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Legal Experts: Proposed Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment Shields Florists, Bakers – And Murderers



Unintended Consequences of Missouri Bill Would Protect From Prosecution Murderers of a Same-Sex Couples Citing Religious Beliefs, According to Credible Legal Experts

A Missouri bill that would put before voters the chance to write anti-gay discrimination into their constitution has just a few steps to go, but legal experts are warning of unintended consequences. Like many of the 200 or so anti-LGBT bills that are racing through statehouses across America in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision on marriage, SJR39 is sponsored by GOP State Sen. Bob Onder, an anti-gay religious extremist, and not drafted by credible legal experts.

If it were to be enacted, SJR39 would constitutionally “protect” a wide swath of people, organizations, and businesses from serving or doing business with gay people and same-sex couples. Priests would not have to marry same-sex couples (nor would they ever have to, since the First Amendment has always given them that right), churches would not have to rent their facilities out for a same-sex wedding celebration, adoption agencies and even homeless shelters could refuse same-sex couples, and florists, photographers, and bakers would not have to do business with gay couples planning a wedding.

The list goes on and on, with the lynchpin being “sincere religious beliefs” against same-sex marriage.

But legal experts at Columbia University have determined SJR39 would “protect” another group of people: murderers.

“SJR 39 forbids the state from imposing a ‘penalty’ on certain state and private actors because of actions they take related to a ‘sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex,'” the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at Columbia writes.

“SJR 39 would prevent prosecution of a member of the Westboro Baptist Church for violations of state or local criminal trespass, property damage, harassment, and assault laws, if committed because of a sincere religious opposition to marriage equality for same-sex couples,” they note.

“Even the murder of a same-sex couple could be shielded from municipal and state prosecution if committed by a member of a ‘religious organization’ and motivated by a religious belief about marriage,” the group of legal experts warn.

Missouri House lawmakers Wednesday night postponed a vote on the bill, delaying it until Monday. SJR39 has already passed the Senate. It needs to pass the House but does not go to the governor, it goes before voters as a ballot initiative. 

Let’s hope House lawmakers kill the bill, before it literally protect murderers.



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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre



On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’



Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..



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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies



Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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