In Powerful Video, Neon Trees Lead Singer Says Blood on Church’s Hands
In a powerful video posted on his Facebook page Tuesday, Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn, an openly gay former Mormon, blasts the church for allegedly causing young LGBT members to commit suicide.Â
As we reported Wednesday, Utah’s youth suicide rate nearly tripled from 2007 to 2014, and Glenn claims five young LGBT Mormons have taken their lives in the last week alone. In the video, which is addressed to Mormon church leaders and has been viewed 342,000 times, Glenn displays shows photos of two of the victims (below), “Stockton” and “Wyatt,” as well as an image (above) from one of their funerals. (An online obituary for Stockton “Bubba” Powers confirms that he died June 27 at 17 and was a member of the LGBT community.)
“I want you to say their names and remember their photos,” Glenn says, fighting back tears.Â “[Church President] Russell Nelson and the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is blood of your members of your hands. Please donâ€™t let this be a summer of more gay suicides. Please make a space for your gay members. Please tell them they are OK and theyâ€™re made in the image of God and theyâ€™re not flawed. Please stop telling them that they are abnormal. Please, please, please, how many more? How many more?â€
Glenn references the church’s horrific new anti-gay policy announced inÂ November, which Nelson later said was a revelation from God. The policy declares same-sex couples apostates and barring their children from being baptized. Glenn says in the eight months since the policyÂ
“Dear Russell Nelson, you spearheaded this policy in November, and you and your colleagues claim to speak directly to and for God. As his mouthpieces on this Earth today, you have yet to respond to the confusion, chaos and disruption that you have caused so many current and former members of your church, both queer and straight alike,” Glenn says.
“You’ve had months and a public conference satellite-broadcast to the world in April,Â and youâ€™ve yet to give light to the actual darkness that so many of your members are living in currently,” he says, adding that he served a mission for the church, which he says is “flawed” and has “no space for me.”Â
â€œThere is either no God, or God isnâ€™t speaking to you,” Glenn says. “Maybe itâ€™s both, but you have a responsibility to speak to us.”Â
Coincidentally, the church did finally respond Wednesday to reports about Utah’s skyrocketing youth suicide rate, which is now more than double the national average.Â
“Suicide is tragic, no matter the explanation or circumstance,” the church said in a statement, according to Salt Lake City’s KUTV.com. “Our hearts ache for those who face such tragedy among those they love. The Church is actively pursuing ways to help, including online resources and local leader training, and we encourage communities to continue to partner on prevention and intervention. Every soul is precious.”
â€” Heidi Hatch (@tvheidihatch) July 6, 2016
As we’ve mentioned, the Utah Department of Health didn’t initially mention the church’s anti-LGBT teachings as a possible factor fueling the youth suicide epidemic.
Instead, the health department’s Andrea Hood cited things likeÂ lower oxygen levels due to high altitudes, loose gun restrictions and “aÂ western, rugged mentality of self-reliance.” Now, Hood says the health department has considered the possible LGBT connection, but apparently dismissed it.Â
“We have been closely watching our rates since various events that happened in Utah relating to the LDS church,” Hood said. “We have not seen an increase tied to those announcements.”
The main problem with this statement, of course, is that many Mormon families don’t report their loved ones’ suicides as LGBT-related because they want to avoid the associated shame from, well, the church and its members. Again, LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, with those who are rejected by their families over eight times more likely to do so.Â
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At the White House Today: Likely Top Trump SCOTUS Choice – a Right Wing Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Choice Religious Extremist
President Donald Trump’s current top choice to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited the White House on Monday.
Reporters including CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta say Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House today.
Top contender for SCOTUS pick, Amy Coney Barrett was at WH today, we’ve confirmed.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 21, 2020
Multiple reports say Coney Barrett is the leading contender.
Earlier today White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told CBS “This Morning” Trump would be announcing his decision “before Wednesday.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell also made a similar suggestion. Trump later told Fox News he would wait until Friday or Saturday, and told reporters Saturday. Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, and a right wing religious extremist.
Coney Barrett has said she believes “life begins at conception.”
She opposes one of the greatest tenets of the Supreme Court: stare decisis, the legal doctrine that obliges courts to consider Supreme Court rulings as settled law.
Critical issues such as the right of women to obtain an abortion, the right of same-sex couples to marry, as well as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) are seen as being overturned with her on the court.
