‘There Are People Here Who Have Guns, and They’re Going to Protect the Building’Â
A rabidly anti-gay Fort Worth pastor suggested in a sermon Wednesday that members of his church will shoot LGBT activists who plan a protest outside the building this weekend.
Last week, Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church, which has been designated an anti-LGBT hate group, said he’s praying for survivors of the Orlando terror attack to die. The New Civil Rights Movement was the first national outlet to report on Romero’s remarks, which have now been viewed nearly 64,000 times on YouTube.Â
In another sermon Wednesday, Romero responded to criticism of his hateful comments by denying that they incite violence against LGBT people.
“Iâ€™m not saying, ‘Go kill these people.’ The government should be doing it,” Romero said.Â
Then, Romero proceeded to make a thinly veiled threat against protesters who plan to gather outside Stedfast Baptist Church on Sunday morning. Â
“There are people here who have guns, and theyâ€™re going to protect the building,” Romero said. “If somebody came here, it wouldnâ€™t be a good day. It’s not a very good idea. We live in Texas, OK?”Â
Earlier in Wednesday’s sermon, Romero claimed the Orlando terror attack is part of “an agenda by the government to take away the guns and disarm the people.”Â
“In our church, we have men that are armed,” he said. “They are permitted, they are armed, and they know how to shoot, and they know how to protect themselves, and thatâ€™s a line of defense.”Â
Romero said the church plans to “put up the things” â€” presumably barricades â€” to keep the protesters out, because the church is “not a circus” but “a house of God.”Â
“We let them come in here and film us last week just to show them we have nothing to hide,” Romero said. “Weâ€™re normal people, weâ€™re regular people, we’re just people who go out and have jobs and work, but weâ€™re also people that believe in the Bible, and we’re not going to be intimidated by these people.”Â
Romero also referred to Muhammad as a “Satan god” and a “pedophile,” mocked the pro-LGBT slogan “Love Wins” and insisted that a “silent majority” of Americans oppose “sodomy.”Â
“Theyâ€™re trying to take away our guns and theyâ€™r trying to take away our freedom of speech, and theyâ€™re trying to label everything hate,” Romero said. “Who cares, even if it is hate speech, I donâ€™t care.”Â
Sunday’s protest is being organized by a newly formed LGBT group called “I Am Done,” which has posted an update on the Facebook event page warning people against approaching the church or initiating confrontations with members.Â
“We want to conduct a successful protest where nothing occurs that would jeopardize the strength of our statement that WE ARE DONE with this kind of hate speech,” the update states. “REMEMBER – This is Texas, where the laws governing the open and concealed carry of weapons are very lax. There is a HIGH probability that members of this small congregation will be carrying weapons. IF THAT MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE IN ANY WAY, PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND.”Â
In addition to the protest, the LGBT group Fairness Fort Worth has launched a fundraiser for homeless youth in response to Romero’s sermon. Fairness Fort Worth hopes to raise $10,000 by Tuesday forÂ Tarrant County Care Closets,Â which serves homeless youth at area high schools.
“Sadly, 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ; however, we mean it when we want ALL kids to succeed,” the group’s GoFundMe page states. “Tuesday, June 28, marks the anniversary of both the Stonewall Riot and Rainbow Lounge Raid. What better way for us to show our strength through current adversity than to pay our blessings forward.”Â
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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.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“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.
‘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 theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, 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.
“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..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
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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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