North Carolina Governor Tries to Discount Growing Movement Against His Anti-LGBT Law
Several LGBT and civil rights groups joined together today to protest North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law HB2, and present Gov. Pat McCrory with their more than 185,000 signed petitions calling for the law’s repeal.
Rather than accept that he has plunged his state into a morass of economic and emotional distress and work to fix it, Gov. McCrory has insisted on attempting to diminish and discount any legitimate criticisms of the law.
In response to today’s 185,000+ petitions, McCrory issued a press releaseÂ titled, “Deception vs. Reality: Out-of-state special interest groups mislead media.”
“The anonymously-funded, national smear campaign led by the Human Rights Campaign is grossly misrepresenting information about the petitions delivered to State Capitol today,” McCrory’s statement on his website reads. “Contrary to the media reports, the activists only delivered enough petitions to fill two boxes and the overwhelming majority of signatures were from out-of-state.”
He went on to post photos of the boxes the groups had lined up as “proof” that 185,000 isn’t really 185,000, or, something, including this one:
â€” Emma Wright (@wright_emma) April 25, 2016
In response, HRC posted a statement slamming McCrory.
“We had so many signatures on the petitions, we printed only the list of names rather than the 185,000 pages of individually signed petitions,” an HRC statement, posted to Twitter by Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden, reads, noting that “thousands of these signatories are North Carolinians.”
â€” Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) April 25, 2016
North Carolina, like many states, relies on tourism dollars to help meet its obligations. So do the people who work in North Carolina. If Gov. McCrory is suggesting that only the voices of North Carolinians matter, he should close down all the state’s tourism groups, and rework his budget, because hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs have already been lost, and there will be more losses to come.
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Trump Again Dangerously Claims Children Are ‘Essentially Immune’ and ‘Don’t Transfer’ the Coronavirus. That’s False.
President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters that children are “virtually immune,” don’t transport or transfer the coronavirus, and just a “tiny fraction” of those who become infected die. Most of that is false, and dangerously so.
“They get better very quickly,” Trump continued. “But, as you know, the seriousness of it and what it leads to is extraordinarily small.”
Asked if he still believes children are essentially immune, as he falsely stated just five days ago, the President replied, “Yeah. I think that for the most part they do very well. They don’t get very sick, they don’t catch it easily, and according to the people that I’ve spoken to they don’t transport or transfer it to other people, or certainly not very easily.”
97,000 children across a two-week period tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of July. And while the fatality rate is lower among children, there are other diseases they (and adults) can get. Among children, “a rare but severe condition that has been reported approximately 2–4 weeks after the onset of COVID-19 in children and adolescents,” Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (AMIS), has been reported, the CDC said on its website last week.
Children, especially those ten and older, studies show, transmit the coronavirus at the same rate as adults.
REPORTER: 97,000 children tested positive for coronavirus in the last week of July. Does that give you any pause about schools reopening for in-person learning?
REPORTER: So do you still think kids are essentially immune?
TRUMP: Yeah [this is false — kids can die] pic.twitter.com/5UCuRkOuRK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Trump Press Conference Ends Minutes in as Secret Service Agent Escorts President Out
President Donald Trump was just escorted out of the White House press briefing room minutes after he began his press conference. Details are still coming in but it appears Secret Service agents calmly ushered the President out of the room.
The White House reportedly is on lockdown, according to MSNBC.
It appears the White House press corps are not being allowed to leave the room.
“There was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump says upon returning minutes later. He says reporter John Roberts reported he heard shots. He also says he was taken to the Oval Office, and “law enforcement” shot the suspect.
The President just was ushered from the White House briefing room mid-briefing. I’ve never seen this happen before. Never.
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) August 10, 2020
Something really strange just happened during the press conference, a person interrupted the President to inform him of something and the President left the briefing pic.twitter.com/k04ciYPMTd
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 10, 2020
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated.