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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report
The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.
A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”
HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.
“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.
It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”
Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.
Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”
The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.
“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”
Image: Official White House Photo of HHS Sec. Alex Azar and President Donald Trump by Tia Dufour via Flickr
‘Streets Will Run Red With Blood’: Trump-Loving Senator Mocked for Ad Bragging She’s ‘More Conservative Than Attila the Hun’
A Republican U.S. Senator is being mocked and disparaged for her new TV ad which touts her “100% Trump voting record” and positions her as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”
Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who was appointed in January, is running to keep her seat. Her main opponent is Republican Congressman Doug Collins.
The ad says she’s “the most conservative Senator in America.”
Now here’s an ad for you: Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s new spot is all about how she’s “more conservative than Attila the Hun,” and includes an actor portraying a grunting Attila who delivers orders to, among other things, “eliminate the liberal scribes.” pic.twitter.com/080nIJGwng
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) September 21, 2020
The ad “jokes” about murdering journalists and political opponents.
Loeffler is no stranger to controversy.
The Dept. of Justice closed its investigation into Loeffler’s coronavirus stock trading scandal in May. She is the owner of the Atlanta Dream professional basketball team and has been criticized for opposing the Black Lives Matter movement.
Now her new ad is drawing criticism, too.
the ideal senator, according to someone trying to win conservative votes, is “jokingly” to the right of a despot saying “attack big government” and “murder people whose politics I disagree with” https://t.co/73tHXCtqCj
— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) September 21, 2020
US senator advocates for killing journalists. Hilarious. https://t.co/Da9Zyyspml
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) September 21, 2020
“The streets will run red with the blood of my enemies. I’m Kelly Loeffler and I approve this message.” https://t.co/5K8VqRXE6D
— Eyes on the Right (@EyesOnTheRight) September 21, 2020
Again, this is the senator whose initial appointment last year was greeted with much punditry about how she’d appeal to moderate women in the Atlanta suburbs who were drifting away from the GOP and turning Georgia purple.
Now she’s comparing herself favorably to Attila the Hun.
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) September 21, 2020
I *think* this campaign ad for a sitting US Senator includes a very funny, haha, wink-wink nudge-nudge joke about murdering members of the press? https://t.co/35wHGmO6yC
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 21, 2020
The best part? Dumbass Kelly Loeffler mistakes Attila the Hun for Genghis Khan. Attila marched on Rome, not China. It’s too bad Republicans keep cutting education funding. https://t.co/bsh9zG9Hln
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) September 21, 2020
this ad is gross and dangerous but the Strangest Political Ad of 2020 award ought to go to this one for Bob Good, the Republican running for office in VA-05. https://t.co/qAyU9z7kLs pic.twitter.com/OIcj4oC4xf
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) September 21, 2020
Wait, wait — this is an ad *for* Loeffler? https://t.co/nszQtWumLw
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 21, 2020
Anymore skepticism about what’s happening here? https://t.co/rXDG1t4grb
— Jodi Jacobson 🩸🦷 #BlackLivesMatter (@jljacobson) September 21, 2020
Loeffler is more conservative than an authoritarian maniac who conquered, raped, and pillaged almost an entire continent? Cool cool. https://t.co/F7WNFwKYNA
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 21, 2020
Comparing yourself favorably to a pagan warlord best known for ravaging Western Christendom seems like a bold move https://t.co/Y73RAispGB
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) September 21, 2020
Look, I don’t like Atilla’s tweets either but he appoints solid conservative judges and cut taxes. https://t.co/E6JJZA7CY9
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 21, 2020
Not the most problematic thing about this ad, but Loeffler appears to be conflating Atilla the Hun and Genghis Khan. Atilla did not want to ‘fight China’ – he fought the Eastern Roman Empire and the Visigoths! #gasen https://t.co/6VKzlSoses
— Drew Godinich (@DrewGodinich) September 21, 2020
The Justinian Plague was likely brought to Europe by the Huns. It wiped out about half the population of Europe. https://t.co/YX7RcTiW9X
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) September 21, 2020
Just a little casual racism and insinuation that political opponents should be eliminated, NBD.
Kelly Loeffler must have hired Brian Kemp’s ad agency. You know, the one that had him pointing a rifle at a young boy who wanted to date his daughter?
Good times, good times. https://t.co/4udZ7oxfRg
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 21, 2020
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