‘Vicious’ and ‘Extreme Animus Against LGBTI People’ Court Finds
A case alleging crimes against humanity against a Christian pastor has just been dropped by a federal district court, citing lack of jurisdiction. SMUG, Sexual Minorities Uganda, sued hate group head Scott Lively in his home state of Massachusetts, but ultimately Judge Michael A. PonsorÂ was forced to grant Lively’s request for summary judgment, closing the case that had been brought in 2012.Â
The Center for Constitutional Rights represented SMUG. Lively was represented by Liberty Counsel, which also infamously represented Kim Davis.
However, there is a win of sorts: the official federal court’s detailing of the “vicious” and “ludicrouslyÂ extreme animus against LGBTI people” Lively exhibited, and his “determination toÂ assist in persecuting them wherever they are, includingÂ Uganda,” as Judge Ponsor wrote.
The Court concluded that there is evidence of “the extremity” of Lively’s “homophobia and his determination to vilify,Â repress, and injure the LGBTI community, both generally andÂ in Uganda particularly.”
Lively heads the anti-gay hate groupÂ Abiding Truth Ministries, along withÂ Watchmen on the Walls. Many blame him for Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bills, one of which became law for a short period of time. Lively, as the Court noted, traveled to Uganda and as has been documented, talked to political leaders in Uganda, lying to them about gay people:
Judge Ponsor also writes:
Defendant Scott Lively is an American citizen who has aidedÂ and abetted a vicious and frightening campaign of repressionÂ against LGBTI persons in Uganda. Defendant’s positions on LGBTI people range from the ludicrous to the abhorrent. He has asserted that “NazismÂ was in large part an outgrowth of the German homosexualÂ movement,” and that “[i]n seeking the roots of fascism weÂ once again find a high correlation between homosexuality andÂ a mode of thinking which we identify with Nazism.”
Lively, the judge writes, “hasÂ tried to make gay people scapegoats for practically all ofÂ humanity’s ills, finding ‘through various leads, a dark andÂ powerful homosexual presence in . . the SpanishÂ Inquisition, the .. French ‘Reign of Terror,’ the era of SouthÂ African apartheid, and the two centuries of AmericanÂ slavery.'”
This crackpot bigotry could be brushed aside asÂ pathetic, except for the terrible harm it can cause. TheÂ record in this case demonstrates that Defendant has workedÂ with elements in Uganda who share some of his views to tryÂ to repress freedom of expression by LGBTI people in Uganda,Â deprive them of the protection of the law, and render theirÂ very existence illegal. He has, for example, proposedÂ twenty-year prison sentences for gay couples in Uganda whoÂ simply lead open, law-abiding lives.
Anyone reading this memorandum should make no mistake.Â The question before the court is not whether Defendant’sÂ actions in aiding and abetting efforts to demonize,Â intimidate, and injure LGBTI people in Uganda constituteÂ violations of international law. They do.
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Dismisses ‘Real Small, Minor Number’ of Rapes Requiring Abortions
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declined to say on Sunday if he would sign a bill removing abortion exceptions for rape because they only represent a “real small, minor number” of cases.
During an interview on Fox News, host Mike Emmanuel asked Reeves if he would remove the abortion exceptions for rape in Mississippi.
Reeves sidestepped the question by insisting that the bill would never make it through the legislature.
“There’s a lot of effort, particularly in Washington and other places mainly by the Democrats, to try to talk only about the real small, minor number of exceptions that may exist,” he complained. “Over 90% of all abortions that are done in America, some 63 million babies aborted since Roe was wrongly decided in 1973, over 90% of those are elective abortions.”
Reeves argued that the “far-left” should not be talking about “all these exceptions and minor numbers.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump Hinted Jan. 6 Would Be His ‘Last-Ditch’ Attempt to Overturn the Election Results: Filmmaker Alex Holder
In an interview with the Guardian’s Hugo Lowell, a British documentary maker who was filming behind-the-scenes footage in Donald Trump’s White House on Jan 6th claimed he knew something bad was about to happen before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
Alex Holder, whose film crew was on hand and filming Trump and his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka on Jan 6th, stated there was a feeling among his people that something momentous was about to happen.
According to Lowell, “Holder was there for it all: three sit-down interviews with Trump, including one at the White House, numerous other interviews with Trump’s adult children, private conversations among top aides and advisers before the election, and around the Capitol itself as it got stormed.” adding, “The access to Trump, and listening to him and his inner circle, led him to suspect that the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election would somehow culminate in some event at the Capitol on 6 January.”
Asked about what his feeling was prior to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building, Holder explained, “I wasn’t 100% sure, but it was sort of a feeling, so we prepared for that thing to happen. The reason we thought January 6 was because, in Trump’s mind, the last-ditch effort was to stop the process” of the vote certification by Congress.
He elaborated, “That ceremonial process that takes place in Congress on January 6, he felt, was the last time where he could, in his mind, stop the election going to the wrong person, as it were. The rhetoric that was coming out was that the election was rigged, [that] we need to fight.”
According to the Guardian report, Holder has, “testified for about four hours behind closed doors last week about his roughly 100 hours of footage, used for an upcoming documentary titled Unprecedented, and turned over to House investigators the parts demanded in a subpoena compelling his cooperation.”
Lowell added, “Holder said he additionally did a one-to-one interview with then-vice president Mike Pence, including a scene where Pence briefly reviews an email about the 25th amendment – which concerns the removal of a US president – which was privately discussed among senior White House officials in the wake of the Capitol attack.”
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Meadows Allegedly Behind Possible Attempt at Witness Intimidation of Cassidy Hutchinson: Reports
Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, may be the victim of attempted witness intimidation, and the person who may have attempted to intimidate her may be her former boss.
The Guardian on Friday reports “Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.”
That message, according to both CNN and The Guardian, was delivered at the direction of Mark Meadows, according to sources both news outlets cite.
One of the messages that the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack posted at the end of Hutchinson’s testimony read: “[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”
According to The Guardian, “The redaction was ‘Meadows,’ the sources said.”
CNN similarly reports: “One of [the] people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.”
Citing multiple sources CNN reports “the ‘person’ referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Friday afternoon on MSNBC said there is “no question” that message constitutes “an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” he stressed.
“When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation,” Figliuzzi added.
Thursday on Twitter Figliuzzi wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”
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