Anti-Gay Alabama Chief Justice Responds to SPLC Complaint Over Direction to Not Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
On Wednesday Liberty Counsel founder and CEO Mat Staver stood before the cameras and droned on in support of his client, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore is under attack by theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center and others for his actions surrounding the Supreme Court’s marriage decision and his instructions to Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The SPLC filed a complaint.
Staver, and later at the podium, Moore claimed the complaint was “politically motivated.” At stake: whether or not the complaint leads to official ethics charges by theÂ Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama.
But it was their other language and attacks that were especially revealing and offensive.
Staver referred to one of the people who filed the complaint against Moore as an “admittedÂ transvestite.”
Moore slammed his criticsÂ asÂ “atheists, homosexuals and transgender individuals.” At one point he referred to a trans woman as “her,” but “corrected” himself, calling her, “him.”
At another point, Moore saidÂ â€œtranssexualism is a known mental illness,â€ or was,Â until 2013, and suggested it still should be classified as such.
â€œWeâ€™re in a serious time in our country,” Moore told the few reporters who attended his press conference. “We are at a time in our country when people who just a few years ago would have been ascribed a mental illness, a mental disorder. When I started in 2013, if that would have happened then, this person and the people around herâ€¦ would have been said to have a mental disorderâ€¦ Today that person is violating and has violated a court order and is now bringing complaints against theÂ Chief Justice.”
Moore claims that despite publishing an order directing Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,Â â€œThere is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. Thatâ€™s not what I said.â€
That will be forÂ Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama to decide.
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‘Unprecedented’: Trump Tried to ‘Exert Extreme Partisan Influence Over the Census Bureau’ Docs Reveal
The Trump administration tried to exert tremendous influence over the 2020 Census, which is now being used in a nationwide redistricting program, often handing Republicans even stronger gerrymandered congressional districts and in some cases attempting to dissolve districts of Democratic members of Congress, while eliminating some majority-Black districts.
Then-President Donald Trump was directly and possibly “illegally” involved, as The Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School’s nonprofit public policy institute, reports. The Trump administration also worked directly with an anti-immigrant group that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of nativist hate groups, a “think tank” devoted to anti-immigration efforts, and with an individual known for “promoting voter suppression efforts.”
“The Trump administration attempted to exert extreme partisan influence over the Census Bureau,” The Brennan Center reveals . It filed multiple Freedom of Information requests with at least ten federal agencies and was forced to sue the Trump administration when it unlawfully refused to produce the requested documents.
The Brennan Center adds that “career Bureau officials pushed back at those attempts. An email among senior officials at the Census Bureau from September 14, 2020, discusses the Commerce Department’s ‘unusually high degree of engagement in technical matters, which is unprecedented.'”
“Other records suggest that the Commerce Department planned to have Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross [photo, above] make personal calls to Republican state governors to urge them to provide state administrative records to the Census Bureau to ‘enhance the frame from which citizenship status is determined.’ (The Brennan Center did not uncover evidence that Commerce planned to make similar calls to Democratic governors.)”
Citing a “a complete lack of public transparency,” The Brennan Center reports “President Trump issued a memo in July 2020 stating that he would illegally attempt to remove undocumented populations from the apportionment count due at the end of December 2020.”
The Trump administration collected or attempted to collect an unprecedented amount of personal data targeting usesrs of welfare programs from dozens of states: “28 states had entered into agreements to share Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) records with the Bureau, 21 to share Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) records, 30 to share Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) records, and three to share driver’s license data.”
Our FOIA records show Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, emailing directly with Secretary Ross in December 2019. The Center for Immigration Studies is an organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-immigrant hate group that “has a decades-long history of circulating racist writers, while also associating with white nationalists.” The email also refers to a call from Secretary Ross.
The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by eugenicist and white nationalist John Tanton.
“Commerce Department employees were also engaging with the anti-immigrant Heritage Foundation,” The Brennan Center adds. “An email chain shows a Commerce Department official putting political appointee Nathaniel Cogley into direct contact with Heritage’s Hans Von Spakovsky, an individual the Brennan Center has previously flagged for his extensive background promoting voter suppression efforts.”
‘You Singlehandedly Blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act’: Rand Paul Scorched Over His MLK ‘Commemoration’
Many House and Senate lawmakers are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, but social media users are correcting the record of so many Republicans who are trying to use the late, great American civil rights leader and icon as a shield for their own egregious attacks on civil rights and Black Americans.
