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Dallas Police Partner with Anti-LGBT Megachurch Pastor Amid String of Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

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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 Baptist megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress (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. 

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. 

“The confidence from the LGBT community is just about zero,” Cece Cox, CEO of Dallas’ LGBT community center, told KDFW-TV this week. “To have zero arrests, that I’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.”

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. 

“It would be great if he [Brown] would have a conversation with us now, with someone from the LGBT community, about why this doesn’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. What’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. 

“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 what’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. 

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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At the White House Today: Likely Top Trump SCOTUS Choice – a Right Wing Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Religious Extremist

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President Donald Trump’s current top choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the White House on Monday.

Reporters including CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta say Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House today.

Multiple reports say Coney Barrett is the leading contender.

Earlier today White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told CBS “This Morning” Trump would be announcing his decision “before Wednesday.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell also made a similar suggestion. Trump later told Fox News he would wait until Friday or Saturday, and told reporters Saturday. Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and a right wing religious extremist.

In 2006 Barrett told Notre Dame graduates, “your legal career is but a means to an end, and . . . that end is building the kingdom of God.”

Coney Barrett has said she believes “life begins at conception.”

She opposes one of the greatest tenets of the Supreme Court: stare decisis, the legal doctrine that obliges courts to consider Supreme Court rulings as settled law.

Critical issues such as the right of women to obtain an abortion, the right of same-sex couples to marry, as well as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are seen as being overturned with her on the court.

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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report

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The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.

A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.

“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.

It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.

Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.

“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”

 

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‘Streets Will Run Red With Blood’: Trump-Loving Senator Mocked for Ad Bragging She’s ‘More Conservative Than Attila the Hun’

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A Republican U.S. Senator is being mocked and disparaged for her new TV ad which touts her “100% Trump voting record” and positions her as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who was appointed in January, is running to keep her seat. Her main opponent is Republican Congressman Doug Collins.

The ad says she’s “the most conservative Senator in America.”

The ad “jokes” about murdering journalists and political opponents.

Loeffler is no stranger to controversy.

The Dept. of Justice closed its investigation into Loeffler’s coronavirus stock trading scandal in May. She is the owner of the Atlanta Dream professional basketball team and has been criticized for opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Now her new ad is drawing criticism, too.

 

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