Conservatives believe they’re the best option for LGBTQ people post Orlando. No, honey. Just no.
Have you noticed that all of a sudden conservative leaders are pretending to love The Gaysâ„¢ and trying to convince us that theyâ€™re on our side? There are even gay folks out there shilling for Trump and trying to tell us that weâ€™d be better off if we abandoned our progressive allies in favor of â€œpragmaticâ€ conservatives.
Honey, no. Just no.Â
Letâ€™s talk about why this is such a stupid proposition, ok?
Pretty much by definition, and certainly by experience, conservatives just donâ€™t like LGBTQ people. They donâ€™t like us because of who we are, who we love, and how we live our lives. They find our very existence to be a threat to them because we refuse to fit into the boxes that they created.Â
Conservatives have a terrible track record when it comes to LGBTQ people, and itâ€™s not something they can out run any time soon:Â
- Conservatives criminalized our sex lives.
- Conservatives were adamantly against us serving openly in the military – and weâ€™re still fighting that battle today.
- Conservatives passed laws prohibiting us from adopting children and raising families.
- Conservatives passed laws prohibiting us from marrying the people we love.
- Conservatives threw us in jail for going to bars with people who were like us.
- Conservatives continue to prohibit us from donating blood because they think weâ€™re a danger to society.
- Conservatives are passing laws making it illegal for many of us to go to the bathroom.
- Conservatives are passing laws making it legal for them to discriminate against us based on their religious beliefs.
- Conservatives refuse to pass laws making it illegal to fire us or kick us out of our houses simply because of who we are.
- Conservatives are fighting schools that create gay-straight alliances because they donâ€™t want kids to know that queer people exist.
- Conservatives are against comprehensive sex education in schools because theyâ€™re afraid weâ€™ll turn the children gay.
- Conservatives are in favor of abusive â€œconversion therapyâ€ treatment, which has been shown to cause irreparable harm and doesnâ€™t work.
- Conservatives are against anti-bullying policies and laws that protect LGBTQ students.
- Conservatives are against providing trans-affirming healthcare.
- Conservatives placed numerous roadblocks in front of access to health and legal safety for transgender people.
- Conservatives lead the campaign to make it illegal for gay people to be teachers because they didnâ€™t want us around their children.
- Conservatives fought against federal hate crimes laws and continue to fight against state and local hate crimes laws.
- Conservatives believe using the proper pronouns and referring to us by our names is offensive and pedantic.
- Conservative have been fighting against our full legal equality for decades.
So what could conservatives possibly think makes them better for LGBTQ people?
They like guns, and they want us to like guns, too. Also theyâ€™re incredibly xenophobic, particularly, Islamaphobic, and to them, thatâ€™s all the reason they need.
Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s their argument. They love guns and they hate Muslims, and they think that we should too.Â
(I should note that there are plenty of LGBTQ folks who like guns and thatâ€™s fine and there are also plenty of progressives who like guns too but thatâ€™s not what Iâ€™m trying to make this column about.)
The conservative argument for LGBTQ equality isnâ€™t one of acceptance and affirmation. Itâ€™s Islamaphobia and hoplophilia. When conservatives say that LGBTQ people should join them, what theyâ€™re really saying is that if we were anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim, weâ€™d be better off. Theyâ€™re saying that the only reason Orlando happened was solely because of radical Islamic terror, and that if we all had guns, the shooter wouldnâ€™t have had a chance.Â
Neither of those things is true, of course, and neither of those things will make us any safer. Engaging in Islamaphobia wonâ€™t make our world a better place and thereâ€™s no empirical evidence that says having more guns makes us safer. Does anyone really think that someone whoâ€™s been drinking and partying all night would have the capacity to safely use a gun?
Conservatives are trying to scare us. Thatâ€™s it. Theyâ€™re trying to prey on our vulnerability and our fears in the wake of Orlando and itâ€™s disgusting. And sadly, itâ€™s not at all surprising.
