that impact families, citing language from the case, Obergefell vs Hodges, that said religions still have the right to advocate for their beliefs,” Fox 13 reports.

State GOP Rep. Merrill Nelson, Christiansen’s vice chairman, backed him up.

“States are required to give gay couples marriage licenses. They are not required to give gay couples children either through foster placements or adoptive placements,” Nelson claimed.

Same-sex couples and LGBT rights groups should now sue the State of Utah, to ensure equality prevails.

Here’s Rep. Christiansen in 2014, two years after his amendment banning same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional, ensuring an audience opposed to same-sex couples marrying that the amendment would ultimately prevail:

 

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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'WHAT REAL JOURNALISM LOOKS LIKE'

Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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