‘Colonizing in the Name of Jesus’: Missionary Leader Blasted for Trying to Convert Indigenous People to Christianity
Brooks Buser, the president of the Christian ministry training organization Radius International is under fire after bragging about converting people in Papua New Guinea to Christianity – especially during a pandemic.
“Tomorrow night, deep in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, after 5 months of teaching that started in Genesis 1:1, the gospel will be presented to the Amdu people for the first time in their known history,” Buser tweeted. “Please be praying for the missionary team.”
Based in Arizona, Radius International doesn’t call it “converting.”
Instead, they call converting indigenous people in lands on the other side of the planet “the great commission,” and “cross-cultural church planting.”
Here’s what they say they do:
“Radius International is committed to assisting the evangelical church and missions community by providing pre-field missionary training that will equip cross-cultural workers to achieve their objective of partnering with Jesus Christ to establish healthy, indigenous, reproducing churches among unreached people groups.”
Let’s look st that again: “cross-cultural workers,” “partnering with Jesus Christ,” “reproducing churches,” “unreached people groups.”
He later tweeted their “success”:
Thank you for the prayers for Amdu people and team. By God’s grace, there are now members of that people group who are reconciled to God, who no longer have their sins counted against them.
— Brooks Buser (@BuserBrooks) August 8, 2020
On social media many are furious.
Have you considered just leaving them alone?
— 🇮🇷👨🏾💻🇸🇻 Oxygen Freakquency 👨🏾🔧 (@SoundsnColor) August 9, 2020
Leave them alone. Your arrogance is so extreme that you’ll endanger them during a global pandemic, all purely for you to be able to perform to fellow white supremacist Christians.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) August 9, 2020
Can’t we leave these people alone? Aren’t thousands of years of history enough to prove the damage this does? https://t.co/gc9jp6FzC5
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) August 10, 2020
You believe in a God powerful enough to send his only son down to Earth as a messenger but you don’t think he had a backup plan for the salvation of native nations? What a weird loophole. Leave these people alone. You are doing the work of a modern colonizer. Stop!
— Jason Shellen (@shellen) August 9, 2020
Their hearts are just fine. Open your minds to the possibility that colonizing in the name of Jesus is wrong.
— Stephanie McCown 🏳️🌈 (@StephanieMick75) August 9, 2020
imagine doing this in the midst of a global pandemic, just totally deranged. it also puts them at great risk whilst committing cultural genocide. these grotesque “missionaries” with their narcissistic white savior complex are the worst scum on earthhttps://t.co/26P9LcKQlM
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) August 9, 2020
The arrogance of evangelists knows no boundaries!!
— Pierre le Houte (@parrythehoot) August 9, 2020
Just leave people alone and stop trying to ram your religion down their throats, you abusers.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) August 9, 2020
Good lord, can you ever just leave them alone? Indigenous cultures shouldn’t be violated and their culture should be preserved, not fucking obliterated by this. Leave them alone, you’ll be doing them a big favor.
— Comrade Mario H. Stalin ☭ 🇵🇭🏳️🌈 (@derpydodo2) August 8, 2020
Holy shit, White Savior Dude – stop bothering the nice brown people and go the fuck home. https://t.co/hnsEm2xqP0
— Plain Ol’ Johnny Graz says #DontCatchCOVID (@jvgraz) August 9, 2020
Could you hold off on the spiritual genocide until we are at least done with the GLOBAL PANDEMIC
— Roo sends Mr. Nook to the guillotine (@DeLesslin) August 9, 2020
Words cannot express how sickened I am by this. Remote tribes are already vulnerable to outside disease, to visit them during a pandemic is truly monstrous. https://t.co/O7FNmGtFyl
— Tom Parker (@Tomozaurus) August 10, 2020
How is this not illegal yet. https://t.co/sGOsvZGtfF
— Poolside Pegasus Seiya (@ByamboFred) August 9, 2020
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