Anti-Gay Christian Activists Claim Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Have Supported North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law
Long before Gov. Pat McCrory signed the anti-LGBT bill HB2 into law, the Benham Brothers were waging war against Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance that prompted it. The Benhams, anti-gay Christian activists,Â call Charlotte home, and for years along with their father â€“Â religious right activist and street preacher Flip BenhamÂ â€“ have been working to take North Carolina back in time.Â
This week, the Benhams have been actively defending HB2. They spoke at a pro-discrimination rally, stunningly daring to suggest that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have supported HB2.
HB2 not only bans transgender people from using the restroom that best matches their gender identity, it voided all LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances throughout the state, it strips the rights of local governments to pass laws protecting LGBT people â€“ or anyone else â€“Â and it also bars local governments from enacting minimum wage laws and employment nondiscrimination laws.Â
Clearly, Dr. King would have opposed HB2, but the Benham Brothers have no compunction about fibbing for Jesus.
Here’s another wild claim they made.
After praising the North Carolina General Assembly for passing HB2 andÂ Gov. Pat McCrory for signing it into law, after thanking God “for the United States of America” and forÂ “the freedom that we have in the this country,” David said to wild applause, “if we’re not willing to stand now, 20 years from now my kids aren’t going to be able to stand, they’re going to go to jail,” apparently for allowing transgender people to use the right restroom.
But their nutty attacks didn’t stop there.
Jason Benham took to Twitter last Saturday to slam Bruce Springsteen, who canceled a show in North Carolina last week as a sign of protest against HB2. Of course, he got the issue wrong:
â€” Jason Benham (@JasonBBenham) April 9, 2016
And Jason’s brother David also took to Twitter this week, on Saturday afternoon, trying to be too cute by half.
Our Charlotte Mayor is asking other NC cities to pass bill’s against HB2. Is she a city leader or a community organizer? #Rules4Radicals
â€” David Benham (@DavidDBenham) April 16, 2016
David tries to attack Charlotte’s outstanding mayor â€“Â a woman some might say is actually qualified to be PresidentÂ â€“ and tried to throw in a slam against President Barack Obama as well, not to mention trying to harass her for using her First Amendment rights.
Is there something wrong with asking for support from your peers? Is there something wrong with being a community organizer? It seems to have helped Pres. Obama.
She hasÂ two Masters Degrees in international affairs â€“ one fromÂ Johns Hopkins University, and one from the University of Toronto. She was a diplomat with theÂ U.S. Department of State in the Dominican Republic, and wasÂ a political officer on the State Dept.’s Mexico Desk. Before being elected mayor of Charlotte, the second-largest city in the Southeast, she was theÂ Director of the Mayorâ€™s International Cabinet, theÂ executive director of the Charlotte World Affairs Council, and aÂ lending officer in International Corporate Banking at First Union Bank. She’s alsoÂ a recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead award. Among many other accomplishments.
Oh, and by the way, someone should tell the Benham Brothers this: Jesus was a community organizer.
Here’s the video of the Benhams rallying to support discrimination:
Image: Screenshot via YouTube
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Busted: Marjorie Taylor Greene Caught Illegally Claiming a ‘Big Tax Break’ in Georgia
Local press in Georgia caught Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) illegally claiming a major tax break.
“A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law. A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than one,” WSB-TV reported Friday.
“But Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray pulled records showing that the Greenes are getting the tax break on two different homes in two different counties,” the network reported.
WSB-TV had a fascinating interaction when it called the controversial Republican’s office.
“In a statement, Greene’s office told Gray to mind his own business and called it a ‘pathetic smear’ when he asked them about the homestead exemptions,” the network reported. “Greene still owns a North Fulton county home, but also bought a $610,000 house in Floyd County last year in the 14th Congressional district, which she represents.”
