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HB2 Author Compares Equality Advocates to ‘Taliban,’ Says ‘LGBT Movement Jeopardizes Freedom’

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GOP Rep. Dan Bishop’s Emails Reveal His Intent, Motivation Behind Anti-LGBT Law

Republican State Rep. Dan Bishop, the chief sponsor of North Carolina‘s anti-LGBT law HB2, recently likened opponents of his bill to the Taliban, and characterized LGBT people as a danger to freedom. In email exchanges with constituents, which were obtained by the Charlotte Business Journal, Rep. Bishop casually shared his motivation and intent.

In one email conversation about HB2, Rep. Bishop told a constituent, “the LGBT movement jeopardizes freedom.”

In another, a different constituent wrote offering thanks and support, asking Bishop and his allies in the North Carolina legislature to not “cave in to the Politically Correct Taliban!”

“Y’all should have all of the sane states to coordinate and pass these bills on the same day so one state does not have to stand up to these pompous asses alone,” the HB2 supporter told the Republican lawmaker.

“I LOVE that idea. Taliban,” Bishop, who was first elected in 2014, replied. “Love that too. Not giving up. Ever.”

As NCRM reported Friday, while HB2 is one of the few anti-LGBT laws that have passed this year whose text did not frame it as protecting “religious freedom,” Bishop clearly was motivated by his personal religious beliefs to draft, sponsor, and refuse to consider repealing the law, which many have called both illegal and unconstitutional.

“I don’t fear man. I fear God,” Bishop said in an email obtained by the Charlotte Business Journal, which was sent to a Charlotte resident. That message suggested he believed HB2 was somehow necessary for religious reasons, NCRM reported. “So I won’t be backing down,” Bishop assured the voter, “and the good news is that right now the GOP caucuses in the House and Senate are hanging tough.”

 

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Trump Mocked for Posting Photo of ‘The Many Things We’ve Done for Healthcare’ That’s a ‘Blank Sheet of Paper’

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President Donald Trump is harping on his failed “60 Minutes” interview that he walked off from after veteran CBS News host Lesley Stahl began asking him questions about the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

CNN reports Trump has been pushing his chief of staff to release the White House’s recording of the interview, and barely minutes after that segment aired the President tweeted out photos of him with Stahl.

One of the photos shows White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany handing a huge book to Lesley Stahl.

“Kayleigh McEnany presenting Lesley Stahl (@60Minutes) with some of the many things we’ve done for Healthcare. Lesley had no idea!” Trump tweeted.

But as Vox journalist Aaron Rupar noted, the book appears to be filled with blank paper – or at least the page she happened to be looking at clearly is blank.

That observation was echoed by many, and others mocked the President for yet another empty plan.

 

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GOP Powerbroker Urges Christians to Invoke ‘Imprecatory Prayers’ for God to ‘Destroy’ His Political Enemies

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist Steven Hotze appeared on Rick Scarborough’s “Mixing Church & State God’s Way” podcast Tuesday, where he encouraged listeners to pray for the upcoming election by asking God to literally “destroy” those who oppose Hotze’s radical right-wing Christian political agenda.

Hotze, a long time virulently anti-LGBTQ activist in Texas, urged conservative Christians to engage in “imprecatory prayer,” which is the practice of praying that God will unleash punishment upon those against whom the prayer is targeted.

Hotze said that when Christians gathered on the National Mall in September for “The Return,” they prayed that God would “intercede to stop and bind in the name of Jesus and through the power and blood of Christ to bind anarchy and communism and the ungodliness that’s going on in our country, and to give us a victory in the upcoming election.”

But Hotze noted that it’s equally important to pray against their political enemies.

“I highly encourage you go to the Psalms and pray imprecatory prayers,” he said. “[God] troubles the wicked, he causes them to be in confusion, he causes them to flee. And we need to pray that those that are wicked and that want to destroy our nation and our Christian values, that God would work in their lives—first to cause them to turn to Christ—but those that refuse to turn to Christ, I want God to take his enemies and rid us of them and destroy them so they don’t destroy you and me and our wives, our spouses, our families, our children, our grandchildren, our friends, and our businesses.”

 

This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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READ: Graphic Handwritten Letter From Maryland Man Who Threatened to Kidnap and ‘Execute’ Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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James Dale Reed is under arrest after leaving a handwritten and graphic note at a Fredrick, Maryland home that threatens to kidnap and kill Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The house has Biden/Harris signs on its lawn.

The suspect’s image was caught by a video doorbell camera.

“This is a warning to anyone reading this letter if you are a Biden/Harris supporter you will be targeted,” the letter states, according to WUSA9 News.

The threats in the letter (image below) are graphic.

(Trigger warning:)

“When We capture Grandpa Biden We will all severely beat him to the point of death as for Mrs. Harris she will be bent over and Anally raped by my rifle barrel,” it reads.

It also threatens Biden and Harris “both will be executed on National Television [sic].”

“We have a list of homes and addresses by your election signs,” the letter claims.

“We are the ones with the scary guns, we are the ones your children have nightmares about.”

“We will not let Biden/Harris turn are [sic] country into a Communist wasteland,” it also says.

“If Biden/Harris Want A War [sic] then they will get one, of course that means Black lives matter and Antifa.”

Brad Bell, Maryland Bureau Chief for ABC 7 News, posted a photo of Reed and an image of the letter:

 

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