Take, for example, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, who posted this tweet attempting to paint himself as a bipartisan actor “working together for change” – which many were quick to provide proof of how he is not:
As we honor MLK today, may his courage inspire us to redouble our commitment to working together for change. Let’s commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King by uniting the two Americas into one: an America that includes justice for one, and justice for all. #MLKDay
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 17, 2022
Sen. Paul’s Democratic challenger in the upcoming 2022 race, Charles Booker, offered some of the best examples:
Sincerely, save your empty words.
You are the person who said you would have opposed the Civil Rights Act, singlehandedly blocked the Emmett Till Antilynching Act, and had the audacity to say racism no longer exists. https://t.co/YOKW8Nfgfb
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) January 17, 2022
Several others joined in to chastise the right wing Senator:
You really DO have no shame. You sided AGAINST innocent black men that were murdered while handcuffed and unarmed. You sided AGAINST voting right. You sided WITH a virus that kills us all regardless of race so…maybe THAT is your equality moment? #MartinLutherKingDay https://t.co/KXRXsXgFMS
— Victor Ruiz -The Voice Of Rican- (@portarican_RT) January 17, 2022
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) January 17, 2022
What a hypocrite. Try practicing what MLK taught.
— PJnZoey (@jn_pickles) January 17, 2022
Stop trying to suppress the right of all people (especially Black people) to vote then, MLK fought for this, your words are empty and hypocritical
— Kanye South (@kanyesouth13) January 17, 2022
You must not assume you can speak on behalf of those who cherish MLK’s words and deeds. It’s actually repulsive.
— Marian Shuter (@shuter_marian) January 17, 2022
You are exactly the type of person MLK warned about and fought against.
— Ballardite (@SeattleHypno) January 17, 2022
‘Performative Drivel’: Marco Rubio Mocked and Schooled After Taking MLK Quote Out of Context
Washington Post National Political Reporter Eugene Scott set the stage Sunday evening:
Bracing myself for a slew of MLK quotes Monday from folks who have spent nearly every other day of the past year fighting against CRT …
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) January 17, 2022
Sure enough, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was only too happy to oblige, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Florida Republican, who almost daily posts a Bible passage to Twitter, is notorious for being among the many conservatives who are battling Critical Race Theory, the right’s latest non-existent boogey man.
Rubio has introduced legislation with far right extremist U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), to “prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory.” A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
Just as Scott warned, Senator Rubio posted a tweet that reads:
“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)
It’s from the third paragraph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it exposes Rubio’s ignorance and hypocrisy.
New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie was among those who asked, “so, uh, what’s the next line?”
Bouie offered Rubio the answer:
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given its colored people a bad check, a check that has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.'”
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) January 17, 2022
He was far from the only one to chastise and expose Rubio.
Equality Florida’s Press Secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub anti-LGBTQ hate crime massacre (which Rubio used to reverse his promise to never run for office again):
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds’.”
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) January 17, 2022
“And yet you filibuster his dream over and over,” tweeted American Independent Senior Writer Joshua Israel.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning New York Times journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project”:
Missing smthg: It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. https://t.co/tIxoPKyNIj
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) January 17, 2022
The whole speech is about how that promissory note is a bad check! Thieves, liars and cheats hand out bad checks that’s what King was saying about YOU and your government.
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) January 17, 2022
You know that promissory notes aren’t a good thing, right? It’s an acknowledgement of a debt, something you owe. We inherited their debt.
The founders enshrined slavery and racism into our Constitution. The debt is paid when all citizens really are equal under/before the law.
— IrrevLyn is wearing a Bast-damned mask & BLM! 😷😾 (@Reverend_Lyn) January 17, 2022
— The Mean Progressive ™ (@MeanProgress) January 17, 2022
No. You don’t get to invoke his name in any righteousness cause you think you have. He called it exactly for what it is. The Jim Crow Filibuster
— Christopher Ryan (@FFChristopherRy) January 17, 2022
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
“It’s a cruel jest to a bootless man to say he ought to lift himself up by his own bootstraps.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. https://t.co/ld0I2Ej6jZ
— Mattison (@Mattison) January 17, 2022
You want to celebrate this day and this American hero? Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill. Otherwise, your words are performative drivel.
— David Sugerman (@DavidSug) January 17, 2022
— Grandma Antifa 😷🌊🌈🎗 (@jenclark95624) January 17, 2022
Marco is taking a break from quoting the Bible out of context to quote Martin Luther King out of context. https://t.co/mR2LHACRJI
— Radioactive Dinosaur (@JeffSaysStuff2) January 17, 2022
Don’t quote him unless you plan on ending the filibuster and protecting voters’ rights.
— Zingamomma 🎶🇺🇸😷🇺🇸🎶 (@tubawidow) January 17, 2022
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