Once Again the Religious Right Is Willing to Compromise the Safety of Children to Advance Its Radical Agenda
Republicans in the Tennessee House of Representatives on Wednesday killed a bill they were considering that would have banned so-called child marriages, or marriages where at least one of the would-be spouses are under 18. Child marriages in the state of Tennessee will continue to be legal for the foreseeable future.
Why were the conservative lawmakers against banning an institution that studies show is dangerous and damaging for the person, usually a woman, who is underage?
No, they aren’t looking to protect same-sex marriage, and no, same-sex marriage has nothing to do with child marriage.
Except in the convoluted mind of one former religious right lawmaker who several years ago became a right wing activist.
David FowlerÂ (photo) is now the head of FACT, theÂ Family Action Council of Tennessee. The group is associated with the anti-gay hate groupsÂ Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom, along with the anti-gay organizationÂ Focus On The Family. He has used his ties to Tennessee lawmakers to advance his dangerous and extremist agenda.
Fowler argued that if Republicans passed the bill banning child marriages, it “could interfere with a lawsuit he is mounting to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing gay marriage,”Â according to The Tennessean.
“Fowler’s legal theory is that the Supreme Court’s ruling essentially nullified all Tennessee marriage licences, as it required legal marriage to be opened up beyond just a man and a women,” a theory which is incredibly naive and will never see the inside of the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Therefore,” The Tennessean explains,Â “according to Fowler, if the state were to move forward with this logicÂ in a legal argument against the ruling, modifying state marriage law could acknowledge its existence.”
Once again the religious right is willing to compromise the safety of children to advance its radical agenda.Â
“Basically, what has happened is the Family Action Council wants to continue to let 13-year-olds get married in the state at the sake of their court case against same-sex couples,” Democratic State Rep. Darren Jernigan said after the bill to ban child marriages died. “It’s disgraceful. I’m embarrassed for the State of Tennessee, and I can only pray that we bring this back next year and not let them get in the way.”
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Georgia Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would end any requirements for any vaccinations by any state or local government agency or office in the Peach State, including vaccines for children entering public school.
The bill also bans any government agency from requiring private companies or entities from requiring any proof of any vaccination.
The bill, SB 345, was filed on January 14 with five original co-sponsors. It now has 17, including state Senator Jeff Mullis, whose campaign website prominently features photos of him with former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr.
“No agency shall require proof of any vaccination of any person as a condition of providing any service or access to any facility, issuing any license, permit, or other type of authorization, or performing any duty of such agency,” the bill’s text reads in part.
Georgia State Law law professor Anthony Michael Kreis posted Georgia’s school vaccine requirements, suggesting those would be optional were the bill to become law.
Legislation has been introduced in the Georgia Senate with to ban any public entity from requiring *any* vaccination as a precondition for services or facility access, wiping out the preexisting standards. #gapol https://t.co/uKg5Y85T71 pic.twitter.com/TsyljBC10x
— Anthony Michael Kreis (@AnthonyMKreis) January 24, 2022
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“My office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker Carlson and are upset that we’re not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” writes Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).
For nearly three years during the Obama administration, Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He now sits on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
For years Tucker Carlson has been advancing Russian propaganda, as he did here in November of 2019, only to be forced to walk back his comments later that same evening.
“Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
— David Badash (@davidbadash) January 24, 2022
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“We’ve been trying to tell you for years now this was happening. The Republican Party and its growing authoritarianism sides with Putin, Orbán, and illiberalism everywhere,” he continues. “It’s an international movement and this Ukraine situation only makes that more clear.”
Propaganda and political warfare historian and former NATO civilian official Mark R. Jacobson adds: “This is exactly how Russian disinformation/subversion works – they put out a talking point to advance their foreign policy goals & a set of perfidious pundits parrot the point.”
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