Bombshell Report on Matt Gaetz Is Just the Beginning: ‘This Is the Start of a Long Road’
One of the reporters who broke the bombshell Daily Beast report on Matt Gaetz doing cocaine with an escort who had a no-show state job said the story is just the first in many to come.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Jose Pagliery on Friday about the report.
Exclusive: US Congressman Matt Gaetz snorted cocaine at a GOP fundraiser after-party… with an escort.
His donors footed the bill, because the hotel was a campaign expense.
The woman landed a taxpayer-funded job… where no one saw her work.https://t.co/uGIqQhALAj
— 𝙅𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙜𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙧𝙮 (@Jose_Pagliery) May 14, 2021
“When Rep. Matt Gaetz attended a 2019 GOP fundraiser in Orlando, his date that night was someone he knew well: a paid escort and amateur Instagram model who led a cocaine-fueled party after the event, according to two witnesses. The Florida congressman’s one-time wingman, Joel Greenberg, will identify that escort to investigators as one of more than 15 young women Gaetz paid for sex, according to a source familiar with the investigation,” The Beast reported.
“But what distinguishes this woman, Megan Zalonka, is that she turned her relationship with Greenberg into a taxpayer-funded no-show job that earned her an estimated $7,000 to $17,500, according to three sources and corresponding government records obtained by The Daily Beast. On Oct. 26, 2019, Gaetz attended the “Trump Defender Gala” fundraiser as the featured speaker at the Westgate Lake Resort in Orlando. Two witnesses present recalled friends reconvening at Gaetz’s hotel room for an after-party, where Zalonka prepared lines of cocaine on the bathroom counter. One of those witnesses distinctly remembers Zalonka pulling the drugs out of her makeup bag, rolling a bill of cash, and joining Gaetz in snorting the cocaine,” The Beast reported.
“It seems to me, should this all be true, I just feel like there’s not going to be real shortage of witnesses here,” Hayes said. “Has a real open secret vibe to me right now.”
“This was an afterparty, we have identified at least half a dozen people who were there and saw this take place,” Pagliery said. “The reason that we decided to break this news and start with this one is that there are lots of other parties like this. There are more young women, more locations and more actions and bad behavior on the part of Gaetz and Greenberg that we’re going to be exposing.”
“This is the start of a long road,” he added.
Boebert, Cawthorn, Greene on List of 101 ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Pro-Family’ GOPers Who Just Voted Against Pregnant Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill to protect the rights of pregnant workers, but 101 Republican members of Congress who claim to be both “pro-life” and “pro-family” voted against the legislation.
The bill, sponsored by New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, was first introduced 9 years ago. It passed Friday in a 315-101 vote. All the no votes were from Republicans. No Democrat voted no.
The bill was supported by the right wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called it “a balanced approach that clarifies an employer’s obligation to accommodate the known limitations of employees and job applicants that accompany pregnancy.”
The website Motherly put it even more simply: “No one should have to choose between their paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.”
Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida:
Pregnant workers have been fired or discriminated against simply for being pregnant. Today we passed legislation to protect pregnant Americans. This is just basic fairness. Proud to cosponsor this legislation.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) May 14, 2021
Apparently, 101 Republican lawmakers disagree.
Among the more notable Republicans voting “no” were Lauren Boebert (CO), Kevin Brady (TX), Mo Brooks (AL), Ken Buck (CO), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Liz Cheney (WY), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Virginia Foxx (NC), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Chip Roy (TX).
Here’s the list of all the lawmakers who voted against pregnant workers:
Armstrong (North Dakota)
Barr (Kentucky) NAY
Bishop (North Carolina)
Budd (North Carolina)
Cawthorn (North Carolina)
Duncan (South Carolina)
Foxx (North Carolina)
Franklin, C. Scott (Florida)
Herrell (New Mexico)
Mace (South Carolina)
McHenry (North Carolina)
Miller (West Virginia)
Norman (South Carolina)
Rice (South Carolina)
Rouzer (North Carolina)
Scott, Austin (Georgia)
Timmons (South Carolina)
Van Duyne (Texas)
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