LGBT Groups Call for Department to End Relationship with First Baptist Church As Attacks Continue in Oak Lawn
A partnership between the Dallas Police Department and rabidly anti-LGBT Southern BaptistÂ megachurch Pastor Robert JeffressÂ (photo) is raising questions about whether homophobia in law enforcement is contributing to a string of unsolved anti-gay hate crimes in the city’s Oak Lawn neighborhood.Â
This week, several local LGBT groups called on the Dallas Police Department to end its partnership with Jeffress and his First Baptist Church of Dallas, after he recently compared pro-LGBT businesses to the terror group ISIS during a radio interview with the Family Research Council, itself an anti-LGBT hate group.
Meanwhile, yet another possible anti-gay hate crime was reported early Thursday in Oak Lawn. It was the 18th such incident since September, although LGBT advocates say many more have gone unreported, and police have made no arrests.Â
DFW: Oak Lawn attack may have been a hate crime https://t.co/niC5M148EF
â€” FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) May 26, 2016
“The confidence from the LGBT community is just about zero,â€ Cece Cox, CEO of Dallas’ LGBT community center, told KDFW-TV this week. â€œTo have zero arrests, that Iâ€™m aware of, and zero legitimate action taken on these crime incidents where people are being brutally injured is really disturbing and raises a lot of questions about [the police department] paying attention.â€
On Friday, Cox drew a connection between the department’s partnership with Jeffress and the anti-gay crime wave in an interview with NBCDFW.com. Under the partnership, announced by police Chief David Brown during a “Back the Blue” rally at the church last month, First Baptist reportedly is providing counseling to Dallas police officers, and allowing their children to attend its Bible camps for free.Â
â€” Kenneth Denson (@KennethDenson) May 25, 2016
“It would be great if he [Brown] would have a conversation with us now, with someone from the LGBT community, about why this doesnâ€™t sit well with us,” Cox said of the partnership. “We have this decision with the partnership, on top of 18 unsolved assaults in Oak Lawn since September. Whatâ€™s going on?”
Thus far, Brown hasn’t responded to LGBT groups’ concerns about the partnership. Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has a mixed record on LGBT issues and also spoke during the “Back the Blue” rally at First Baptist, told NBCDFW.com that Jeffress’ recent anti-LGBT remarks “hurt [him] deeply” because, “That’s not how Dallas is.” But Rawlings is leaving the decision about whether to end the partnership in the hands of Brown.Â
“This is a tricky thing. You know, there are a lot of restaurants that give a free hamburger to police officers,” Rawlings said. “Sometimes those restaurants might then do things that are wacky, too. So, I think Chief Brown will look at this issue and do whatâ€™s best.”
Back in November, LGBT activists protested outside police headquarters, criticizing the department for failing to adequately respond to the anti-gay attacks, which have included one victim being stabbed repeatedly outside a nightclub and another being beaten with a baseball bat during last year’s Pride celebration.Â
Take Back Oak Lawn, a group formed in response to the attacks, noted that in addition to his hateful remarks about LGBT people, Jeffress has said that women who have abortions should be punished and that Islam is a false religion inspired by Satan.
“We find that based on these very public statements, First Baptist Church poses a danger to the safety of a large segment of the Dallas population,” Take Back Oak Lawn said in a statement. “We are very concerned that they would inadequately be able to provide fair and unbiased counseling services to officers servicing said population. We implore DPD to seriously reconsider their relationship with FBC and work closely with the communities affected by these disparaging statements to instill confidence that they will be kept safe.”
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Trump-Loving ‘True Victim of the Pandemic’ Nikki Haley Slammed for Complaining Her Birthday Popcorn Order Was Late
Nikki Haley is once again being widely mocked for a tweet. A few weeks ago it was this tweet, which basically was a very effective ad for Joe Biden:
If Biden wins in November, it’s clear that Warren will significantly shape his approach — on domestic policy in particular — whether or not her name’s on the ticket.https://t.co/odrqI0eIAJ
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) July 17, 2020
Now, it’s something far less political – or is it?
Monday morning President Donald Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the UN complained about… late birthday popcorn.
This one tweet seems to sum up the opinions of many:
Local woman stumps for man who destroys the postal service, then gets angry when her popcorn shipped via postal service doesn’t arrive on time. https://t.co/CK1RC1QBNK
— Bryan 🇺🇸 #PoliceThePolice (@swimmerbr78) August 10, 2020
Many mocked Haley for being tone deaf to Trump’s destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
Republicans: Trump is bringing much needed reform to the Postal Service! Who cares if letters are a little delayed?