Conservatives are NOT better for LGBTQ people than progressives. History has shown that theyâ€™re not better for our safety, for our health, for our families, or for our children. Anyone who says otherwise is ignoring the past – hell, theyâ€™re ignoring the present.
So when a conservative tells you weâ€™d be better off with them? No, honey. Just no.Â
Robbie Medwed is an Atlanta-based LGTBTQ activist and educator. His column appears here weekly. Follow him on Twitter: @rjmedwed.
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GOP Congresswoman Saying She Would ‘Do Anything’ to Protect Her Grandchildren, Even ‘Shooting Them’ Sets Internet on Fire
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in a speech denouncing a House bill on gun safety, appears to inadvertently have declared that to protect her five grandchildren, she would “do anything,” even shoot them.
“I rise in opposition to H.R. 2377,” Congresswoman Lesko says in the video. “I have five grandchildren. I would do anything, anything to protect my five grandchildren, including as a last resort shooting them if I had to, to protect the lives of my grandchildren.”
NCRM has verified the video is accurate. Congresswoman Lesko made the remarks on June 9, according to C-SPAN, while she was opposing a red flag law.
The Congresswoman presumably meant she would as a last resort shoot someone threatening her grandchildren.
One Twitter user, Ryan Shead, posted the previously ignored video to Twitter, where it has gone viral and is trending.
Lesko, who some social media users note is running for re-election unopposed, went on to say: “Democrat bills that we have heard this week want to take away my right, my right to protect my grandchildren. they want to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect their own children and grandchildren. and wives and brothers and sisters,” which is false.
“This bill takes away due process from law-abiding citizens. Can you imagine if you had a disgruntled ex or somebody who hates you because of your political views and they go to a judge and say, ‘oh, this person is dangerous,’ and that judge would take away your guns?”
Lesko’s hypothetical claims are false. Red flag laws are designed to protect both gun owners and those around them.
Allow me to introduce you to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko of Arizona, who is currently running for office unopposed in her district.
She would like America to know she loves her grandchildren so much she would shoot them if necessary. 😳
But liberals are the problem, right? 😏 pic.twitter.com/qk5BT9FDLw
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) July 5, 2022
Some social media users noted that Congresswoman Lesko reportedly “attended meetings about overturning the election,” while others are having fun with the Arizona Republican’s remarks:
Anybody check on Debbie Lesko’s grandkids?
— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) July 6, 2022
Or maybe one of Debbie Lesko’s grandchildren gets rabies and she has to put it down before it attacks the other four! All sorts of things can happen.
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) July 6, 2022
The most probable interpretation is that @DebbieLesko meant she would shoot someone to PROTECT her grandchildren and garbled it. However, it’s the GOP, and it’s 2022. So . . . /1 https://t.co/KVWir9t8te
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
/3 Anyway, bottom line, good luck and best wishes to Debbie Lesko’s (for now) five grandchildren.
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
/4 But seriously it’s VERY unlikely that a GOP member of Congress was casually advocating shooting her grandchildren. I mean they’re white.
— CyborgSlavesOfPopehat (@Popehat) July 6, 2022
Since Debbie Lesko is trending for threatening to ::checks notes:: shoot her grandkids, now is the perfect time to revisit this recent thread/story on her very shady past. https://t.co/90xkhzrWny
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) July 6, 2022
Lauren Boebert is crazy and unqualified
Louie Gohmert is an idiot and unqualified
Marjorie Taylor Greene is dangerous and unqualified
Trump is mentally ill and unqualified
Debbie Lesko = hold my beer
— Jimmy (@JimmyStreich) July 6, 2022
This is the same Debbie Lesko who would shoot her grandchildren to own the libs. 😬
Arizona has better to offer. 💯 https://t.co/oXd9o3ucbo
— Ryan Shead (@RyanShead) July 6, 2022
I don’t think she meant the thing she said. I think she’s just dumb. She was trying to make some overblown dramatic point and she screwed up the script. https://t.co/aKzzocabim
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 7, 2022
Watch Congresswoman Lesko’s remarks above or at this link.
