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Breaking: Georgia House Passes Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Pro-Discrimination Bill

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Dangerous Legislation Passes House – Heads Back to Senate

The Georgia House just passed HB 757, a dangerous anti-gay bill that has been described as an “RFRA on steroids.” The vote for final passage of the bill was announced just this afternoon, a tactic Georgia lawmakers have used before to push through contentious legislation. The final vote was 104-65. The legislation, which passed the Senate last month by a vote of 38-14, now heads back to the Senate tonight for a final vote, then to the governor for his signature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today calls the bill the “culimination of two years of debate, attacks, counter-attacks and emotional rhetoric, and the fears of corporate leaders and gay rights advocates that it could legalize discrimination in Georgia.”

Leaders of the 1.3 million-member Georgia Baptist Mission Board have led the effort for the past two years, calling on lawmakers to pass bills they said would protect religious viewpoints and prevent discrimination against religious groups. This year, for the first time, they explicitly linked the effort to same-sex marriage after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

While there were changes made to the bill along the way between its passage last month by the Senate and today’s vote, the bill, known also as FADA (First Amendment Defense Act), like many RFRAs that have been making their way around the nation’s legislatures this year, makes anti-LGBT discrimination legal by providing special protections for people who wish to claim their religious faith prohibits them from performing certain acts, including baking a cake for a same-sex wedding, or allowing a child to be adopted by a same-sex couple.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State analyzed the legislation last month, and concluded the bill “allows any individual or ‘faith-based’ business, non-profit entity, or taxpayer-funded organization to ignore any law that conflicts with their religious beliefs about marriage.”

While the new version is said by some to be a compromise bill narrower in scope, some LGBT activists described it as worse than the original.

Georgia House Democratic Minority Leader:

Some believe, or hope, Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, will veto the legislation, and others believe there are enough votes to override his veto. 

Some responses via Twitter:

Georgia State Rep. Taylor Bennett made an impassioned plea:

Democratic Party of Georgia:

Others:

 

Image by Lori Geary via Twitter 

 

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Photos: Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Mailboxes in at Least 5 States Weeks Before Early Voting – Explanation Fails

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President Donald Trump’s newly-installed Postmaster General is working to reduce capacity across the United States, just weeks before early voting in the 2020 presidential election begins in some states. Americans are furious, after seeing many reports on massive reductions in mail sorting machines, and Trump’s refusal to fund the USPS – along with his admission he is doing so to make it impossible for people to vote by mail.

A local Portland, Oregon news reporter says the USPS admits it’s already removed 27 mailboxes from Eugene, Oregon, with more removals to come there. She says the Post Office claims “they’re only removing them from locations that have multiple mailboxes next to each other.”

Which does not explain this:

Or this:

NBC Montana reports it has “confirmed with the Montana State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers the orders to remove 13 boxes in Missoula, 9 in Bozeman, 3 in Lewistown and 30 in Billings.”

NPR’s Lulu Miller show that not only are mailboxes being removed, some are just being sealed, rendering them useless:

One Oregon reporter offers this disturbing development.

Related: ‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack

Meanwhile, Americans are taking to social media and posting photos of USPS mail boxes being removed and carted away. Take a look at some:

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‘I Haven’t Been Blunt’: Trump Defends Attacks on ‘Nasty’ Kamala Harris, Invokes Racist Slur Against Warren

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President Donald Trump refused to accept responsibility for calling sitting U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, a “Mad Woman,” “nasty,” “angry,” “radical,” and “condescending.”

Confronted with just a few of his attacks Friday afternoon in a press conference Trump pushed back against the reporter’s charges.

“I haven’t been blunt,” Trump insisted, falsely, as CNN’s fact checker noted:

Trump went on to claim, repeatedly, that Sen. Harris “treated Joe Biden worse than anybody else by far.”

“Nobody treated Biden so badly, as Kamala,” Trump claimed, stressing the pronunciation of her name as if to mock it.

He also attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren, invoking his racist slur for her, “Pocahontas.”

Watch:

 

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Obama Slams Trump Over USPS Attack in Rare Remarks: ‘More Concerned With Suppressing the Vote’

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In rare remarks about his successor former President Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump, accusing him of being “more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Donald Trump has admitted he is blocking desperately needed funding to help the postal service survive in a direct attempt to stop Americans from voting by mail. The Postmaster General he installed has been removing mail boxes from several cities and removing high-volume mail sorting machines across the country, with a plan to reduce the number of sorters by nearly 700 machines.

Everyone depends on the USPS,” President Obama said via Twitter Friday. “Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Obama also accused President Trump of making “attempts to undermine the election.”

And he urged Americans to vote early: “do that now.”

Related –
‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack

 

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