Paul Ryan’s firing of the official House Chaplain is drawing outrage from House Democrats and even some House Republicans but his refusal to explain why he forced Father Patrick Conroy to “retire” has led to many questions and few answers.
As it turns out, Father Conroy, a Catholic priest, is pro-gay. In a YouTube video Conroy expresses clear support for same-sex relationships. He says it’s “self-evident” that “human sexuality isn’t just about” procreation. “It’s about so much more.”
On Friday Politico featured a story on Conroy with this caption on a photo: “In this June 2016 photo, Father Patrick Conroy delivers a message as members of Congress join the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and the Congressional Muslim Staff Association for a prayer and moment of silence on the steps of the Capitol following the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse night club.”
The Politico story exposes allegations within the House Republican caucus of anti-Catholic discrimination.
“One Republican lawmaker called the whole thing ‘stupid’ and argued that it showed evidence of bias in the GOP Conference against Catholics. The person said some lawmakers wanted a more energetic person to minister to them and someone who could relate to having a wife and family.”
And one far right Republican congressman who is also a Baptist preacher made what some perceive as anti-Catholic remarks.
To replace Father Conroy, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) said, “I’m looking for somebody who has a little age, that has adult children, that kind of can connect with the bulk of the body here, Republicans and Democrats who are going through, back home the wife, the family … that has some counseling experience.”
Catholic priests take a vow of chastity and cannot marry.
“Now it’s Catholics versus Evangelicals,” the person said. “They want someone who is more Billy Graham.”
Politico notes that Congressman Peter King, (R-NY), “scolded” Rep. Walker for the anti-Catholic comments as Ryan’s meeting about firing the House Chaplain “devolved into drama.”
Democrats on Friday filed a resolution to establish a committee to investigate why Speaker Ryan fired Father Conroy. While every Democrat voted for it, almost every House Republican voted against it. It was defeated, 215-171.
The prevailing wisdom is Speaker Ryan fired Conroy for a pray he delivered as the House began debate on President Trump’s tax cuts for the rich bill that some perceived to be reminding Republicans what the Bible says about helping the poor.
On social media, many are noting that Republicans who supposedly are outraged when a Christian baker gets sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding see no hypocrisy in their own refusal to stand up against the firing of a Catholic priest.
Conservatives: Gay wedding cakes are persecution. Christians shouldn’t be punished in the workplace for their beliefs.
Jesuit Chaplain: the poor deserve dignity and justice amen
Conservatives: now wait just a GD minute…
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) April 27, 2018
Odd silence from the right over House Chaplain’s religious persecution. Suppose if he was fired for refusing gay people a cake instead of praying for the poor they’d be up in arms. #MorningJoe
— Governor Oopsies (@GovernorOopsies) April 27, 2018
“Stay our of politics”, WTF? GOP seem to invoke GOD in their politics all the time. You know by oppressing gays, lesbian, transgender, atheists, Muslims, etc…very interesting that a horrible human being P.R(aka spineless jellyfish) fires a chaplain for preaching about the poor.
— bestoverallprsn (@Bestoverallprsn) April 27, 2018
GOP: our religious freedom men’s we must be able to make cakes for who we want to!
House Chaplain: make tax breaks work for everyone
GOP: hey bro shut it, keep your religion outta our politics https://t.co/izC9GgsH7Z
— John Yonchuk 🦁👪🔬 (@No1Lion99) April 27, 2018
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Trump Guts Protections for LGBTQ Workers and Expands Religious Orgs’ Ability to Discriminate in Final Weeks
As time speeds to the end of the Donald Trump presidency the administration is moving fast to expand the ability of faith-based institutions to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The Dept. of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has just finalized a rule gutting protections for LGBTQ people who work for federal contractors, including allowing religious institutions to discriminate against LGBTQ people, as The Washington Blade reports.
President Barack Obama codified the protections via a set of executive orders in 2014.
The Dept. of Labor is headed by Eugene Scalia (photo), who has a long record of attacking the civil rights of American workers. He is the son of the infamously anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
“It is hard to overstate the harm that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is visiting on LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and others with the sledgehammer it is taking to federal nondiscrimination protections,” Lambda Legal Director of Law and Policy Jennifer Pizer said in a statement. “For nearly 80 years, it has been a core American principle that seeking and receiving federal tax dollars to do work for the American people means promising not to discriminate against one’s own workers with those funds. This new rule uses religion to create an essentially limitless exemption allowing taxpayer-funded contractors to impose their religious beliefs on their employees without regard to the resulting harms, such as unfair job terms, invasive proselytizing and other harassment that make job settings unbearable for workers targeted on religious grounds.”
Nearly 4 million American workers are employed by federal contractors.
“Within its final weeks, the Trump-Pence administration has chosen to prioritize gutting existing protections for LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David also said in a statement. “This lame-duck action by the administration is blatantly offensive, unnecessary and simply unacceptable. Since taking office, the administration has worked around the clock to dehumanize and demean LGBTQ people all while misrepresenting the law to justify creating a license to discriminate against people including on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.”
‘I’m Doing the Right Thing for God’: Jenna Ellis Says Jesus Christ Wants Her to Overturn the Election
Jenna Ellis, an attorney for President Donald Trump, on Monday explained that she had religious reasons for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
During an interview on Fox Business, Ellis was asked how she maintains a positive attitude amid setbacks in court and Rudy Giuliani’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
“You know, my life is in service and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ,” Ellis said. “And so whatever anybody else says really doesn’t bother me. I hope that I can be a light and inspiration to everyone else that no matter what anyone else says about you, it’s all about just who you are as a person and made in the image of God and in Christ.”
“And that’s ultimately at the end of the day, as long as I know that I’m pursuing truth and I’m doing the right thing for God and my country, that’s all that matters,” she added. “So that’s what gives me my optimism and my hope.”
Watch the video below from Fox Business.
‘Believe in Divine Immunity’: Trump-Supporting Megachurch Pastor Tells Congregation Not to Take COVID Vaccine
Guillermo Maldonado, the Florida megachurch pastor and self-declared apostle who hosted President Donald Trump at an election rally earlier this year, told his congregation not to take the soon-to-be available vaccine for the COVID-19 virus because it is part of a plan to prepare people to accept the biblical Mark of the Beast.
Maldonado, who mocked members of his own congregation for staying away from church in the early days of the pandemic, used his Sunday sermon to warn that the COVID-19 vaccine will “alter your DNA” as globalists set about “preparing the structure for the Antichrist.”
“People, I want you to look at me,” Maldonado said, as he frequently switched between speaking English and Spanish. “That is exactly what is happening with COVID-19. They’re preparing the structure for the Antichrist. How? The vaccine. They’re gonna demand for you to have the vaccine in your passport, otherwise you will not be able to travel. Because they are preparing the way.”
“The vaccines, they are made to alter your DNA,” he continued. “They are made to track you down. Do not [take] the vaccine. Believe in the blood of Jesus. Believe in divine immunity.”
This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission
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