Separation of Church and State Is a ‘Fabrication’ Says Far Right Activist Charlie Kirk: They Should Be ‘Mixed Together’
Far-right religious activist, conspiracy theorist, and founder of the right-wing organization Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk has falsely declared that separation of church and state, a bedrock principle on which American society is based, is a “fabrication” not in the Constitution.
Kirk is a member of the secretive theocratic Council for National Policy., a close friend of Donald Trump, Jr., and spent years promoting President Trump – even interviewing him at one point. Turning Point USA has had repeated challenges. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer in 2017 write a piece about TPUSA titled, “A Conservative Nonprofit That Seeks to Transform College Campuses Faces Allegations of Racial Bias and Illegal Campaign Activity.”
Former TPUSA communications director Candace Owens has praised Hitler, saying “the problem” with him was that he wanted to “globalize.”
On Wednesday Kirk declared, “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists.”
The claim separation of church and state is not in the Constitution is a religious right belief that has been debunked by countless legal experts.
“Of course we should have church and state mixed together,” Kirk continued. “Our Founding Fathers believed in that. We can go through the detail of that. They established – literally – a church in Congress.”
That too is false.
“It’s a good thing Charlie Kirk doesn’t go to Wheaton because he would fail my Constitutional Law class,” writes Dr. Miranda Yaver, PhD, a Wheaton College professor.
As most public school students know, Kirk’s claims are belied by the First Amendment to the U.S., Constitution, which states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
It’s the Establishment Clause, legal experts say, that debunks Kirk’s falsehood.
In reviewing the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, Reuters last month noted: “It was President Thomas Jefferson who famously said in an 1802 letter that the establishment clause should represent a ‘wall of separation’ between church and state. The provision prevents the government from establishing a state religion and prohibits it from favoring one faith over another.”
Jefferson is also considered the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
Watch Charlie Kirk below or at this link.
Charlie Kirk: “There is no separation of church and state. It’s a fabrication. It’s a fiction. It’s not in the Constitution. It’s made up by secular humanists” pic.twitter.com/R4dkUSxGwI
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) July 6, 2022
Pat Cipollone Is ‘A Greatest Hits Package of Crazy Statements’ by Donald Trump: Legal Expert
Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to speak to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress on Friday.
Former Assistant Deputy Attorney General Harry Litman told CNN that Cipollone has carefully negotiated the testimony and he will likely “steer around down the middle” of the attorney/client privilege. However, former President Donald Trump is not the client of a White House counsel, the White House is. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege for anything involving Jan. 6 or the 2020 election.
“He is a greatest hits package of crazy statements by Donald Trump,” Litman said of Cipollone. “He is the one who says to Mark Meadows, ‘You know, if you do this, you’ll have blood on your effing hands.’ He’s the one who says to Mark Meadows about [Mike] Pence, ‘You’ve got to stop it’ and Meadows says, ‘You’ve heard him. He thinks the rioters are right.’ He’s the one who has to go to Cassidy Hutchinson, a 25-year-old, and plead with her because Meadows won’t speak to him. ‘Please try to keep him from going to the Capitol.’ He’s the one who says, ‘if I go to the Capitol, it will be every effing crime imaginable.'”
“Now, they’ve negotiated it up, and probably what he wants is to say he’s not piercing attorney/client privilege. But all these statements I’ve said to you, Trump’s nowhere around. So, attorney/client has to be with the client for the purpose of getting legal advice, so he’s got tons to say without that.”
As Litman explained, Cipollone is in “everything.”
See the discussion below.
Image: Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks via Flickr:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talk with Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, her husband Jesse Barrett, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, his wife Virginia Thomas, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Deputy White House Counsel Kate Comerford Todd in the Blue Room of the White House Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after attending Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony as Supreme Court Associate Justice.
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