James Dobson Tells Parents, ‘Protect Your Kids From Tyrant Obama’
Dr. James Dobson is sad that men aren’t shooting transgender people â€“Â whom he suggests are all “perverts” â€“Â when they use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The founder of Focus On The Family, andÂ what today is an anti-gay hate group,Â Family Research Council, describes what he believesÂ to be a typical transgender woman: “a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman,” who peers “over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment.”Â
In a WND column titled, “Protect Your Kids From Tyrant Obama,” Dobson, once heralded as one of the most influentialÂ Christian evangelical leaders in the country and the logical successor to Billy Graham, asks: “What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls?”
And then he expresses his sadness that transgender women aren’t being shot these days, perhaps suggesting that they should be, just for peeing in the women’s restroom.
“If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is todayâ€™s manhood? God help us!”
This is dangerous talk, to be sure, as Raw Story’s Lorraine Berry explains:
“It is not clear if Dobson is aware that he is using the language of protecting a womanâ€™s honor by killing those who might violate it,Â but his languageÂ is reminiscent of the ways that mobs were whipped up to hang black men and boys for perceived slights to white women.”
Michael Stone at Progressive Secular Humanist puts it more bluntly. In an article titled, “James Dobson: Kill Transgender People Using Public Bathrooms,” Stone writes, “Evangelist James Dobson says transgender people using public bathrooms should be shot.”
It’s really not much of a stretch to say Dobson is telegraphing a call to violentÂ action to those who read between the lines.
And to reinforce his call to violent action, Dobson insists, “We must fight to protect our homes and families from politically correct politicians who would create new entitlements that take away our liberties. There is no time to lose. Our children hang in the balance.”
Dobson goes on to label President Barack Obama a “tyrant,” and asks, “How dare he assault centuries of modesty and moral beliefs! By what authority does he tell parents and school officials what to teach children under their care? Christian parents, does this outrageous order violate something deep within your sense of propriety? The president has already maneuvered the courts to undermine a 5,000-year-old definition of marriage, after experiencing his infamous epiphany. Now he is determined to change Western civilization forever. He becomes more reckless and defiant as his second term comes to an end. Never has an American president been so absorbed with the use and abuse of power, and unfortunately, he still has seven months to go. What is next?”
Some responses via Twitter:
Evangelist James Dobson laments the lack of transgender shooting victims. Domestic terrorism, anyone? https://t.co/0QpD5aGUQR
â€” Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) June 1, 2016
James Dobson from Focus On The Family advocates that we who are transgender be shot!! https://t.co/oQYaeIuVgo
â€” Amber N Trans Girl (@AmberTransGirl1) June 1, 2016
This IS promoting hate and MURDER, even should be considered domestic terrorism. These idiots do NOT know what… https://t.co/etv06IvICf
â€” Jacalyn Engler (@Jarnocan) June 1, 2016
â€” Frank Dunn (@FrankieMcCranky) June 1, 2016
CW: Violent transphobia. So James Dobson is basically telling people to murder trans women who use women’s restrooms https://t.co/OhHzwGwwCd
â€” MayaScientist (@MadScientist212) June 1, 2016
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MN Police Officer Sentenced 3.5 Years for Death of George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of Black city resident George Floyd.
Keung, age 29, had accepted a plea deal in order to avoid an additional charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His guilty plea acknowledged that the restraining holds used by police on Floyd were excessive and likely to cause serious harm.
Video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of city police captured footage of Keung kneeling on Floyd’s back while another officer knelt of the man’s neck. for over nine minutes, officers applied pressure to Floyd while he laid face down in the street, crying and telling officers that he couldn’t breathe while also calling out for his mother.
Video of Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and inspired protests against institutional racism and police brutality.
Keung is the fourth and final police officer to receive prison time for his role in Floyd’s death. He will serve his new sentence and a federal sentence for Floyd’s death concurrently, serving a total of about 2 1/2 years for the killing.
Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human
Virginia State Delegate Marie March (R) has pre-filed House Bill 1395, a law that would define life as beginning at fertilization.
“Life begins at conception and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States,” the proposed bill states.
The proposed bill would effectively outlaw all abortions in the state and even endanger the use of Plan B (aka. “The morning-after pill”), a medication that prevents fertilized egg cells from attaching to a woman’s uterine wall.
The bill could also effectively criminalize in vitro fertilization, a method of inducing pregnancy that uses fertilized eggs and discards any unused ones.
Even though Republicans control the state’s House of Delegates, it’s unclear if the bill would have any chance of passing the state’s Democratic-led Senate. The legislature won’t reconvene until January 11, 2023.
Virginia currently allows a woman to get an abortion within roughly 26 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has proposed passing a law that would reduce that window to 15 weeks, a period of time in which most women may not even realize they’re pregnant.
In response to March’s bill the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance said in a statement, “In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and despite the vast majority of Virginians who oppose it, Virginia’s anti-abortion elected officials keep proving there are no limits to their extremism and true intentions to ban abortion for all Virginians.”
Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat
When two Republicans lost Georgia’s special runoff senate elections in January 2021, state Republicans in the General Assembly re-wrote voting laws to restrict absentee ballots and give voters fewer days to vote in future runoff elections.
However, after Republicans lost yet another runoff election for Georgia’s Senate seat — with Herschel Walker losing to his Democratic competitor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, earlier this month — state Republicans want to re-re-write the rules, hopeful of a more favorable outcome.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), the official who oversees the state’s voting procedures, said he plans on giving three proposals to lawmakers when they return to the General Assembly in January.
“[The proposals] include forcing large counties to open more early-voting locations (in an attempt to reduce the hours-long lines some voters waited in) … lowering the threshold candidates must achieve to avoid a runoff from 50 percent to 45 percent; and instituting a ranked-choice instant-runoff system that would not require voters to come back to the polls again after the general election,” The New York Times reported.
To be clear, it’s unclear whether these changes would’ve helped Walker win. But they stand in contrast to the changes state Republicans made to voting laws following their failed January 2021 Senate runoff ambitions.
The changes after that time severely restricted the types of people eligible to receive an absentee ballot. While 24 percent of the January 2021 vote came via mail-in absentee ballots, the rule changes resulted in 5 percent of mail-in votes coming in for the January 2022 runoff.
Republicans also lowered the number of in-person early voting days to five (though the rule change allowed counties to add extra days.) The Times found that 28 of Georgia’s 159 counties opted to add extra in-person early voting days — 17 of the counties that did largely backed Warnock while 11 backed his challenger.
Before the recent run-off election, Raffensperger also tried to enforce a state law forbidding in-person early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, Warnock successfully sued to prevent the law from going into effect.
Overall, the changes may have “backfired,” Republicans told The Times, actually encouraging Democratic voters to come out in greater numbers.
While Republicans point to the large turnout of runoff voters as “proof” that their changes didn’t discourage voting, Warnock’s campaign criticized the changes, saying that such restrictions shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote in the first place.
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