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Marco Rubio to Headline Anti-LGBT Christian Event

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Group’s Leader Called for ‘War to Restore a Christian America’

Republican Senator Marco Rubio will be headlining an event hosted by an anti-LGBT group that has ties to a national anti-gay hate group. The Florida senator will be the “Special Guest” of the Florida Renewal Project, an affiliate of the extremist group American Renewal Project, which is funded by the anti-gay hate group American Family Association. 

The event, titled “Rediscovering God in America,” is restricted to Christian pastors and their spouses and focuses on bringing religious leaders into the political process. It was announced by Liberty Counsel Action, the political action arm of the legal firm that represents anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. According to a video posted on their website promoting a similar event, the goal of the gathering is to encourage pastors to “really get involved in the cultural issues of the day.”

A mission statement posted on the group’s Facebook page states that the goal of the organization is to “encourage people of faith to engage in public policy and elect leaders who will work to renew God’s vision for America.”

Among the many anti-LGBT activists scheduled to appear, as Right Wing Watch reports, is the national group’s leader David Lane, who has an extensive history of homophobic bigotry. Lane has called homosexuality “debauchery,” suggested that Christians should be prepared to martyr themselves in order to prevent marriage equality, and has said that homosexuality is a moral crisis that “threatened our utter destruction.”

Lane’s focus for several years has been to encourage anti-LGBT Christian pastors to run for political offices across local, state, and national levels. He has been closely tied to Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, and Ted Cruz, and in 2013 Lane wrote an op-ed calling for a “war to restore a Christian America.”

Marco Rubio had seemed to have shown some sympathy for the LGBT community in the aftermath of the massacre at Orlando’s LGBT nightclub Pulse. Having dropped out of his senatorial reelection race before losing his bid to obtain the Republican Party’s nomination for President, Rubio cited the Pulse tragedy as part of his motivation to reevaluate his decision not to run for reelection.

“I’ve been deeply impacted by it and I think when it visits your home states, when it impacts a community you know well, it really gives you pause, to think a little bit about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country,” Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

RELATED: Marco Rubio’s Top 10 Anti-Gay Statements

Rubio even seemed to offer support for the LGBT community following the attack. “This is something inspired by radical ideology, then I think common sense tells you that he targeted the gay community because of the views that exist in the radical Islamic community about the gay community,” he told CNN. “We have seen the way radical Islamists have treated gays and lesbians in other countries.”

Support for the LGBT community is a wholly uncharacteristic sentiment from Rubio, who has long been a vocal opponent of marriage equality, LGBT employment discrimination protections, and LGBT adoption. His appearance at this event would seem to suggest that his post-Pulse views on the LGBT community are likely unchanged from his views prior to the Pulse massacre.

 

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” according to NBC’s Tom Winter.

A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report

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Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special

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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:

 

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