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Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver Representing Hate Preacher Scott Lively in Crimes Against Humanity Case

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Lively Is Charged With Crimes Against Humanity for His Support of Anti-Gay ‘Kill the Gays’ Legislation in Uganda

Mat Staver, the head of the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel, is defending international anti-LGBT preacher Scott Lively, who is charged with crimes against humanity for his part in promoting laws that criminalized homosexuality in Uganda. Staver and Lively are both heads of groups that appear on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-gay hate groups.

The LGBT civil rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) is suing Lively in a U.S. federal court, alleging that he violated international law by promoting the “Kill the Gays” bill, which originally called for the death penalty for homosexuality.

According to Liberty Council, Lively was using his freedom of speech as an American citizen. Inciting violence is speech that is not protected by US law.

Vice detailed the situation in Uganda in May of 2015, including this terrifying video showing people in Uganda laughing about raping lesbians and killing gay men.

Staver seems to be presenting this as a free speech issue, saying, “The implications of this suit are truly alarming because SMUG is trying to punish a US citizen for constitutionally protected speech under some vague and undefined international law.”

In a memorandum filed on September 1, Lively’s defense claims that, “SMUG is, in fact, attempting to put Lively’s religious and political ideas and beliefs on trial, and to punish Lively for expressing those ideas and beliefs in Uganda and elsewhere.”

Lively also denies supporting capital punishment, and the memorandum states that, “Lively believes in nominal criminalization of homosexual conduct (along with other sexual acts outside of marriage), as has been done with speeding and individual marijuana use, not as a means to criminally punish homosexual conduct, but to provide a public policy basis to prevent the specific and limited categories of expression comprising gay pride parades, and a promotion of homosexual conduct to schoolchildren.”  

Liberty Counsel’s defense of Lively should come as no surprise, as Staver was also Kim Davis’s lawyer when the Kentucky clerk refused marriage licenses to gay couples following the Obergefell ruling. Staver’s ideology seems to match up fairly well with Lively’s, as he said last month that anyone who thinks Obergefell is law is “brainwashed” and criticized Orlando memorials as a “homosexual love fest.” Staver has also vowed that his fight against LGBT equality “is not over, it will never be over.”

The Human Rights Campaign outlines Lively’s anti-LGBT efforts worldwide and Staver’s homophobic positions in their report on The Export of Hate.

 

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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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.

“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.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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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 theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, 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.

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“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..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

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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