Also Republicans: where the fuck is my popcorn? https://t.co/nS0GudKsZN
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) August 10, 2020
It looks like that company uses USPS for some of its deliveries. Hmmm … might wanna take it up with whoever’s running the postal service these days. https://t.co/DAMyEXUT0W
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) August 10, 2020
Did you try to send this order via USPS? Because Nikki, there are some things you should probably read up on … https://t.co/cttrnP9qb9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
Were these deliveries made through the USPS, because if so, you may want to sit down. https://t.co/O6KdNqHdid
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) August 10, 2020
160,000 people are dead and your guy sabotaged the postal service, Nikki. https://t.co/NsCfuZatAT
— Conor Rogers 🏳️🌈 (@conorjrogers) August 10, 2020
Many reminded the former Republican governor of South Carolina that we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
— Betsy Boyz (@Betsy_Boyz) August 10, 2020
Yes let’s hurt a business for no reason during a pandemic where over 160k people have died. Great priorities here. https://t.co/LM53ARLPiH
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) August 10, 2020
Businesses are struggling, people are dying, everybody’s life has been turned upside down, but let’s all stop to say a prayer for @NikkiHaley after her screwed up popcorn order. https://t.co/GQCee92NIk
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) August 10, 2020
What a piece of work.
People are still waiting for their unemployment checks and stimulus payments, about to be evicted, but please do go on about… popcorn. https://t.co/AeO6P1VrFq
— Sara Jane (@SaraJaneMaki) August 10, 2020
Many mocked her for her horrible record or priorities:
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) August 10, 2020
Nikkki is turning into a mini trump right before our eyes by using her platform to destroy a smallish business cuz she’s mad. ⤵️ https://t.co/yJjEcUM7dU
— Foul Mouthed Mom 😷 (@IamNurseTrish) August 10, 2020
The true victim of the pandemic logs on. https://t.co/rHSz4z4FwY
— Pirates Batting Consultant (@Expittriate) August 10, 2020
Many mocked her for her support of President Donald Trump:
I was disappointed when you wholeheartedly backed an aspiring authoritarian. #disappointednephew
— Shmuli Savage (@SavageShmuel) August 10, 2020
16 million American kids are worried about their next meal. Oh, and your dipshit president is destroying the Post Office. https://t.co/8b6vbW2nsZ
— AARP Provocateur (@Granny4change) August 10, 2020
And some, well, just mocked her for being cheap:
— ceeks (@70Ceeks) August 10, 2020
Lol imagine your multimillionaire aunt who was former governor and an ambassador to the UN gifting you some fucking retail chain popcorn for your birthday#disappointednephew
— COVID-19 Thirst Responder (@KyeNotFound) August 10, 2020
Fox & Friends Furious ‘Gym Owners Are Dying,’ Because ‘Politicians’
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed anger Monday morning over gyms that are not allowed to re-open, or have to restrict the number of people allowed inside during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has doubled in just a few weeks to over 5 million.
“They’re dying. These gym owners are dying,” Kilmeade told his Fox News viewers, with not even a shred of understanding that in reality, 165,000 Americans have literally died from the virus.
“They have small margins anyway and they can’t do anything because these politicians won’t let ’em,” Kilmeade, clearly angry, snarled.
Kilmeade’s guest, “Body by Jake” creator Jake Steinfeld, told viewers, “Don’t quit,” and “be dilligent.”
But as soon as he started to give tips on how to stay healthy at home, which he said is “so important,” Kilmeade tried to cut him off.
“Gotcha,” Kilmeade said.
Brian Kilmeade: "They're dying. These gym owners are dying." pic.twitter.com/ZOytj5Pzze
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 10, 2020
Trump Calls Mt. Rushmore Story ‘Fake News’ — but Then Says It ‘Sounds Like a Good Idea’
President Donald Trump attacked CNN and the New York Times for their story that the White House reached out to the governor of South Dakota about Trump being added to Mt. Rushmore. He claimed it was “fake news” but then proceeded to mischaracterize what the report actually said.
“This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!”
The report doesn’t say that he or the White House suggested the idea, it reported that the South Dakota governor created a mock-up of Mt. Rushmore with Trump’s face on it.
Still, Trump pivoted to suggest it’s “a good idea,” and posted a White House photo from July 3, of his face aligned with the others on the mountain.
This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me! https://t.co/EHrA9yUsAw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
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